Ship's PC Specs and Streaming Setup


Real Name: Steve

Most Streamed Game: Fortnite

Mixer | Twitter

Ship is a 21 year old streamer from Buffalo, NY known for his solo games on Fortnite. He only started streaming in 2018, but is already the fourth most subscribed streamer on Mixer.

His current Fortnite acolades include:

  • #1 total wins on all platforms
  • #1 for solos on all platforms
  • #1 solo kills on all platforms
  • #2 in overall wins and kills on all platforms

Ship’s PC Specs

Ship’s gaming PC is a pre-built by CyberPowerPC, so many of the specifics are unknown. 

Processor: Unknown

Graphics card: Unknown

Motherboard: Unknown

Ram: Unknown

Case: Gigabyte G1 Gaming CyberPowerPC Exclusive Case

Power Supply: Unknown

CPU Cooler: Unknown

Hard Drives: Unknown



Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Chroma

Mouse: Logitech M185 Wireless Mouse

Main Monitor: ASUS VG248QE 24″

Microphone: Audio-Technica AT2020

Webcam: Logitech Brio

Headset: Astro Gaming A40


TheGrefg's Custom PC Build


Real Name: David Cánovas Martínez

Team: Team Heretics

Most Streamed Game: Fortnite

Mixer | Twitter

TheGregfg is a Spanish Mixer streamer, famous for playing Fortnite. He holds the title of the most subscribed Spanish-speaking streamer across Twitch or Mixer worldwide.

As of Novemeber 2019, TheGregfg streams to both Twitch and Mixer regularly which is extremely uncommon due to Twitch’s strict exclusivity rules for their partners.

Left: Gaming PC Right: Streaming PC

The Build:

Note: TheGregfg has two computers – a streaming PC and a gaming PC. Below are the specs on his gaming computer. 

Processor: Intel i9-9980XE

Graphics card: Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme 8G Graphics Card

Motherboard: MSI Motherboard, specifc model unknown

Ram: G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 4000MHz

Case: Coolermaster C700M

Power Supply: Corsair AX1600i 1600W

CPU Cooler: ASUS ROG Ryujin 360 RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler

Hard Drives: Samsung 970 2TB SSD NVMe M.2



Keyboard: Ozone Strike Pro Spectra

Mouse: Ozone Argon

Mousepad: Team Heretics Custom Mouse Pad

Monitor(s): Asus ROG Line – we can’t identitfy the specific model from videos of his setup.

Microphone: Unknown

Webcam: Logitech C922x

Headset: Astro Gaming A50

How to Design a Custom Wall-Mounted PC

How to Design a Custom Wall-Mounted PC


  1. Introduction
  2. Chose the Base Material
  3. Choose the Layout of Your Components
  4. Dimensions & Thickness of the Base
  5. Special Considerations for the Actual Build

This article is intended to help guide you to design, build, and mount a wall mounted PC. It’s important to note that because these can vary so widely, you should triple check your measurements, capability, and mounting to make sure you don’t have an expensive accident.

We should note: this guide isn’t written for the custom PC modder with 100k followers on Instagram, or the enthusiast on their 3rd build in 2 years that spent four months designing it to try to trend on Reddit. It’s for the 19-year-olds who save for six months to build a reasonable computer but want the visuals to represent the hard work it took them to save all that time to afford it.

Let’s just get right out and say it, wall-mounted PCs are sick. If you’re spending $1200+ on a decent gaming PC, it’s something you want to be proud of and show off. There’s a reason the industry has shifted to glass-sided panels and RGB, well, everything. And what’s a better way to showcase your pride and joy than to mount it right on your wall.

But wall-mounted PCs can get pricey and require tons of planning and attention to detail to make them look like a work of art. Currently, the only mass-produced cases that come wall-mountable are from Thermaltake’s P line. These cases are beautiful but come with a relatively hefty price tag for a case that comes with no RGB lighting or fans. Sure, you don’t need the fans because the case is open air, but it’s about the principle that you’re paying a lot more for a case that is made out of far less physical materials.

In a normal PC build, the first step everyone seems to take is to choose their motherboard, processor, and graphics card. However, for a custom wall-mounted PC, the first step should be choosing the case (or base material), so you can ensure component size & weight compatibility and mountability.

As mentioned, the most popular out-of-the-box solution for this is to buy the Thermaltake P3 or P5. If this isn’t what you had in mind, you have plenty of custom options.

What if I don’t want to buy a premade case?

Whether you want something custom, or are just looking to save a few dollars to complete your rainbow PC dream via RGB Ram, there are many different options.

If you have, or have access to, a 3D printer, check out this YouTube video with free plans to make your own similar case to use as a base for your wall-mounted PC.

If you’re a normal person who didn’t spend $300+ on a 3D printer you’d use twice you still have a few alternatives.

Choosing the Base Material

The Material

Since wall-mounted PCs are generally open to the air (and thus air circulation isn’t a huge concern), the base of the PC can be built out of a variety of materials. The most common being steel, aluminium, plastic, and wood. The thickness of the base needed varies from material to material, but we’ll go into this in Part 3.

  • Steel & Other Metals: If Steampunk, or just plan old rustic is your style, you can use just a simple steel sheet. A similar design can work with both aluminum or copper, depending on your budget and intended design.
    • Design Idea Feebie: a polished copper metal base with attached gears, a clock on the PSU, and metal piping for water cooling would look absolutely insane on the wall.
  • Plastic: If you’re going the plastic route, you’ll probably need to go acrylic for its strength and ability to be drilled. The big concern with a plastic base is making sure the plastic is strong enough to support the PC, and not too brittle that it cannot be drilled into without cracking or shattering. With that in mind, the thicker the better here.
    • Design Idea Freebie: a clear thick acrylic base could be fitted with a RGB light strip on the back for a low budget RBG customization. I’d probably go for the Philips Hue Strip for the Smart Home integration abilities.
  • Wood: Technically any wood piece large enough and thick enough for your components could work for a computer. There’s plenty of videos out there of people making PC cases out of wood, check them out for some ideas to steal. However, you should stay away from particleboard and strand board for structural integrity.
    • Design Idea Feebie:Your best choice here for aesthetics and strength is to go for a thicker plywood for a low budget option, or heading to a local lumber yard for a solid single piece of wood for a more premium base. If going the wood route, spend the $15 on a decent stain.

A non-metal case? Do I need to worry about grounding?

Nerd alert, but no not really. Obviously keep yourself grounded while building the PC to avoid ruining any of the components. This could be tricky if you build in a non-metal case, so be smart about your surroundings and avoid unnecessarily touching anything. If you have questions here, check out this guide on how to keep yourself grounded while building a PC.

Modern day computer parts do not need to be in a metal case. This concern dates back to when more analog parts were used, which can generate harmful radio frequency interference that can damage sensitive electronic parts. Today, any such parts in the components you purchase should be individually encased by the manufacturer. The PC itself does not need to be grounded inside of metal.

So complicated answer simplified, unless you have running analog electrical equipment sitting around your house (looking at you hipsters), you almost certainly don’t need to worry about this.

Designing the Layout

The coolest part of designing an open case is you have complete flexibility to organize your components. Most modern cases have lead us to believe that our motherboard must be in the top left, with the PSU underneath and hard drives located to the right. However, your custom wall-mounted PC is a blank canvas ready to be redesigned in whatever ridiculous way you want.

A general psychics note here, the farther your components protrude from the wall (depending on how you mount the graphics card and power supply) dictates how thick your base must be and how deep your mounting screws must be.

Planning for cord management

If you place the motherboard in the top left, note that this means the cords will run down the left side of the computer. So if this isn’t the vibe you’re looking for, you may want to lower the motherboard to the bottom left of your base or even flip it 90 degrees.

If you don’t plan on placing your motherboard towards the edges of your base material, drill holes in the base for running cords behind the computer. If you do drill holes for cord management, the power supply should be directed to have the inputs for the power cables facing the opposite direction of the center of the board.

Don’t forget that if you mount your base several inches off of the wall, you can also attach components to the back surface. This can be a great option to allow for a smaller base surface area or flexibility for future storage needs. This can be done by using a spacer.

A brief design note: using a 1in long spacer with an appropriately sized hex bolt into a lag shield anchor is a cheap way to increase aesthetics of your computer once on the wall.

Thinking ahead to the wall mounting

When designing your layout, you need to consider where your mounting holes will need to be. Given the weight of the PC, you should definitely be drilling into the studs in your wall during mounting.

Generally, studs are spaced 16 or 24 inches apart. Use a stud detector to find the distance between studs at your mounting location, and plan for this distance in your layout.

Wait, how do I turn the computer on? And what about my USB ports?

When designing a custom computer, the most commonly overlooked problems are wiring in a start button and having your USB ports available. When you buy a premade case, the power button & front USBs are already wired and only need to be plugged into your motherboard.

When designing your own wall-mounted PC you not only have to manually do this yourself, but also consider the number of wires you want going up to your computer on the wall.

On the power button front, you have three options:

  1. Use a typical power button that you mount directly on the base of your computer or hide on the back. The thing to note here is that you will have to reach up to your computer on the wall to turn your PC on each time.
  2. Run the power button all the way to your desk. Yes, it’s another cable running down your wall to your desk, but it will save you the reaching up constantly. One of the easiest models to use is the SoundOriginal Refit Desktop Button Switch.
  3. Use a wireless starter for your computer. Definitely the sleekest option in my mind, w wireless starter handles the reaching and cord issues – just don’t loose the remote.

To make your USB ports more accessible, buying a decent USB hub like the Sabrent 60W 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub to rest on your desk should resolve this issue. This model comes with a 2 foot USB cable, so you’ll likely need to pick up an extender to reach your motherboard. Note that some peripherals struggle to work correctly when using cheap USB extenders, so spending an extra $10 for a more premium option may be way it.

Size & Thickness of the Base Material

When selecting a custom base size for your PC, remember larger dimensions are needed to allow space for the screws to drill into the wall if you are going from a front-mounted approach.

The size of the base you have chosen largely depends on the components you intend to use. You absolutely should map out your components to scale first digitally, or by using a piece of cardboard and a pencil. Make sure you add at least two inches in length of a border around your build area to allow for safe mounting.

We’ll let you go through this process yourself, but here are the biggest factors you should b considering outside of the dimensions of your main components:

  • How many hard drives do you intend to use?
    • Avoid this issue by using NVMe drives, mounting your drives on the back of the PC, or by using an external docking bay
  • Are you going to use any custom decor?
    • Additional RGB lights, steampunk piping, etc add additional weight and bulk to the computer
  • Are you using any less-typical components that require extra surface area?
    • An RGB Hub for example

Special Considerations for the Actual Build

There’s a million great PC building guides out there for you to follow, I’m a big fan of Bitwit’s step by step video. Outside of the normal installation order and techniques, here are the special considerations you’ll need to be thoughtful of.

Pre-drill Holes for Wall Mounting

This one should be obvious, but you don’t want to be making your pilot holes when your base has all of the components on it. First, pre-drill the holes into your base, and then drill the pilot holes into the wall. Make sure they line up before starting the build.

Attaching the Motherboard to the Base

The screws used for this will need to be the exact length of the provided screws plus the thickness of your base. This is the most dangerous part of the mounting process and should be triple measured to avoid ruining the motherboard.

Securing Your Hard Drives to the Base

I’d generally recommend attaching any SSDs or HDDs to the back of the case to declutter the front. This may sound weird, but I’d recommend trying to just use a very strong velcro strip to mount lightweight SSD’s to the back of the case. The melting point of velcro is typically over 100 degrees F higher than the standard running temperature of an SSD, so there are no concerns on that front. This also allows you to easily move the drives in case of a redesign or replacing them.

If you want something more formal, buy a replacement SSD mounting bracket and attach it to the back of your base material.

Securing Your Power Supply to the Base

Power supply’s are generally screwed into the bottom of a PC case from the outside. When planning your PSU location, measure out the distance between bottom screw holes and pre-drill these. You’ll need to cut custom screws for mounting, be sure to remember to add the thickness of your base to your calculation when deciding which you need.

Stabilizing the Graphics Card

In a normal build, the weight and stabilization of the graphics card is handled by mounting it to the case using a bracket. In an open-air build, you have to make a custom solution for this. If you don’t, your graphics card will fall completely off the wall, and the PCI connector will likely snap.

To mount your graphics card safely, you’ll need to buy a vertical graphics card mount and attach it to your base. How you do this will vary significantly based on the layout of your computer and base material.

The Best Twitch Streaming Software

The Best Twitch Streaming Software

Live streaming has seen an exponential growth in viewership over the past few years. The close community and interactivity that live streams offer have attracted streamers and watchers alike, and with the tools available today it has never been easier to start streaming on Twitch. 

The four best Twitch streaming software I will be discussing are OBS, Streamlabs OBS, Gamecaster, and Shadowplay. Each of these has their own advantages and none is distinctly better than any other. The goal when finding a program to use for live streaming is mainly to find the one that most closely aligns to your goals and vision of what your stream should be. 

What factors do I need to consider when picking a streaming software?

Before choosing a program and sticking with it, it’s important to decide what you actually need. 

  • Will you be using multiple inputs, like a facecam and gameplay? 
  • Will you want a stream overlay? 
  • Are you looking for a program that offers a little of every feature for the flexibility to do just about anything?
  • Are you going to choose Twitch or Mixer to stream on?

Each of these programs is great in their own right, but choosing the right one boils down to what most suits your needs.

OBS – Open Broadcaster Software 

Open Broadcaster Software, usually referred to as OBS, is the choice for many streamers – especially those who are just starting out. The major reason for its popularity is that it can stream directly to most major platforms and it’s fairly lightweight, so users don’t have to worry too much about if their computer will be able to handle the processing load.  

The OBS community is large and there are lots of guides available for a person new to the streaming scene, but that isn’t to say that OBS can’t be a good choice for those who take streaming more seriously. OBS has a large developer base and plugins are frequently released by the community to tailor the streaming experience to your needs. This is the advantage of choosing  an open source program like OBS. 

However, there is also no dedicated support line for OBS. If you have any issues while using OBS, it’s pretty much up to you to figure it out. Thankfully, with such a large and dedicated community, it’s not too difficult to find guides and forums where people are able to help solve problems. 

Overall, OBS is super flexible and offers the ability for you to do pretty much whatever you want as a streamer, but you should familiarize yourself with the community and available support resources before diving in.

Streamlabs OBS

Streamlabs OBS is another great option if you’re looking into streaming, and offers an interesting history. Streamlabs began as a streaming tool separate from OBS, but due to popular demand for full integration Streamlabs created Streamlabs OBS. 

Essentially Streamlabs OBS is a more user friendly version of OBS. The user interface is cleaner and easier to understand, and a lot of plugins developed by the OBS community were added on to the standard version. Streamlabs’s version of OBS even has a discord server to act as a support system in case you run into any issues. 

The developers seemingly took all of the criticism that could be made with the original OBS and tried to fix it. That’s not to say that Streamlabs’s version is definitely better. Streamlabs OBS is targeted toward people wanting to stream strictly video games, so if you want to stream other things then the original OBS may be a better fit. 

Another benefit of the original OBS over Streamlabs OBS is that the developer community is larger. You’ll be able to find more plugins to have a more customized experience with the original OBS, but if you just want something that’s easy to set up and ready to go quickly, Streamlabs OBS may be your best bet.

XSplit Gamecaster

Another great option for streamers is XSplit Gamecaster. Gamecaster has an easy to use and understand interface and recently added preset configurations for streams, which previously weren’t available. Before,  if you were going to use Gamecaster you would have to do thorough research about bitrates or follow a guide on setting it up, but that is not an issue anymore though.  

Just like the previous additions to this list, plugins are available and they’re neatly combined into the plugin store. With other streaming softwares on the market,  you may have to scour websites and subreddits to find links to needed plugins, but Gamecaster’s are neatly organized. 

Unfortunately, Gamecaster’s free version watermarks any streams that are 720p or higher or 30+ frames per second. However, this doesn’t diminish the other features that Gamecaster has. Recently they’ve introduced VCam, which lets streamers cut the background out of their facecams without needing a green screen. 

Gamecaster is a great platform for a beginning streamer, but it may be better suited for people who are a little more knowledgeable and know exactly what they want from streaming software. 

Nvidia Shadowplay

Nvidia Shadowplay is definitely the most unique entry of the 4. It’s a program available only to computers with GeForce graphic cards. Shadowplay is unique from the other softwares because it uses the power of the GPU to do the heavy lifting, whereas other streaming programs are resource intensive on the CPU. A lot of the time, being more GPU reliant can result in the streamer’s computer handling the stream and game at the same time better than it otherwise would.

There are some drawbacks to Shadowplay though. The first, and probably most significant, issue for most people is that Shadowplay is pretty limited in its features. You can only input data to the stream from one source, which is the game. This means that Shadowplay doesn’t allow for the use of overlays or facecams. You stream will solely be the game and your voice. 

Shadowplay is easy to use and quick to set up, so if you’re just looking for a quick and easy way to get streaming Shadowplay may be for you. Shadowplay is also very useful for standard screen capture videos. 

The only measurable issue with Shadowplay is that sometimes it can wash out smaller details in the stream, but this likely won’t be an issue for people who just want a quick and reliable program that won’t bog down their computer.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Linux Gaming: Best Linux Distro for Gaming and Streaming

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Linux Gaming: Best Linux Distro for Gaming and Streaming

Less than 1 percent of Steam users have Linux as their operating system. From these stats, you might assume that you shouldn’t use Linux for gaming. You couldn’t be more wrong.

It’s perfectly possible to build a fantastic Linux machine that is also a beastly gaming set up. Thanks to new compatibility tools, you can play 9500 games on Steam using Linux.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at what gaming on Linux is like in 2019. Which is the best Linux distro for gaming? What should you be aware of before jumping into open-source gaming?

Ready to start growing your stream and having fun while supporting open-source software? Then read on!

What Can I Play on Linux?

Linux gaming has come a long way in recent years. Way back in 2012, support on Linux for gaming was near nonexistent. Then Valve came along and proved that OpenGL works better than DirectX in Left 4 Dead 2.

Suddenly, this vast and untapped market was revealed. One year later, SteamOS was released, and gaming on Linux looked like a serious proposition.

Today, support for Linux is better than ever. A huge range of games support Linux natively, including DotA 2, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Rocket League, and Civilization VI.

It doesn’t end there, though. Steam also utilizes a piece of software called Proton, a variation on Wine (a Windows emulator for Linux.) This means that even games that are Windows exclusive can often be run on Linux.

Games that work with Proton include:

  • The Witcher 3.
  • Doom.
  • Cuphead.
  • Nier Automata.

If you’re a fan of retro games, you’re in luck too. Many emulators now play nice with Wine, letting you run classic NES, Playstation, and Dos games on your Linux machine.

Outside of Steam and emulation, you can find good support for Linux on GOG. offers a ton of Linux games old and new, with zero DRM. You also don’t need to install a client to use GOG, but they do offer one if you’d prefer.

Which is the Best Linux Distro for Gaming?

It will surprise nobody that the most-used Linux distro on Steam is Ubuntu. It’s an excellent choice with strong compatibility. Ubuntu gaming is easy and convenient, but there is a range of other excellent choices too.


If all you’re going to be doing is playing games, then Steam OS is a solid choice. It’s a basic Linux distro: there’s not even a file manager installed by default. Think of a computer with SteamOS installed as more akin to a games console than a normal machine.

However, it does offer strong and reliable performance. Based on Debian, SteamOS tends to offer slightly increased frame rates than Ubuntu. If you’re going to be using this PC as, well, a PC, then it isn’t worth sacrificing utility for a few frames.

Ubuntu Gamepack

Based on Ubuntu, this OS comes preinstalled with Steam, Wine, Lutris, and PlayonLinux. If you want an OS that lets you start gaming right out of the box, this is a strong candidate.

This OS is guaranteed to work with more than 6000 games. Unlike SteamOS, this operating system also offers the utility of a normal PC when it’s time to work. There’s native support for Flash and Java too.

SparkyLinux Gameover Edition

If you’re looking for classic gaming on Linux, you can’t improve on SparkyLinux. This OS comes with a huge number of games installed and gives you easy access to emulators.

If you want to play modern games, SparkyLinux also supports Steam and PlayonLinux. It’s a lightweight OS that offers incredible support for fans of retro and new games alike.

Best Linux for Gaming

We can’t recommend SteamOS while it’s still lacking in basic computer functionality. If you want a PC that is still a PC, we’d recommend Ubuntu Gamepack or SparkyLinux.

Linux Gaming Tips

Now that you’re ready to jump into Linux gaming, we thought we’d give you some tips to help you get the most out of your machine.

How to Stream on Linux

Streaming on Linux is just as easy as on Windows. Open Broadcast Software lets you stream to many different sites. It’s available as a snap too, making installation a breeze.

Check ProtonDB Before You Buy

If you’re looking at a game on the Steam store that isn’t native to Linux, you need ProtonDB. This website lets you look at user feedback to see how nicely any game plays with Proton. For example, you can see that Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is currently “borked,” and doesn’t work on Linux.

Graphics Card Driver Support

If you’ve looked at using Linux for gaming before, you might have heard negative stories about driver support. Nowadays, it’s far easier.

AMD and Intel graphics drivers are supported by default. If you’ve got an Nvidia card, you will need to grab the drivers yourself. This is because Nvidia drivers are proprietary, so they aren’t included in the Linux kernel.

Take a Look at GameMode

Getting poor framerates while gaming on Linux and can’t upgrade? Then take a look at GameMode. This little bit of software can help to optimize your machine for gaming.

It essentially tweaks the CPU speed, to improve performance.

Always Keep Your Linux Updated

Whichever OS you’re using, keeping it updated is essential. Updating regularly can improve performance and security. If you’re a first time user, you’ll be shocked by how regularly Linux updates

Gaming on Linux: Final Thoughts

We’ve come a long way from when Linux was essentially a no man’s land for gaming. While the debate about the best Linux distro for gaming rages on, all of the ones that we’ve discussed here are solid options.

If you’re a dedicated fan of both the open-source software movement and gaming, then get ready to have some fun. You’ve chosen the best possible time to start gaming on Linux.

Once you’ve picked your new OS, it’s time to decide on the best monitor for your gaming needs.

Streamer News 2020: The Recent Growth of Microsoft Mixer

Streamer News 2020: The Recent Growth of Microsoft Mixer

Amazon-owned Twitch reigns on as a king of the live streaming realm.

The famous platform attracts 15 million daily viewers, leaving the competition trailing in the dust.

But, the winds of change are blowing, as there’s a new challenger at the horizon. Microsoft Mixer is creeping up on Amazon’s flagship, as well as YouTube and Facebook Gaming.

One of the main things it has going for it is a star-studded roaster of streamers. Big deals have made it an attractive proposition for sponsors and viewers too.

So, can Microsoft attract enough eyeballs and spur explosive growth?

It seems that for now, the plan is working. The future looks promising, although the likes of Amazon will have something to say about it. Here is the state of affairs approaching 2020.

Deadly Shadows

Mixer officially launched in January 2016, under a different name— Beam.

The new platform struggled to amass viewers and streamers. It was facing an uphill battle against the established giants.

Yet, Microsoft had no intention of lingering in the shadow of Twitch. It decided to rebrand Beam as Mixer in 2017. New features were added, such as support for mobile games and co-streaming.

Then, a significant shift in momentum came in 2019. Streaming superstar “Ninja” left Twitch to join the growing Microsoft channel.  The former channel was dealt a serious blow, albeit far from a fatal one.

In a grand scheme of things, the transfer of the most subscribed streamer is little more than a blip on the radar. Nevertheless, it was a leap in the right direction for Microsoft.

Among other things, Mixer’s downloads improved. Ninja alone brought over 2 million followers with him. His changing of camps also worked miracles for media coverage and brand visibility.

Other streamers started wondering whether the grass is greener on the other side. Perhaps Microsoft offers something other options don’t?

The Numbers Don’t Lie

Positive perception doesn’t automatically translate into stellar market performance.

So, what do the numbers say? Well, it’s estimated that in a matter of one year, the number of hours watched more than doubled on Mixer. At the same time, the number of hours streamed tripled.

Make no mistake: these are impressive gains, but Mixer is still dwarfed by Twitch. Judging by audience figures, the streaming leader still has a 75.6% market share.

But, the rate of growth is what’s working to Mixer’s advantage. Twitch growth has remained modest, to say the least. Thus, if the upward trajectory continues, it won’t be long until Microsoft lays its claim to the throne.

As for YouTube, it’s already lagging behind in terms of the total number of streamed hours. The situation turns in YouTube’s favor when looking at total views. Here, Mixer has to bridge a big gap.

Finally, let’s mention the number of unique channels. Mixer has whopping 3.9 million of them, while Twitch has 3.8. YouTube is far behind with less than a million.

Of course, leading in one field means you can be lacking in another one. Namely, Mixer enjoys fewer viewers per channel than the competition.

One to Rule them All

We need to observe Mixer is an integral part of the Microsoft ecosystem.

The company’s revenue originates from subscriptions and Ember sales. We don’t know what exactly this amounts to, but it’s likely a relatively small portion of total gaming revenue. Xbox and Windows are the main gold mines for the company.

We also know tech behemoth is betting big time on the gaming industry. Services like Xbox Live will be joined by a new cloud gaming platform called Project xCloud. This move will open doors to streaming console games across devices.

As you probably know, Google is one step ahead here. It’s about to launch Stadia, its own cloud streaming project, which will be fully integrated with YouTube.

Amazon hasn’t announced a cloud service yet, but it could happen in the near future. We should not overlook conventional players like Facebook Gaming either. Its numbers speak volumes about the potential for gaining traction in months to come.

This is all to say the pressure is on Microsoft to act. Streaming wars are heating up and it’s time to deploy heavy artillery.

Apart from attracting viewers and revenue, Microsoft also has a chance to unify its stack of gaming services.

A Rough Journey Ahead

When all is said and done, it’s clear that Mixer still has a way to go.

One problem is the acquisition of Ninja hasn’t been as impactful as Microsoft executives had hoped. It came short of being the tide that lifts all the boats. Other big names might have to follow.

In other words, Microsoft is forced to heavily invest in its platform. This endeavor involves striking more lucrative deals with esports superstars. Money is the magnet for them to leave the comfort of their current position.

Encouraging signs come in the form of two more exclusive acquisitions. The first is Michael Cory, also known as “King Gothalion”. The second all-star player is Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek.

Their departures from Twitch prove Ninja wasn’t an isolated case. With such a great roaster, Microsoft might have a true winner in the making.

That being said, the tech goliath must be aware of the risks too. As it stands, it has to constantly subsidize the growth of the platform. If this fails to stimulate sales of embers and subscriptions, the ROI is in question.

So, we would argue it’s still premature to call Mixer a “Twitch killer”. Time will tell if it can become one or at least pose a true heavyweight streaming platform.

The Prospects of Microsoft Mixer Appear Bright

The battle for streaming viewership is on.

In recent years, Microsoft Mixer is gaining ground at the expense of Twitch. But, the problem is it has to actively pull away viewers and streamers from the leaders.

Amazon’s platform and YouTube dominate in the area of audience numbers. And since the technical differences between the platforms are negligible, skirmishes will take place on other fronts.

On paper, Mixer is supposed to spearhead the expansion of its gaming service ecosystem. It also aspires to overshadow all other competitors. For now, things are going according to plan, but the biggest challenges still remain.

Microsoft will need to double down on investment, build a broad audience, and secure individual stars. No small feats these are.

If you’re considering making the switch to Microsoft Mixer, check out our Mixer vs Twitch comparison to figure out which is best for you.

Twitch Economics 101: How Much Do Streamers Make?

Twitch Economics 101: How Much Do Streamers Make?

If you’re a gamer of any sort, then chances are, you’ve heard of the streamer Ninja. He’s currently the top Twitcher streamer and earns $500,000 a month.

That’s right—he makes half a million dollars every 4 weeks just by playing games and broadcasting it while he does so.

You’re probably now thinking: is it really this easy? Really, how much do streamers make? Can I become a streamer?

Keep reading! We’ll answer all these questions and more.

How Much Do Streamers Make?

Hold on here; you can’t just jump onto Twitch and become a paid streamer straight away.

Here’s the process.

Become a Twitch Affiliate First

First, you have to start as a Twitch Affiliate. This is kind of like a screening process, since if you do well, they’ll reach out to you and invite you to become a Twitch Partner.

There are a few requirements to become a Twitch Affiliate. They are:

  • Stream for 500 minutes in the last month
  • Stream for 7 different days in the last month
  • Have at least 50 followers
  • Have an average of at least 3 viewers when you stream

While you won’t earn money as a Twitch Affiliate, you will when you become a Partner.

Reach the Requirements for Being a Twitch Partner

Here are the requirements Twitch looks for when sending out Partner invitations:

  • Stream for 25 hours in the last month
  • Stream for 12 different days in the last month
  • Have an average of at least 75 viewers in the last month

Once you’ve hit those requirements, feel free to apply to Twitch to become a Partner. You should hear back from them within 7 business days.

To figure out how much Twitch Partner streamers make, you have to first understand where the revenue comes from. Read on to see.

Where Does the Money Come From?

Seeing as Twitch is an online broadcasting platform, there’s a myriad of ways you can earn money while using it. However, the 4 main ways are through advertisements, donations, sponsorships, and subscriptions. We’ll discuss each one below.


Twitch streamers can earn money through ads on their streams; they’re paid by cost per mille (CPM), which is the going price for every thousand views on their channel.

It’s standard to serve viewers with an ad when they start up the stream; that’s automatic. The streamer can also choose to serve a 30-second ad whenever they wish. This is usually handy for when they need a bathroom break or want to make a quick call.

The rates will vary due to the advertiser, time of the year (e.g. right before a major game release, they’ll pay more), and how big the streamer is. Unfortunately, we can’t give you hard numbers here since Twitch streamers aren’t legally allowed to disclose these figures.


If you’re doing a great job, your viewers can show their appreciation by leaving you donations or tips on Twitch through an action called “cheering.” Their currency is called “bits” and each one is about equal to one cent.

Twitch makes their money off of bit purchases, so you’ll be pleased to know your donations won’t be “taxed.”

You can also push other channels for donations, such as Patreon or PayPal. Do note that these channels usually charge a fee for their services, so that’ll eat into your revenue.


Twitch streamers can earn money by running sponsored streams. For example, a gaming company can pay you to play their game on your channel. Your viewers will know when you’re doing a sponsorship because you’re legally required to have “#ad” in your stream title.

You have the chance to earn some serious cash with sponsorships. Depending on the brand, you can get anywhere between $0.01 to $1.00 per viewer, per hour!

You may also be sponsored by gaming equipment companies. They’ll give you free stuff, and you’ll go on stream and play games with them.


Once you get big enough, you can earn some serious cash through subscriptions.

You know how on YouTube, the people you watch are always saying something like, “if you like what you see, make sure you hit the ‘subscribe’ button”?

Twitch streamers will say this too. This is because with each subscription, you’ll earn some money. While there’s a free “subscribe” button, viewers can also purchase 3 tiers of subscriptions.

With those subscriptions, they get certain benefits, like ad-free viewing.

How does the streamer benefit?

Well, they get 50% of the subscription fees. And if you’re one of the top streamers, you get to keep 70%!

Needless to say, the more paid subscribers you have, the more money will roll in.

Are You Thinking About Becoming a Streamer?

As you can see, there are multiple variables when it comes to the question of, “how much do streamers make?” It all depends on how you go about your revenue and if you’re good at it.

For instance, if you get noticed as a great player, you can be invited to professional teams and generate a great source of income through tournament winnings. Or if you’re very charismatic, many brands will want you to advertise their products, so you can make the bulk of your money there.

If you’re thinking about becoming a streamer, you don’t just become successful overnight. Plus, you have to pretty much be a jack of all trades.

Not only do you have to have an interesting personality, but you also have to have video editing skills. In addition, you need to know how to market yourself.

So becoming a streamer isn’t as easy as you’d imagine it to be. But with some hard work, smart marketing, and dedication, you may find yourself the next Ninja! (Don’t be disheartened if you aren’t though!)

If you’re determined to become the next hit streamer, you’ll want to make your stream more professional by buying yourself a nice webcam and upgrading your lighting.

Mixer vs Twitch: Know the Difference and Which Is Best for You

Mixer vs Twitch: Know the Difference and Which Is Best for You

So, you think you want to start streaming. It’s hard not to be interested when you see bigshots like Dr. Disrespect and Ninja pulling in tens of thousands every hour. Plus, they get to play video games for a living.

What’s not to love?

Before you build your live streaming channel, you need to know where to build it first. Streaming on Mixer vs Twitch will lead to very different results and user experiences. It should be said that one isn’t necessarily better than the other.

But between Mixer vs Twitch, one of these will definitely be better for your personal style. So which should you choose? We got you, fam.

Let’s compare and contrast Mixer vs Twitch to help you decide which is best for you.

What Is Mixer?

Mixer was first known as Beam when it hit the scene in 2016. Microsoft acquired the streaming service a few months later and renamed it to Mixer for a global launch. For years, Mixer has been a relatively small contender compared to Twitch.

But recently, things have been changing. Two of Twitch’s most popular streamers — Ninja and Shroud — signed exclusivity deals and pledged to stream on Mixer. Although the financial details are uncertain, professionals speculate that Microsoft paid hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire the streamers.

With Microsoft throwing more money into the game, Mixer has become a compelling Twitch alternative.

What Is Twitch?

If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably heard of Twitch and spent some time on the site. It’s an offshoot of a live stream website known as When the creators saw a rise in the popularity of video game streaming, they launched a dedicated service known as

After Twitch exploded in popularity, Amazon purchased the site for nearly $1 billion. The rest is history.

Now Twitch is responsible for 70% of all live stream viewing time. It’s a staggering statistic, considering Mixer accounts for only 3%.

Mixer vs Twitch

Twitch is a monolith compared to Mixer. But just because it’s bigger doesn’t mean it’s better. Let’s take a deeper look at the pros and cons of these different streaming platforms.

1. Competition

The best qualities of Twitch are also its worst. Although Twitch has a larger viewer base, it also has the largest number of streamers. Since Twitch can only showcase so many streamers at one time, it’s extremely hard to get noticed.

Plus, Twitch has been in the game longer. Most viewers already know their favorite streamers and aren’t looking for more.

If you’re a new streamer with no existing audience, it could take years to become a Twitch partner. But on Mixer, there’s far less competition. If you locate and target a niche, there’s a good chance you’ll gain a following.

2. Monetization

Twitch streamers can earn money through bits — micro-donations — as well as advertisements and subscriptions. Thanks to Amazon Prime, viewers can effectively subscribe to a streamer once a month for free. When all is said and done, Twitch has better profit potential.

But that’s if you manage to get big in the first place. And Mixer has several good perks of its own.

Instead of “bits,” Mixer uses what it calls “embers.” They are essentially the same. What’s different is Mixer is allowing users to donate these embers to any streamer, even if they aren’t partnered.

That means you can start making money on Mixer right away, assuming you draw in viewers who want to donate. On Twitch, you’d have to meet the affiliate requirements before any monetization is available to you.

3. Infrastructure

Mixer live streaming is faster than Twitch thanks to its “FTL” technology. There is less than a second of delay between the stream and the streamer. On Twitch, the delay can sometimes run up to 20 seconds, making it more difficult to interact with viewers.

This infrastructure also allows Mixer streamers to take advantage of real-time viewer polls.

But Mixer doesn’t totally blow Twitch out of the water. Twitch VODs are easier to navigate and record. Their dashboard is also more powerful, with better analytics.

And analytics are essential if you want to grow your channel.

4. Community

With a million concurrent viewers, it wouldn’t be right to generalize the Twitch community. However, Mixer is definitely more tame and friendly as a whole. Just realize that your personality as a streamer will either attract or repel the types of viewers you want in your chat.

Part of Mixer’s approachable community is thanks to its moderation team. In contrast, Twitch’s moderators and staff have come under fire for irregular rulings. Some streamers seem to be able to break the terms of service without penalty while others are banned for the same infraction.

5. Versatility

Lastly, we’ll look at the types of content available. A Mixer live stream is more-or-less constrained to gaming. There are multiple categories beyond gaming, but they are bereft of viewers.

On Twitch, you can stream creative works, such as art, or go about your day in the IRL section. An ironic turn of events, considering was supposed to separate game streaming from this type of content.

What’s the Best Live Streaming Platform?

Mixer vs Twitch: The decision is ultimately yours to make. Whichever you choose, the secret is to make sure you enjoy it. If you’re having a great time, your chat will, too!

If you’re serious about this whole streaming thing, you’ll want to get the right tools. Pull off a professional look with some of the best green screens for streaming. You’ll also find more product reviews across the blog for things like webcams, monitors, and lighting.

The 5 Best Gaming Monitors

5 Best Gaming Monitors

Purchasing the best monitor in the market will make browsing, viewing and browsing much easier. After all, visuals are an essential part of user’s experience when computing. In addition, it will make the experience more immersive and more pleasant. Although some monitors are not very pocket friendly, the best monitors that we’ve included in this article are priced reasonably. Therefore, everyone will certainly the best monitors that will perfectly meet their needs in the list below. These monitors fits the needs of all users, regardless of whether they’re looking for massive screens, speed or high resolutions. We’ve thoroughly reviewed and tested this list of best monitors that are currently available in the market.

1. LG 27UK850-W

  • Resolution: 4K - 3840 x 2160
  • Size: 27 in
  • Response Time: 5ms
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Inputs: HDMI (2x), Display Port, USB-C

Selecting the best monitor basically depends on the needs of the user. However, this LG 27UK850-W monitor meets all the needs for multipurpose display. The monitor has 4K HD Ultra resolution (3840 by 2160 pixels). This resolution will make you enjoy brilliant picture quality on the 27” screen with a functional and sleek design. 

This monitor’s IPS (in-plane switching) panel allows for viewing angles of 178 degrees, vibrant and accurate pictures. In addition, the monitor supports HDR (high dynamic range) technology. This monitor might not reach the peak color and brightness range that some enthusiasts of HDR mode look for. However, it delivers a great experience for professional video or photo editing and media watching. In addition, people searching for a monitor that will satisfy their gaming needs will not be disappointed by LG 27UK850. 

2. Acer SB220Q bi

  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Size: 21.5 in
  • Response Time: 4ms
  • Refresh Rate: 75Hz
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Inputs: HDMI, VGA

If you are shopping for a monitor on a restricted budget, then this Acer SB220Q monitor is the best option. Although its price tag is low, this monitor has a collection of features that are packed in its frame. It has a 21.5” screen and a full HD 1080 pixels IPS panel. This IPS panel offers better overall picture quality and viewing angles than the typical TN panels within this price range. This monitor is versatile and has additional features for the gamers. The monitor has a refresh rate of 75 hertz and supports AMD FreeSync. 

Nevertheless, this monitor’s solid and sleek design does not include USB input but it has 1 VGA and 1 HDMI port. These are some of the minor concessions that keep this monitor affordable. 

3. ASUS PG27U ROG Swift

  • Resolution: 4K - 3840 x 2160
  • Size: 27 in
  • Response Time: 4ms
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Inputs: HDMI, Display Port

This ASUS PG27U ROG Swift monitor is the best option if you’ve a gaming setup that requires a powerful monitor. The premium 27” 4K IPS monitor in this ASUS hardware line brings all the recent display technologies in 1 impressive package. Additionally, this monitor supports the DCI-P3 cinema standard color gamut that’[s wider than the normal sRGB range. It therefore produces accurate and rich colors for gaming and media work.   

Gamers will certainly want image quality along with speed while gaming. Luckily, this ROG Swift can reach up to a response rate of 144 hertz with a response time of 4ms. The G-Sync support of this monitor makes gameplay smoother for users with the compatible Nvidia graphic cards. Additionally, it keeps the gamer’s eyes comfortable during the long sessions using low blue light technology and flicker reduction. 

4. Samsung CHG90

  • Resolution:  3840 x 1080
  • Size: 49 in
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Panel Type: QLED
  • Inputs: HDMI (2x), Display Port, Mini Display Port

The standard aspect ratio of widescreen is 16:9 whereas the normal ultra-wide monitors with a screen of 34 inches have an aspect ratio of 21:9. However, this ‘super ultra-wide’ Samsung monitor has a 49-inch screen and a 32:9 aspect ratio. That is like two 16:9 27-inch monitors combined together. The tight 1800 R curve of this screen helps viewers see edges of its large real estate in their peripheral vision. 

When it’s combined with the HDR mode, this monitor produces great picture quality and vivid colors. Additionally, this monitor markets itself as the gaming monitor. It has a response time of 1ms and a refresh rate of 144 hertz that will absolutely serve gamers perfectly.

5. AOC U3277PWQU 4K LED 32” Monitor

  • Resolution: 4K - 3840 x 2160
  • Size: 32 in
  • Response Time: 4ms
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Inputs: HDMI, Display Port

This AOC U3277PWQU Monitor is the best option if you’re looking for a monitor that you can use to watch the movies in your computer. It has a 3840 by 2160 4K Ultra high definition screen that is 4 times the HD display resolution. This monitor includes viewing angles of 178 degrees with constant image quality across its board. In addition, this monitor has 2 3w speakers on every side for enhanced audio. 

Top Green Screens for Streaming

Top Green Screens for Streaming

If you’re looking to make your stream more professional, a green screen is a great next step. There’s a lot of options out there, and choosing the best for you really depends on the space you have for your set up.

A few main factors to consider when choosing a green screen for streaming:

  • How big of a screen do you need?
  • Does it need to be portable and easy to take down? 
  • Will the material easily wrinkle If you need to frequently put away the screen?

We’ve reviewed our top 5 choices for stream set ups below. After you’ve picked out the best fit for you, consider upgrading your lighting for streaming.

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1. Emart Collapsible Green Screen - Highest Rated

  • 61.02 x 72.44 inch when open
  • 3.94 x 4.72 x 61.02 inch when retracted
  • Light-weight and portable
  • Wrinkle resistant

Our highest rated green screen is the Emart Collapsible Green Screen. It’s the most portable and it’s Pro Level Chroma Key Screen makes it easy for you to remove the green background and put your own gaming video in. The wrinkle-resistant material leaves you worry free from ruining the material and can be quickly set up when it is needed and then put away just as quick. When retracted, it can also easily fit in any small space to be taken out again later.

If your set up requires you to put away your green screen in between streams, this is definitely your best option.


  • Quick and easy to set up and take down
  • Doesn’t take up much room when put up
  • Held up by a pneumatic x-frame
  • Lightweight and frame made of aluminum


  • While very convenient, the easy up /down design does make this green screen more expensive than other options

2. Emart Studio Kit

  • 102 x 120 inch screens
  • Comes with stand and clips
  • Has storage bag for components
  • Comes with 3 screens - black, white, & green

Our premium green screen set up recommendation is the Emart Studio Kit. This set comes with 3 screens of different colors and clips to hold them on to the adjustable stand. The stand is made of aluminum, making it lightweight and it comes with a durable nylon bag to hold everything in.


  • Comes with clamps, 3 screens, stand, and carry bag
  • Has an adjustable stand to fit the needs of your set up
  • Budget friendly


  • The material can wrinkle if not put away carefully
  • It will take up a lot of space when set up

3. Fancierstudio Collapsible Backdrop

  • Doesn’t come with a stand
  • Comes with 2 screens
  • Has a storage bag

The best green screen for a lower budget is be the Fotodiox Pro Collapsible Kit. While it does not come with a stand, a good stand wouldn’t run you much. We recommend pairing it with the Fovitec Stand Kit. It is 90 inches tall and capable of holding the both screens.


  • Comes with 2 screens
  • It is really good if you’re on a budget
  • Comes with a storage bag for both of the screens


  • Doesn’t come with a stand
  • The material could easily get wrinkled if put away wrong

4. Fotodiox Pro Collapsible Kit

  • 60 x 84 inch
  • Collapsible
  • Comes with a stand
  • Dual Sided: Green on one side, blue on the other

The Fotodiox Pro Collapsible Kit green screen is a 60 x 84 inch green screen. It comes with a stand and is double sided with a blue screen on the back of it. It’s a little on the expensive side and doesn’t come with a storage bag for your screen and stand to go into, but it is collapsible.


  • Double sided screen makes it where you have fewer screens to keep track of
  • The stand can go up to 7 feet tall to hold the screen
  • Collapsible screen to conserve space


  • Is on the expensive of the green screens
  • Doesn’t come with a bag to store everything if you need to put it away between streams

5. Fancierstudio Green Screen Kit

  • 72 x 108 inch
  • Adjustable stand
  • Comes with one screen
  • Has a bag to store the kit components
  • Doesn’t come with clips to hang the screen

The final screen on our comparison list is the Fancierstudio Green Screen Kit. It comes with one screen that is 72 x 108 inches and an adjustable stand that can hold it up to 9 feet tall. It doesn’t come with any clips to help hold the screen up, but it does come with a bag to store everything in.


  • Comes with clamps, 3 screens, stand, and carry bag
  • Has an adjustable stand to fit the needs of your set up
  • Budget friendly


  • The material can wrinkle if not put away carefully
  • It will take up a lot of space when set up