5 Important Things Your Online Fans Want You to Know
Mike Donlin • April 12, 2016
If you’re streaming your games, it’s clear that you care about your program and your fans. You want everyone to catch the action, whether or not they can make it to the game.
Still, it can be tricky to know what your online fans are saying. Do they like what they see? Are there things they wish you did differently?
As a streaming provider, we get to hear from viewers all the time. Here are the five things your fans wish they could tell you:
1. Let us know the score
Would you watch a game without knowing the score? Probably not. Still, plenty of streams somehow end up scoreless. There’s a common misconception that including the score is complicated. It’s not! Below are several easy fixes to the problem:
Pan your camera to the scoreboard throughout the game.
Overlay a scoreboard onto your stream that you can update manually.
Integrate your scoreboard to reflect the real-time score right in your stream. For more information on how this works with BoxCast, check out our score bug.
Invite willing participants to broadcast the game. Everything is better with an enthusiastic announcer.
2. Give us some sound
Fans love play-by-play announcers. In an ideal world, every school could find someone to fill the role. Still, it’s a big ask. Even if you can’t find a commentator, provide your fans with the natural noise from the game. A silent stream just makes it seem like something isn’t working.
Fans are used to watching their favorite games on the big screen. The expectation for high quality doesn’t suddenly go away when they watch their kids play. A small investment in cameras and equipment will go do a lot to please your viewers.