THE other day, I somehow got redirected to the Facebook Gaming page. No, I wasn’t searching for “sando gamers” (a totally different topic I want to write about). And there on the screen was the description: “Pennywise vs Tito Ed Caluag”—15ft virtual versions of them on an NBA 2K court, teaming up with “Bossing” Vic Sotto, Vice Ganda, Jollibee, Ronald McDonald—and some other characters. It was weird until the next feed showed Gerald Anderson taking on Joshua Garcia in a wrestling ring.
Another gamer was dressed up like a jeepney driver (the Good Morning towel was a giveaway) playing some sort of simulation driving with a Jeepney—while on the next screen was someone driving a Victory Liner bus along the edge of a cliff.
So imagine my relief when I was directed to Megan Young’s channel. Yes. Miss World 2013 Megan Young.
But you know the craziest part of it all? There were hundreds, even thousands of people watching them live with several thousands more sharing and liking their content.
Besides YouTubers, and TikTok-ers, game streamers are among the most watched personalities online. Names like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Turner “Tfue” Tenney have become streaming icons, while here in the Philippines we have Alodia Gosiengfiao, GLOCO, Dexie Diaz, Kristine Santamena, MoyMoy Palaboy, Biancake, Megan Young and ChooxTV, among the most-watched gamers.
Of course, follower counts equate to the millions of dollars earned by these top streamers. Gaming is a $120 billion industry, and live video game streaming constitutes a growing slice. So if you have a knack for playing games and could make it entertaining enough to get you fans, game streaming might just be that side hustle you need to try.
Getting into streaming isn’t that complicated and doesn’t take a fancy stream setup to get started. All you need is a decent spec-ed PC, a fast Internet connection, a good keyboard, headset, gaming mouse, microphone and you are good to go.
This also means you don’t actually have to spend all your savings to build a start-up streaming rig. If you want to explore the exciting world of streaming or even just level up your gaming gear, there’s a new brand, called Vertux, that offers a full lineup of gaming peripherals.
Designed in Dubai, Vertux takes your gameplay to greater heights with stylish accessories such as keyboards, mice and headphones, plus cooling pads, headphone stands and microphones without breaking the bank and, more importantly, won’t make you look like a noob.
The keyboard that came bundled with your PC might be good enough for chatting, e-mail and updating your social media, but if you want to get serious about your gaming, you need a keyboard that’s engineered for high-performance and reliability, even after years of heavy use and abuse.
The Vertux Tantalum is a high-performing mechanical keyboard which provides precision with 100 percent anti-ghosting keys and a customizable RGB illumination of 16.8 million colors. From one mechanical keyboard to another, Vertux Tungsten is a hyper-action gaming keyboard with six customizable modes that let you enjoy every game depending on your mood.
Vertux RaidKey, on the other hand, is a 104-key keyboard that parades itself as the ultimate gaming keyboard which features blue mechanical switches for the response and tactical feel gamers always look for. Vertux Vendetta is a keyboard-mouse combo with an ergonomic design and programmable macro keys; it has GX rubber dome switches and RGB lighting feature with 9 modes for a more immersive gaming session.
Lightning quick reflexes are crucial for gamers, so that means you need a mouse that can match your reactions and give you a competitive edge and impeccable accuracy. Vertux Cobalt has 6 programmable buttons for easier customization, letting you score an advantage with its high-tracking accuracy and up to 4800 DPI that delivers ultimate performance combined with your skill. Sporting classic white and black variants, the Dominator and Drago let you feel a whole new level of control beyond expectations with its four on-the-go DPI settings to let you one-up your competitors. An unassuming alternative is the Sensei—a USB-wired gaming mouse that helps you to play to your full capacities. With up to 3200 DPI, it boasts of LED backlight and comfortable buttons and scroll wheel.
Make sure to also pair your Vertux mouse with a pro-gaming mousepad. Flexing a stylish, unseen design, Vertux Glider features 2.4G wireless transmission technology which allows lag-free gaming experience. For more seamless wrist action, the FluxPad has an optimized low resistance anti-friction slim LED technology that gives you greater tracking performance and superb precision.
Nothing puts you in the middle of the action than a great pair of headphones. Vertux’s high-definition noise-isolating headsets like the Havana boast of a powerful, high-density 50mm speakers to let you hear every detail even during the most intense gaming situations. The unrivaled sound quality is paired with seven rainbow colors which you can control to match your gaming setup. The Denali offers a one-touch on/off button and a high-grade mic ensuring clear conversations between teams. Vertux even has a headset named after Manila that offers reliable 40mm speaker drivers for perfect competitive gaming sessions.
And after those intense gaming sessions, rest it securely on the Vertux Extent. This 3-in-1 headset stand with built-in mouse bungee, USB ports and LED lights is a great way to make your gaming table classier.
A dedicated microphone is also important when streaming via PC to make sure your commentary is crystal clear. The Vertux Sphere is a high-grade professional gaming microphone with a cardioid polar pattern that picks voice from the front and eliminates noise from other directions to let you sound your best. Vertux also has a couple of Streamer series microphones—the Streamer-3 and Streamer-2 offers standout performance with its easy-tilt microphones and a cool LED backlight feature that makes it eye-catching for gamers. The anti-vibration Vertux Vertumic-1 minimizes interference making your voice richer for streaming, voice calls and recording.
For those moments when you just want to blast out those in game effects—Vertux has an impressive pair of wireless speakers. First is the Vertux Rumba, a water-resistant housing that creates an impenetrable seal keeping the music alive even when outdoors. Its “AuraSync” LED lights provide a dazzling display that enhances any gaming setup. Next is the Vertux SonicThunder-50, an ultra-powerful gaming audio system with Bluetooth v5.0. It has two 10W satellite speakers and a 30W subwoofer that delivers rich, directionally accurate audio needed for high-performance gaming. If you choose to game using your laptop, make sure to grab a cooling pad like the Vertux Glare that features a robust cooling technology with a fan speed controller for optimum performance. It even has an LED screen and rainbow lights in a sturdy aluminum design that carry laptops up to 17”.
Vertux is available in selected retail stores nationwide and in their official stores at Shopee, Lazada, Zalora, and Grab. For Vertux’s full catalogue, you may visit www.vertux.com or reach Vertux via Viber and their social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram to keep you on the loop for updates and promotions.
This feature first appeared on the Business Mirror.