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Twitch Affiliate: How To Become One

Are you a new streamer on Twitch or someone who is thinking about starting a Twitch channel? Are you looking for tips and advice on how to reach “affiliate” status on Twitch? I will do my best in this blog to offer the best tips I can on how you can reach Twitch Affiliate status. You can check out my Twitch channel here. I just recently became a Twitch Affiliate so I thought I would write this knowledge down while it is still fresh on my mind. I hope these tips can help you.

Twitch Affiliate

Let’s get into some tips and advice for reaching Twitch Affiliate status. First of all, what is the Twitch Affiliate program? Basically, this is how you begin to earn revenue from your Twitch channel. When you first start out on Twitch it is not possible to earn money directly from Twitch itself, outside of donations that people might send you through PayPal, for example. The Twitch affiliate program allows you to begin to have people subscribe to your channel. People can also cheer you on by sending you “bits”, a form of digital donation, during your streams. These are ways you earn monthly income from your Twitch channel. Let’s discuss how someone becomes a Twitch affiliate.

Becoming a Twitch Affiliate

So you have decided to take your Twitch streaming to the next level and go for affiliate status on Twitch. Sometimes this is referred to as “being on the affiliate grind”. Reaching Twitch affiliate may come easily to you or may require some consistent effort to obtain. I’ve seen some people who obtain the status of Twitch affiliate very quickly, while there are others like me who took months of solid grinding to reach the status. I will give you some tips and advice on how to potentially reach affiliate faster and hopefully start to earn some income sooner. This is imperative if you have bills, a family to support, student loans, or more.

Tips and Advice

First you should get clearly into your head that this is your goal. It can be hard to obtain a goal unless you clearly set that goal in your mind or write it down. There are 4 requirements that you must meet in order to become a Twitch affiliate. We will go over those requirements now and how to obtain them. This information is current as of October of 2020. Twitch affiliate requirements may change over time.

Requirements for Affiliate

Here are the four current requirements for reaching Twitch affiliate status. If these requirements change in the future, modify your tactics to adapt to the new paradigm. This is directly from the Twitch website which I will link to here.

(1) At least 500 total minutes broadcast in the last 30 days:

This is fairly straightforward. You just need to make sure you broadcast at least 8.4 hours in the last 30 days. This is totally in your control. Unless you have a crazily hectic and busy life. In that case you might need to rethink becoming a Twitch Affiliate streamer. The process does take some time. Think about how much you like to play video games and make sure this is a worthwhile activity for you before investing too much time into this.

(2) At least 7 unique broadcast days in the last 30 days:

Again this is a fairly straight forward requirement. If you can only manage one marathon streaming day a month but are unable to stream on other days then you cannot reach affiliate at this time. You need to make sure you are broadcasting at least 7 times in the last 30 days so try to focus on running at least 2 streams a week to stay consistent. Consistency is key. Make sure you are running frequent broadcasts to clear this particular part of the affiliate process.

The more challenging requirements

(3) At least 50 Followers:

This is again a very straightforward requirement. This one may or may not be difficult for you. Some people already have large followings on other social media platforms. They can simply promote themselves on these platforms and potentially reach 50 followers very quickly. Personally, I do not have large followings on other social media platforms so I actually had to stream longer and use Twitch as a platform itself to gain new followers.

Larger Twitch streamers on YouTube like Harris Heller and others have mentioned the importance of creating content on other social media platforms in order to gain followers. I agree that this is very important. You should be posting videos to TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter as well to attract attention to your channel.

(4) An average of 3 concurrent viewers or more over the last 30 days

This is the requirement that I have seen cause people the most difficulty in trying to obtain. The reason is that it often seems to be somewhat simple for people to obtain followers, and it is not terribly difficult to meet the time based streaming requirements in terms of the duration of how long you stream. The real challenge seems to be in maintaining an average viewer count of above 3. Let me provide you a simple solution to this problem. Stream on Twitch less! Let’s break down in the next section of this article why this can be an effective strategy to reach affiliate.

Less is more

Maintaining 3 average viewers over all of your broadcasts in the past 30 days can be difficult if you are streaming for many hours each day. When you are streaming for up to 8 hours a day as a new streamer, sometimes only 1 or 2 people will be tuning in. This is actually damaging for your chances of reaching affiliate quickly. If you stream for 80 hours a month, you will have to have an average of 3 viewers tuning in for all 80 of those hours in that month. This can be difficult for newer streamers. The solution is to stream less, build up hype for your broadcasts, and set a schedule. Let’s talk about these points a bit more in depth before we close out this article.

Schedule and Promote

Here’s my advice to you. Stream for a while without thinking about average viewers too much. However, keep an eye on the times when people are tuning in the most. Next, set up a strict schedule of broadcasts which sync up to the times when your followers are tuning in most often. Eventually your followers will begin to know that those are the times at which you stream and they will tend to tune in more frequently around those times. Promote your broadcast on other platforms as well such as Twitter. Finally, if you are having trouble reaching the average viewers needed for affiliate, call up a friend or family member and tell them to please tune in. Explain to them the situation and tell them that you’d really appreciate their help. They may actually end up enjoying your broadcast.

Conclusion

Reaching the Twitch Affiliate status is not something that came easily to me but I hope these tips can help you out. Try not to see it as too much of a grind. Have fun with it. Hopefully some of these tips can help you reach Twitch Affiliate soon. All the best, good luck, and if you read this article and want to say hello to me on Twitch, I currently stream Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Here’s the link to my Twitch channel once more.

Thanks again for taking the time to read this blog. Have a great day!

© 2020 Richard Gillespie

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Time Management Twitch Video Games

Best Time To Stream On Twitch

As a newer broadcaster on Twitch, I keep asking myself the question “what is the best time to stream on Twitch?”

In this article I hope to provide some answers for you based on what I have experienced and thought about lately.

Best Time to Stream on Twitch

First, I’d like to stress the importance of having a stream schedule on Twitch. If you look at most major streamers, they all have certain set times in which viewers can look forward to their broadcasts starting. When I first started streaming video games, I just went live whenever I wanted, and as often as I wanted. I was trying to build up followers on my stream. I’d heard of the idea of setting a stream schedule but never realized how important it actually is. I’ll discuss later why having a streaming schedule is so important. Just remember, before you start considering the best times to stream on Twitch, make sure you focus on having it be a consistent streaming schedule.

How often should you stream?

Personally, I would recommend not streaming every single day. I did this for a while and I did start to burn out. Try to have at least two days a week when you do not stream. This can give your mind a refresh and you will come back to the stream after feeling more energized. Think about your favorite television shows, they generally do not have new episodes which air every single day. Television programs sometimes have 5 new episodes per week, but generally a show will not have a new episode for every single day of the week. You do not have to stream every day. Again, look at what the pros do, they take breaks.

Try to be like a TV show

Although many of us no longer watch television in a traditional way, there are still lessons that can be learned from the television era. Television broadcasts usually always have set times in which they start. This allows for individuals to tune into their favorite show at their leisure and the viewer can know when the broadcast is set to start. Viewers can then plan their day around watching the broadcast. If you are a streamer who goes live randomly and at different times each day, it becomes difficult for viewers and fans to calculate when you might be going live. Again, try to stick to a consistent schedule when you stream on Twitch.

Best times to go live

This can depend on where you live. Let’s say you live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This would be in the Eastern Standard Time zone. From personal experience, I’ve been noticing that 3-4 PM EST is a good time to start your broadcast if you live in this time zone. If you have viewers in the UK, it would be around 8PM in their time zone at this time. This is still early enough for UK viewers to tune in to your broadcast while simultaneously reaching your North American audience.

Here is my new streaming schedule on Twitch so you can get an example of the stream schedule that I am currently using. I have decided I will now go live on Twitch on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, at 3PM Eastern Standard Time.

Previously, I was going live on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 4PM-6PM and then again at 8PM-10PM EST. What I noticed with this schedule is that I was potentially streaming too often and too late at night. Having two different streams in a day started to feel like I was doing a bit too much and I was beginning to feel tired by 9:30 PM. Also, I noticed viewers dropping off around 9-10PM, so this was not good for channel growth. Additionally, 8PM EST is 2AM in the UK, so this is not a good time for me to be streaming for my UK viewers. I believe that my new stream schedule will be better for most viewers who regularly tune in. Always consider your audience.

Conclusion

The time at which you start your stream is ultimately up to you, but I would like you to remember a few guidelines. Stick to a schedule, stream earlier rather than later, and limit the amount of days per week you stream. While it can be tempting to stream every single day, I would recommend taking some time away from your stream each week, while sticking to a consistent schedule of earlier rather than later start times. Starting earlier in the day will leave you with more energy as well. Save your evenings for relaxation and rest. It can be hard to sleep immediately after an intense round of video gaming as well.

Even with the set streaming schedule you can still go live randomly from time to time and surprise your followers. Just remember that breaks are important. Broadcasting can take a lot of energy from you. Don’t forget to take breaks in order to maintain longevity as a streamer and avoid burnout.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article and I hope these tips can help you decide the best time to stream on twitch. Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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How To Internet Video Games

How to Stream on Twitch: The Basics

In this article I will write about how to stream on Twitch. Streaming yourself playing video games is a lot easier than you might imagine. You do not need an expensive computer or gaming rig to get started. I would recommend starting with a PS4 or Xbox console and see if you like streaming before investing in a more expensive rig.

How to stream on Twitch

First you will need to make an account with Twitch. However, before you can stream you will need to make sure your internet has a strong enough upload speed. I used to have an upload speed of less than 1mbps and it was impossible to stream with that internet connection. At minimum, I would recommend 5mbps+ for streaming. I upgraded my internet and currently I have 10mbps upload speed and it seems to work fine for streaming. Just make sure a lot of other people in your household are not streaming at the same time or it may disrupt your stream.

Start with console

If you cannot afford a gaming PC, you can instead stream directly from a gaming console such as a PS4 or Xbox One. This is a good way to get started so you can build up a few followers and see if streaming is right for you. You may find that you get bored of it. Before spending big bucks on an expensive gaming PC, make sure it’s something you really want to commit to. Starting to stream with a console can be a great way to get the ball rolling and see if streaming is something you want to pursue.

Play the game you want

Play the games you really want to play. The games that you would play anyways if no one was watching. If you want to play Fortnite, then do so, but do not do it just because it’s popular. You will soon get bored of playing a game you do not like. If you’re not really into the game you are playing, people watching your stream will recognize that. Don’t be afraid to play the game you really love the best. If you’re good at the game and fun to watch, people will tune in. Even if you’re playing a less popular game.

Stream frequently

It’s a good idea to stream frequently if you can. Many people say it’s best to have a set schedule for when you stream on Twitch. This way people know exactly when to tune into your broadcast. I would recommend streaming for short periods of time at first. What I have noticed is that when you start a broadcast, you get the most people joining your stream at the beginning. Viewers have told me that Twitch announces that you have gone live so that is why new people will enter your stream at the start of your broadcast.

If you have been streaming for several hours and no one is joining, try taking a break for an hour and coming back. Once you go live, Twitch will announce to people on the site that you have done so. My advice would be to keep your broadcasts short, but do them frequently. For example, the other night I broadcasted for 4 hours and only had new people join and subscribe subscribe at the beginning of the broadcast. Then I streamed for only half an hour the next night and had more new subscribers follow me that time. Keep your broadcast short but fun. Remember, most people don’t watch a 4 hour television show, so don’t blame them for not sticking around for your 4 hour stream.

Conclusion

Let’s go over the tips we have discussed in this article. First, make sure you have a fast enough internet connection to stream on Twitch. Nobody wants to watch a stream that keeps cutting out. Secondly, start out with a small investment. See if you like streaming before spending thousands on an expensive rig. Third, only play the games you like, you’ll soon burn out if you play games that you don’t actually enjoy. Finally, stream frequently but for shorter periods of time. Twitch notifies users when a new person has gone live so make sure you’re doing plenty of streams. It’s okay to take breaks.

I hope these tips are helpful to you as someone who is considering starting a Twitch channel. Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Fortnite How To Video Games

How to Survive in Fortnite

So you have decided to take up playing Fornite. Or maybe you are thinking about starting to play. Fornite is an addictive, heart pounding game that you have most likely heard of, unless you’ve been living under a rock. In this article I will explain some tips and strategies that you can use to survive in Fornite. I’ll also give you my strategies for winning as well, but that will be up to you. It is not easy.

Survival

For me, survival is the name of the game in Fortnite. I take an ultra defensive approach to playing the game. Usually I’ll make it into the top 10 of each match that I play because of this approach. A lot of people seem to die very quickly in Fortnite and I do not believe this is necessary. Here is what I would do if I were you and trying to survive in this game.

Initial Tactics

When you jump out of the bus at the beginning of the match, try to stay close to the outer edge of the map, near the incoming storm. There will be less enemies here in general and it is a safer place to drop into the map. If you see other players falling with you from the bus, do not land with them. If you notice other people skydiving in with you, get away from them. It’s too risky to encounter an enemy with no weapons or ammunition so just try to stay away.

Essentially, staying away from people as much as possible is my strategy for the beginning of the match. Let the other players eliminate each other. Stay near the outer edge of the map and collect as many weapons and as much ammunition as you can. Try to avoid weapons which can only hold limited ammunition, like certain slow acting shotguns which only hold small amounts. Collect pistols, sub machine guns, and the charge shotgun if you can. Make sure you have some medical health packs as well in case you take damage. Look for a boat or helicopter as well for extra protection and mobility at this point.

Middle of the Match

Once you have stayed to the outer edge of the map for a while collecting weapons and ammunition, the storm will begin to move in and you will be forced to move closer to the middle of the map. At this point you should use the storm to your advantage. No player is going to want to stay in the storm and get killed by it. So you can take comfort in knowing no one is in the storm. Stay close to the outer edge of the storm as it moves in and find ways to move in with it while remaining concealed.

Once the storm has started moving in several times, already 50+ players will likely have been eliminated from the match by this time. Once the storm has moved in more, you will get down to 25 players left, 10 players, etc. You just need to keep following this strategy of staying towards the outer edge of the storm and constantly staying on the defensive. Fools rush in.

Endgame

You should have been collecting as much ammunition along the way as possible. You may have encountered a few enemies at this point and you may have ammunition from them as well. Try to get as much ammunition as you can for the final showdown. Here is where things can get tough. Since I am a new player I tend to find building things somewhat difficult at this point. I am slowly learning to build structures quickly because this is obviously one of the best ways to win, but I am currently not fast at it. So here is my advice to you as a newer player; do not try to build structures.

This may sound unorthodox, but I have had some luck winning with it. Here is what you do. Have so much ammo on hand that you can destroy an enemy structure with your fire power. Once the match gets down to you and the final player, they will most likely be building a structure to try to snipe down on you. Try overwhelming the structure with ammunition in order to destroy it and force them to fight you one on one without a structure. This can often be your best chance to win.

Conclusion

This is just my personal strategy for playing Fornite at this moment in time. It may change. I will update you in the future if I start adopting different strategies. So far this one wins once in a while. I am still new to the game though. Let me know in the comments about your strategies for Fortnite. I’d love to hear them.

Thank you for reading this blog and have a good day.

©2020 – Richard Gillespie

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History Nintendo Video Games

My 5 Favorite Retro Video Games

I first started playing video games as a kid in the late 1980’s. Over the years I have played many different video games but in this list I am going to give you my top 5 classic retro video games from the SNES and Genesis time period. This is a personal subjective list however and is not meant to represent the best games of the time period. I will list each game and write a bit about why that game was so special to me.

1. Final Fantasy III (SNES)

This is the video game that taught me what a Role Playing Game is all about. Final Fantasy III (Also known as Final Fantasy VI) had an incredible story line, amazing music, and a game that you could easily spend 60+ hours playing and not get bored of. Final Fantasy III would draw you in like a great novel. It was a game very much ahead of its time and a legendary title among video game players worldwide. If you have not yet played this game, I highly recommend going back and playing it today. Hopefully Square Enix will release a high definition remake for it one day.

2. Chrono Trigger (SNES)

Once I had learned to love Role Playing Games by playing Final Fantasy III, a very special game was released called Chrono Trigger. This game told of an epic story about a boy named Crono who travels through time on an amazing adventure. He meets interesting characters from different time periods, including a talking frog. The game was produced by Square Soft, the same company which produced Final Fantasy III. The music in Chrono Trigger is some of the most memorable video game music of all time. I’ll never forget my first time playing Chrono Trigger. I had rented a copy of the game from a local video store and was so amazed within the first few hours of playing that I knew it was a game I would need to own as soon as possible. I knew right away that the game was something special and I was right. Chrono Trigger’s legacy has lived on for decades.

3. Super Mario 3 (Nintendo)

This is an ultra classic game that almost everyone knows about and loves. Super Mario 3 featured groundbreaking game play and level design that is still highly playable to this day. I used to read copies of a magazine called “Nintendo Power” in order to get tips for playing Super Mario 3. This game was so popular that it was even in Hollywood movies. There was a movie that came out in 1990 called “The Wizard”. It featured Fred Savage from television show “The Wonder Years”. At one point in the movie there is a video game tournament and they play the game Super Mario 3. The game was a highly popular cultural phenomenon in the late 80’s.

4. Shadowrun (Genesis)

While many people may not have played this game, it is one of my all time favorites. Shadowrun for SEGA Genesis was an incredible game and I’ll explain why. This game was interesting to me as a kid because it was rated MA-13, intended for more mature audiences than a regular video game. It was a essentially a cyberpunk role playing game. Unlike other games I had been playing at the time like Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario, this game featured mature themes, futuristic worlds, hackers, corporations, and the whole game was simply mind blowing to myself as a youth. I still enjoy Shadowrun to this day and recently downloaded a Shadowrun audio book on audible. There are many books published under the Shadowrun name as well. You might want to look into the franchise if you’re into cyberpunk.

5. Shining Force II (Genesis)

This is another game you may not have heard of or played before. It is not as well known as the previous titles I have mentioned but I wanted to include it because I really like the game. Shining Force II had a very interesting game play style. It was a standard role playing game in terms of having a fantasy story and a lot of interesting characters. However, the battle system was unique and different from other games I was used to. The game featured a strategic, turn based battle system where you would carefully move your characters across a large map to engage with enemies. Almost like game of chess with RPG battle elements. The game had an amazing cast of characters and is a personal hidden gem for me among classic role playing games.

Keep Playing Retro Games

I hope you enjoyed reading my personal list of my top 5 classic retro video games. I could write for hours about all the different retro games I have played and enjoyed over the years. Perhaps I will write another article in the future about some of the other classic video games I enjoy playing. Let me know in the comments your list of top 5 retro video games!

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©2020 Richard Gillespie