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.
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.
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.
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