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How to start streaming on Twitch

Streaming is a unique form of content creation that allows you to interact with people live and in real time. Here are the basics of streaming, and the tips and tricks for people who are new to it, courtesy of veteran Twitch streamer Meg Kaylee.

First, come up with a name.

Be smart about your channel branding. Take some time to really brainstorm and come up with something that represents you, but that’s also easy to remember, spell, and pronounce.

What is your channel about?

Think about what kind of streamer you are. Are you a variety streamer who plays a bunch of different games?  Do you play the same game consistently? Do you stream games, or maybe art or music? There are many ways to stream. Find the one that fits you.

While you should play the games you’re passionate about, be aware that it might be harder to gain traction if you’re playing a game that’s already very popular.

Pick the right game to stream.

Be careful of games that are oversaturated, especially if you’re new. While you should play the games you’re passionate about, be aware that it might be harder to gain traction if you’re playing a game that’s already very popular.

Set a schedule and stick with it.

While this can be challenging, having a set schedule makes it easier for your viewers to know when you go live.

Don’t worry about losing a viewer—it’s better to keep the vibes positive so you don’t lose other viewers.

Create a set of chat rules.

And don’t be afraid to enforce them. Think about the type of environment you want to cultivate. If someone is acting in a way that creates a negative presence, you’re entitled to drop the ban hammer. Don’t worry about losing a viewer—it’s better to keep the vibes positive so you don’t lose other viewers.

Don’t burn yourself out.

No need to stream 24-7. Streaming is one situation where “quality over quantity” definitely applies. It’s up to you to determine what your energy levels can tolerate, and at the end of the day, don’t be afraid to stream less if it means the quality will be good.

When a new viewer comes in, you’ve only got a second or two to grab their attention.

Just keep talking.

When a new viewer comes in, you’ve only got a second or two to grab their attention. If someone comes in and you’re just blankly staring, they might just leave right away. If nobody’s in the chat, just pretend you’re recording a “let’s play” for YouTube to keep yourself talking.

Don’t focus on viewer count.

Don’t get too caught up on the numbers. There’s an ebb and flow to content creation, and progress isn’t always a straight line. Focus on the people who are there with you.

Publish content on multiple platforms.

Use Twitter. Use Instagram. You could even create YouTube video compilations of stream moments and share them there as well. It’s a great way to showcase yourself to people who don’t follow you on Twitch.

Tell people when you’re going live.

 

It’s also good to add a little extra content with your going-live post—like a funny gif or video—to give it a personal touch.

 

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