So, you are a content creator looking to explore the Twitch online streaming platform but you don't know where to start? Fret not, we have you covered. In this guide, you will learn about how Twitch works and what you need to stream your content to the millions of users available.
Online streaming has become quite popular in recent years and Twitch is one of the best apps if you’re looking to build a following online. The platform boasts an average of 15 million users daily and once you get onboard, you won't be short of an audience. So what do you need to do before you can stream on twitch? Read on to find out more.
For starters, you’ll need a Twitch account. Opening one is as easy as abc and all you need to do is; go to the Twitch website and create an account. For security purposes, make sure you activate the 2FA once you create an account.
Go through community guidelines
It’s important that you go through the terms of service and the community guidelines so that you know what content is allowed. Check your moderation and safety settings to ensure your channel is safe for your audience.
After that, customize your channel so that your audience knows who you are and what your content is about. Add a bio and a profile image and with that, you’d have started a brand people can recognize.
The beauty of Twitch is, you can use a mobile phone, a PC, a PlayStation or an Xbox to stream. Below, we’ll discuss how you can easily use each of the devices for your streams.
Using a mobile phone is the easiest and fastest way to do a Twitch stream. Download the app from the AppStore if you have an iPhone and for Android users you can get it on Google Play Store. Login to your account, tap the ‘Go Live’ icon and you’ll see two options; Stream IRL and Stream Games. Pick the one that suits you and you can start the livestream.
When streaming from a computer, you'll need software encoders which will make your work easier. Softwares like OBS, Streamlabs Desktop and Lightstream Studio are some of the most popular ones and are available for both MAC and PC.
Alternatively, you can download the free Twitch Studio app from their website, as it is easier to use for a beginner, compared to the third-party softwares.
With your PC set, we recommend that you get a proper microphone and a webcam to ensure that the sound and visuals are of good quality. Good audio commentary and a clear video will attract an audience to your channel and the equipment investment will be worthwhile.
Some standalone mics like the Razer Seiren X, Antlion Mod Mic 5 or the Sony ECM-CS3 will give you outstanding audio quality for less than $100.
If you want to record some of your facial expressions, you can go for affordable, yet high quality webcams like the Logitech HD Webcam C310or the Razer Kiyo. You can also opt for the AVerMedia Live Streamer 313 which will also give you great results.
Whatever streaming software you choose, with the equipment listed above you will be set to start your Twitch streaming career on a desktop computer.
For PlayStation users, you don't need third-party software to stream on Twitch. Sony have an inbuilt Twitch tab that you can access on the settings- ‘link to other services’ icon and you can connect to your Twitch account.
Make sure you have the PlayStation HD Camera for the PS5 and the PlayStation Camera for PS4 since other cameras aren’t compatible. To start your broadcast, start the game you want to stream, and press the share button. Select the output quality and click on ‘Start Broadcast’ to begin your stream.
When using the Xbox console, you’ll need to download the Twitch app, then connect the two. Allow sharing of game content using a connected camera under the ‘game content’ tab in your account settings on Xbox.
Next, go to your Twitch app, login and tap on the ‘Broadcast’ tab. Choose the video options and add a title for your broadcast.
With your video and audio enabled, start the stream. Go over to Xbox, and start playing the game you want to broadcast.
You will need high-speed internet to make the streaming seamless. We recommend using an ethernet connection as it is faster than wifi unless you’re using a mobile phone. With a minimum of 3-6 Mbps speed, you and your audience will have a better experience during the stream.
For years, Twitch has been considered a gamers’ stream site but over the years, more content has made its way onto the platform. You don't have to be a seasoned content creator for you to be a successful Twitch user. Make sure you have entertaining content and be as consistent as possible and soon you’ll have millions of people watching your channel.