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New Twitch Feature: Twitch Channel Feed

Last week Twitch released an exciting new beta feature called Channel Feed. The Twitch Channel Feed in many ways is the exact same as the basic functionality of any social media platform like Twitter or Facebook. A simple way to update the people that follow you. I think this is a very nice addition to the channel page, it will allow streamers to update people about interesting news and things that are happening on the stream without having to use a traditional Twitch channel info panel. It’s much quicker and easier than creating an info panel for this kind of information plus for content like news and updates it makes much more sense.

Twitch said:

We know how important it is for broadcasters to communicate with their viewers, and Channel Feed will make it easier than ever. Your Channel Feed is a customizable space on your Channel Page where you can easily share important news, announcements, and anything else you think is relevant to your community. Channel Feed posts fully support emotes, have a generous character limit, and are easily shared to any linked social media accounts.

Should you use the Twitch Channel Feed?

I always turn on new Twitch features when they arrive and at least play with them to see if they bring any value. Personally I love this new feature. Some of the other features they have added recently in my opinion have not been so useful but I think that this is one of the best additions Twitch has made in the last 12 months.

How to enable the Twitch Channel Feed?

If you are one of the lucky few who have been given access to the new feature you should see a new area on your channel page where you will see “Channel Feed Beta” and a small on/off switch. If you do not see this on your channel page then you have not been included in the beta test.

Typically when Twitch rolls out a new feature not everybody is given access straight away. This is to limit risk on the platform and allow them to test and monitor how people are using the new feature.

In the future

I can imagine that the channel feed will see some very heavy development over the coming months. I would like to see the ability to tag other Twitch streamers for example by using @FiveManDown in a message I would like to see that text create a link to my channel. This makes shouting out and teaming up with other streamers even easier and more fun!

Currently the channel feed only supports sharing to Twitter but I can imagine the plan is to allow streamers to share content to all of their connected accounts. Currently you can can connect Twitch to Blizzard, Steam, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

I wonder if they will create a more open platform where you can find popular channel updates, right now people who visit your channel page can “like” a channel update in much the same way you can “like” a Facebook status update.

Twitch Channel Feed Updates

The Final Word!

The new Twitch Channel Feed is really cool and you should be using it as soon as you have access to it. I expect it to evolve over the coming months and I am excited to see what they do with it. On another note I will be starting to stream on a regular basis again and you can read more about that on my first channel feed update. Pretty cool huh?


Twitch Streamers Community

If you are looking for a community of Twitch streamers to hang out with then come and join the FollowTrain.tv Twitch streamers community. We currently use Discord to host our chat room plus free voice comms and every one is welcome to join.

What is Discord?

Discord is essentially a communication platform designed specifically for gamers. It’s like a modern day IRC client with a TeamSpeak server bundled with it! It’s awesome and it’s free!

“It’s time to ditch Skype and TeamSpeak. Discord is here. All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone. Stop paying for TeamSpeak servers and hassling with Skype. Simplify your life. You’ll never go back.”

Discord IOS and Androids Apps

You can even join us using the mobile app and chat when you are not streaming or when your on the move, pop in and say “hi”, keep up to date with the latest Twitch trends and gain knowledge from other experienced streamers and Twitch partners.

How to join us on Discord

First thing you will need to do is create your free account then you can download the Discord desktop client and then you simply choose which device you use either Discord for IOS or Discord for Android.

Twitch Streamers Community on Discord

My plans for the FollowTrainTV Twitch Streamers Community Discord!

I really hope this group can grow and grow and that all streamers can learn and share new ideas in a friendly and open place. Streaming can be difficult and lonely at first, talking to yourself for hours on end with no response. Why not join us and get some support from our community of Twitch streamers!

The Final Word!

I tend to leave a final word summary at the end of every blog post I write. All I can say now is come and join us on Discord, don’t be shy everybody is welcome!


Top 10 most popular games on Twitch

Your probably wondering “What are the most popular games on Twitch?”, Well I have the definitive answer for you! You can easily see what the most popular games are on Twitch at at given moment. You simply visit the main games page and you will see in real time what games are currently the most popular. But this only shows you a small snippet of the story and often when a game is new lots of people will be playing it!

At the end of each Year Twitch release a retrospective and for the purpose of this article I feel this is the best place to check for the real data on such a question. Below is a list of the 10 most popular games on Twitch for the entire year of 2015. The list is in order and represents the games which streamed the most minutes on the platform. Without further hesitation lets get in to the list!

1. League of Legends

League of Legends

League of Legends (LoL) is an online battle arena game that takes place in real-time. League is one of the world’s largest esports games and was developed by Riot Games. As of 2014, the game had 67 million monthly players and over 27 million daily players. At any given time, upwards of 7.5 million people are playing at once. A standard game consists of two teams of 5 champions competing to destroy the other team’s nexus while leveling up in an RPG style. The action is fast, furious and intense making this the perfect spectator eSport. League of Legeds wins the number one spot on the most popular games on Twitch list.

2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO)

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO)

Next up another massive eSports game that needs no introduction. CS:GO is the 4th iteration in the Counter-Strike series. It is a 5 on 5 team-based online FPS (first-person shooter) game that takes place in real-time. Rated mature, this game pits terrorists (Ts) versus counter-terrorists (CTs) in a realistic shootout involving various options for gameplay. Typically you will see people playing in a game that will last around 90 minutes where the first team to get 16 rounds will take the victory. A friend of mine once said that “CS:GO was the best $7 he ever spent!” and I really cant argue with that. It draws in thousands of viewers on Twitch every single day and shows no sign of going away soon.

3. Dota 2

Dota 2

Dota 2 is another battle style arena game involving multiple combatants in real-time play and in many ways is similar to League of Legends. Developed by the Valve Corporation the same company that made CS:GO, Dota 2 is free-to-play and boasts over 1 million simultaneous users. Characters have unique abilities and scale during each battle — collecting gold, experience, and items throughout the game. In 2015 a prize pool of $18 million at the game’s main annual tournament set an all-time high for the eSports scene and remains one of the most likely ways to make money from gaming online.

4. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Next up we have Hearthstone the card-based strategy game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Head-to-head Arena play allows players to face off against each other using pre selected decks of cards. There are now more than 40 million Hearthstone players around the globe. Ranked battles allow players to gain monthly prizes and strive to become legendary ranked. The top 100 legendary ranked players at the end of each month receive world championship points (WCPs) that can help them to qualify for the annual championship competition. The game is free but t allows users to purchase card packs in order to rapidly increase players card collections for developing gameplay decks. Single player modes can also be unlocked to help players earn cards that are not available in some of the purchasable packs. Again I think one of the things that draws viewers on with this game is the high level of competition involved.

5. Minecraft

Minecraft

Minecraft allows users to build and create in a 3D block environment. Players explore the world they are helping to create, they gather resources, craft new tools, and even engage in combat. Various game modes exist that allow players to outlast each other in a multiplayer survival game or enjoy a creative mode which provides unlimited resources for users to design anything they can imagine. An award winning game, Microsoft purchased the intellectual property from Mojang in 2014 for the sum of 2.5 billion USD.

6. H1Z1

H1Z1

The point of H1Z1 is to survive the zombie apocalypse—a popular theme in modern entertainment. It takes place in a future dystopia where zombies have resulted from a mutated virus called H1Z1. The game is a massively multiplayer game, meaning that all users exist in the same world. Cooperation is encouraged, creating a sense of community among many users. Teamwork and trading are vital aspects of survival when encountering everything from zombies to wild animals. Most people on Twitch play in the Battle Royal mode which is a huge fight to the death and only ends when there is one play left.

7. Destiny

Destiny

Destiny is an FPS (first-person shooter) brought to you by Bungle and Activision, the same guys that made the massively successful Halo series. Destiny is a sci-fi game in which users share a world and team up. There are player-versus-player options besides the team objective modes. The game takes place on a future Earth, ridden with aliens, as well as on various worlds where the player is charged to wipe out the alien nemesis before reinforcements can reach the Earth. The launch of the game in 2014 set retail records with more than half a billion USD in retail sales on the release day.

8. World of Tanks

World of Tanks

World of Tanks is a free-to-play online game that takes place in a multiplayer format. There are also premium game features available for a fee. PvP gameplay is the focus, and users compete against each other in various types of tanks. There are more than 400 different kinds, each based on a real type of tank developed during the 20th century. Users can choose their favorite tank from their home country or select a type of tank produced anywhere in the world. This game entered the world of eSports at the 2012 World Cyber Games. This game draws some pretty big numbers on the Twitch platform.

9. World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

WoW, World of Warcraft is an MMORPG from Blizzard Entertainment, and is the oldest of today’s favorite games having been released in 1704. The world of WoW takes place four years after the events of Blizzard’s previous iteration of the game, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Six expansions have been released over the past decade. There are more than 5.5 million subscribers, making WoW the world’s top MMORPG. It is also the highest-grossing game in history. A World of Warcraft movie will be released in June of 2016 under the title Warcraft and will no doubt increase interest in the game, adding to the number of players and spectators on Twitch.

10. FIFA 15

FIFA 15

FIFA 15 is the ultimate football/soccer simulator. Electronic Arts released the game in 2014, and it received great reviews from game critics. Thanks to the global popularity of football/soccer, this has become the most popular sports game for online play and viewing. Each year, EA releases a new version of the popular game with upgraded AI and updated team rosters, meeting with immediate success from fans of the franchise. No other sports simulation game attains the same eSports attention as FIFA.

The Final Word!

So there we have it the 10 most popular games on Twitch in 2015 according to Twitch! One of the key things that I take away from this list is that each of these games has a huge esports potential they are all massively competitive and have a massive online multiplayer style of play. Each of these games offer something unique that simply draws us to play them which then draws people to watch others play.


Twitch Streamers Forum

If you are a Twitch Streamer and you are looking for a Twitch streamers forum then look no further. Head over to TwitchStart.com and join the community there.

If you use Twitter then you probably already know the guys that run this forum. The forum is run by @twitchraid who is one of the biggest Twitter retweet services for Twitch Streamers.

TwitchStart.com - Twitch streamers forum

TwitchStart.com – Twitch streamers forum

I personally hang out and check posts on TwitchStart.com and you can find me there under the username FollowTrainTV.

How many people use the TwitchStart streamers forum?

They just celebrated their 600th member. They have been online around 6 months at the time of writing this article.

Things you can do at TwitchStart.com

Get some feedback about your stream.
Advertise your stream.
Ask Twitch veterans for all kinds of questions.
Discover new software and ideas connected to streaming.
Get hosted and host others.
Just hang out and make friends.

The Final Word!

If you are looking for a Twitch streamers forum then I would start with TwitchStart.com the streamer’s community. Go and create an account today and remember to introduce yourself and complete your profile page.


A look back at the Twitch numbers in 2015

The Twitch official blog posted a rather nice look back retrospective for 2015. I wanted to highlight some of the Twitch numbers that I found interesting around the numbers that Twitch boasts.

How many people watch Twitch?

Twitch reported that there is an average of more than half a million concurrent viewers on Twitch. That’s right more than 550,000 people are probably watching Twitch right now while you read this article. Streamers broadcasted 241,441,823,059 total minutes last year. The infrastructure behind Twitch is impressive to say the least! They had a peek of 2,098,529 viewers on August the 23rd during a single weekend when both ESL One: Cologne 2015 and the League of Legends NA LCS Finals both took place.

How many people broadcast on Twitch?

With an average of 1.7 million broadcasters streaming every month that is a huge amount of gamers streaming on the Twitch platform they had a concurrent peek of 35,610 broadcasters all streaming at once in November 2015.

How many partners does Twitch have?

Twitch reported that they have in total 13,476 partners, these are Streamers with that magic sub button.

How do people watch Twitch?

Most people watch Twitch on a laptop or desktop computer around 56% of their viewers with mobile at 35% leaving consoles lagging behind at just 7%. Twitch mobile and tablet app’s reported having over 1,000,000 downloads last year.

How many messages per minute does Twitch handle?

There was a total of 9,169,726,092 messages sent in 2015 that’s 17,446 messages per minute. That’s a lot of Kappa emotes!

The Final Word!

Twitch is an impressive platform with a huge user base. I would argue that Twitch is the home of gaming! It brings the community together in a fun and interesting way and I am proud to be a part of the Twitch history. If you are interested in the Twitch history you can get a really good insight by visiting the Twitch 2014 Retrospective and the Twitch 2013 Retrospective.


CPU issues when streaming and playing games

I noticed I was getting lag spikes in game after starting to stream with OBS. It was not because of my internet speed but because my CPU was using 100% of it’s processing power and killing my mad skills in CSGO. This was causing me to have some pretty horrible issues when streaming and playing games on Twitch.

How to fix CPU related issues when streaming and playing games?

The information in this post will apply to all games not just Counter-Strike Global Offensive so if you have a CPU streaming issue please read on.

I didn’t stream on Twitch much since the summer. Mostly because of other projects and because I started hitting the gym a few times a week! I formatted my PC and put Windows 10 on it plus bought myself a brand new BenQ XL2430T 144Hz monitor and I had taken my green screen down to have a huge sort out in the room I use to stream. All of these things combined meant I had destroyed my streaming setup! Putting things back together takes time but I started to do that this week.

Starting fresh

So previously I guess I had tweaked my CSGO game and my streaming settings, something I must of totally forgot about.

I tried to stream the other day and my CPU was running at 100% and causing CSGO to stutter which made me play really badly. I had to make a some tweaks again and now my CPU is running at around 90% which is perfect in my opinion because I have almost maximum performance from my PC and no issues while streaming and playing games.

Before we start tweaking

If you understand a few simple ideas then you will be able to make choices that work for you rather than just plain copying me. We all have different gaming rigs and stream different styles of games so the fixes are down to you to makes choices.

Understanding the streaming process

When you stream your capture software usually XSplit or OBS is recording your screen at the number of frames you specify, then it is resizing the dimensions of the capture as you specify and then it tries to compress it to the size rate which you specify (1800 KB/s in my case) then it sends it down the wire to Twitch.

So the more frames you have and the larger your screen resolution the larger the amount of data your CPU has to crush in order to meet your specified streaming KB/s.

On top of that CSGO is known to be a very CPU expensive game, the source engine that runs Counter-Strike uses the CPU more so than other games. Newer games pass much more of the graphic processing work to the GPU.

So in my case both CSGO and OBS are using my CPU.

You can check this by going into Task Manager, on Windows by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL.

CPU issues when streaming and playing games on Twitch

Analyse CPU issues when streaming and playing games on Twitch!

Reducing your CPU usage is easy

You have to make some choices as to what works best for the style of games yo pay and what software and hardware you use. I outline 5 fixes below.

You may have to use all 5 of them.

Fix 1: Free up valuable CPU processing power

Press CTRL+ALT+DEL and go in to Task Manager. The first unexpected thing I noticed in Task Manager was a little program called “RzStats.Manager.exe” I saw that is was using between 10-12% of my CPU when I moved my mouse. This is because I have a Razer DeathAdder 2013 gaming mouse and when I installed the Razor Synapse 3.0 software it asked me if I would like to turn on statistic tracking for my mouse. At the time this seemed like a great idea. I soon realised that all it really does it create a heat map which is in my opinion completely useless. I disabled statistics tracking in the Razor Synapse software and then the CPU usage disappeared and I gained an extra 10% free processing power.

Analyse what is going on under the hood of your machine using Task Manager and work out what programs are hogging CPU and decide if you need them or not.

Fix 2: Reduce the amount of CPU used by the game you play

In my case CSGO is using my CPU. I like to have all my graphics settings on maximum and I still get over 150 FPS. Reducing the screen resolution of CSGO can give you more CPU if you combine that with lower graphics settings you can free up a lot of CPU power. I play 1080p and I prefer gaming in full quality so I won’t be reducing my settings in CSGO. This is my personal choice.

Adjusting the game quality settings and resolution of your game can sometimes free up CPU power, especially if your game is known for hogging CPU.

Fix 3: Stream at a lower FPS

Reduce the the number of frames per second that you record in. This is what I mentioned earlier. If you are capturing in 60 FPS you are capturing twice as much data as someone who is streaming at 30 FPS and you may have to reduce this. If you are streaming a game like Hearthstone you can probably go as low as 24 FPS without much visual concern. CSGO is a fast paced FPS and I choose to stream at 60 FPS. I can’t sacrifice this.

The lower the frame rate you stream the less CPU will be needed.

Fix 4: Downscale your stream

Downscale effectively throws away some of the data so the CPU handles less data. The less data being used the less work it does. I record my screen at 1080p and I downscale to 720p. I don’t believe many of my viewers watch my stream at full screen and even if they do 720p is still classed as HD.

The more you downscale the less CPU you will use.

Fix 5: Spend some money!!

If you have tried all of the above and still you find your games unplayable it’s time to bite the bullet and spend some money. I am serious, If you think you can be a streamer on a cheap old laptop you are probably wrong. Have a real hard look at your setup, is it really a gaming setup, more importantly can it even stream…

If all else fails go and spend some money on some new kit! 

My crappy old gaming rig

Yes I want to upgrade, I consider my setup a little old now because I have to make sacrifices to stream! I am waiting for the release of the Oculus Rift before I do any thing major with my rig. I want to be an early adapter of the VR technology that is coming and I want to stream that sh*t! Yeaaahh Buddddyy!

Motherboard: ASUS – P8P67 Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i7-2700K CPU @ 3.50GHz
Cooling: Antec Liquid Cooling KÜHLER H2O 920
RAM: 32 GB Geil Evo 2.400 MHz DDR3 RAM
OS Hard Drives: 2 x Kingston 240GB HyperX SATA III SSD
Data Storage: 2TB Western Digital HD
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7800 EYEFINITY 6
Power: AMD Radeon HD 7800 EYEFINITY 6
Case: Akasa Venom Full Tower Yellow

Please look at my gaming rig spec above and if your machine is a lower spec than mine then you are probably going to have to make even more compromises than I did. if compromising is not something you want to do then you will have to simply go and spend some money on buying some better streaming kit.

The Final Word!

I left my CSGO settings on maximum plus I really want to stream at 60 FPS. My compromise comes with fix number 4, I downscale to 720p and this was enough to keep my CPU usage in check. There are some other smaller optimisations that you can make but I haven’t mentioned them because if you can’t fix your issues using fix 1, 2, 3 or 4 then I suggested you go straight to option number 5.


The best webcam for streaming on Twitch

You are here because you want to know what is the best webcam for streaming on Twitch.

When people see my stream they always ask me which webcam I use, probably because it looks so epic! When I first started streaming I made a decision that I wanted to create a stream that looked both professional and beautiful. I visited many streamers at the time, if they had really great webcam footage I simply asked them which webcam they used.

Whenever I was really blown away with the webcam footage I would get exact same answer.

Now I personally own and use the Logitech C920 – HD Pro Webcam. This is the very best webcam on the market. You don’t have to believe me, just go to Amazon and you will see that this camera is the #1 Best Seller in the webcam category.

The main reason I bought this camera was for the insane quality and high resolution. The high resolution means I get a much better result when using the green screen chroma key effect to overlay my webcam footage on my stream.

Do you really need a 1080p camera?

I think this is purely down to the question of whether or not you want to use a green screen or offer your viewers the maximum quality that you can. The higher the resolution the better the green screen chroma effect will be. You may be thinking typically that when you use a webcam on Twitch you shrink it right down to a quarter of the screen. But if you add a green screen effect then this effect is added to the webcam footage before you shrink it. If you want a crystal clear green screen effect then I suggest you buy the 1080p camera above.

Want to save some money?

In all honestly a webcam with 1080p capture may not be necessary. I record my entire screen at 1080p and then I downscale it to 720p before I stream it, my webcam takes up less than a quarter of the screen. You could argue that the resolution that the camera can capture is never really seen in my Twitch stream. But like I said earlier, I wanted the perfect green screen effect.

If you wanted to save a little bit of money or you do not want to use a green screen effect then I would recommend the little brother of the C920. I would recommend you to purchase the Logitech C270 – HD Webcam which is a 720p Widescreen webcam. This will still give you amazing quality but at less than half the price of the C920 you can see why this option may be appealing to you. I would weigh up the pro’s and con’s of both cameras and take the option that best suits your individual streaming needs.

The Final Word!

Hundreds of thousands of people who wanted great webcam footage have chosen the Logitech C920 which is why it is the number one bestseller on Amazon. If you want to save yourself some money then I would opt for the little brother and grab the Logitech C270. Either of these cameras offer great performance with a relatively low cost. I personally use the Logitech C920 and would not consider anything else right now.


The best upload settings for Twitch

I wanted to make a short video on what I think are the best upload settings for Twitch. Quite simply through trial and error over the last 1.5 years of streaming I have learned what does and doesn’t work. According to Twitch your upload settings should be calculated based on your personal bandwidth upload speed. In practice I have found this is not accurate information. I was originally using the above guide to set my Stream upload speed. I started to get complaints from viewers who simply couldn’t see my Stream. I have noticed when I am on a slow connection I experience the same black screen issue when visiting some streams.

Viewers complaining about a black screen

My basic understanding is as follows. Just because you can upload at 3500kb/s does not mean your viewers can watch your stream. If a viewer in your room has a slower connection for example 1000kb/s they simply wont see the stream. This is because they can not download quickly enough the stream you are trying to send.

A lesson to be learned

When you receive a complaint from a viewer do not instantly assume they are in the wrong. I have tried to advise many streamers that the settings they use are too high and that I can not see the stream. Often another chatter raises his voice and say’s “Well it is perfect for me!” and the streamer simply ignores my comment at which point I leave the stream because I just see a black screen. Now consider the number of people who do not even comment and simply leave the stream assuming it is broken. Remember where there is smoke there is fire, if you keep getting feedback from users that are trying to tell you something then you should pay attention and investigate the issue. Remember there is no point having crystal clear stream in ultra high definition, if people can not even watch it.

Why does Twitch recommend streamers to use such high settings?

I think the settings Twitch recommends are accurate based on video quality alone, if you want to stream 1080p at 60 fps I think for optimum quality you should be using 3500kb/s as recommend by Twitch. I also believe that perhaps when creating these articles Twitch is taking into account that there is a ‘Video Quality Option’ on the Twitch video player where users can adjust your stream quality and set it to either Source, High, Medium, Low and Mobile. But new and un-partnered streamers do not always get this luxury all of the time. You will probably not have the ‘Video Quality’ option on your stream.

Video quality settings can be found on the bottom right of the video player but new streamers may not have them.

Video quality settings can be found on the bottom right of the video player but new streamers may not have the option and their viewers are forced to watch at Source quality.

Best upload settings for Twitch Partners

If you are already a partner then you will always have the ‘Player Options’ popup and in that case it makes sense to use the recommended upload settings. If you have the ability to stream at 3500kb/s then it makes sense to do so because users on slower connections can adjust the rate at which data is sent to them.

Best upload settings for non Twitch Partners

I really believe there is a sweet spot at around 1600-2000kb/s where you can have great quality and the largest number of possible viewers. It is a happy medium between quality and maximum viewership.

The best upload settings for Twitch

Adjusting the upload settings for Twitch in OBS.

The Final Word!

If your a partner by all means you should be using the maximum upload speed that you can. If you are new to twitch and are not partnered I believe you should lower your upload setting to around 1800kb/s. If people can not watch your stream you will have less viewers, less chatters and a harder time making it big on Twitch. Drop the upload speed and once you become partnered you can stream in ultra high quality.


How many people can you invite to a Steam group per day?

The simple question with a less than simple answer. Steam groups in my opinion is one of the very best places where you can work to build new followers and viewers for your Twitch channel. The Steam community is a place where you will find your target audience, Gamers. Gamers are the people most likely to come and watch you on Twitch and Steam has literally millions of Gamers you can access.

If you do not have a Steam group then I suggest you start one. I am working on another article at the moment where I will show you how best to do that. I currently own 4 Steam groups.

I wanted to know how many people I can invite to a Steam group per day, what are the Steam group invite limits? It seems at a certain point the invites you send from the group no longer send. You can check this by reviewing your groups history. This is frustrating, but there is obvious reasons for this, for example limiting spam on the Steam network.

Google to the rescue…. or not!

I googled this question, but there is no real answers out there. I just found lots of conflicting wishy-washy opinions. The two best articles I found on the topic can be found on the Steam forums and Reddit. Neither of the posts answer the question. So I set out to discover for myself and see just how many people I can invite each day, per group.

What I did…

I have 4 Steam groups which I have been growing over the last year. I haven’t sent any invites in the past few months. I started with my main group and I invited as many people as possible, once the invites stopped being sent from that group I moved on to my second, third and fourth group. So each day for the last 10 days I have sent as many invites as Steam would allow.

The Numbers and The Steam Groups

Below are some tables detailing exactly how many invites I was able to send on each day for each group. I have included the actual group size in terms of number of current members and all of these groups are at least 6 months old so they are all quite similar in size and age. As you can see the results are a little strange, the number of invites sent goes up and down per day for no obvious reasons. I was inviting people at a rate of 3-4 people per minute and only working with one group at a time.

Steam group: FiveManDown
Members in group: 1376
Total invites sent in 10 days: 776
Average Invites sent per day: 77

Date Invites Sent
September 8th 388
September 9th 6
September 10th 0
September 11th 170
September 12th 61
September 13th 0
September 14th 0
September 15th 0
September 16th 151
September 17th 0

Steam group: Skins Club
Members in group: 3833
Total invites sent in 10 days: 702
Average Invites sent per day: 70

Date Invites Sent
September 8th 4
September 9th 439
September 10th 46
September 11th 131
September 12th 51
September 13th 0
September 14th 0
September 15th 0
September 16th 31
September 17th 0

Steam group: Twitch CSGO Giveaway Alliance
Members in group: 907
Total invites sent in 10 days: 633
Average Invites sent per day: 63

Date Invites Sent
September 8th 0
September 9th 0
September 10th 0
September 11th 101
September 12th 149
September 13th 0
September 14th 44
September 15th 220
September 16th 119
September 17th 0

Steam group: FMD CSGO Giveaways
Members in group: 545
Total invites sent in 10 days: 589
Average Invites sent per day: 59

Date Invites Sent
September 8th 0
September 9th 0
September 10th 0
September 11th 0
September 12th 1
September 13th 378
September 14th 122
September 15th 0
September 16th 66
September 17th 22

Any conclusive findings?

It seems that there is a daily limit across all groups. For example my fourth group did not gain the ability to send invites till much later in the test perhaps after my other groups had maxed out on invites. It would appear that you can send around 270 invites per day.

Total invites sent in 10 days: 2700
Average Invites sent per day: 270

Date Invites Sent
September 8th 392
September 9th 445
September 10th 46
September 11th 402
September 12th 262
September 13th 378
September 14th 166
September 15th 220
September 16th 367
September 17th 22

The Final Word

The Answer: 270 Invites Per Day! It looks like you can invite about 270 people per day across multiple groups. Somewhere between 250-450 people can be invited per day for a single group, but not all groups can be maxed out every single day. If you have multiple groups you can only max out one group per day. I still believe it is better to have more groups than less especially if you are trying to gain followers for your community or Twitch channel.


How I picked up over 400 Twitch followers in just 4 days!

I wanted to share what I did over the last few days to capitalize on an opportunity that happens several times a year. If you play a game that has a large e-sports event you may be able to gain some extra followers just by watching Twitch and being part of the event on Twitch. I picked up over 400 followers in the last few days and I didn’t even stream once.

ESL One Cologne 2015 just happened and we saw millions of gamers tune into the event. I mostly play Counter-Strike Global Offensive so I will speak about my experience with that but if you play one of the other big games such as Dota2, Battlefield 4, Hearthstone or League of Legends then there is similar e-sports events which you may be able to capitalize on in a similar way.

Team EnVyUs - Photo by Helena Kristiansson

Team EnVyUs – Photo by Helena Kristiansson

Getting seen by over 800,000 Twitch viewers!

The value of being seen by over 800k viewers on Twitch is priceless! But the cost is just $6.99. Warren Buffet arguably one of the greatest investors ever said “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” Remember this advice when trying to grow your Twitch channel because some small economic commitments can mean big rewards.

The Counter-Strike event was broadcasted on several official live streams, I subscribed to the Official ESL CSGO Twitch channel during the event. This costs $6.99 for one month. This means that I can speak in the chat room when the room is in subscriber only mode which is the case for all of the games when they are live. During this time there is hundreds of thousands of people watching Twitch and reading the Twitch chat. This is where you can gain some serious exposure, attention and followers.

Don’t get banned!

MODS can be super aggressive especially during live events, be careful what you say and how you behave! Remember that hundreds of thousands of people are watching you and what you type in chat. Don’t be a d*ck, your trying to gain the love and respect of the community. Be helpful towards people and answer questions, you will get some private whispers from people who are not subscribers. At times it can be too much to deal with, you will have alot of people messaging you and some of these people will send you some new follows.

Do not post links, if you do mention “giveaways” or ask people to “follow you” be warned you may get a ban. I had several small bans over the weekend between 60 and 600 seconds. When this happens I just calm down, usually it is because I am over talking and over dominating the chat room.

All the Top Streamers are there!

Another thing you will notice is that all of the top streamers on Twitch will be present at the event, they love the game, they love Twitch and they love to be part of the huge pro events. You are now mixing with the Twitch VIP’s.

On a Subconscious level

Another thing which I think happens and makes a huge difference is some people will say to me “I recognize your name” or “Did we play together recently?”. I think this is because I am present in these large chat room events. My name is being seen and is going into peoples minds on a subconscious level, a few weeks from now they may stumble across my stream and instantly they will think they know me from somewhere or perhaps they even remember me from a large esports event.

Remember to Unsubscribe

A word of warning a Twitch subscription will auto renew, so if you are not interested in running your subscription for several months make sure you unsubscribe during the event or straight after the event or you will get charged $6.99 every single month. You can manage your Twitch subscriptions here.

The Final Word!

I have subscribed to each of the last four major CSGO events and each time I pickup between 100 and 500 new followers. This time round I gained just over 400 Twitch followers. This will work on smaller scale events also where perhaps there is only 40,000 to 100,000 people watching but you will get some followers by simply being part of the event on Twitch and you will be growing your name and presence in the community.