Many people that are new to Twitch get one or two viewers in their initial streams and often sit for hours with zero viewers. Naturally this can cause a lot of frustration and make them question their decision of becoming a Twitch streamer. If you’re wondering how to get your first 20 viewers on Twitch, we’ve put together a list of things you can do right now to edge closer to those first 20 viewers!
Just get more exposure
No surprise here, exposure is the key to any online traffic. When you are focusing on getting you your first 20 viewers, you need a plan to introduce your stream to viewers and the best way to do that is through social media and forums. A great benefit to using social media is that you can grow your social accounts when your not at your computer via your mobile phone. Don’t forget to announce the fact that your going live on your social media accounts.
Watch your own stream
Some people would call this cheating but this tactic can get you 2–3 viewers. You can use mobile devices to watch your own stream. Remember for every viewer you have you appear higher up the Twitch category page, the higher you are the more viewers you get. Just make sure that you have enough bandwidth and don’t negatively effect your streams performance.
Pick the right games
If you don’t have a strong social media presence or YouTube subscriber count, it’s going to be pretty hard to get viewers if your playing a popular game like CS:GO or LoL. Rather than going for a game that already has been streamed by multiple Twitch users go for less famous games, new releases or games made by indie developers to stand out from the masses which can prove extremely beneficial when you’re trying to get your first 20 viewers on Twitch.
Take advantage of big streamers streaming unpopular games
Continuing on from the last point, sometimes you might see a category with 3500 viewers and inside that category discover that there is only a few streamers and 3495 viewers are watching the same well known streamer. If you own that game and can jump on it quickly you can pick up some of the overflow traffic in that category.
The higher the quality the more the viewers. No one wants to watch a streamer that has low video quality, sound filled with static and no overlay. If you want viewers to actually watch your streams and return every time you stream then you need to make sure that the video quality is clear, the sound is easy to hear and your stream actually has a decent overlay.
The most important thing you need to keep in mind is that you should be having fun! People can easily tell when a Twitch streamer is faking their excitement, scares or enthusiasm. People don’t want to watch you try to be funny, they want to watch you have fun playing a game, so that they can have fun too.
Reach out to others
If you’ve just launched your Twitch channel don’t have high expectations of getting hundreds or thousands of views on your first few streams. You can take part in shout-out events that more popular and bigger Twitch users hold but it’s like winning a lottery. Rather than focusing on bigger streamers focus on smaller Twitch streamers and try to get into their network. They are much more likely to give you a shout out which can result in you easily getting your first 20+ views on Twitch by being hosted by them which will helping you advance your Twitch career.
FollowTrain.tv was purposely built for new streamers to help them get a foot on the ladder, to help get an extra 10 or 20 viewers and to increase your streams exposure. Next time you stream ride the Follow Train at http://www.followtrain.tv to date it’s generated over 1,000,000 views for its users and over 70,000 follows.
Stream Regularly and have a schedule
Your favorite TV show is at the same time on the same day every week which allows people who are free at that time to tune in and enjoy the show. The same is true for Twitch streamers. I also understand that not every one can commit to a regular stream but even if it is just 2 hours per week of scheduled streaming time it will really help your channel create regular viewers.
The Final Word!
Focus on slowly growing rather than stressing about how to get more viewers. Try different things and find something that works for you and then do more of that and enjoy yourself rather than doing it only for the viewers. Follow these simple tips and you’ll surely start getting 20 or more viewers on your Twitch stream in no time.
We take a quick look at this cool little game created by a fellow gamer and Twitch streamer. I will also explain to you how you can get a free copy of this game but only if you stream on Twitch TV. #StreamLife
Heartomics: Lost Count
Heartomics is a Danmaku visual novel hybrid where the hero is on a quest to regain his memories.
Danmaku is a Japanese term for a barrage of bullets. This style of game is known as “bullet curtain”, “curtain fire” or “Bullet Hell” in English. Bullet Hell games are known as the ultimate “shoot em ups” and can be horrifically difficult and frustrating at times.
I had a chance to catch up with the developer and ask him more about why he created Heartomics: Lost Count.
What is the story behind Heartomics?
“The story is about “Hero”, a male protagonist who has lost his memories. He is accompanied by three beautiful girls “Euphony”, “Lyra”, and “Melody” who aid him in a quest to regain his memories. When a set of memories are recovered the most “memorable” memories are brought to the surface. Play as Hero and recover your most precious -sexy- moments!”
Why did you create Heartomics?
“My plan is to entice players to play / be more open to the bullet hell genre.
By the end of my game players will be well equipped to explore bullet hell games that they may have found to be too hard.”
What was the process for creating the game?
“The game was written in C++. I commission artists for most of the art work.”
How can people get a copy of Heartomics!
“Twitch streamers can get a free copy of Heartomics: Lost Count by simply reaching out to me and getting in touch.”
The Final Word
I found the game to be quite addictive and difficult but fun to play and if you enjoy old school style “shoot em ups” I am sure you will love Heartomics: Lost Count.
Heartomics: Lost Count on Steam | twitter.com/heartomics | heartomics.com
I am going to go out on a limb here and make a bold prediction, I think that The Division will be one of the most popular games on Twitch in 2016.
I love the idea of games like DayZ, Ark and H1Z1 but all three titles have left me disappointed. Now I am left constantly searching for a new title which fills a similar idea and I hope that The Division with the second expansion pack “Survival” will bring some elements of survival to the game. That’s one of the reasons why I pre-purchased The Division before it’s release date with all of the DLC packs included, fingers crossed my hopes will be realised later this year.
So let’s look at the reasons why I think The Division will be one of the most popular games on Twitch in 2016.
1. It’s an MMO, kinda…
Sure, The Division isn’t really listed as being an MMO by Ubisoft but the game is pretty much an MMO. The Division allows for many players to be in the same instance as they explore and fight for survival in New York City. It may be a shooter style based game but it certainly has MMO style elements, even if there’s not hundreds of players in the same instance.
The Dark Zone currently allows up to 24 players in a single instance and players can form clans with each other. Clans or guilds are typical of MMO’s and rumours suggest that they may add official clan support in game, but nothing has been confirmed yet. You can still find people to play with easily and join a Division clan here: http://divisionclans.com/clan/listing
There is a character progression system, a large number of players in a single instance, NPCs to grind in and out of the the Dark Zone, a PvP area, the ability to play as a clan and a large world to explore. Sounds a lot like an MMO to me. All of the above means people will invest many hours into this game.
2. More content is on the way
Ubisoft has already announced some of their expansion plans for The Division. With free updates adding more game content and features and also paid expansion packs coming later in the year. Plus many people have already pre-purchased these expansion packs, myself included. I expect that the new expansions will also allow players to continue to level up their characters allowing players to have a charter more powerful than the current max level of 30. The names of the first three major expansion packs for the game have been revealed along with some very limited details about them:
Expansion I: Underground (June 2016)
In the first major purchasable expansion Ubisoft will be adding a new territory to the game where squads of four players can explore and complete missions in a huge underground network of tunnels under New York City. Players will be going up against brand new NPC characters, grabbing new loot items and continuing the campaign story mode.
Expansion II: Survival (Summer 2016)
I really really hope this expansion will bring some survival elements from games like DayZ and H1Z1 into The Division. Not much information has been released yet. People are speculating all kinds of ideas. The Division website says:
“Available this summer, this expansion will challenge players to survive as long as possible by gathering essential supplies in a very hostile environment.”
Expansion III: Last Stand (Winter 2016)
Again not much is known about this update, people are claiming zombies will be added to the game probably because of the following sentence found in the official trailer:
“A new threat is rising in the third expansion Last Stand. You and your squad must prepare to defend against a relentless foe.”
The game already has that zombie apocalypse feel and the artwork contains a skull as the face of The Statue of Liberty which makes people belive that the iconic statue may appear in a new playable area of the game. It’s many months away and only time will tell.
Smaller free DLC updates
Smaller free DLC updates will be released throughout the games lifespan to enhance the campaign mode and also the PvP Dark Zone area. The next free update will be coming out on the 12th of April which will add new features such as loot trading.
3. It is like Destiny but better
Destiny was one of the most played and viewed games last year on Twitch placing it in the top 10. Destiny is an unrealistic first person shooter set in the future where the last humans fight to protect the dwindling human population; it allows for clans to work together in the campaign mode and go to war in the PvP zones, you level up your character and find rare loot. Sounds a lot like The Division, right?
The Division meanwhile is set in a gritty, realistic world in the aftermath of a devastating plague which has wiped out the majority of New York City. The world is dark and provides a level of realism most shooter fans will recognise however unlike Destiny, The Division is a third person shooter where as Destiny is a first person shooter.
Between the two of them, in my opinion The Division has the stronger PvP area which is organic, evolving and tense. Players are forced to make uncertain alliances with other players to survive against the powerful NPC characters or to counter attacks from other enemy players. This is much like the Battle Royal mode (Now called H1Z1: King of the Kill) found in H1Z1 which was another top 10 game on Twitch last year.
The Division has a lot of potential for streamers; the PvP area will evolve constantly and in my opinion the differences between this and and Destiny will give it a small edge.
4. Its really well made and polished
The Division looks fantastic, there is no doubt about it. The streets of New York City are an almost exact replica of the real city. It’s a dark and gritty world mixed in with the bright lights of Christmas themed decorations which were still left in place after the plague hit the city.
There are plenty of options to look at and experiment with to get a decent level of performance vs perfect graphics for enjoying the environment and it will run on most modern computers; streaming can be CPU intensive so it’s a must for streamers to get good performance when streaming.
Besides the amazing graphics, the game runs smoothly with few bugs and great gameplay flow. The controls for the game work well and the response from the input is extremely fast which is great for those looking to play it ‘seriously’ with their squad. It feels great, it looks great and the game play is fun which leads me on to my next point.
5. The Dark Zone is fun
There’s a lot of features in The Division to try out, utilize and explore with to make you stronger as a solo player in the campaign and provides an edge in the Dark Zone. Players can pick up strong items in the campaign solo world and there are rare items which can be found in the Dark Zone.
Items in the Dark Zone are contaminated and have to be extracted before the player can actually use them; once the item is extracted it’s then safe for the player to die, if they die before the items are extracted then any contaminated items will be dropped. They need to be extracted at extraction zones in the Dark Zone, naturally there could be players there looking to kill other players and steal their loot before they extract it so they can have it for themselves.
The Division uses a proximity voice chat and text chat system which makes the Dark Zone even more tense; players can communicate with each other without needing to accept a friends request for voice chat. It makes the Dark Zone incredibly tense when using a microphone and a lot more entertaining as teams need to sometimes avoid communication altogether or risk being overheard by the enemy.
6. Its on all the major platforms
The Divisions is easy to access. Players can buy versions for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One or for the PC which all have streaming capabilities with or without additional hardware. It does force players to use the Ubisoft game platform Uplay, which is not well loved by gamers but at least it provides achievements and special game-based rewards. Some games are not big on Twitch simply because they are not on all the major platforms so they are unable to complete with games that are.
7. The Division had the biggest first week ever for a new game franchise
That’s right! The Division launch smashed it and not only is it Ubisoft’s best-selling game straight out of the gate but it also had the biggest first week ever for a new game franchise and generated over $330 million globally in its first five days. The game was reported to of have 1.2 million peak concurrent users over the first weekend, and over 100 million hours played in the first week. These kind of numbers begin to give you an idea of how many people enjoyed the beta and wanted to jump straight into the initial release.
The Final Word!
The Division has been in the top 10 games since it was released at the start of March. It’s still highly popular right now for both streamers and viewers; with the upcoming new content which will be released throughout the year, it looks like The Division should stay in the top 10 most watched games for quite some time. People will invest any hours in to the game and I think it will replace similar older titles such as Destiny to become one of the most watched games on Twitch in 2016.
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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.
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!