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How to get 20 viewers on Twitch

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.

Quality matters

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.

Have fun

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.

Use FollowTrain.tv

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.


Watch Twitch with your friends using a webcam!

I love to hang out with friends online when the ESL majors are on. I have always used Skype to host video calls and then I try and sync my browser with a friend for a complete viewing experience but it is hard because we often are not in-sync.

I recently discovered chatben.tv which is a website which allows friends to watch and share content together in real-time. You can video chat with a friend who is seeing exactly the same thing as you.

chatben.tv was founded by two brothers who wanted to watch and share content together. They had become frustrated trying to browse Twitch and trying to run a Skype video call at the same time. chatben.tv was created as a better way to look at content on the internet together you can now watch Twitch with your friends using a webcam!

Watch Twitch with your friends using a webcam!

How to use chatben.tv: Navigate your browser to http://www.chatben.tv and create an account by clicking the “Sign Up” button. Once you have an account you can either join other users in any of the channels already running or you can create your own channel. Channels can be private, public or in solo mode.

To create a new channel look for the input labeled “Add Show” there you can past a link to all different types of content. You can watch Twitch live streams, as well as YouTube videos, gifs and images, all as if you are watching them on TV. When you change the channel, or go to the next show in the same channel, the exact same thing happens for your friend and you stay in sync. Once you have created a channel you can share a special link and a friend can join your room.

You can also leave video responses for other users when browsing the site. There are over 80 channels that are updated daily, including a dedicated video game channel that constantly updates with live streams.

Watch Twitch with your friends using a webcam!

Watch Twitch with your friends using a webcam!

The Final Word

I have not seen a site similar to chatben.tv before. It offers true social sharing in my opinion. It is great to share a cool, funny or crazy video and see your friends reactions via webcam. If you are looking to share a video with some friends try getting them to jump on chatben.tv before you send them a normal “share link” and experience the future of social video.


Start streaming on Twitch – 7 Tips

In just over one and a half years of streaming on Twitch, I’ve gained nearly 20,000 followers (Which you can check here on my channel). I wanted to outline what I believe are the most important things you should be doing to maximize your potential when you start streaming on Twitch. Getting people to your stream is hard enough, keeping them there is even harder.

I have spent many hours reading and learning about streaming and the Twitch platform. I have also learned from personal experiences and the experience of others. I run followtrain.tv and I run a Twitch community where we discuss Twitch related topics. It would be fair to say I know a thing or two about streaming.

Here are 7 things to keep in mind when you are just start streaming on Twitch.

1. Make sure your internet connection is solid

You don’t need to run out and buy a dedicated T1 line when you start streaming on Twitch, but you definitely need to have a decent cable broadband or fibre optic connection. The number one thing you need to do is be able to stream and with a bad internet connection you will end up with a totally black screen or a laggy viewing experience. I already outlined in another post what the best settings to use when streaming, so make sure you check that out.

2. Get a decent microphone

People visit Twitch to watch and listen to people playing games. If your commentary is inaudible due to a low-quality microphone, you won’t get many followers or viewers. You don’t need a recording studio quality mic but you do need to be sure that your voice is clear and louder than your music or in-game sound, with little to no static or hum.

Try and get a microphone with built in noise reduction in case something is going on behind you, perhaps you live near a busy road and the windows are open because of the heat outside. These small sounds will be heard on your stream as just background noise which can really irritate people. I keep an updated list of what I consider to be the Best Hardware for Twitch.

3. Get some custom graphics and a decent overlay

Your channel and brand is important for people to remember you, starting at just $5 you can get custom graphic design service. You will create your HUD (Heads up Display) in your streaming software, something like OBS or xSplit. Personally, I do mine with OBS. The idea is to make sure that your stream looks good and is viewer friendly. There are a ton of streamers out there, so the viewer experience is going to be what sets you apart.

For example you could create a border around your webcam that tells something about your personality or your favorite game. It is also important that pop up notifications give praise where it is due. When someone gives you a donation or follows you you should have a pop up or something cool happening.

When viewers see a celebration over even the smallest of donations, they are more likely to donate a few dollars as well. Make an even bigger celebration for your top donors. Remember, people are throwing money at you for doing something you would probably be doing anyway, so make sure they know how grateful you are.

4. A HD webcam is a must

Okay, so maybe Lirik doesn’t use a webcam… but you are not Lirik and you didn’t start streaming nearly five years ago when he did. Do yourself a favour and buy a decent webcam. There are plenty of streamers who don’t use a webcam, this is true, they also they don’t have many followers or viewers. If you want to be one of them random unknown faces then be my guest but it wont help you grow on Twitch.

People like to see faces, even if you think you are the ugliest person on earth I promise you beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It’s just nice to have a face to go with the voice and the username, so don’t be shy.

I was simply amazed how much people did not troll me when I first used a webcam. Most people are genuinely friendly. We all got bullied a little school for one thing or another and that fear is still with us but in my experience on Twitch it’s not an issue. Really you should try it once or twice and I promise you wont regret it, in fact you will enjoy streaming even more. Yes it feels awkward at first and maybe you need to get comfortable with speaking before turning on the camera but sooner or later you need a webcam.

You want to be able to stream and record in high definition a 720p camera is the minimum, but a 1080p is always preferred. Many viewers, when looking for a new channel to watch, won’t even click on one unless they see a picture-in-picture cam. Read more about what I think is the best webcam for Twitch.

5. Interact with your viewers

There is only so much that hardware and software can do for you, and there are a ton of great players out there. After that, your persona has to carry you. You will truly begin to stand apart from the crowd and gain a following when people see your personality, and that means interacting. Gaining followers and regular viewers is really about being entertaining.

Once you have hundreds or thousands of followers, you may not be able to greet everyone by name, but at least when you are starting out, don’t let people slip in and out of your channel without even being acknowledged. Say something like, “Hi [username], welcome to the stream!” Try to answer questions that viewers ask, and even ask some of your own and check out the responses. Yes, you need to pay attention to the game too, but the game isn’t following you or making donations, so put your viewers first.

Don’t argue in the chat box. If someone is really being obnoxious, mute them quickly and move on. Do not waste time or energy with trolls, insta-ban them and forget about it, they will move on to someone else who will entertain their trolling efforts.

6. Get a chat bot for your stream

I’m not talking about view bots—those are a good way to get your channel banned. If you are a regular Twitch viewer, you probably already know what a chat bot is. Chat bots basically serve one purpose—they keep the chat box safe for you and your followers and provide additional interaction functionality.

They can ban people for saying certain words, they can tell users what music you are currently playing and they can even help you run giveaways and answer common questions for you. You can also give certain moderators the ability to add commands to some bots to further reduce the amount of work you have to do when streaming.

My personal favorite is DeepBot. DeepBot is not free and can be overwhelming at first, start with something like Moobot or Nightbot and consider DeepBot later on.

7. Be consistent and persistent

When you first start streaming on Twitch, setting up a schedule for streaming is in my opinion the single most important thing you can do if you want to build regular viewers. How do you expect to get regular viewers if you cant even be regular yourself?

Being consistent allows you to get repeat viewers rather than just competing for whoever happens to be on when you decide to stream. Don’t give up if your stream doesn’t take off straight away. Sometimes it takes a while for people to get to know you and decide that your channel is more fun or exciting than the other channels that are currently open.

Keep learning and striving to become a better streamer, watch other peoples streams and figure out why they have so many viewers. What are they doing differently and ask yourself how can you be more like them?

In my personal experience, last year when I had a three day a week schedule, I was able to build my viewers up to an average of around 70-80 people per stream. I took six months off in the Autumn of 2015 and when I returned I struggled to get just 10 viewers. At the time of writing this article I am now back averaging 30 viewers per stream but I only commit to one day per week, with an occasional impromptu stream on other days depending what is going on in my real life.

Sure, things can go wrong when you first start streaming on Twitch. Your Internet or power may go out during a stream. Someone could be trolling chat looking to pick a fight or harass other users. Hardware fails and software breaks, life issues and unexpected social happenings like friends and family turning up at your house. All of these things can effect your stream and your passion for streaming but don’t let setbacks get you down. The most successful channels are the ones that deal with all that adversity but continue pushing forward and making their followers glad to be there.

The Final Word

Hard work, research and commitment is what makes a top streamer. I hope you take the time to read more of my articles on this blog and I hope you can gain some insight into streaming on Twitch.

I spend a lot of time helping new streamers and I can show you how to get more followers, but it takes some hard work. Please leave me a comment if you have any questions or topics you would like to know more about and I will reply or blog about it in the future.


Virtual Reality is NOW

I am super hyped to see and read all of the daily news that is coming out about Virtual Reality right now. I believe that VR is the biggest change in computing since the invention of the internet. I am personally very interested to see how this change in computing will relate to gamers and how that will translate to Twitch and Twitch streamers.

We will start to see a lot of people using virtual reality on Twitch soon and I wonder how the technology will unfold to allow streamers to create engaging streams whilst using virtual reality headsets.

The latest update from SteamVR

Yesterday Valve released a new video on their YouTube channel showing people using the Vive HTC headset in a green screen room and then they overlayed the gameplay on the video. I think this is the best way I have seen so far to demonstrate the insane amount of fun that VR technology will bring to households all over the world.

Are you VR ready?

It won’t be cheap to get started with a high end VR headset. I estimate my personal investment will be around $2000 just to get started. I already have solid gaming machine but my graphics card is now several years old and will need replacing. My personal choice will be to upgrade to the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB AMP! Extreme because this card is an absolute beast and should last me for a few years before needing an upgrade, this card costs around $700 but after that I will be VR ready.

You can download the SteamVR Performance Test to see if your machine is VR ready.

The 2 major Virtual Reality players right now

The next concern I had was where to invest my money in VR technology. Do I go with the Oculus Rift which is backed by facebook or do I go with the HTC Vive which is backed by Steam. Initially I was following the Oculus Rift and I was sure to purchase the headset when it became available.

The Oculus Rift has been in development since 2012 and was the device that started most of the hype you see now. Then came along the HTC Vive with a slightly different way of seeing VR. The main difference is that the Vive will allow users to stand, walk and move around in a physical space that will then map itself into a VR experience, this is quite different to the Rift which will have you sat at your desk.

Oculus Rift - Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift

The headsets will retail starting with the Rift pre-selling at $599 with an expected shipping date of July 2016 and the Vive will be pre-selling at $799 with an expected shipping date of around May 2016. There is quite a difference in price between the two but to make things even worse for the Rift they have announced that this price will not include the VR controllers and will only include an Xbox One controller, you will have to purchases the VR controllers separately. The next consideration is that the Vive has 2 additional pieces of kit, two base stations which help map the physical space you can navigate and will included 2 VR controllers making the Vive in my opinion the better value for money of the two headsets.

HTC Vive

HTC Vive

My next concern was how the development community will work with these devices. The hardware from both companies is similar in many ways but it will be the games and software which make the two different. The fact that Steam is behind the Vive will mean an easy way for developers to sell their games to users on the Steam platform as a developer you will want sales and if I was making VR games I would lean towards the Steam platform. I really struggle to see how the Rift can even begin to compete with the Vive in this area.

The Final Word!

I will be an early adapter to virtual reality and right now I am leaning towards the HTC Vive in fact I would say I am 99% committed to buying the HTC Vive as soon as I have upgraded my graphics card at the end of this month. To me it looks like the HTC Vive has killed the Oculus Rift before it has even been released and the general opinion amongst people who have tried both seems to be the same.

The following video was released by Barnacules Nerdgasm a popular YouTuber titled: HTC VIVE Demo & Game Play – Oculus Killer?

I would love to hear your comments below, what are your thoughts on VR technology and how will Twitch streamers use it?


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.