Of course, if you’re in the world of online gaming, you know about Twitch. Since it’s the most popular gaming platform, there are two options. Either you’re a follower and have your favorite gamers saved, or you’re a streamer yourself.
My main idea is to show you how to stream and how to be successful while doing so. Because let’s be fair, many tried to stream on YouTube, TickTock, and similar platforms, but only a few actually made some profit out of it.
Even if you want to stream for fun and not money, having some guidance would be helpful.
- Why Twitch?
- How to start streaming
- How to use – Which software is the right one?
- PC Configuration
- Additional equipment
Why Choose Twitch?
Well, let’s put it like this. Yes, YouTube and Facebook may be more prominent names, but when it comes to the percentage of market share hours watched, Twitch is unbeatable. With a tremendous score of 67% in 2020 compared to YouTube’s 22% and Facebook’s 11%, Twitch is bringing you the most viewers. And, of course, besides showing yourself, the goal of your streaming is to be seen. So, if you’re looking for a streaming platform that matters, you should start streaming on Twitch today!
How To Start Streaming on Twitch?
Obviously, the first step is to create an account that you will use to stream and publish your videos. All of Twitch’s best features are available to registered users only, so if you’re planning to do more than just plain watching of other’s videos, prepare to open an account. Luckily, it’s a straightforward process that won’t take a lot of your time.
Note: Opening an account on Twitch is free, so don’t worry about additional costs.
Before starting, of course, you’ll be prompted to read Terms&Conditions. And ideally, you will go through it all. If you’re planning to do a business out of it, make sure to know what’s allowed and what isn’t. Besides, you can check community guidelines just for further clarifications.
After you’re sure this is your platform of choice, click on the “sign up” button and fill up your personal details. If you’re opening an account using your mobile device, you’ll need to download the Twitch app.
Once your account is ready, make sure to enable the 2 Factor Authentication. Without the 2-FA, you won’t be able to do any streaming. This kind of protection has a double purpose: to ensure your account is fully protected from intruders and to confirm your identity.
Choosing the Right Software For Twitch Streaming
All Twitch users agree that beginners should use software encoders and avoid hardware encoders. Why? Because, first of all, software encoders are much more available, so unless you already have a hardware encoder, there’s no need to put any effort into it. Also, you’ll have a much easier start and learn a bit about the business before going pro.
Here are some of the best software encoder recommendations.
- OBS Studio – free, open-source streaming software that supports cross-platform
- Streamlabs OBS – an upgraded version of OBS Studio with features that can help you easily monetize your work. If you feel like trying something a bit more advanced, go for it
- XSplit – I would recommend you using this one only in the paid version since the free version is not worth your time and effort
- vMix – the most advanced software of all the aforementioned, meant to be used by professionals
Now you have a couple of options you can consider. Depending on the level of experience and the time you have available to learn all of the features, as well as the fact if you can afford to put in some money, choose the right software for yourself.
If, however, you’re looking for something more advanced, you can check out Restream. It’s software made for broadcasting, chat, and analytics. It’s free, so you won’t have to worry about money, but a bit complicated to use. Again, depending on your free time and experience, this might be a good option.
PC Configuration for Successful Twitch Streaming
Yes, you need to have a decent PC or a laptop. However, it doesn’t have to be the newest. Since the platform itself doesn’t support streaming 4K video, it means your average configuration will be just enough. However, when streaming a video game, your CPU might be too overwhelmed if the game itself is demanding. Therefore, consider what you play and the CPU that you have so you won’t experience any issues during the Live stream.
What I would say is satisfying for streaming any of the video games is the following:
CPU: Intel Core i5-10600K, AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, AMD Ryzen 5 3600
GPU: Nvidia RTX, Radeon RX 570, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
OS: Preferably Windows, while Mac can work as well
RAM: ideally 8 GB or more
Read more: Overclock your CPU to boost your PC
Bear in mind that these are just some of the ideal components. Even if you have anything less, you can still try and see how it will work.
Besides PC, you can use gaming consoles such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as a mobile device.
Additional Equipment For Streaming On Twitch
As you can already notice, you’ll need a proper web camera and a microphone for streaming on Twitch. Try to find a good resolution camera, yet, it doesn’t need to be perfect. As mentioned, Twitch doesn’t support 4K anyways. The best would be to have a separate microphone to position as it suits you and make sure you’re being heard loud and clear.
Also, take care of the lightning, add some green background, and maybe get yourself a stream deck.
With all of these tools, you’ll be successful in no time!
Let me know who’s your favorite Twitch streamer and why!