If you are a video game lover, then you probably have heard of Twitch. However, if you do not know what it is or how to use it, then this article should help clear up any confusion that might be there.
What is Twitch?
Twitch is an online streaming site that specializes in video game content. It also streams other types of content, such as music, talk shows, and other types of entertainment.
Originally launched in 2011 under the name JustinTV, it has since been renamed Twitch Interactive after becoming its own company in 2014. Some of the most popular games people stream on there are Minecraft, League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Why is it So Popular?
Twitch has become increasingly popular because it is an easy platform for anyone to start streaming on. Anyone with a computer and internet connection can stream their gameplay right from Twitch, whether they are playing games by themselves or with other people.
As of this writing, there are over 8 million active viewers on Twitch every month. Lots of these users benefit from the twitch partner program which allows them to earn money once they reach a certain number of followers.
Amazon’s acquisition of Twitch in 2014 has also made it even more popular because the site was integrated into Amazon’s Prime service. This means that anyone who is a Prime member can use Twitch without any additional fees.
How Does Twitch Work?
Twitch works through a Flash-based application that can be run from the user’s computer. It also uses an HTML interface, which means it can easily go onto other devices such as smartphones and tablets.
The streaming service allows users to follow channels they like to get notifications when those streams are going live or have been archived for later.
There are also many other ways to interact with the streamer, such as leaving comments or subscribing for monthly payments. This can help support their channel and allow them to earn money without any additional fees.
How Do I Use Twitch?
To use Twitch, all you have to do is go to the site and create a free account by entering your e-mail address. You will also have to enter your full name and birthdate, but no credit card information is required for you to create an account.
After creating a free account it’s time to download the Twitch software. Once it’s installed, you will be asked to log in with your account information and give permission for the program to access some of your computer’s resources.
Once logged into Twitch, you can start watching other people play games or share video content from YouTube by clicking on “Popular” mode. You can also click on the “Search” option and enter a game title or video content to find more options.
You can also chat with other users by clicking on any of the channels that are currently broadcasting, which is located in the right sidebar. This will take you directly to their live chat room where you can send messages back and forth with people who are watching the same stream.
If you want to start your live broadcast, just click on the “Start Streaming” option that’s located in the upper left corner of Twitch. Once there, select a game title and then hit the orange button next to it that says “Go Live”. You can also choose to go live with a webcam by checking the “Yes, I have a webcam” box.
Where Can I Watch Twitch?
There are several different ways to watch Twitch. The first is simply through their website at twitch. tv where you can watch live streams of other people playing video games and talk shows discussing anime or gaming culture. You can also download the official Twitch application on iOS, Android devices as well as for Xbox One and PlayStation consoles so that way you never miss your favourite streamer’s broadcast while you’re on the go.
The last way to watch Twitch is by using a third-party application such as Streamlabs OBS or Xsplit, which allow you to record and live stream your computer screen for people who want to follow along with how video games are played in real-time.
What Can I Stream Using Twitch?
You may be wondering what type of games and other video content you can stream on Twitch. Well, there is a wide variety of different types of games that people broadcast live on the site.
Some popular titles are Minecraft, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and World of Warcraft. However since most users just use their webcams to show what they’re doing on their computers, most of the broadcasts end up being people playing single-player games by themselves.
There is also a variety of live talk shows that broadcast on Twitch every day as well with hosts discussing topics such as anime and video game culture. These streams all work in pretty much the same way regular gameplay ones do, except these have a “host” talking instead of playing video games.
How To Monetize Twitch?
There are several different ways that you can earn money on Twitch by allowing people to subscribe to your channel and then giving them access to exclusive features for a monthly subscription fee. These include things like ad-free viewing, custom emoticons and chat badges as well as access to subscriber-only live chat rooms.
For people to subscribe, they have to go to your channel page and then click on the button that says “Subscribe”. This will take them over a screen where they just need to enter their credit card information for you to earn money from them each month. You can also choose not to charge for subscriptions and instead give them access to exclusive content for free.
How Do I Start a Twitch Channel?
To start a Twitch channel, all you have to do is go to the site and click on the “Start Streaming” option that’s located in the upper left corner. Once there select a video game title from either your library or choose one from their list of games.
Secondly, it will ask you if you want to stream with audio from a microphone or from the game itself. For this example, we’re going to choose “Game Audio Only”. Once you’ve selected that option click on the orange button next to it that says “Go Live” and then wait for your stream to appear in Twitch’s live directory.