In our guide How to Stream on Twitch, we have covered everything you need to know to start streaming, almost everything.
In this article I will walk you through the last steps of becoming a streamer.
So far I walked you through setting up your microphone as well as your webcam, but if you want to stream games, you need one more source to do so. Locate your Source box on the bottom of your screen and click the + to add a new source.
Here you need to select a Game Capture if you are planning to stream a game. A Game Capture will automatically recognize the game you are playing. If you are playing a Browser based game, you will need to select a Window Capture. With a window capture you are able to select a specific window you want to be streamed.
Lastly if you want to display your whole monitor and everything that is going on, you need to add a Display Capture.
Your source box should look something like this.
Before hitting the Go LIVE button in the bottom right corner of your stream, you should double check that everything is in order. You do not want to start setting up when your viewers are already tuning in, ideally you want to jump straight into action.
Double check if your audio is working and sounding good. Is your webcam on and showing you? Lastly load up the game you want to play and make sure it is recognized by your Game Capture.
Entertain your audience. Live streams should always be about the audience and aimed to entertain the people tuning in. Do not make the mistake and make the live stream all about you. Pick out some topics you can discuss on your stream, to avoid awkward silence.
Involve the audience in your stream. The best way to get viewers to stick around is to involve them in your live stream by asking open ended questions.
Lastly at the end of your stream, make sure you thank your viewers for tuning, no matter how many people showed up. Inform them about your next live stream and what you are planning to do then.
This is it. This is all you need to know to hit the Go Live button and start streaming on Twitch. Is this all that is needed to be successful? Yes, but there is always room for improvement. After your streams, ask yourself what you could do better next time, and work on that.
If you missed any articles from our guide on How to Stream on Twitch you can go check them out and if you have questions along your journey, we are here to help you. Do not be afraid to reach out to us!
My name is Luk and I am here to help you set up your live stream. I believe live streams are one of the best forms of communicating with your target audience. Let’s get to work!