Start your own livestream on Twitch with our full guide

Livestreaming tips from a pro:

Here’s the hard part. Anyone with the right equipment can stream, but in order to gain a following or stream something that's worth watching, you need to do more than just play. We asked Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham--a world-famous StarCraft II personality who currently hosts multiple shows and has been doing livestreams professionally for years--what kind of advice he would give to beginners. Here’s a summary of his suggestions:

A webcam makes the experience more personal: After talking to djWHEAT he highly recommended installing a webcam if you want to build an engaged audience saying, “Most people would rather watch a human element behind it, than just watch gameplay,” he says. “[The webcam is] a wildly popular addition to most everyone’s stream. You have this intimacy with the broadcaster because they put the webcam there.”

Use social networking: You have to start somewhere, so tap into your social network. Twitter, Facebook, and even the Twitch site itself allow you to branch out and connect with people. Reach out to communities, and go to different websites, especially those concerning your games of choice. It takes a lot of legwork, and the hardest threshold to break is your first 100 viewers.

You don't have to be a good player but be entertaining: Not sucking at your game certainly helps, and if you’re funny and interesting, people will want to watch. Bring a guest on from time to time and engage the audience. Ask them to be a part of your stream by telling you where to go or what to do.

Be consistent: Consistency is key. It will get you viewers regardless of how long your stream is. It’s much easier to follow someone who has a set time when he or she will go live. Also, label your stream correctly so people know what they’re about to watch.

Don’t be AFK: Just think of what you’d want to watch. No one wants to watch a stream when no one is there. Don’t go live until you’re ready.

Those are the basics to get you started. Let us know how your streaming goes in the comments. If you're a streamer already and have other suggestions on how to get better, share below!


  • PervasiveBurn - August 7, 2014 6:22 a.m.

    Doesnt work with visual boy advanced. :( I guess people can watch me play minecraft at 2fps.
  • g1rldraco7 - June 7, 2014 2:35 a.m.

    Finally I can start doing livestreams, maybe tuesday when Lucas use to do them.
  • JMarsella09 - June 6, 2014 6:56 p.m.

    Of course, none of this works if you have a Mac. Yay... I hate my computer...
  • daniel-prewitt - January 11, 2014 12:28 a.m.

    How do you set up a stream on gta v
  • chambies2015 - March 11, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    When i open Xsplit, i try to log in and it says failed to connect to xsplit servers, nesscary for first login.
  • brickman409 - June 21, 2012 10:09 p.m.

    on the internet, no one knows your a dog
  • FiggisFiddis - December 10, 2013 3:40 a.m.

  • GOD - June 6, 2014 8:46 p.m.

    You knew?... Then how did you know?!
  • regalado7 - June 21, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    Is that a dog playing Minecraft? lol
  • GR_SophiaTong - June 21, 2012 2:39 p.m.

    Yeah... mine. lol.
  • McSpermie - June 21, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    Damn I only got a mb of upload, guess I won't be streaming any time soon.
  • GR_SophiaTong - June 21, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    You still can, just won't be as good.
  • oryanbelt - June 21, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    I had a big smile when I saw this article. Been going to JTV/Twitch since I saw E3 hosted on its site a couple years back. If you made a in-depth guide on optimizing stream settings (bit rates, quality, types of capture cards) for various platforms, internet, or PC specs; I believe it would be very informative and helpful.

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