How to use Twitch: A Detailed Guide for 2019

How to use Twitch: A Detailed Guide for 2019

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Twitch, to the uninitiated, sounds like the sudden movement of one’s body when one’s comfort has been compromised by something unexpected. Hardcore gamers and dedicated streamers know better than that.

Twitch is one of the most popular live video broadcasting platform which is giving YouTube gaming, a similar portal, a run for its money.

It started off as, an online reality show, but quickly turned into a live video sharing platform after being bought in 2011 by Twitch Justin TvInteractive – a subsidiary of Amazon. Since then the channel had been rechristened from to and had gained cult-like status among gamers and digital video enthusiasts.

While the focus of Twitch was originally on video games, which still remain popular, it has gradually expanded its avenue to include streams of artwork, music, chat shows, and an occasional TV series.

Live streams of popular videos games such as PUBG, Fortnite, Call of Duty, Warcraft and Counter-Strike draw vast swathes of gamers and viewers to the site which is increasing in popularity day by day since Amazon bought it.

To Twitch or Not to Twitch?

Anyone can Twitch.

If you are not shy of expressing yourselves in front of others and are in fact comfortable at doing so, then Twitch is just the place to be.

Here at Twitch the streamer, that is you, are the selling point, and with the help of your persona, you will have to engage your viewers so that they keep coming back to your channel. You must also keep in mind that not every viewer will be respectful of your persona and you have to be at ease when revealing your unique side to millions of viewers, some of who may judge you negatively.

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Avid gamers can also sign up with Twitch as the platform is basically a second home for gamers where a player can interact with other players across the globe and join teams to take part in competitive gaming.

Dedicated streamers make millions of dollars each year simply by streaming on Twitch which goes to show that the platform is not all fun and games but productive as well if you are into it.

What To Twitch?

The contents of your live video broadcast can be anything from a playthrough of games to music sessions and from talk shows to ‘how to’ videos.

The choices are endless, but whatever the content of the stream may be, one must make sure it is relevant and exciting to the viewers. You can even livestream your workspace, but that is not advisable due to obvious reasons. Live stream of cooking is also another way to go.

Games are the most popular choice of streaming content on Twitch, and most streamers do so with a camera so that viewers can see the streamer’s response and reactions as they play the game.

Necessary Machine Specifications For Twitching

Now that you have decided what you want to stream for your viewers, here are the machine requirements to ensure that your first stream is trouble-free.

Streaming PC

Twitch Streaming PC Specifications

This article is meant for PC users mainly. However, all information given here is relevant for streaming on other devices such as consoles also.

1. A Good Internet Connection

First and foremost you will require a personal computer with a working internet connection. Poor internet connection is not suitable for streaming.

Here you should check for the upload speed rather than your download speed as your video will be uploaded to the internet for streaming.

A minimum of 5 Mbps upload speed is more than ideal for streaming 1280 x 720 resolution at 30 fps, but the reserve speed is suggested so that you do not max out your bandwidth. For more information on broadcast requirements, check out this guide on

2. Hardware Requirements

For a smooth experience, for both streamers and viewers, you must use quality hardware of particular specifications on your PC.

  • You will require at least 8 GB RAM to stream efficiently. Though a 16 GB RAM is usually recommended for optimum performance, 8 GB one often gets the job done.
  • An Intel processor from 6th generation onwards will do the trick. The Intel i7 processor is preferred, and i5 with the turbo boost is the minimum one can do (or its AMD equivalent).
  • Streaming live gameplay can cause your system to head up pretty quickly, reducing the performance and thus your stream quality. An efficient CPU cooling system, such as one from Corsair, must be installed to prevent overheating of the CPU due to continuous streaming.
  • A graphics card is not required for streaming. However, a good graphics card is essential for smooth gameplay and also to enhance the frames per second (FPS) of the video.

Increasing the FPS helps to improve the quality of the streamed footage. As mentioned earlier a competent internet connection is necessary for uninterrupted streaming.

While one monitor is enough, it is recommended to use two so that you can play games on one and stream or chat on the other. It is not advisable to stream and play on the same monitor.

3. Other Accessories

The other essential accessories are a microphone, headphones and a webcam.

Although you can begin streaming without any of the accessories mentioned above, a microphone will make your voice clearer, and gentler to viewers and headphones are needed to ensure you can hear in-game sounds without creating echos for the viewers. The webcam is self-explanatory, and you can use either a 720p or a 1080p webcam, whichever your budget allows.

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It is time to join Twitch, and you do so by signing in for free. Visit and click on sign up button on the top right corner of the page.

  1. Choose an appropriate username as it will be the one people on Twitch will know you by.
  2. Do not use amateur or offensive usernames, although you can change them later on, they will stick to you and not gain you a lot of followers.
  3. After you have chosen a suitable username, you will have to enter a password and your date of birth.
  4. You will also have to enter valid email id, and it is recommended that you use a separate email other than your personal one.
  5. Create a new mail account with your Twitch username to get all Twitch related emails there rather than cluttering your personal email account.

Since you will be known by your Twitch username, it is beneficial to open social media accounts using the same username as it helps to build up your whole persona which as mentioned before will be your main selling point.

Once you have opened your Twitch account successfully, it is time to hook it up with the streaming software on your PC (more on it below).

  1. Select ‘Dashboard’ from your menu on the upper right corner.
  2. Once there, select ‘Settings’ and then select ‘Stream Key.’
  3. Click on ‘Show Key’ which will generate a new ‘key.’
  4. Copy the key.
  5. It will be required in just a moment.

Download And Install OBS

Open Broadcaster Software is free software which will let you record videos and live stream on Twitch, YouTube and Mixer.

The software is supported on Windows, Linux and macOS 10.11+ as well as supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. There are a lot of settings and features which may seem daunting at first, but you will get used to them as you go along.

Read on to know how to download, install and use OBS to stream on Twitch.

Step 1: Download OBS Studio for your specific operating system.

OBS Studio for Windows, MacOS, and Linux

OBS Studio for Windows, MacOS, and Linux

Step 2: Once downloaded, install the software on your PC.

Step 3: Open the software after installation finishes. Windows users right click on OBS and click on ‘Run as Administrator.’ Running the app as an administrator automatically allows the software to capture your games.

Step 4: Click on ‘Settings’ and get ready to maneuver.

Step 5: First you will see the ‘General’ tab. There is nothing much to do here so skip to ‘Encoding’ tab or the ‘Output settings’ tab.

Step 6: Next select ‘Software (x264)’ as the Encoder.

Step 7: Then set the ‘Video bit rate’ to 3500 and the ‘Audio bit rate’ to 160. Click on apply.

Note: Try not to use higher bitrates as lower bitrates make it easier for viewers to stream your videos.

Step 8: Jump to the ‘Video’ tab and choose the appropriate ‘Video Adapter.’ Select your game monitor if you have multiple monitors.

OBS interface

OBS interface

Set ‘Resolution’ to 1280×720. Choose ‘Bilinear’ as ‘Filter’ and 60 FPS.

You can also reduce your stream to 30 FPS as doing so will let more people watch your stream without buffering. This, in turn, will increase your viewership. Finally, do not disable ‘Aero.’ Keeping ‘Aero’ enabled enhances performance.

Click on apply.

Step 9: Next go to ‘Broadcast settings’ and choose ‘Live Stream’ as ‘Mode.’ Select Twitch as ‘Streaming Service.’

Step 10: Remember the ‘Stream key’ you copied from Twitch? Paste the key in the space for ‘Play Path/Stream Key.’ Click on apply. You can now stream successfully.

Step 11: Change other options as required such as ‘File Path,’ and ‘Auto-reconnect.’

Step 12: Go to the ‘Audio’ tab and choose your audio device and your microphone. The settings are done.

How To Stream Games?

If you are using Twitch, then you are most likely to stream games.

How to stream

Click on the “+” icon to start streaming

Step 1: To stream games go to the ‘Sources’ tab on OBS and click on the ‘+’ button. Select ‘Game Capture’ and then ‘Create New.’

Step 2: Type in the name of the game you want to stream. Next, open the game and choose ‘Capture Specific Window’ and press OK.

Step 3: Many Twitch users stream with a camera so that viewers may see them.

Note: To do so, select ‘Video Capture’ as your source and name the source ‘Camera.’ Choose the camera and press OK.

Step 4: Then you will have to place the ‘Video Capture’ above the ‘Window Capture’ in the source list and resize as required.

Step 5: Do not forget to add your microphone as ‘Audio Source.’

How to view your favorite

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In the OBS software, you will see tabs labeled ‘Scenes’ and ‘Sources.’

Sources and Scenes

Sources and Scenes section in OBS

‘Scenes’ are what the viewer will see and there can be multiple scenes such as playing scene, waiting scene and break scene. Choose the scene depending on what you want your viewers to watch.

A ‘Source’ on the other hand is, as the name suggests, the source of the scene. Sources may be videos, game footage, overlays, live chat, and even webcams. The sources build up the scenes.

Overlays provide viewers with information to keep them hooked to your channel by letting you put data on top of your stream. You can be creative here and use overlays in several ways to your advantage.

Logos or branding help you build up your Twitch personality which is vital to gain popularity.

  • You can add a static image by going to the ‘Sources’ tab. Once there click + and choose ‘Image.’
  • Name the image source and click OK.
  • Select an image you want to display and resize.

You can put up images of other players you may be hosting for a game on your channel so that users may know who you are playing with.

How Can You Earn Like Ninja?

Richard Tyler Blevins aka Ninja

Richard Tyler Blevins, more commonly known by his online alias Ninja.

Ninja is the most popular Twitch streamer and also the highest earner. He earns at least $350,000 per month from his over 50,000 subscriptions alone. You too can earn if you are serious about Twitch.

There are seven ways by which Twitch streamers monetize their channels and earn millions.

Viewers who subscribe to your channel will have to pay a onetime fee of $4.99. The total subscriber revenue is calculated by multiplying the number of subscribers to your channel to the subscription fee.

A streamer receives approximately 70% of the total revenue.

In addition to that, many brands tie-up with streamers and provide them sponsorships. But to avail one, you must be deemed credible enough by the sponsors based on your subscriber count and following. Sponsorships range from $20,000 to more than $50,000 per month. Ad revenue and bit donations also add to a streamers total income. Other sources of income are merchandise sales and sponsorships for professional gamers. Donations from Twitch followers also add to the value.

A dedicated streamer who has managed to build up a large following can easily earn over a million dollars annually.

The opportunities are endless and earning by playing games is a dream many of us dreamt during childhood.

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Top 21 Most Watched Twitch Channels

Top 21 Most Watched Twitch Channels

Twitch might be unheard to many internet users but it is a massively popular live video streaming site which has gamers and gaming aficionados hooked to it.

The go to video sharing platform records more than active users daily along with 2 to 3 million monthly broadcasters.

355 billion minutes of video have been watched on Twitch so far and it is competing head-on with YouTube Gaming.
Amazon bought the platform back in 2011. It has evolved exponentially since then.

Popular games like Fornite, PUBG, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, DOTA and Counter-Strike are some of the most streamed games on Twitch apart from many others.

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There are over 9 million channels on Twitch but here are the 21 channels that are most viewed.

1. Ninja

Top Twitch streamer Richard Blevins or Ninja

Ninja is the undisputed king of Twitch.

Richard Blevins is an American Fortnite player earning over $5 million dollars annually solely from his Twitch channel thanks to his more than 12 million followers.

He also streams League of Legends and Call of Duty on his channels when he is not playing Fortnite.

6,500,632 hours have been watched on Ninja’s channel over the past 14 days.

He shot to fame after hosting Drake, another dedicated Fortnite player, on his channel. You can follow him on social media at:

2. Shroud

Michael Grzesiek aka Shroud

Michael Grzesiek is a former professional Counter Striker gamer who now divides his time between Call of Duty and Battlefield V.

Known in the Twitch world as shroud, the Canadian streamed for 124 hours in the last 14 days which garnered 3,559,614 hours worth of views.

He streams in English and also plays PUBG and Fortnite. Since joining Twitch in 2012, shroud has amassed over 4 million followers second only to Ninja.

Follow him here:

3. TTfue

Turner Tenney is another dedicated Fortnite player from Florida, USA. His channel tfue has nearly 3.5 million followers and had an average viewership of 43,213 in the past fortnight.

In that time his channel has been watched for over 3,171,221 hours even though he streamed for only 74 hours.

He also uploads Fortnite videos on his YouTube channel which has over 6 million subscribers. Here are the links to his other social media accounts.

4. Loltyler1

Tyler Steinkamp is a League of Legends streamer who is also known for streaming Call of Duty.

His channel on Twitch loltyler1 is closing in on 2 million followers and recorded a total stream time of 156 hours.

2,864,266 hours of video have been watched in the last two weeks which puts him just shy of the top three on this list.

The max viewers in this period on his channel were 35,489. Tyler also plays Deltarune and DOTA 2 occasionally. Find him elsewhere at:


Next on this list is ESL_CSGO, popular amongst Twitch regulars for his live streams of Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

In the past couple of weeks, he streamed an astounding 305 hours which was watched on an average by 8,282 viewers.

Overall 2,566,902 hours were spent watching videos on this channel. Apart from the well known Counter Strike, ESL_CSGO also used to play DayZ, Halo and Borderlands 2, but of lately he has been concentrating his efforts on Counter-Strike.

If you want follow him, here’s how.

6. PGL_Dota2

As the name of the channel suggests, PGL_Dota2 streams live game play of DOTA 2 and the channel recorded a watch time of 2,544,374 hours in just 77 hours of streaming.

The channel streams in English and has just about 145k followers on his Twitch channel. Here is how you can find him on social media:

7. Riot Games

Riot Games is a video game developer as well as electronic sports tournament organizer based out of Los Angeles, California.

The channel with above 3.2 million followers live streams League of Legends on Twitch. The last 14 days saw a healthy average of 51,066 viewers.

In just 33 hours of stream time the channel has been watched for 2,465,963 hours.

If you want more information on riot games then visit;

8. OverwatchLeague

Developed by Blizzard Entertainment, OWL as it is fondly referred to, is a professional electronic sports league for Overwatch.

The Overwatch channel on Twitch live streams Overwatch play through and has more than 1 million followers. There are 20 teams spread over six countries namely United States, China, Canada, South Korea, United Kingdom and France.
The channel was viewed for 2,265,565 hours over 14 days.

The maximum viewers counted during this period were 178,272. If you wish to follow the OWL then go to:

9. Dota2mc_ru

Here is another channel streaming DOTA 2 live on Twitch. dota2mc_ru is the only Twitch channel on this list which streams in Russian.

The follower count is a mere 157,438 but that did not stop the channel being watched for 2,176,147 hours in a fortnight.

It witnessed a maximum of 94,735 viewers with around 31k viewers on an average thanks to just 70 hours of stream time.

Know more about them here:

10. YoDa

Felipe Noronha is the only other competitive gamer on this list other than dotamc_ru and Gotaga to stream in a language other than English.

The Brazilian streams his content live at YoDa in Portuguese and has 1.2 million followers.

Felipe routinely plays League of Legends and live streams them on his channel. He is also one of very few players to stream Age of Empires II on Twitch.

In the last fortnight, YoDa streamed for nearly hundred hours which resulted in 1,948,159 hours of watched video.

He also plays Smite and Overwatch from time to time.

His YouTube channel is gradually inching towards one million subscribers. Catch up with the Brazilian gamer on:

11. TimTheTatman

Timothy John Bater aka TimTheTatman

Timothy Bater, alias TimTheTatman, has recently reached 3 million followers on his Twitch channel.

Timothy is well known on Twitch for his streams of Just Chatting, Fortnite and Warframe.

He also used to play World of Warcraft, Overwatch and Counter Strike but has lately been focusing on Just Chatting along with Fortnite. 1,927,398 hours have been spent on his channel watching his live streams.

The maximum viewers that the Tatman has seen were 62,132.

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12. Warcraft

World of Warcraft is a hugely popular game which is evident from the 1,864,488 hours spent by viewers on the Twitch channel Warcraft which live streams World of Warcraft games.

Stream time was a mere 42 hours over the last 14 days but that did not deter the channel from recording an average of 46,957 viewers to go with the more than 111k max viewers on the channel in the same period of time.

The YouTube channel has 1.2 million subscribers compared to the 487k followers on Twitch.

The link to the social media accounts are given below:

13. Dakotaz

Brett Hoffman aka Dakotaz

Brett Hoffman started off playing WarZ and other survival games till PUBG came out.

The live stream of PUBG on his Twitch channel dakotaz boosted the number of subscribers as well as increased the average viewership.

Since then he has moved onto Fortnite and is a member of Team Solo Mid along with fellow Twitch streamer TSM_Myth.

Brett is closing in on 3 million followers and his channel was watched for 1,847,734 hours with an average viewership of 19,487.

The less than 100 hours of stream was enough to gather a maximum 48,019 viewers.

Reach him on social media at:

14. Scump

Seth Abner is a professional Call of Duty player hailing from Pennsylvania, United States and on his channel scump you can watch live streams of Payday 2, Star Citizen, Arma 3 and of course Call of Duty.

You can even watch Call of Duty: Ghosts on his channel which has more than 533,000 followers.

Seth’s channel had 103,386 maximum viewers who contributed to the 1,795,783 hours of watch time on Twitch.

His YouTube channel, where he uploads video too, has more than 2 million subscribers.

Get to know him better at:

15. Imaqtpie

Michael Santana is a long time Twitch streamer and a professional League of Legends gamer.

Michael’s long locks and scruffy beard stands in sharp contrast to his gamer persona and Twitch channel imaqtpie.

He streams League of Legends, Call of Duty, DOTA 2 and Overcooked 2 on his channel which has reached 2.4 million followers.

He streamed for an impressive 145 hours during the last 14 days and registered a watch time of 1,672,649 with a little over 11,000 viewers on average.

His YouTube channel is quite popular as well and has managed to reach 1.7 million subscribers. Follow him here:

16. TSM_Daequan

Daequan Loco is an American professional Fortnite player as well as a YouTube gamer and Twitch streamer who became well-known courtesy his common quotes while playing Fortnite.

TSM_Daequan also streams Creative Destruction and Battlefield V and has amassed nearly 2.9 million followers.

The watch time on his videos was 1,544,889. An average of around 24,000 viewers and a maximum 45,590 viewers sums up the viewer statistics for Daequan’s channel.

His YouTube channel has a cool 4.2 million subscribers.

Get to know him better at:

17. Sodapoppin

Thomas Jefferson aka Sodapoppin

Thomas Jefferson Morris started live streaming at the young age of 14 and joined Twitch in 2011. Since then his channel sodapoppin has gained around 2.2 million followers.

An avid gamer, Thomas was also the co-owner of a Canadian esports organization known as Northern Gaming.

Thomas now keeps himself busy and his viewers hooked to his channel by World of Warcraft, Hitman 2, Just Chatting, Travel and Outdoors and casino games.

He infamously lost $5000 in a single hand in front of 40,000 live viewers.

His channel has been watched over 1,520,885 hours in the last fortnight and noted a peak viewership of 59,678 during that time.

If you want to follow him then here are the links to his social media accounts:

18. RocketLeague

RocketLeague is a soccer video game but with rocket powered cars instead of laced up soccer stars.

Partnered by HyperX, this channel has 828,202 followers and the maximum viewers on the channel were 164,357.

More information on them on the social media links:

19. Gotaga

Frenchman Corentin Houssein is a devoted Fortnite player. With approximately 1.3 million followers on his Twitch channel Gotaga, Corentin achieved a maximum viewership of 89,420 in the last 14 days.

54 hours of stream time was enough to rake up 1,482,841 hours of watch time on his channel. Apart from Fortnite, Corentin also plays Just Chatting, Garry’s Mod, League of legends and Visage.

Gotaga streams in French and completes the trio of Twitch streamers on this list who stream in a language other than English.

Corentin can be followed on his social media:

20. xQcOW

Canadian streamer and gamer Félix Lengyel is well known by his Twitch moniker xQcOW and his channel just over 800,000 subscribers at the moment.

1,472,288 hours of watch time on his channel is on account of the 108 hours of stream time. In the last fortnight his channel had seen at the most 24,545 viewers and an average of close to 14,000 viewers.

He mainly plays Overwatch but sometimes also streams Minecraft, We Were Here Too and Left 4 Dead 2.

To know more follow him on social media:

21. CohhCarnage

Ben Cassell is a committed Red Dead Redemption 2 player from North Carolina, USA.

CohhCarnage, his Twitch channel, crossed 1 million followers recently and logged not more than 30,937 viewers.

He streamed 106 hours of content which attracted 1,472,075 hours of watch time.

Ben also plays Fallout 76, Warframe, Throne Breaker and H1Z1 among many others. He used to Fortnite not too long away but now streams either Fallout 76 or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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