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COMMUNITYSPOTLIGHT

Streamer Community Spotlight: Bea

Greetings! This spotlight series is meant to showcase members of our community who are not only successful streamers, but also represent values that we support, including inclusiveness, diversity, and ‘being different.’ We recognize the unique value streamers provide to the world, and we encourage you to support them!

Meet Bea ^_^

I’m a 20 year old trans woman from England. I’m a Twitch Partner and YouTuber in the Yogscast. I create mostly Minecraft content based on competitive, PVP games and participate in a lot of cross-community events. I work with a ton of different creators every day and it’s such an honor to be surrounded by such amazing people.

Tell us a fun fact about you!

I have worked with some of the biggest Minecraft creators out there. Stacyplays, LDShadowLady and more. It’s been a fantastic experience that I could never have imagined I’d achieve. I feel so proud of it.

So, how did you first get into streaming on Twitch?

I started creating content on Twitch after choosing to diversify my content and move my YouTube livestreams over to Twitch. It was about three years ago. Since then I have gone on to become a Twitch Partner and join the Yogscast. It’s been an incredible few years.

What is your favorite game to stream and why?

The Walking Dead Game has been my favorite game for years. It captivated me and my audience. We cried, laughed and more together. It was an amazing experience.

What are your favorite hobbies outside of streaming?

I love to attend gaming events. This year I’ll be attending YogCon. I also love to play games with my friends and watch RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Share your stream setup!

Who inspires you?

My inspiration comes from many creators, influencers and my mother. The influencers I look up to make me feel excited about new projects and new mediums, and the strength my mother has shown me growing up inspires me to keep trying even when I’m knocked down.

What advice do you have for aspiring streamers?

Keep trying. It’s really hard. It really is tough. You will get knocked down, you will take step backs. It’s not about being knocked down, it’s about how you get back up and come back swinging.

Thank you for sharing, Bea <3

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COMMUNITYSPOTLIGHT

Streamer Community Spotlight: Anastacia

Greetings! This spotlight series is meant to showcase members of our community who are not only successful streamers, but also represent values that we support, including inclusiveness, diversity, and ‘being different.’ We recognize the unique value streamers provide to the world, and we encourage you to support them!

Meet Anastacia (aka miss_Bila) ^_^

Cross stitching, crossword puzzles, guessing on the tea leaves – you will not find all this on miss_Bila’s channel. I’m from Russia, but I’m not a typical Russian streamer. No bear, no vodka and no balalaika. On the streams, I talk about all aspects of my luxury life – starting with retelling conversations with random people from the queue at the sausage shop and ending with a trip to the strip bar “Blue Sun”!

Tell us a fun fact about you!

One day, my friends and I hijacked a patrol boat at the coast guard, so I was fired from the factory, and now I have to stream on twitch.

So, how did you first get into streaming on Twitch?

That was two years ago, streaming hearthstone. It was epic because I didn’t have professional equipment. My webcam was taped to a selfie stick, which was attached to the table with my dad’s vice to clamp metal. I was very shy, I spoke very little and played frankly terribly (I almost threw cards at random, although I had played pretty well before). But now everything is much better, because I don’t stream hearthstone. Kappa

What is your favorite game to stream and why?

Most of all I love the game League of Legends. With this game, I began my journey into computer games. The game is constantly changing and updating. I always like to play with random people in discord, discuss the latest updates and fully enjoy the fun. I love to watch competitions, the only game for which it is interesting to me to watch the championship.

What are your favorite hobbies outside of streaming?

I like to cook. Seriously, I almost do not go to restaurants and cafes. I always try to cook myself, especially if guests come. Most of all I love to cook meat and bake pies.

Tell us about your stream setup!

I already have a small collection of interesting things in the background. The inscription “MISS_BILA” is the handmade work of one of my subscribers, as well as many other things. Most of all I love the yellow toy, which I call “KOTYA”, it can most often be seen on my streams.

Who inspires you?

The best inspiration for me is my pet dog named Rodion. This breed is a mixture of German Shepherd and Beagle. In difficult times, he can cheer me up. He motivates me when I’m lazy. Just look at him!

What advice do you have for aspiring streamers?

First of all – you need to understand that you have to work hard, devote a lot of time and effort to stream. There will be many problems, obstacles and heyta. But having overcome all this – the reward will be high. Streams is creativity, don’t forget that. No need to adapt to someone, you need to stream for your own pleasure!

Thank you for sharing, miss_Bila <3

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COMMUNITYSPOTLIGHT

Streamer Community Spotlight: Emarly

emarly

Greetings! This spotlight series is meant to showcase members of our community who are not only successful streamers, but also represent values that we support, including inclusiveness, diversity, and ‘being different.’ We recognize the unique value streamers provide to the world, and we encourage you to support them!

Meet Emarly ^_^

Emarly is a Spanish streamer who loves video games and music. She started streaming Dota2 in 2014 (it’s her main game). She has been streaming other games like CS:GO, PUBG and now Apex Legends (her 2nd fav game). She is passionate and puts effort into everything she does, trying to entertain her viewers and making people a little bit happier! Her other passion is singing. She is trying to release some songs and you can listen some of her cover songs on Youtube, Soundcloud and Spotify.

Tell us a fun fact about you!

I’m so bad playing all games, but I really try to be a good player. You can watch me feeding and raging because of my no-hands! 😀

So, how did you first get into streaming on Twitch?

I was having a really bad time in my life (familiar issue) then I just needed a way to disconnect. My best friend showed me Twitch and then I said “OMG there are people playing video games on the Internet and meeting great people? I have to try it!” Twitch helped me a lot to pass my bad time and made me disconnect from my personal nightmare.

What is your favorite game to stream and why?

Dota2 is my main game. I think it’s the best MOBA because of its mechanics, its difficulty, its graphics, everything. I love Dota2! But now I’m playing Apex Legends a lot, I just think it’s the best FPS Battle Royale game on the market and I need to support it!

What are your favorite hobbies outside of streaming?

I work as a UX/UI designer but my real passion is singing. I’d love to be an artist and sell my music, but I know it’s just a dream!

Who inspires you?

My inspiration in life is make people happier. Trying to help people disconnect from their problems. Inspire people to know more about empathy, respect and happiness. I’m vegan so I would love to share all my knowledge with my viewers and let them choose the best for their souls.

What advice do you have for aspiring streamers?

First of all: stream because you like playing video games and you want or need to make new virtual friends. Stream because you have enough free time to do it! Do it like a hobby. Always like a hobby! Stream the content that you love. Don’t go for the last releases just because you think it will give you viewers. It can happens sometimes but if you do it for a long period you will feel frustrated because you will notice that people are not watching you because who you are, they will be watching you only because you are playing that new game! ALWAYS BE YOURSELF.

We couldn’t agree more, Emarly. Thank you for sharing <3

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GAMINGTWITCH

5 Things That Top Streamers Do That Make Them Stand Out

Top Gaming Streamers

At this point, seeing how successfully the top gaming streamers have penetrated mainstream media, we can no longer deny the success of streaming.

With its increased popularity, however, also comes a growth in public interest. In particular, more and more people are looking to see if they can get their own slice of the proverbial pie.

And, why not?

With reports from reliable sources such as Reuters confirming that top gaming streamers like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins were paid as much as $1 million by Electronic Arts to play and promote one of their latest titles, Apex Legends, it’s only natural to be interested.

But, as enticing as that big load of cash is, the journey to the top isn’t easy.

It can take months, if not years, for a streamer to go from zero or a couple of viewers to hundreds. In fact, there are hundreds of streamers today who’ve been streaming for years who struggle to reach a thousand viewers.

Of course, there are a lot of factors that come into play when it comes into your potential viewer count. The game you’re playing is a huge one. You can’t exactly start off playing some obscure and relatively unknown game and expect thousands of people to come and watch you play. But, we won’t pretend to know the secret sauce behind what makes successful streamers as popular as they are.

What we do know is that there are some things that they do that other streamers don’t.

With that said, below, we’ll try to go into detail on some of the things that we have noticed that some of the top gaming streamers on Twitch do that others don’t.

Just keep in mind that these won’t always apply to everyone. But, even so, there’s something here for every aspiring streamer to learn.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

1. Committed to a consistent streaming schedule

One of the first things that you should always do if you want to go on Twitch and be a streamer is be consistent.

After all, how can you expect people to show up to watch you when you can’t even show? If someone’s following you, that means you show up to their “Following” page, and if you stream consistently enough, you’ll show up there often and they’re more likely to subscribe and keep on watching your streams.

Not streaming consistently means that you’re losing out on viewers and giving them a chance to go somewhere else.

Eventually, if you keep your inconsistency up, your followers will start to forget you. Some might even start unfollowing and unsubscribing from you.

You don’t want that to happen.

Having a consistent streaming schedule might be exhausting, but it’s what you need to do to give interested viewers a chance to know when they should tune in if they want to watch you play and entertain on Twitch.

For example, Ninja often streams for around 11-14 hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays between 6 AM to 7 PM.

Prior to him becoming as popular as he is today, Ninja used to stream even more often. In fact, he used to stream everyday! He’s since toned down his streaming schedule to pursue other endeavors, but if you’re still starting out, find a way to stream as consistently as possible — do it everyday if you can!

Whether you only have a dozen viewers or a record-breaking number of viewers today, being consistent is important.

Be on your stream as stated in your schedule, even if you have to force yourself to do it.

If you can do that, then you’re already way ahead of the curve.

2. Flexible enough to adjust and improve themselves

When you stream for a living, you have to treat it like a job.

That means taking it seriously and not doing it solely just for fun.

Being flexible can be extremely helpful in these situations.

Having a back-up plan for your back-up plan when things go south, or being able to roll with the punches and take things as they go, are great skills to have as a streamer.

Sure, consistency is great, but you can’t always predict everything.

Your reaction to things that you cannot control, from simply having a bad day and going on a losing streak to having a couple of trolls try to get on your nerves, says a lot about you as a person.

This doesn’t mean that you have no right to get mad.

Rather, what we’re trying to say is that you should try to do it in a positive manner in a way that won’t drive away your viewers.

Having a positive attitude and disposition can go a long way in attracting viewers because it greatly improves the viewing experience, as well as the quality of your stream.

3. Self-awareness and open mindedness

If you’re going to take streaming seriously, you must exercise the power of self-awareness and being open-minded enough to assess when you become your stream’s biggest problem.

So many streamers fall into a rut because they blame everything but themselves when things go wrong in their streams.

Remember, 99% of the time, you are the reason why your stream is not growing.

It’s not because the top gaming streamers are also on when you are, or because you have a crappy gaming set-up, or whatever it is that you came up with to make yourself feel better about why your stream is going the way that it is.

As a streamer, you are your own boss, that means you have to learn how to criticize and tell yourself when things are going wrong.

Also, being open-minded helps because it makes you more open to experimentation.

The road to being a successful streamer isn’t always going to be clear and straight — you have to be willing to fix problems as they come and forge your own path.

4. Business-minded

Streaming is a business, whether you like it or not.

The sooner you agree with this statement and treat it like a business, the better your stream will be.

The top gaming streamers know that what they are doing isn’t just a job. Streaming is a business and they are their own brand. They treat everything professionally (even if sometimes, that may not seem like the case). They also do everything they can do to further the brand, not the other way around.

As you start growing your audience, you’ll inevitably receive offers from various companies and individuals.

It is up to you to decide whether you should work with them or not.

Once you do come to a decision, you’ll have to come to terms to a contract as well. This is where being business-minded and having a good nose for business comes in handy.

If you don’t treat yourself as a business and don’t know how much your value is, you might end up underselling yourself and sign a sponsorship deal that is not in your best interests.

That’s not something that one of the top gaming streamers do.

5. Uniquely entertaining in their own ways

Being entertaining is one thing — doing your own thing is another.

Being yourself works great when streaming, you just have to take it up a notch and make your stream entertaining.

If being yourself means being one of the best players in the world, then by all means, do that.

Artour “Arteezy” Babaev remains one of the top gaming streamers in Dota 2. He doesn’t stream consistently, but people still watch him. Why? Because he is literally one of the best players in all of Dota 2.

He doesn’t try to be entertaining or anything. He just plays the game and puts on some music. Sometimes, he doesn’t even interact with the viewers.

But, of course, that’s Arteezy, and you’re not him.

In streaming, the people who copy other streamers are those who end up failing. They may find some success temporarily, but in the end, streamers who have unique content end up enjoying success and a strong community.

In order to be a successful streamer, you have to find out what makes you different from other people.

Once you find it, you need to do your best to keep on working at it.

The Endless and Random Journey to Becoming One of the Top Gaming Streamers

The truth is, there’s no set path when it comes to being a successful streamer.

Each successful streamer got where they are today via their own means. Some made it there because of their skill. Meanwhile others made it there because they were genuinely good people and people loved watching them playing games, even though they were not as skilled.

Regardless of whatever it is that you find that makes you different, the most important thing in pursuing a career in streaming is determination.

You have to be determined enough to continue pursuing this endless and random journey.

It also helps to be open-minded, self-aware, and be obsessed with improvement. You have to keep on working on yourself every day and you have to learn how to fix every problem as they come. More importantly, you have to be willing to listen to feedback from others.

Of course, the path to being one of the top gaming streamers don’t have to be so lonely.

If you’re persistent enough, you’ll find other streamers that can help you progress.

You can do the same for them as well.

Ultimately, the most important thing here is to never give up.

Because, well, if you do, then what’s the point?

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TWITCH

Tips for Staying Healthy While Streaming

So, you’ve been gaming and streaming for hours now. Maybe you’re sniping enemies, delivering payloads, winning chicken dinners and what-have-you. Suddenly, your throat’s getting a little dry, you feel an imminent headache coming, you feel the pangs of hunger eating away your stomach, you’re a bit dizzy, and—are you seeing things or is that really an Italian plumber hanging on your ceiling fan? 

Slow down on the gaming for a sec. As much as you love gaming, it’s important to keep yourself healthy, too. How would you game and stream in the future if you become unhealthy? Checkmate, lazy bums. Don’t let your real life health points deplete because of virtual health points. Here are 10 tips that will help you stay healthy while streaming.

1. Stay hydrated

Don’t underestimate water. Dehydration can cause headaches, and that’s one of the last things you want while staring at a bright screen. It can also affect your vision perception and psychomotor ability—imagine losing a game because you didn’t drink water. Yikes.

Sure, you hate the occasional trip to the toilet, but unless you’re willing to wear diapers that’s just one of the things you have to put up with water. Is that really so bad?

Have a jug or pitcher of water with you when you’re streaming for long periods of time. Remember to take a chug every now and then and you should be good.

Vision perception and psychomotor ability: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908954/

Also check out https://www.twitch.tv/stay_hydrated_bot for friendly reminders!

2. Don’t skip meals

Skipping meals is another thing some people do whenever they get too into their games. While it’s cool and all that you’re very dedicated to your game, and I’m sure your teammates or viewers appreciate it, your body needs fuel, too. You might also develop some stomach or weight problems if you’re not careful.

When you’re about to do multiple hours of streaming, eat before starting and prepare some snacks that you can easily munch on while playing. Healthy options are fruits and nuts, but let’s not kid ourselves—we know it’s gonna be potato chips. If you hate the flavoring and food coloring getting on your fingers (like the dreaded Cheeto dust), you might want to use chopsticks to pick up the chip instead. Clean hands equal clean keyboard and mouse.

Weight problems: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/ten-weight-loss-myths/#skipping-meals-is-a-good-way-to-lose-weight

3. Maintain proper posture

I’m not gonna nag at you for slouching, but you gotta have proper posture, especially if you’re streaming for a long time. Improper posture can strain your back and can cause all sorts of pain and discomfort in the long run, not to mention getting back and spine problems.

For starters, make sure your chair doesn’t let you have a bad posture. You can research and shop around for an ergonomic chair that will help your back, but be wary of chairs that have style over purpose instead. Also, one chair might be perfect for one gamer but it may not be for you, so don’t go rushing on buying what the pros are sitting on and make sure the chair is actually comfortable for you.

Don’t forget about your wrists, too. You’ve been clicking and moving your mouse for too long, not to mention abusing your wrists for other things. Here’s a video from a doctor on how to exercise your hands and wrists. There’s also a handy infographic of it made by a Reddit user.

Proper posture: http://www.drleviharrison.com/proper-keyboard-placement-in-gaming/
Improper posture: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/common-posture-mistakes-and-fixes/
Ergonomic chair: https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/office/chair.html
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiRC80FJbHU
Infographic: http://i.imgur.com/Q02Yx2F.jpg
Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/3bdlss/hand_and_wrist_exercises_for_gamers_actually/csle1cq/

4. Take breaks to stand up, walk, and stretch

Sitting too long can lead to a myriad of health problems, and it just feels too uncomfortable after some time. Get up, walk around a bit, and do some stretching to relieve your muscles and bones from too much sitting. Your body will thank you.

You can even make a game out of this with your viewers, like asking them what simple exercises or dances you can do. You can also try video games that make you up and about.

Health: https://www.businessinsider.com/14-horrible-things-that-can-happen-if-you-sit-at-your-desk-for-too-long-2014-3
Problems: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/why-sitting-too-much-is-bad-for-us/
Too much sitting: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1050641112001721

5. Take care of your eyes 

If possible, and I know this is a big if for a lot of gamers, rest your eyes every now and then. I know current trends are pretty big on multiple-hour streaming, even lasting for a day or more, but the strain that you’re doing to your eyes while staring at your screen for long periods of time can affect your eyes in the long run. 

A short eye break after an hour or so, maybe for 5 minutes or less, while closing your eyes or staring at a distance should be okay. You can also do the 20-20-20 break: every 20 minutes, pause your game and take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away. 

If you’re using glasses, it will immensely help if the lenses have a coating that can help protect your eyes from the glare and blue light of your screen. You can also use a program that can block blue light in your computer screen.

Blue light: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side
20-20-20 eye break: http://www.bluelightexposed.com/protect-our-vision/#useful-tips-to-relieve-digital-eyestrain-caused-by-digital-devices

6. Take care of your voice

While some streamers take the silent route, a lot of streamers prefer to engage with their audience by talking and cracking jokes, sometimes screaming for joy at getting a great loot or howling in imaginary pain as their character got ganked. 

So if you’re gonna stream with your voice, try not to overwork it. Take some vocal breaks, drink water (seriously, drink water) to soothe your throat, and learn proper breathing techniques when talking. If you notice some hoarseness or raspiness in your voice, definitely take a break to recover. If your voice stays hoarse for more than three weeks, or you get on and off raspiness and hoarseness, you might want to visit a doctor there, bud.

Breathing technique: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/taking-care-your-voice
Hoarse for more than three weeks: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hoarseness

7. Sleep isn’t for the weak

You often hear the saying “Sleep is for the weak!” on the internet so many times. You see so many gamers forgo a good night’s sleep for a couple more hours of gaming. Hey, I know how raiding is very important to you, or maintaining your high score is a must, or the game’s story is just too gripping and you gotta know how the story ends after choosing only one character to live—but you gotta sleep.

Sleep isn’t for the weak. In fact, lack of sleep will make you weak. 

Lack of sleep: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/sleep/conditioninfo/sleep-deprivation

8. Set a reminder for your meds or vitamins so you won’t forget

When you’re gaming and you get in the zone, often times you forget a lot of things. Sometimes, it’s just harmless things like taking out the trash, or heartbreaking things like forgetting to call your grandma. But there are important and pressing matters that can slip off your mind, like taking your meds or vitamins. Set an alarm reminder so you won’t forget your medication. Gaming is great, but your health comes first.

9. Make sure you’re safe

So you’re building your fort in your game to keep out monsters or enemies. You’ve checked on everything and you deem it quite secure. You rest easy knowing you’re safe. 

But what about your real life self and your real life fort?

If you have a family member or a buddy living with you, inform them that you’re about to game and stream and will stay in your cave for quite some time. They can check up on you or tell you if an emergency is happening outside your room. This can be quite important if you have a health problem that could happen at any moment, like seizures and heart attacks. If you get too focused on your game or use noise-cancelling headphones, you might not notice things going on outside, so it helps that you have a buddy system in place.

If you do live alone, you can always call someone you know or close to, so at least someone will know what you’re about to do. Check your windows and doors before streaming to make sure you’re safe.

10. Don’t neglect your mental health

Last but definitely not the least, do not ignore your mental health.

When you find that gaming and streaming are getting overwhelming, and the pressure is too much to handle, not to mention the toxic comments are making you feel pretty bad, please take a break. 

If you’re not enjoying things anymore, do something else for the time being until you get your bearings again. Clear your head. Seek out help. Talk to someone. It’s gonna be okay.

Forcing yourself to continue will not only affect your mental health, but it might also affect your performance, which will be obvious to your audience and impact your streaming reputation.

Next time you schedule a stream, brush up on these tips and make sure to put yourself and your health first. Have fun and stay healthy, player one!

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NEWS

10 Holiday Ideas for your Stream

It’s always a good idea to spice up your Twitch streams by adding a bit of the festivities. It’s a nice way to break the occasional monotony of things. This holiday, celebrate the season and bring in the cheer with these 10 holiday-themed ideas.

Play games with holiday or winter elements
As a gamer, playing holiday-themed games is a great way to enjoy the season. There are many retro Christmas games if you go the retro way, and MMOs often have winter or Christmas-themed outfits and places.

Dress up
A simple Christmas hat or knitted sweater can lighten up the mood of your stream. You can even get creative and design it however you want. If you want to make it fancy, there are hats and sweaters that light up and even full-blown costumes.

Add Holiday Twitch Extensions
You can also decorate your video screen with holiday cheer. The Twitch extension Christmas Presents lets you add a Christmas 3D scene to your video. It’s simple to install and lets your audience enjoy a winter wonderland view while you stream.

Decorate your room
If you want to go the extra mile and don’t mind putting some work, you can decorate your actual room, too. A couple of stockings, some fairy lights, and a tiny pine tree can do wonders to your stream set-up.

Music for the mood
The occasional jingling of some bells or instrumental Christmas music can bring some holiday mood to your stream. A jazzy Christmas tune or ringing of sleigh bells can cozy up your viewers.

Food Stream
Mukbang, a popular trend in South Korea, is a kind of video streaming where in the host prepares or eats a meal. Why not take a short break from gaming and treat your viewers to some nice holiday snacks?

Giveaways
Christmas is about giving, and your viewers would definitely appreciate a giveaway. If you have the extra cash to spare, having a giveaway this Christmas is a nice gesture to thank your viewers for sticking around with you this holiday season.

Charity
Speaking of extra cash, giving some amount to your preferred charity after doing certain milestones with your audience is a great way to celebrate the season of giving.

Advent Calendar Countdown
A daily countdown till Christmas, each with a secret activity or giveaway hidden behind each date would be a great game to have with your viewers. You can ask for suggestions or make all of it a surprise for your audience.

Play an activity or game with your viewers
If you don’t have the extra cash to spare, a simple activity with your viewers will suffice. You can ask for Christmas dedications or messages that you can occasionally read in your stream. You can also have a short karaoke of Christmas songs.

Happy holidays from Pixels Gaming! 🎄

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TWITCH

‘Game Queue’ Twitch Extension is Live!

Invite your viewers to game with you, completely hassle-free.

We are happy to announce the release of our latest Twitch extension panel — Game Queue!

Game Queue makes it easy to invite viewers to game with you. Viewers can join your game of Overwatch, PUBG, and many other games with a simple chat command. With full Twitch integration, users don’t need to leave the site to join the queue and we have built hassle-free controls for streamers. Game Queue is fully customizable and handles queue management, prioritization of subscribers, and gamertag collection, so you can focus on your stream.

How do I add the extension to my Twitch profile?

You can install the panel here: http://bit.ly/2A8sI9H. We also made a step-by-step video guide for getting Game Queue up and running! It takes less than 5 minutes and you can start engaging viewers in an exciting new way.

What features does the Game Queue have?

Game queue has many exciting features. In addition to being completely free, we have highlighted some important features below.

Simple gamertag management

Manage gamertags with a simple whisper command

Subscriber-only mode — Subscriber priority queue

Customizable colors and messaging

How can the Game Queue improve my stream?

We have talked with hundreds of streamers and viewers to understand what tools are missing and what challenges exist. During this process and during our beta testing, we have distilled our learnings into 3 key improvements.

Increased engagement

Game Queue is the only extension of its kind. Many extensions are read-only, and don’t allow for much interaction. Game Queue allows viewers to interact directly with you and have unforgettable experiences. This is also a very new extension and will help differentiate your stream.

Improved subscribe rate

Many streamers have activated subscriber-only mode. This is a direct incentive for people to subscribe to your channel.

Better donations

Last year, over $100MM was donated to streamers. This level of generosity and engagement is unheard of. Now imagine giving someone a more hands-on, unforgettable experience during your stream. “Remember that time I won a PUBG duo with DrDisRespect? Or when I had that amazing Zarya ult playing with TimTheTatman?” Game Queue gives viewers a stronger incentive to donate, and leaves them a bigger fan than ever before.

What our users are saying:

— “This is unlike any panel I’ve seen. It’s very interactive and gives viewers something to look forward to.”

— “I could see myself using this for charity streams. It could motivate more viewers to tune in and donate to charity in return for a fun experience.”

— “I have a really hard time managing gamertags for my viewers who want to game with me. This completely solves that problem.”

Game Queue was built by the community, for the community. Your feedback is incredibly valuable, and we will do our best to build tools and services to help create exciting new experiences.

Pixels Team

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TWITCH

5 Essential Twitch Extensions for Streamers

If you aren’t familiar with Twitch Extensions, you should be. Last month, Twitch announced support for developer-created extensions that can be installed directly to your channel.

The capabilities of these extensions are endless, and more and more are being created each day. We have compiled a list of the best extensions to help you differentiate and grow your stream.

Streamlabs Loyalty, Music, Polls & Games (learn more)

Streamlabs is a must-have extension that allows you to process donations, reward viewers, and engage them with polls and music.

Porcupine’s Kappa Pet (learn more)

Keep your stream alive with this creative pet that “lives” and “dies” based on certain levels of viewer engagement.

StreamLegends (learn more)

Let your viewers fight monsters, level up, and earn rewards with this viewer-driven panel.

Game Queue (learn more)

Invite your viewers to game with you, completely hassle-free. This extension takes viewer engagement to the next level, and provides your viewers with unforgettable experiences.

Gear on Amazon (learn more)

Showcase your gear and custom swag directly on your channel. The best part? Amazon shares a cut of the revenue for viewers who buy from your stream.

There are 100s more extensions live for you to install, and I encourage you to check them out. Many of them provide you ways to make your stream more interactive and engaging.

Stream on!

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GAMING

Introducing “Game With Me” Buttons

We have an exciting update today — “Game With Me” buttons! They come in all shapes and sizes, and are customizable by you. What are they for? It’s quite simple. Many streamers have thousands of viewers and die-hard fans. What if they could simply press a button to join your game?

readyplayervause using “Game With Me” button on Twitch

Not only will this help differentiate your stream, it lets your viewers and fans engage with you in an exiting new way. Imagine getting some PUBG chicken dinner, an Overwatch team kill, or a LoL victory with a viewer by your side. They would turn into life-long fans, and maybe leave a generous donation 😉

The best part? It’s 100% free. No catches. We manage your schedule, advertise your stream, and handle donations so you can focus on streaming and engaging with viewers.

How do you get started?

  1. Sign up for free at https://www.pixelsgaming.com/streamer
  2. Navigate to your settings and download a “Game With Me” image. If you don’t see a color you like, let us know! We’ll gladly make a custom one for you.
  3. Add the image to your Twitch profile with the following link: https://www.pixelsgaming.com

Stream on!

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