How to Stream on Twitch

Whether you want to launch a Twitch channel to showcase your artwork or simply watch people play video games, you need to take the time to familiarize yourself with the various terms, tiers, and tricks that make Twitch tick. For instance, what type of hardware and software do you need to stream? Also, how can you watch and support your favorite streamers? Our guide answers all your questions.

First, a little background: Twitch launched back in 2011 as a gaming-centric spin-off of the now-defunct In 2014, Amazon acquired the parent company, Twitch Interactive. Since then, Twitch has blossomed into the go-to streaming destination for watching esports, streaming games (not to be confused with game streaming services), and supporting other entertainment personalities.

Twitch Communities are long dead, but there’s now a tagging system in place. There are three main tags: IRL (for everything that has real people), Creative (streams in categories such as Music & Production, Travel & Outdoors, Makers & Crafters, and Food & Drink), and game genres (such as FPS, MOBA, Driving/Racing Game, and Strategy). Note that everything tagged with the Creative category falls under the IRL category, too.

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