Twitch: Beginner's Guide to Becoming a Successful Streamer

The Twitch from Amazon is one of the best video streaming platforms available today and has been in business for years. From small leisure streamers to full time professional streamers and even companies and broadcasters you will find here.

What Requirements You Need To Become a Twitch Streamer: First, Of course, you need a Twitch account, better streaming software, a good gaming PC and accessories, a good internet connection and an idea.

The account, the software and the idea you get for free but you may have to pay for the rest. However, it's an investment that will pay off sooner or later.

If you just want to stream your gameplay and show it to a few people, then normal hardware is enough. But if you want to stream your video professionally, that means that you sometimes need very expensive peripherals and the willingness to put work into it.

Whether you just want to start as a part-time streamer or go for a full-time streamer, the initial efforts are the same and small, to the very first success. Our tips will make it easier to get started, and you will get an overview of what to expect.

Broadband Connection

The most important tool for a streamer is its management. Even with the best Computer you have no chance of success, if the stream is not stable. Investing in a sufficient internet connection / broadband data package is always the first step.

You don’t have to worry about the speed that the provider provides for the download, but you have to concern about the upload. The better the upload, the better the quality of the video that finds its way to Twitch.

There are roughly three Internet Speeds / Bandwidth you have to concern:

Minimum: 3.5Mbit/s Upload. With this amount of data you can stream with the minimum quality and get closer to the streamer feeling. However, this does not expect any outstanding streams.

Average: 6Mbit/s Upload. With this bandwidth your audience can enjoy a pleasant picture, which rarely hangs and which makes watching even fun after some time. The upload is anyway limited to 6MBit/s on Twitch. Everything about it serves as a buffer for short dropouts, so that the quality remains consistently high.

Professional: 10MBit/s or more Upload. With this bandwidth you can exploit the full potential of each PC and deliver the best quality to your viewers. In addition, you can also order business model that receive special support from the providers. As a rule, you have the right to rectify a malfunction within 24 hours.

Create and Set Up a Twitch Account

Twitch Settings Menu Screen

To creating a Twitch account: visit and navigate to the Sign Up button at the top right. In the following pop-up you just have to think about a username and a password and enter, complete with your date of birth and the mail address and you're done! The account is created.

After that, you may have to pick 3 games that you like. However, these are only important to suggest streamer that may interest you. Select the games and confirm the selection to get to the actual website.

Here you navigate via the drop-down menu to the right of your name in the upper right corner to the point "Dashboard". From here you manage the entire streaming profile, from the title of the stream to the chat's settings.

Download A Streaming Software

After you have created the account, you need software that shows what you want to stream. There are many common software for this, such as "XSplit", "Bebo" or "Open Broadcaster Software ", in short "OBS". In this guide we use OBS.

Which of the programs you want to use is ultimately up to you. They all bring about the same functions and work in a similar way.

To connect OBS to your Twitch account, you need your "stream key". You can find this by clicking on "Settings" in your Twitch dashboard on the left. In your settings you will find at the top the link "Stream key".

Clicking on it as well as the button "Show key" gives a warning, never to divide the key and shows it finally. Copy the long string and paste it in OBS under "File", "Settings", "Stream" in "Streamkey". You can now use OBS to transfer a video stream to Twitch.

Set OBS Correctly

The next step should be to make your settings for audio, video and connection. Much of it depends on your personal preference and your technical capabilities. But there are some guidelines.

Settings / Output

- Video Bitrate: 3000-3500 for 1080p (Full HD), 1800-2500 for 720p (HD)
- Encoder: Software (x264)
- Audio bitrates: 128 Hz

Settings / Video

- Base Resolution: Always uses the native resolution of the monitor on which you play the game (current 1920 × 1080)

- Output Resolution: Scaled down the base value by a factor of 1.5 (at our base resolution, ie 1280 × 720)

- Common FPS values: Here are 60 (or 59.94) the values that provide the best quality. But the resolution should be 720p, because 1080p to 60FPS without very expensive hardware or a second computer is impossible to achieve. 720P to 60FPS delivers better quality than 1080p to 30Hz.

Settings / Audio

- The settings here should already be all right. Check if the devices all show the standard of your computer or the devices you want to use.

Settings / Hotkeys

- Hotkeys are optional, but a handy way to quickly access actions. It is recommended to set a hotkey for starting and stopping the stream as well as a push-to-mute button.

If you have adjusted everything to your liking, you just have to give OBS one source to stream it. Go back to the main window and click on the big plus at the bottom left of "Scene" (Add scene). Give it any name you can use to identify it well.

The scene now assigns a source to you via "Sources" that it should represent. By clicking on the plus there you can get a drop-down menu from which you can choose one of three settings for the game to be streamed:

- Screen Capture: Records the entire contents of the monitor. Useful in a multi-monitor setup when the game occupies the entire area of one.

- Window Capture: Specifies a window whose contents are tapped. For games played in the (maximized) window mode the more pleasant solution.

- Game Capture: Determines the game to play from a list of active processes. Pleasant, but sometimes awkward.

Of course, you also need the right tools to put all the theory of streaming into practice. In addition to devices such as better gaming PC, mouse, webcams, microphone / audio device and the keyboard to play the games properly, you also have to communicate with the community.