Wednesday, August 30, 2017

When Blizzard promotes your stream!

Ever wonder what happens when a really large gaming company like Blizzard promotes a Twitch live streamer?

So while I was checking out the PC Open Beta for Destiny 2, I noticed in the launcher screen a advertisement for a Twitch tv streamer.



And I started to ponder what type of traffic does this sort of advertising provide. Lucky for us they used a public short url linker which provides public stats.

Here is the URL short link stats from the day of advertising a Twitch tv streamer received.


Over 29,856 people clicked to the Twitch stream from Blizzard's Launcher.

Looking at a couple of 3rd party stat sites that track twitch channel metrics, it shows around 1,000 concurrent viewers, 900+ new followers and around 31,000 channel views for the broadcaster during the time frame.

That's pretty awesome!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Competition mentality

Streamer Vs Streamer - Do you believe you are competing against other streamers for viewers?

Here is a recent reddit post against my channel fueling this sort of a competition mentality.


This reddit user doesn't like that I embed my stream on the sidebar of websites that I run. They say because of having the stream embed its creating a unfair boost and is hurting other streamers.

Here is a great example of why you shouldn't think streaming is any sort of competition from one of the biggest entertainers of all time in Las Vegas, Wayne Newton.

Video Interview from Fox News; Your World with Neil Cavuto.
URL: https://youtu.be/obumip0Q8Wg?t=27m17s
Go to timestamp 27:15

Quote from the interview:
Wayne Newton, "There is not the competition between the performers that people would assume, it would be a logical aftermath of that, the truth of the matter is, the more the big stars come here, like those that you have mentioned, the better it is for all of us, because people will see the show they came to see, if it be one of them or me or whomever and then they say who do we go see next. So the whole town and the whole entertainment industry really derive a great benefit from that talent being here."


Don't fall into the mind trap of thinking you are in a competition against other streamers for viewers.  Focus on creating a brand, high quality content and promoting it out across many platforms and social media avenues. Use the twitch platform as a tool to grow your community and to showcase your content.  Also rather then seeing other streamers as competition, try to collaborate with others and find synergies if possible.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

General video and clip info for Twitch.tv

Listed here are some general info for videos and clips on the Twitch.tv platform.

A while ago twitch introduced a way to upload videos to the platform. What they didn't really make clear is how much of a priority uploaded videos get over highlights and past broadcasts.

If you are searching for videos on the platform, uploaded videos are shown first over other types even if other highlights have more total views.

Here is a example using the top search bar on Twitch and the video game Star Citizen.


Click image to enlarge

All the top listed videos are uploads, even thou the default filter for "popular" is listed its not working as intended. Another thing to note about upload videos is monetization, how that works is a mystery.  I speculate it only will do a pre-roll ad but nothing else so be aware if your creating hour long videos.

Uploaded videos also get the top spot in some game directories. Looks like any uploaded video from the past week or two are displayed.

Here is a screenshot from the videos section on battlefield 4 showing the trending uploads.




A quick tip that many streamers probably don't realize is happening on Twitch in regards to videos. At the end of your videos, it will automatically transition to the last "past broadcast" your channel has available.


Go investigate many of the top broadcasters on Twitch and see how most of their long session "past broadcasts" have thousands of views. The more you can syndicate short videos on twitch and around the internet that get consumed will help overall in boosting numbers for that video and past broadcasts. This is what generally is occurring for many top tier streamers.

Clips
Check clips that viewers generated during your stream session and combine them into a montage for uploading. Delete the clips afterwords so all views go to the uploads and not the clips. Clips from what I have seen are not monetized and create in a way leaks leading viewers elsewhere.

This is a major difference from creating highlights or uploads which when finished autoplay your last broadcast. 

Another option that clips can be very handy for is for use on twitter. Since downloading clips is very easy, this offers you a quick way to get some video content onto your twitter.

VodCast
Everytime someone is watching a VodCast on your channel, the video that is currently playing will get a view and also your channel's total viewcount.

Realtime viewer numbers during VodCast is exactly the same as if your live, if people are watching the VodCast, the viewer count will show how many are currently doing that on the channel

One thing to note, transition from VodCast to Live or Live to VodCast resets the realtime view count even if you time it to switch between each session really fast.

Personally I found extreme success with VodCasting and having the channel going for almost 24/7.  I previously was on the playlist beta, which was similar to vodcast expect that you were not listed on the game directory and view counts didn't count for the videos.

With the latest mobile app changes using VodCasting during times where your not able to stream can potentially gain you a major amount of followers.

Here is a peek at my channel stats from when the mobile app changes happen.


The app changes started around 6/30 - note the yellow marker on the image. Follower count has skyrocketed from what I usually have been receiving on the platform. Majority of this is happening during vodcasting sessions.

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Ok well thats all that I can think of at the moment for this topic! I hope someone out there gets something useful from this post. If you have any questions or comments fill free to write them below. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

New Twitch app auto follows streamers

Did you know the new Twitch app for ios and android auto follows channels based on which 3 games they have to pick in the start screen?



So this is something new that I haven't seen happen on Twitch before via their app.  I loaded up the new Twitch Andriod app on bluestacks to test it out to verify. Bluestacks is a android emulator, which is very handy for testing apps.

After you login (I used a freshly created Twitch account, this may make a difference), you have to pick 3 games to follow. For my test I picked EVE Online, Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous.

Here are the listed streamers that the app automatically followed for each game:

Elite Dangerous Auto Follow Streamers:

Star Citizen Auto Follow Streamers:

EVE Online Auto Follow Streamers:


Twitch Support tweeted out the following:

Interesting keywords here is "new-user onboarding flow" which I believe for the app is to get users to quickly see the benefits of following games and streamers.

At first glance it seems to pick channels with the most viewers most followers that are currently online for the game.

Update 7/7/2017 - Its picking the top three streamers in the game directory now, not most followers.

Update 7/25/2017 - You need at least 10 Viewers to be included in the top 3 of the game. If the top channels are all under 10 viewers, no one will be auto followed.

Tip:
Knowing the above fact makes this exploitable via the vodcasting feature. If your channel has generally more viewers (total followers) then others who are currently streaming the game you will benefit from the twitch app auto follow system.

Update 7/25/2017 - The tip above is no longer available, Twitch removed Vodcast streams from follower onboarding.

Twitch Support tweeted out the following (7/24/2017):
Mobile App Vodcasting avoidance


How do you feel about the Twitch app basically follow botting certain channels? Leave a comment below, thanks!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How to stream with one monitor?

Guide on how to stream with just one monitor using ghost screening.

Here is how I currently stream using just a single monitor with being able to see chat, webpages and other things at the same time without effecting the game capture.


First off the monitor needs to have dual inputs, the one I'm currently using has 3 different inputs: VGA, DVI and HDMI.



Next your video card has to support the two different types of input.

I'm using a 1080 GTX, it supports both DVI and HDMI.



I plug in both of the different types of connectors to the monitor.  The monitor can switch screens between DVI or HDMI. For my setup I use DVI at 1920 x 1200 native, the max supported resolution for this monitor (its a couple years old) and HDMI at 1920 x 1080.

Since both DVI and HDMI connections are plugged into the video card, it will show the system as having 2 monitors.



I made monitor #2 as default (make this my main display) and monitor #1 is where all the games go for screen capture.

Here is how the desktop looks with the game running, OBS and a webpage with the twitch chat viewing.


Basically you put the game on monitor #1 which is really a ghost screen (not there) and then you use the OBS monitor window to play the game while its on the ghost monitor. And since its in a window you can load up webpages and other apps to monitor chat and whatever else you like during your streaming sessions.

Using only 1 monitor, saves power, creates less heat and doesn't strain your head and/or neck muscles as much since you dont have to keep checking to the sides if you were using a multi monitor setup.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

How to delete clips made by viewers

Guide on how to delete clips created by viewers from your channel on Twitch.tv

One of the new features on twitch.tv allows viewers to create clips from your broadcast. If you wish to delete the clips created from your channels content, here is how to do just that!

Step 1
Login to your Twitch Account and then go to the following clips URL:
https://clips.twitch.tv/my-clips/channel


Here it will show you all the clips created by viewers from your channel.


Step 2
Click on the clip you wish to remove from the list, it will show up on the right side and start to play.



Step 3

On the video player screen, click on the cogwheel and the following options show up:
  • Delete Clip - removes the clip
  • Delete All Clips - removes all clips from the related video
  • Timeout User (24 hr) - prevent viewer from creating new clips for 24 hours.
  • Ban User - permanently ban viewer from creating clips of your channel.
Use the delete clip or other options to remove the clip from your channel.

TIP
Clips currently don't seem to offer any sort of monetization.What I have seen streamers do in order to monetization clips is to create compilations by combining user created clips and then uploading that to the channel. Since you don't want to duplicate content, it maybe best to remove all clips from that stream session. You can use the 'Delete All Clips' option from step 3 to do just that for certain stream broadcasts.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Events Posting

A short guide on how to use the new events featured recently added to Twitch.

The new events manager option should be now showing up on your dashboard next to video manager.



Click on Create Event and fill out the details.


Once you create a new event it will show up in the future events tab section with some additional options.


  • Edit - change the details, date, image and description
  • Share - Displays the event URL and additional sharing options to various social media sites.
  • Remind Me - Reminder option to automatically send a email 1 hour before the event. Plus additional links to add to calendar for apple, google, yahoo and outlook.
  • Delete - remove the event
Viewers will see the new 'Event' tab showing across the top of your channel page next to collections and the followers number.  Also will show up in channel feed if you selected that option in the events detail form.


Tips
When you are creating a new event, a option to add in a image is available. Make sure to create a custom image or else it will auto use a default like the shown in the above screenshot.

For the description section make sure to add in a URL to your channel at the bottom linking back.  There is a link on the side (starring) but I think it stands out alot more if you add it in as text also so its more visible.



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Live viewcount polling intervals

Live viewer count polling interval changes on twitch.tv

Recently many people noticed a change that showed directory viewer number vs dashboard (or stream page) vastly different.


On the twitch subreddit a response was given by flgr "viewcount lead";



"Live viewcounts (on the channel page below the live video) are finally updating much faster than they used to. We deployed a change on Friday that will update them around every 30 seconds (from 1 to 2m+ previously). We're planning to get this down further in the future (though it will take us some time). Directory viewcounts don't update quite as often so can be a little behind." - Source

Which means viewer count numbers are going to be less lagged and a little more accurate. Expect to see concurrent numbers for certain streamers lower then what they previously had due to this change.

Other note worthy effects from this polling change is the following:
  • Disconnects / Small interruptions
    Any issues will cause your viewer numbers to reset to zero more frequently then what it was in the past.
  • Playlist System / Embeds
    If your channel is setup with a playlist that automatically runs when your offline, as soon as you go back online all the viewers get cut off, which makes the view counter reset. In the past with a one to two minute buffer, it just continued the count for a majority of the time.

Update 6/2/2017 - Been noticing for the past couple of days another change happened and the counters are getting more skewed. 

Update 7/28/2017 - Twitch Staff lead for view counts made the following statement on r/eve.

"Also sometimes viewcounts will stop updating for some viewers. This is purely a cosmetic/client-side problem (though a very annoying one). A page refresh usually fixes that. This is a problem in the JavaScript code that polls the number, and I'm reaching out to get that fixed too." - Source

Friday, March 3, 2017

Automatic Twitter followers and following by streamers?

How some streamers are using Twitter to market their content and promotions!

So today while logging into my twitter account I find this twitch streamer following me.




Notice anything weird about this screenshot? I do, 50k following!

Then if you check on social blade you can see a snapshot of daily trends. Here is a screenshot of that:


One day a huge amount of following, then a couple days later unfollows in what appears to be in a systematic way. So basically trying to exploit the 'I follow you and you follow me back' sort of a deal.

How do people even do this stuff? Searching around I found out its either thru scripting with API access to twitter or via 3rd party websites like tweepi.

If you plan on using any type of automation on twitter, it should be extremely limited in my opinion.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

With Success comes hate

Everyone knows the saying with success comes hate right? Well here is how its happening against my small channel on twitch.



The main conduits typically seems to be on reddit, for me since I'm primarily a EVE Online streamer it would be r/eve.


Here are some examples of recent targeted hate towards myself and my channel.

r/Eve/comments/51n22u/gf_horde/d7dalic/

r/Eve/comments/5jrwjl/lets_watch_some_streamers_on_twitch_wait_what/dbileqw/

r/Eve/comments/5wii5g/every_time_this_streamer_streams_he_gets_over_500/

The common theme from all the attackers is viewership numbers. If I had a total of 10 viewers and 8 of those were from a external embed no one would care. But now since I'm more successful and averaging 300+ viewers all the time, more focus is coming my way. People are trying to figure out whats happening, why I have more viewers and are quick to assume things.

My approach to streaming is also very different from what you typically see on twitch which may add to the problem. I do not attempt to be a personality type of a streamer. My focus is being more of a support type of a stream for the games I play in a chill / relaxing setting. Additionally I aim to have good video quality, limited overlays, no gimmicks, limited voice commentary but huge chat interaction. If anyone asks questions it generally gets answered in the chat very quickly by me.

Since I've been going more full time with streaming I utilize embedding to advertise my stream across my portfolio of websites. My twitch stream runs 24/7 so its a great supplemental to my video game blogs and to this twitch guide site. Embeds get counted in the total live viewer number. Their is no separation between twitch site viewers and external embedded viewers.

Which leads to a huge lack of understanding when it comes to embeds. Many of the hater's kept calling it inflation or fake views, some kinda understand it but then say its cheating the system. I attempt to explain it but for some no matter how much you disclose and show examples they don't seem to care, they default and will continue to say its fake viewers. There is nothing fake about embedding, a person has to be there to generate a view.

Another thing a majority of people are very clueless about is the mere fact that anyone can take a embed code from any channel and post it up somewhere. I offer a very good example here (check viral bomb section), one of the biggest video game websites ran a story and featured my channel's embed on it. And guess what? That website has a extreme amount of affiliates who take their content and repost it. Over the many years of streaming this type of event replicates, gets compounded and every little bit of that gets added up into the view count.

The salt, the jealously from other streamers fan base was also rampant on the reddit threads. People think being in the top spot in a game directory is the golden key to growth or something? There was even other streamers complaining about my stream on some sections like I'm the reason they are not getting viewers! I've been streaming since 2009, been a content creator since 2000, thousands of hours have laid the foundation for what I have today. If you are a streamer and see other streamers success and numbers as some sort of a competition, your wasting brain power and time on something you cant control. Focus on what you can control, you, your brand, what makes you different. Try out different things, see what works, what doesn't. Need ideas? Welcome to my Twitch tips blog - many good guides and information available here.

Let me close out and say thanks for all the people who supported and defended my channel against the haters! Much appreciated!


Monday, February 27, 2017

The Berry Nice Log - Troll? Rant? Complaint?

A EVE Online player called, "Berry Nice" pays my ingame chat channel a visit.  Here is his long rant all about my twitch stream and how I'm killing "eve".


[ 2017.02.25 22:12:06 ] Berry Nice > why do you view bot?
[ 2017.02.25 22:12:14 ] Berry Nice > Daopa is a viewbotter
[ 2017.02.25 22:12:20 ] DaOpa > because i dont
[ 2017.02.25 22:12:29 ] Berry Nice > 800 views, no talking in chat
[ 2017.02.25 22:12:35 ] DaOpa > your wrong when you say that
[ 2017.02.25 22:12:43 ] Berry Nice > 10 messages in the last 6 minutes
[ 2017.02.25 22:12:48 ] Berry Nice > really makes you think viewbotter.
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:08 ] Nano Quantum > rofl
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:11 ] DaOpa > no it doesnt at all
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:15 ] Nano Quantum > viewbotter
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:20 ] Nano Quantum > lmao
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:22 ] Nano Quantum > lol
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:22 ] Berry Nice > you have like 10 legitimate viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:24 ] Berry Nice > the rest are fake
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:25 ] DaOpa > you need to really research more before you spew stuff like that
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:34 ] Berry Nice > i dont have to reasearch anything
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:38 ] Berry Nice > i know your views are fake
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:45 ] Berry Nice > you're cheating the system to show at the top of twitch
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:50 ] Berry Nice > and you have like 5 legitimate viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:52 ] DaOpa > Prove they are fake and show it to twitch
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:54 ] DaOpa > Report it all
[ 2017.02.25 22:13:55 ] Berry Nice > it's pathetic
[ 2017.02.25 22:14:01 ] Berry Nice > it's not against the rules
[ 2017.02.25 22:14:01 ] DaOpa > put all the details in the report
[ 2017.02.25 22:14:04 ] Berry Nice > it's just scummy
[ 2017.02.25 22:14:20 ] DaOpa > Your wrong, theres nothing fake
[ 2017.02.25 22:14:38 ] DaOpa > you have a lack of understanding and u dont seem to wanna come to terms
[ 2017.02.25 22:14:54 ] Berry Nice > you have like 10 legit viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:15:00 ] Berry Nice > there is a reason no one types in chat
[ 2017.02.25 22:15:27 ] DaOpa > Do you talk to TV SHows on your TV?
[ 2017.02.25 22:15:36 ] Berry Nice > hmm?
[ 2017.02.25 22:15:41 ] DaOpa > Do you talk to Movies at your MOvie Theather?
[ 2017.02.25 22:15:45 ] Berry Nice > your viewers are fake
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:05 ] DaOpa > Again, if you feel this way by al means report it
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:06 ] Berry Nice > a 50 man stream has more interaction
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:20 ] Berry Nice > report what
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:20 ] DaOpa > but be careful, false reporting can get your twitch account banned
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:23 ] Berry Nice > it's not against the rules
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:40 ] DaOpa > Are you playing dumb now? Of course it is
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:49 ] DaOpa > Twitch has a law suit against that stuff right now in court
[ 2017.02.25 22:16:58 ] Berry Nice > embedding your stream is allowed
[ 2017.02.25 22:17:12 ] Berry Nice > howver
[ 2017.02.25 22:17:16 ] Berry Nice > it's still shitty
[ 2017.02.25 22:17:21 ] Berry Nice > cause you don't have even close to 50 viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:17:21 ] Nano Quantum > lmao
[ 2017.02.25 22:17:29 ] Nano Quantum > rofl
[ 2017.02.25 22:17:58 ] Bon Shardani > everyone can do it, if u dont do it while streaming.. its not opas fault
[ 2017.02.25 22:18:08 ] Bon Shardani > i was watching him for 5 months without typing in cha
[ 2017.02.25 22:18:10 ] Bon Shardani > chat*
[ 2017.02.25 22:18:40 ] Bon Shardani > i started typing when i started playing eve, because i wanted to know more about the game
[ 2017.02.25 22:18:50 ] SamsunG Gidrine > I think someone is jelly.... lol
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:02 ] Berry Nice > you have 9 people including me and you
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:04 ] Berry Nice > in this chat
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:10 ] Berry Nice > literally 7 legit peopl
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:13 ] Nano Quantum > yeah well
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:13 ] Berry Nice > watching ur stream
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:23 ] Nano Quantum > charon on urlen perimeter gate
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:25 ] Bon Shardani > he is really triggered
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:32 ] DaOpa > Im happy with 5 , 7 -= whatever number u wanna say
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:40 ] DaOpa > Why do you wanna trouble a happy man?
[ 2017.02.25 22:19:42 ] DaOpa > Kappa
[ 2017.02.25 22:20:07 ] Bon Shardani > he just wants to babyrage because he doesnt get the viewers u get Kappa
[ 2017.02.25 22:20:15 ] Berry Nice > why is the truth troubling to you
[ 2017.02.25 22:20:33 ] DaOpa > I dont have any issues
[ 2017.02.25 22:20:39 ] DaOpa > your the one making false claims
[ 2017.02.25 22:20:39 ] Pax Sex > Berry Nice GTFO thanks
[ 2017.02.25 22:21:10 ] Berry Nice > what
[ 2017.02.25 22:21:15 ] Berry Nice > what false claim ahve i made?
[ 2017.02.25 22:21:30 ] Bon Shardani > at least opa made eve great again Kappa
[ 2017.02.25 22:21:47 ] DaOpa > False claim is pretty obvious
[ 2017.02.25 22:21:57 ] Berry Nice > you have 36 viewers in your viewer list
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:07 ] Berry Nice > which means 5% of your viewers have an account
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:16 ] Berry Nice > the average for streams is 70%
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:26 ] Berry Nice > which means we can assume that AT BEST you have a legitimate 100 viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:27 ] Berry Nice > AT BEST
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:30 ] DaOpa > That doesnt work for my stream and how I do streaming
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:34 ] Bon Shardani > xD
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:39 ] DaOpa > you know I embed
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:39 ] Berry Nice > yeah because you embed your stream
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:41 ] Berry Nice > on every website
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:45 ] Berry Nice > which gives you fake viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:49 ] DaOpa > People consume my website outside of twitch
[ 2017.02.25 22:22:55 ] Berry Nice > i seriously doubt it
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:00 ] DaOpa > Embed is not fake viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:10 ] Berry Nice > i dont know how many times i opened your shitty stream by mistake and muted it
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:14 ] Berry Nice > it's totally fake
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:22 ] Pax Sex > Berry Nice take the time to read the info bellow his stream, check his website and piss off
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:36 ] DaOpa > I do not hide anything
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:40 ] Bon Shardani > can u kick him out of ur room?
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:41 ] DaOpa > I disclose everything
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:42 ] Pax Sex > holy shit sick of these people hating a streamer because he has viewers, just move on to a channel you like
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:48 ] DaOpa > You know what your prob is, its either
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:54 ] DaOpa > A- ur a fail streamer
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:55 ] Berry Nice > it's cause it's fake viewership to get to the #1 spot on twitch
[ 2017.02.25 22:23:56 ] DaOpa > or
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:03 ] Berry Nice > drowning out better content
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:10 ] DaOpa > B- you like / fan of someone else, and you have a thought
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:17 ] DaOpa > what i do is hurting them in some fashion
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:19 ] Berry Nice > this guy is literally doing nothing but afking in space with no mic
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:33 ] SamsunG Gidrine > so what?
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:46 ] Berry Nice > he is killing eve p much
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:55 ] Bon Shardani > LUL
[ 2017.02.25 22:24:56 ] SamsunG Gidrine > his stream, he'll do as he pleases. and people will watch if they want to watch.
[ 2017.02.25 22:25:13 ] Berry Nice > yeah there is a reason he only has AT BEST 30 viewers
[ 2017.02.25 22:25:19 ] Pax Sex > " drowning out better content" like yours?
[ 2017.02.25 22:25:23 ] Juan Mileghere > Hi, I heard that there was drama
[ 2017.02.25 22:25:48 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > *grabs popcorn*
[ 2017.02.25 22:26:01 ] DaOpa > Is this your first couple of days on EVE?
[ 2017.02.25 22:26:04 ] Juan Mileghere > can I too get butt hurt that a person that shows off eve fights/events gets tons of viewership
[ 2017.02.25 22:26:35 ] Juan Mileghere > but my channel of a guy mining is more cools dude
[ 2017.02.25 22:26:57 ] SamsunG Gidrine > lol
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:01 ] Juan Mileghere > or my channel showing one fight every hour is exciting
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:29 ] Pax Sex > LUL
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:29 ] Juan Mileghere > burn jita is one of those things that make EVE what it is
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:42 ] Juan Mileghere > it's an interesting event
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:51 ] Juan Mileghere > think of something similar
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:51 ] DaOpa > If people dont like what im streaming, they pretty simply dont watch
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:55 ] DaOpa > switch channel
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:56 ] Juan Mileghere > ^
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:57 ] Pax Sex > daopa is the death of EVE! Kappa
[ 2017.02.25 22:27:59 ] DaOpa > or somewhere else
[ 2017.02.25 22:28:05 ] Berry Nice > ya and when u go to this *800 person stream and just see a guy doing nothing for 2 hours
[ 2017.02.25 22:28:12 ] Berry Nice > really makes everyone disinterested
[ 2017.02.25 22:28:19 ] Bon Shardani > well its eve
[ 2017.02.25 22:28:54 ] DaOpa > If people are browsing EVE DIR on TWITCH
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:01 ] DaOpa > and go to my stream and find it boring
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:03 ] DaOpa > guess what
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:11 ] Berry Nice > they dont play the game
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:12 ] DaOpa > they switch to another one until t hey find something they like
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:17 ] Berry Nice > because the most popular eve streamer
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:18 ] Berry Nice > does nothing
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:23 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > so
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:25 ] DaOpa > You dont know that
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:27 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > big deal
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:28 ] Berry Nice > i know that
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:34 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > hey
[ 2017.02.25 22:29:58 ] Berry Nice > the first thing i do when i see a game i might want to buy
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:00 ] Berry Nice > is to go to twitch
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:02 ] Berry Nice > and watch gameplay
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:05 ] Berry Nice > if i did that for eve and you
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:05 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > ever heard if bjorn bee?
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:08 ] Berry Nice > i'd never play
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:23 ] DaOpa > I would say good
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:26 ] cashew nutss > did you still not bann this guy ? ^^
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:29 ] DaOpa > This game isnt for you then
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:36 ] Berry Nice > you dont show actual eve gfameplay
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:40 ] Berry Nice > you literally
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:41 ] Berry Nice > watch
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:42 ] Berry Nice > people play
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:46 ] Bon Shardani > xD
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:46 ] Berry Nice > you don't even play yourself
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:48 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > he does not have to
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:55 ] Berry Nice > you're streaming a stream
[ 2017.02.25 22:30:57 ] Bon Shardani > opas stream is prerecorded confirmed
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:03 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > lol
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:05 ] cashew nutss > ^^
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:16 ] DaOpa > Geez- i thought i was the mining stream
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:17 ] Berry Nice > watching your stream people have NO idea what eve is about
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:17 ] Juan Mileghere > but yet is the top steam
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:19 ] Berry Nice > and it's just boring
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:23 ] Berry Nice > it's the top because of fake viewership
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:27 ] DaOpa > Now i am the dude who watches other dudes while streaming stream
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:28 ] DaOpa > Kappa
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:35 ] Bon Shardani > this is a new lvl of triggered
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:39 ] Pax Sex > well you watching a stream you dont like
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:45 ] Berry Nice > i'm not watching the stream
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:46 ] Pax Sex > what to say about that?
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:51 ] Pax Sex > you are a troubled person dude ;)
[ 2017.02.25 22:31:53 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > lol this guy XD
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:02 ] Bon Shardani > weekend and nothing better to do
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:08 ] Berry Nice > yeah pretty much
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:09 ] Juan Mileghere > >fake viewership
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:12 ] cashew nutss > [22:31:17] Berry Nice > watching your stream people have NO idea what eve is about <--- and watching bjornbee who gets sponsored by his viewers and can do pvp all day is the eve reality for the normal eve player ? ^^
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:15 ] Juan Mileghere > this is fake eve
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:24 ] Berry Nice > it shows potential versus nothing
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:26 ] Juan Mileghere > and you are fake news opa
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:38 ] Bon Shardani > opa is also a spai
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:40 ] HurrpaDurp Chelien > the goon in these people are to damn high
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:41 ] Berry Nice > anyway i'm done here
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:47 ] Juan Mileghere > FAKE NEWS
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:53 ] DaOpa > Berry Nice - dont go
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:53 ] Berry Nice > good luck with your fake stream daopa
[ 2017.02.25 22:32:57 ] DaOpa > I like you
[ 2017.02.25 22:33:02 ] DaOpa > oh well
[ 2017.02.25 22:33:04 ] Bon Shardani > KappaPride
[ 2017.02.25 22:33:20 ] SamsunG Gidrine > lol
[ 2017.02.25 22:33:24 ] Aleksashka21 > xD
[ 2017.02.25 22:33:56 ] Kelul Lee > awwww :( i came here just to troll berry ...
[ 2017.02.25 22:34:08 ] Bon Shardani > opa dont be sad
[ 2017.02.25 22:34:10 ] Bon Shardani > u have me
[ 2017.02.25 22:34:18 ] DaOpa > Bon Bon
[ 2017.02.25 22:34:37 ] Bon Shardani > KappaPride


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Name changing option is available now on Twitch!

Guide on how to change your username for Twitch.tv.

This is going to be a short guide on how to change your username for Twitch.tv.

Steps:
  1. Login to your Twitch account and go to your profile settings page.
    (twitch.tv/settings/profile)
  2. In the Username section click Edit.
    It will list if you are eligible to do a name change, name changes are only allowed once every 60 days.
  3. Enter in your new username and press Update.







FAQs

Question:
What happens to my old username?

Answer:
It will be held inactive for a minimum of six months, afterwords it may be available back in the pool for others to use.

For Partner's old usernames will not be available anymore except in special circumstances.

Question:
Do dashboard stats from previous username show up on new account name?

Answer:
No, all stats from old account name are gone. Make sure you download that data before you make the game change.

Question:
Can I lose my current username to someone else?

Answer:
As long as you are active on that account for at least 12 months, not violate any trademarks or involved in any sort of impersonation your username will be fine.

Opinion:
Make sure you know once you change your username, the URL associated with it will be dead. It will not automatically redirect users to the new name. Any embeds or links outside of twitch will all be gone. For this reason alone I would say if your a long time Twitch broadcaster, doing a name change will be killer. I would recommend rather then doing a name changes is to setup another channel and then auto host that channel. Being able to keep the old channel running lets you also put in information into the panel and news feed about the new channel. You can also setup a chat room bot that directs viewers to the new channel.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Crowd sourcing for streamers guide

Crowd sourcing for streamers guide

My definition for crowd sourcing for broadcasters is generally getting viewers to contribute for ideas, services, promoting your brand and/or channel.


Crowd sourcing for live streamers can come in many different fashions, here are some examples:
  • Streamer is playing a game for the first time and asks questions on game mechanics.
    • The game community or viewers then obtain information and answer the streamer questions about said game.
  • Broadcaster asks viewers to Tweet or Retweet stream related things.
    • This can be giveaway related or some sorts of contests.
    • A retweet of the stream going live, which then gets more syndication via re-tweeters follower lists.
  • A Twitch Partner asks community for help making images such as logos, emoticons, and screenshots.
    • Many talented viewers out there and some are indeed graphic artists, sometimes asking for help can yield very positive returns.
    • Emoticons if are done really well can be a subscriber perk on itself, I'm pretty sure some people sub to a couple of Twitch streams just to get the emoticon packs to use across the platform.
  • Donations, Money for Equipment and other various items.
    • Many streamers put up a donation goal amount on overlays be it for general funding, hardware related or future giveaways.
  • Hosting, Auto Hosting, Networking with others
    • This sometimes can achieve crowd-sourcing proportions depending on who you network with on the platform.
  • Loyalty Systems
    • Another way if done in a certain fashion can lead into crowd-sourcing, basically using the crowd to fund the loyalty rewards and scaling it up.
  • PR, PR Stunts
    • One of the more powerful ways of using a community is to create PR and let the viewers syndicate it out for you.
    • Charity related activities
    • PR Stunts - some of the things I have noticed broadcasters doing in my personal opinion is very unethical but sadly people buy this stuff up and syndicate it out on reddit and social media like crazy
  • Twitch Teams
    • Some Twitch Teams are used for crowd sourcing a brand, service or advertising certain streamers. When you see a Twitch Team with dozens upon dozens of streamers in the list rest assure its someone using it for this exact sort of a thing.
  • Twitch Clips
    • Viewers can make clips of your stream and syndicate it out via social media or other platforms.
    • Use Viewer clips and combine them in a compilation to re-upload via the Upload system on Twitch.
I will update with more examples in the future.


Using crowd sourcing is getting to the point a must have in order to be successful on the platform. If you do not have good crowd sourcing skills you will have to work alot harder in certain avenues. You need to push your brand, channel and content out as much as possible. Using the crowd to do it for you is the best way if you can do it in a organic way.  As they are helping you, you have to help them in some fashion also be it by entertainment or by other means.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Conan Exiles early access streaming started a day early

Conan Exiles early access streaming has already started today on twitch.tv!

So today browsing the game directory on Twitch.tv I noticed Conan Exiles was on the list and I said to myself isn't the official early access release tomorrow?



Checking the sticky on the steam community section does indeed list the release for early access as follows:
  • Pacific Standard Time 9:00pm 30th, 2017
  • Mountain Standard Time 10:00pm 30th, 2017
  • Central Standard Time 11:00pm 30th, 2017
  • Eastern Standard Time 12:00am 31st, 2017
  • Atlantic Standard Time 1:00am 31st, 2017
How is it that there are already people streaming the game on Twitch? It seems they gave out many press copy game codes to either Twitch which then gave them out to a selected list or streamers gain them directly in some fashion from the game community team.

Whatever the case is does it make sense to continue this selected press copy streamer thing in 2017?

My opinion is that its probably more harmful then good and here is why I think this way.
  • Majority of the streamers who are selected for press copies are your typical pump and dump. Do you want to build a streaming community on twitch for your game or just sell as many copies and not care? I guess that would be the question right? If it was me picking who gets any time of special early access or press copies I would find streamers who have been doing youtube content already, podcasting, fansite making and/or bloggers who have been talking about the game. These people would be first on my list for any press related content or perks.
  • Cutting out other streamers will make some angry and you may lose them as customers. Go look at the subbreddit or the steam discussion forum you can see some of the anger there.
  • Extra confusion of release dates and time, again you can see this play out on the forums or the subreddit. 
  • Disclosure issues, are the streamers who received press copies are following correct disclosure protocol? I have a strong feeling this is something overlooked...
Follow up next day directory check shows around 500 streamers showcasing the game in the early morning at around 5:30 AM EST.


In order to gain access you have to pay $29.99, and judging by the reviews it seems better to wait for server issues to be fixed.  Many reviewers are saying server performance is really bad, alot of rubber banding and other issues.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Recheck video clip embeds!

Updates to Twitch Video Embed Coding, requires recheck of video embed pages since previous embed code will no longer work.

If you are a long time Twitch broadcaster and have been embedding video clips to a blog or a website its time to recheck all those pages. The <object> flash embed will not work anymore and you have to use the new video clip embed code.

Here is what the old Flash video embed code looks like:


Click on image to enlarge


You will need to switch it out to the new code found here:
https://dev.twitch.tv/docs/v5/guides/embed-video/


Here is the snip that I'm currently using for embedding video clips to my blog.

<script src= "http://player.twitch.tv/js/embed/v1.js"></script>
<div id="{PLAYER_DIV_ID}"></div>
<script type="text/javascript">
    var options = {
        width: 570,
        height: 350,
        video: "{v47183494}"
    };
    var player = new Twitch.Player("{PLAYER_DIV_ID}", options);
    player.setVolume(0.5);
</script>

If you want to use this code you will have to change the width, height sizes and in the video: section the clip ID # which I made bold. In order to find your clip ID number, go on Twitch and use their search functionality.

Here is a screenshot of me looking up the clip ID from the video in the old embed screenshot above. Take note of the old embed code for flashvars it shows title=, use that information there to search for the clip id numbers.


Click on image to enlarge

Once you find it on the search panel, click on it and you should see the clip id in your URL path. From my example it shows "twitch.tv/daopa/v/47183494". Replace all the numbers, switch out the old code for this new code and your good to go!

Tip: New Embed Video code includes a auto play feature which will start up another video as soon as the one listed is over. This is why you see on the video of Twitch.tv so many past broadcast showing up. The default next auto play video is last broadcast video the streamers have done. I personally hope they switch this to highlights instead of past broadcasts by default.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

How to export chat from a Twitch.tv vod?

Guide on how to export a chat replay transcript from a Twitch.tv vod.

Here is a quick guide on how to export the chat replay from a video clip on Twitch.tv. You will need to download python, a script and then run it in a command prompt.

Step 1.

Download python 2.7 which you can get from here: https://www.python.org/download/releases/2.7/

Step 2.

Get the Twitch chat replay downloader script from here: https://gist.github.com/PetterKraabol/0daed253f4c4ebce25c3fdac8f3cf0d3

Step 3.

Install python 2.7, extract the script from step 2 and make sure you put them it in a easy to find folder.

I made a folder on my D: Drive called it Temp and extracted the chatreplay.py file into that directory.

Step 4.

Script requires a special module to run called requests. To get this module for Windows Python install you can use the easy_install.exe script located in your python\scripts folder.

Open up a command prompt, go to the directory for python27, then scripts, then type easy_install.exe requests

That should download the required module.

Step 5.

Start up the command prompt and then go to the directory where you installed the chatreplay.py script.

Then type python chatreplay.py VOD#



Replace VOD# with a number to the video clip you want to get the chat replay transcript from on twitch.tv.

Then that finishes, inside the directory where you have the chatreplay.py script will have a text file with the VOD# as name. If you open that up all the chat from that vod will be in there.

And thats basically how you would do it! Please note this script and the API it uses is not really supported for this sort of a thing and may change at some point making this script not work anymore.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I followed to say I'm reporting you!

[15:58] <zaycara> i followed just to tell you that i reported you for veiw botting , unfollowed now

[17:01] <swishyswish> I followed you to tell you I reported you. Have a good day
[17:01] <swishyswish> View bot with partner? not sure how you have made it this far
[17:01] <swishyswish> :) :)

So this happened yesterday during my streaming session.  It was the first time I streamed a game called, "Tiger Knight: Empire War".

 


I have enabled Follower-Only Chat a while ago so these two guys had to wait 5 minutes in order to write in the chat. Both appear to be streamers of this game so I guess that's how they found my channel by looking at current streamers under the game directory.

This problem appears to be creeping up more and more across twitch.tv. Recently I've checked out a r/twitch reddit post talking about a similar sort of a thing.


My advise for streamers who get accused of such things has been to document it and ignore it.