Thursday, May 16, 2019

Remove Channels from recommendations guide

How to remove or hide channels from the recommendation sidebar on Twitch.

If you find yourself always getting recommended channels that are just not your cup of tea and would like to remove it from showing up then here is how you do just that on Twitch.

First step is to go to the discover section on the website. You can do this by clicking on the Discover button on the top menu of the website.

Once you get to this area, you will have a section block called, "Recommended live channels".

To remove the channel from the recommendation section on the sidebar can be achieved by clicking on the 3 horizontal dots and selecting the option. "I am not interested in this recommendation".

And that's all you need to do to get rid of unwanted channels showing up on the sidebar for recommendations on twitch.

If you make a mistake and accidentally remove a channel that you didn't want to, you can go into settings and remove the filters channel so it shows up again. Click on Settings, then go to recommendation tab section which will list the channels. Then you just press the X option to delist that channel from not showing up anymore.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Views from Outside Twitch update

Update to 'Views from Outside Twitch'

A undocumented change happened in the stats dashboard for Twitch streamers that you should know about! Views from Outside Twitch has a source called "Direct" and you are probably wondering what exactly gets put into the direct section?

Answer is any sub-domain urls that are embedding your stream all get put into direct. Note: It also include other things but to the best of my knowledge its mostly subdomains. If anyone knows what else is put into the direct bin, please let me know by commenting below!

In the past you would be able to see blogspot and gamepedia being listed in this stat section. Here is a example of that via the screenshot.

views from outside twitch

Now its more limited, here is a recent screenshot from the "Views from Outside Twitch" section.

updated views from outside twitch
What is more helpful for streamers to know? A Bulk number of external views coming from who knows where or knowing each of the URLS of the top most external views. In my opinion its better to know the exact domains / subdomains and URLS of what is showcasing your stream. Right now if any gamepedia wiki features a streamer, they will not have any idea where that viewership traffic is coming from because it will not list gamepedia anymore in the views from outside twitch section.

Having a section called "Direct" just doesnt make sense either. When you are listing views from outside twitch and then put in something called direct, people will be confused. I hope they do some changes in the future to bring back the more detail reporting. The more information streamers know about how and where their streams are being consumed the better planning and decision making can occur.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Atlas Launch delayed, but the hype meter was on overdrive

Atlas Launch has been delayed, viewers showed up in mass on Twitch.

During the failed launch of Atlas on Dec 19, we saw over 210,000 viewers on Twitch waiting to see what the game is all about. For a game with very limited information other then some screenshots and 2 trailers, I find the hype meter really high.

210,000 viewers
Some of the biggest streamers on Twitch all switched from their regular scheduled formats to showcase this new game. Here is a look at the game directory on Twitch with some thumbnails of majority of the streamers.

Dec 19 streamer directory twitch
Judging by the interest in viewers and of streamers, this game may do really well if the next launch window isn't delayed again. What makes this game different from other mmo's is how they are saying its going to be similar to EVE Online with having a majority of players on a single shard.  If they can pull that off, with ARK like mechanics and trading economies from EVE, this maybe one of the best games for streamers to get into for regular sessions.

Check out our new PlayAtlas wiki website being developed.

That being said, if it gets into EVE Online mechanics with full loot and ship loss it may turn off a lot of players. All of it depends on the time it takes to create ships and gear. If its very easy to create ships and gear then that also makes things alittle gimmicky. Since its on a single shard type of server setup, stream sniping is going to be a issue for streamers.

12/21/2018 - Latest Update from community manager states they will be allowing some streamers into the game before launch. Here is the discord screenshot of the full statement.

community manager
Overall this entire roll out has been poorly managed for the game in my opinion.  A lot of things should of been setup and handled better way before launch date(s).

Thursday, December 13, 2018

How to get free game keys sponsor

Guide on how to get free game keys for live streaming and video content creation.

Listed here are a couple of websites that provide the link between game companies, developers and content creators to connect for sponsorships. If you are a streamer, you should definitely think about joining in on these sites for possible free game keys and more. The more viewers, followers and content generation you create, the more sponsorship doors open up.

Game developers are looking for influencers to play their games on live streams and on videos for youtube. What makes these services very helpful is how they screen out fake content creators. Each content creator supplies connections to their Twitch, Youtube, Social Media and other accounts which then pulls in data to verify the authenticity and traffic levels of the content creators.

Here are some of the services I use for my stream!

1. Woovit - is a self service key distribution platform.

2. - key distribution platform, PR, performance driven, influencers are provided a custom link to selling the game and or product/service to which they will earn a commission on for valid sales that are tracked.

3. - key distribution platform, PR

4. Keymailer - key distribution platform

5. - distributes keys, sponsorship opportunities

These are all the different key distribution platforms that I have signed up for and use regularly to get free game keys for my channel on twitch. If you happen to know of any that are not listed and provide similar services, please fill free to comment below or message me so I can review it and add it to the list.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Android App - Browse games by number of viewers

How to sort on the Twitch Android App by number of viewers!

So Twitch by default it seems has a preference setting that says the following; "Language Ranking" - Show me streams where a large portion of the viewers share my language first.

This setting makes games and streamers of your language have higher placement on the directory listing sections on the app.  If you want to have it so its all sorted by viewer numbers and no language, you will have to turn this setting off in the preferences.

Steps to get to Preferences, since it seems alittle cryptic to finding this settings option.

Login to the Twitch App

On the Top Right corner there is a Icon for your profile.

Click on that, then scroll up to see the Cogwheel.

Click on the cogwheel, select settings

Then click on Preferences and move the language ranking setting to the off position.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tags Guide

How to use the tags system on!

The new tagging system is now live as of September 26, 2018 on Tags can be used to categorize channels with additional details. To add tags to your channel go to the dashboard and check in the "Stream Information" for the tags section.

Tags panel
Search for the tag that best fits your channel, you can have up to 4 different tags. Your language setting is also included in the tagging system. Once you have added in all the tags for your channel, press update information button.

All the various tags will be available as filter options in the directory pages. The tagging system will also be used in personalized recommendation section(s) to show more similar streams based on past history and tag listings. For instance, if you watch channels that are tagged as 'PvE', the recommendation sections will show more of those types of channels.

Notable Changes
The gaming directory now has unique tags dedicated to genres.

List of Game Directory Genres:
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Adventure Game
  • Battle Royale
  • Card & Board Game
  • Compilation
  • Creative
  • Driving
  • Driving/Racing Game
  • Educational Game
  • Fighting
  • Flight Simulator
  • FPS
  • Gambling Game
  • Horror
  • IRL
  • MOBA
  • Non-gaming
  • Pinball
  • Platformer
  • Puzzle
  • Rhythm & Music Game
  • Roguelike
  • RPG
  • RTS
  • Shoot 'Em Up
  • Shooter
  • Simulation
  • Sports
  • Strategy
You can not set your tags to any of these genres, they are only listed for games and special categories.

The POPULAR listing is now called Live Channels, this still includes 'ReRun' streams.
live channels section

If you are looking to search for specific languages, you can either type it in the filter or switch the 'Showing' section to 'Live Channels' and find it in the drop down list.

 search by language

Creative Section changes
creative section on twitch
The creative section has changed, "Creative" is now a genre with tags that are searchable.
  • Music & Performing Arts
  • Art
  • Food & Drink
  • Makers & Crafting
  • Beauty & Body Art
IRL Section changes

irl section on twitch

The IRL section has changed, "IRL" is now a genre with tags that are searchable.
  • Just Chatting
  • Music & Performing Arts
  • Talk Shows & Podcasts
  • ASMR
  • Travel & Outdoors
  • Food & Drink
  • Makers & Crafting
  • Science & Technology
  • Beauty & Body Art
  • Special Events
  • Sports & Fitness

Friday, September 14, 2018

When external Influencers start to censor!

How a powerful external influencer starts to censor?
As reported a couple months ago on this blog, one of the biggest external influencers which is OWNED BY TWITCH has been promoting twitch streams on their wiki network. The more popular a wiki is on their network, the more traffic and embedded viewership it generates for Twitch streamers.

Some of the most popular Wiki's on that network include but are not limited to the following;
  • Minecraft
  • Terraria
  • Ark
The way they pick which streamer to promote depends on placement on the game directory. For instance, on the Terraria wiki, whatever stream is in the top spot (of the terraria directory on twitch) will get most of the traffic that is generated from this 3rd party embed on the Terraria wiki.

Now this sounds like great for getting additional exposure for your stream right? Yup it is and I wrote about that here - Free Channel Traffic / Free Views

And here is how the censorship starts due to complaints from streamers vs streamers.

My channel broadcasts 24/7 using the rerun feature that is provided by Twitch. I like to play sandbox games on my stream and sometimes do play through runs of games. I broadcasting each day for around 5 to 8 hours then run reruns until I stream again the next day. A month ago, I was streaming Terraria which is one of the games that is being VERY LARGELY influenced by this 3rd party. A majority of the streamers who regularly stream that game do not have the reach in views that my channel generates daily. So what happen was as soon as I took the top spot in the directory, a huge chuck of the 3rd party embedding traffic was being sent to my channel which made it very difficult for other channels to overtake the top slot on the directory. The "free channel traffic" was gone for them and they didnt like it at all.

Without the 3rd party embedding support for Terraria, its overall viewership is alot lower. Estimated additional concurrent viewers from 3rd party is 400 - 1500+ depending on time of day. Many people who stream this game only do it because of that additional embedding traffic, some use it to launchpad into other games. So once that was gone, they started to campaign against my channel. One of them talked negativity about my channel on their stream, which lead to trolling in my chat from their viewbase.

At some point they contacted the 3rd party to complain about my channel. The 3rd party agreed with the complaints and censored my channel from being listed + promoted on their wiki.

I messaged the 3rd party myself to see exactly what the reason was for not being listed anymore.

Here was the responses:
  • That channel was banned from our wiki after it was brought to our attention that they were exploiting the system, as documented in a blog.
    • So I guess they didnt like how I told people about how they are influencing/sending tons of traffic to certain games on twitch.... Is this suppose to be TOP SECRET? Who knows ...I replied and asked for more clarification.
  • The 24/7 streaming is the issue. Once you've grabbed the unit, you don't give it up because you fill up reruns. The point of the embedded unit is to promote LIVE content, not reruns.
    • They made up a rule that no one knows about, its not listed anywhere, how is anyone suppose to know? I replied, since doing reRuns until the next time I stream was the issue, I said I can stop doing that and asked to be unbanned.
  • You will not be unbanned. The embed is for promoting the games and platform, not for streamers to game for revenue.
    • This is a interesting reply, note the "Streamers to game for revenue". I didnt know streaming on twitch was a hobby, this person's mindset is very poor.
So they censored my channel, what happened then?

This person "HLAquarius" was monitoring the situation and ran to whisper me, but then for some odd reason they delete their username a couple days later? Hmm?

What makes this censorship stupid is how the Twitch API gives details if channels are in ReRun mode or Live, if the 3rd party doesn't want to promote or list a streamer in rerun mode, they can easily code it to not do that instead of censoring due to complaints from streamers.

And now I recently started to stream No Man's Sky again, and guess what happened? Another complaint and tada censored on another wiki from this Twitch owned 3rd party.

Let me finish up with some words of advice, if you are a streamer do not become depended on any 3rd party traffic or embedding, one day it may help get more exposure and the next day it maybe gone. Build your own content, wikis, do your own embedding and promotions - be in control!