As we’ve made abundantly clear on this website, we love Kodi and its cross-platform capabilities to work as a central media hub for game streaming, movies, music, TV shows, and even live sports. What sets this open-source media application apart from others is the variety of add-ons that extend the tool’s functionality. And one of the best add-ons for Kodi is Twitch to stream your favorite game titles.
In this guide, we’ll be talking about setting up Twitch properly for online success and popularity. Let’s get right into it!
How to Build an Audience?
You can only build a loyal audience if you are:
- Offering high-quality gameplay
- Streaming professionally
- Being timely, consistent, and active on the platform
High-quality gameplay, for once, depends entirely on your expertise in the game. The better you are in the game, the more people will watch your streams on Twitch.
Now, we understand that not everyone will be an expert in a game when they begin streaming. This is especially true for highly competitive games like Fortnite or PUBG. So, what do you do?
We suggest you begin with less competitive games. Find a specific niche that’s not overly saturated. And then, we want you to do your research into the game.
A lot of gamers start streaming the game while having less knowledge about the mechanics than the viewers. That simply won’t do. Let’s assume you’re going to be streaming an NBA 2K game.
It’s a great title to play without a lot of competition. Now, the next step is to get familiarized with the mechanics. In this case, it’s important to learn about the teams and players from other streamers or just by doing some good old-fashioned internet research.
For example, popular NBA odds websites provide a lot of details on the best NBA performers. This includes breakdowns of the best players (Lebron James and Michael Jordan, for example) and the most successful teams (the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, for example).
Knowing all this is important—And so is knowing who’s more likely to be a better fit on your team.
If you check the odds for NBA games, you’ll easily find who is the favorite. In the 2023/24 championship, for example, the Denver Nuggets (+450) and Boston Celtics (+500) are the favorites, whereas teams like the Hornets, Pistons, and Wizards are ranked the lowest with odds of +30000.
All this information can guide you to create a better roster while increasing your chances of being seen as an expert NBA streamer in the game on Twitch. The same strategy can be applied to other games as well.
We already have a beginner’s guide for installing Twitch on Kodi. Once you have added the Twitch add-on, it’s time to get serious. We have three keywords for you—Dedication, consistency, and engaging content.
Assuming you have found your game or genre, brushed up on your knowledge, and installed the add-on using our step-by-step guide, it’s time to look into what works and what doesn’t.
- Keep your viewers interested by creating entertaining and engaging content. That’s easier said than done—But you should start by watching other big streamers, interacting with your audience, responding to all chat messages, and creating an overall welcoming atmosphere for new viewers.
- It’s important to stick to a regular streaming schedule. Your audience will know when to expect your content, and that, in turn, helps build a loyal viewer base.
- A good quality setup is very important. When viewers randomly hop from one stream to another to find quality content, they are immediately put off by bad production quality. A good microphone, webcam (or camera), fast internet, and clear audio/video are the prerequisites to a good setup apart from a PC that can run games at high FPS.
- You can also collaborate with other streamers or join gaming communities on Discord to participate in events that can easily expand your reach while helping you connect with like-minded gamers and streamers.
- Don’t forget to promote your content and channel! Have an active social media presence where you promote your streams with eye-catching graphics and overlays to stand out.
- Authenticity is key on Twitch. Remember to be genuine and have fun. Let your personality shine during streams, and don’t be too concerned with replicating another streamer’s personality—That’s just not you, so it won’t work!
Streaming on Twitch can take a while before you create a loyal following. Following all of our tips is important, but so is sticking to your streaming routine, even if it’s not super active. Pay attention to any viewer feedback and use analytics to identify areas for improvement.
Also, it helps to stay positive. Streaming can be challenging, and you should ideally embrace that fact. Stay persistent, and don’t be discouraged by slow growth.
And remember, if you’re having difficulty in choosing the next title or genre to stream, Twitch has a handy categories page to find what’s hot right now and how many viewers are watching a game!