How to Broadcast Your Video Game Sessions using Twitch

By Ryan Koss

Today, almost half of all live-streaming video traffic on the Internet comes from one place. No, it isn’t the NFL or even YouTube; this traffic is generated by Twitch.tv. Twitch is now one of the Internet’s most visited sites, just behind Netflix, Apple and Google.

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Watch live streams and record your session to share your high score with your friends on Twitch.tv.

So what is Twitch.tv? Twitch is a streaming video service that’s all about video games. Watch user videos, playthroughs and e-sports competitions while you stream your own game sessions for anyone to view. Owned by Amazon.com and headquartered in San Francisco, Twitch has become one of Silicon Valley’s top innovators since its 2011 launch.

After its first month on the Web, Twitch had collected a user base of more than 8 million gamers…and those numbers haven’t slowed. Currently Twitch.tv has over 60 million active streamers, with the average user spending 1 hour 45 minutes watching content each day.

Get Started with Twitch.tv

So how do you broadcast your game session using Twitch? Follow the guide below and start streaming today:

  1. Create a free account at Twitch.tv.
  2. Download the free Twitch app on your Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
  3. Link your Twitch.tv account to the Twitch app on your gaming console.
  4. Activate Twitch on your gaming console by visiting Twitch.tv/activate and entering the security code.
  5. Select “Broadcast” from inside the Twitch app and start sharing your game session.

Make Money Playing Games

Twitch.tv’s gamers are dedicated to gaming…and for good reason. Much like top YouTube contributors, Twitch’s most popular gamers monetize their channels in return for a nice paycheck at the end of the month. With the ability to charge viewers for subscriptions, earn gamer tips and receive ad revenue, Twitch’s top gamers are making some big bucks.

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 comes ready to go. Press the SHARE button on the controller to start broadcasting your game session.

While game designers & developers tend to get all of the recognition, Twitch.tv shines the spotlight on gamers. With the rise of competitive gaming and the climbing number of broadcasts, Twitch has redefined sports in the Digital Age.

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