Networking is probably the #1 way to get your name out there in the Twitch Community. If you don’t take the time to network with others you will go nowhere. The purpose of networking is to grow your core group and this way you have a larger “pool to fish in”. One of the easiest ways to network is by “Raiding”. The definition of a raid is a sudden assault or attack, as upon something to be seized or suppressed. Now I understand that this definition sounds a bit, what should we call it, harsh? However it’s 100% true, we as raiders are going to sneak into another streamers live stream and suddenly seize their chat and take it over with the stream raid call! Kitty_haz_Claws Crusade!! or whatever the streamers raid call might be. *Hint: ALWAYS let the streamer start the raid call, once the streamer has typed the raid call into the chat then you can join in as well.
The purpose of raiding another channel is to show your viewers another streamer that they might enjoy to watch. Usually the person being raided is someone the streamer enjoys watching. The style, game play, personality, or streaming times might be similar to your own and therefore your viewers will probably follow and enjoy them just as you do. After the raid is done don’t forget to host that channel on your own twitch page, because it helps promote them more to your viewers. But don’t worry, I know you might be thinking… so far this only helps them, but what about me?
Don’t worry, raids help both the raider, and the person being raided! Once a streamer has been raided, it is only polite to take a minute and talk about the streamer who had raided you, talk about how you enjoy their streams, what their streaming style, games, and/or personality is like. A ‘shout out’ is also something that should be done as well. If you are unfamiliar with what a shout out is, it is when you promote someone in your chat by putting their twitch.tv/_____ address so your viewers can view their profile and give them a quick follow if so desired.
So as you can see if raiding is done correctly it will help your friend out, and it will help you out as well. It is by far one of the easiest and fastest ways to network and promote yourself around on twitch. So let’s review and break this down.
If you are raiding someone:
1. Tell your chat who your raiding
2. Put their twitch address in the chat and your raid call
3. Put your raid call 1st in their chat
4. Host the person you raided on your channel
If you are being raided:
1. Thank the person raiding you
2. Pay attention and greet all new people
3. Shout out the streamer raiding you
4. Talk for 1-2 min about that streamer
Easy Peasy! Check out this video of when Puhdado (one of the top DayZ streamers on Twitch) raided me back in January. My stream was a madhouse because a partnered streamer decided to come into a very small streamers channel (me) and raid. It also helped me get a lot of follows and pushed me forward quite a bit in terms of active viewers. So talk to your streaming team, talk to your friends, and set up some raids for each other in the near future, you won’t regret it!
Until next time…