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7 things you can do when your Twitch chat is not active

It is nice to have an active chat while you are streaming, but it is far more common for Twitch streamers to go entire streams with no one speaking up in their chat. Many streamers find it disheartening to sit and stream for hours on end without anyone saying anything to them and some have asked for advice on what they can do to keep their stream engaging, even when no one is talking in the chat.

These seven tips will help you create a Twitch channel that is engaging and entertaining, even when no one is watching.

Why is this important? Because you can not control when someone might enter your channel, or if they watch you live or watch a highlight days, weeks, even years later. So you need to be prepared to keep things entertaining when there is no conversation going on in your channel’s chat.

Here are seven tips to do that:

1. Talk About The Game

Find things that you can say about the game you are playing.

Is this the first time you have played it?
Have you seen others play it before?
How did you learn about the game?
Have you played it before?

If you played the game before, then what is different this time? What happened in the area you are in on previous play-throughs that is different this time?

Example: When I was playing Dishonored recently I made note of a room where, on a previous run, there had been several bloodfly nests and a person had hung theirself.

2. Share Trivia About The Game

We all absorb trivia, sometimes without realizing it. While you are reading about a game and deciding if you want to play it, collect tidbits of trivia that you can use in your stream. Have you learned something interesting about the game? Did you discover something that not many people know about the game? Share it and talk about what you think of it.

This is not restricted to just trivia about the game; if you have a passion that the game taps at, then you can talk about trivia the game has in it as well.

Example: I had to end a stream one time because the game’s designers actually made me start crying on stream.

3. Do A Mini Review of The Game

A lot of people watch Twitch streams to help them decide if they want to buy a game, so review it while you are streaming. Talk about what you like, or don’t like, about the game.

Make a note of anything that might help your audience decide if they would like the game. Some examples of what you might consider commenting on include:

  • Is it like another game?
    • If so, how?
    • If not – what makes it unique?
  • How is the control for the character?
  • What is the AI of the enemies like?
  • Are there any hidden issues? (Such as lighting that hurts your eyes in a dark environment?)
  • How enjoyable is the story, if there is one, for you?

Try to balance your criticism; when you find something that you don’t like, try to note something that you like. No one wants to listen to a long list of complaints, but they do want to hear your insight on what you think is good and bad about the games you are playing.

4. Have Fun With Glitches

Did you find a game breaking glitch? One that is just amusing? One that baffled you? Share something about it that you find amusing, don’t just complain about the glitch.

Example: While playing Dishonored 2 I encountered a rather wierd glitch concerning Mindy Blanchard. I’ve never seen it, or anything like it, happen before and this is how I reacted to it.

5. Prepare Topics For Discussion Based On The Game

The best way to maintain a good flow for your stream is to spend some time preparing before you start it up. Ideally, prepare for this a few days or a week in advance.

Start with the assumption that no one will talk to you during your stream. What will you do?

When I know that I am probably going to have to fill the whole stream time on my own, I like to use topics based on the game to prepare things I can fall back on.

Example: When I started out I was playing Days Gone. I prepared narrated articles on topics inspired by the game.

Those included:

  • Bear Safety
  • The Healing Properties of Lavender
  • What People Need to Know About a Viral Outbreak
  • The Real Science Behind Zombies

6. Share Stories From Your Life That Connect In Some Way With The Game

Have you had something happen in your life that is relevent to a part of the game you are playing? Are there amusing stories your family shares that you can share on your stream?

Example: Two of my topic triggers are home decor and hotsprings. Those are things in various games that can inspire me to talk about things from my life or stories my parents told me.

Home Decor: When I was playing the start of Fallout 4 I talked about the decor and my recalling that kind of decor in TV shows and houses when I was a kid in the 70’s.

Hotsprings: A few times I have come across hotprings in a game and mentioned a story my dad told me about the weird looks people driving by gave him one time, many years back, because it looked like he was fishing in a hotspring.

7. Tell Your Viewers About You

Occassionally re-introduce yourself and what you are playing, and maybe let your viewers know where they can find out more about you and the things you stream.

This is especially useful after new viewers have arrived via a raid or after you have returned from a stream break.

Another time that this can be useful is at the start of a new mission or area in a game, that way if you later want to break the stream up for YouTube you have your introduction at the start of your videos when you upload them to YouTube.

Example: When I take a break I will come back and say something along the lines of:

For those of you who were not here when I started my stream, well met and welcome. I am ShadesDaughter, on the mic my handle is Shades, and I am playing…

Not as long as my intro, this quick re-intro not only tells people who they are watching and what game I am playing, it gets me back up to speed on talking after I have taken a break to make tea or use the restroom.

What have you done? I would love to hear how you, or your favrite streamers, keep up the flow on stream. Share your suggestions, ideas, and experience in the comments.

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