As I’m sitting here watching one of my favourite streamers comes to the end of their broadcast, they’re looking to raid a smaller channel. I’m thinking to myself, If I take this out of context it’s going to sound really weird. So how can I help people better understand what a Twitch raid is?
A Twitch raid is a feature that sends active viewers from one channel to another, often used at the end of a stream, to let viewers continue watching someone. It is one of the best tools for helping smaller streamers grow.
Just before a Twitch raid, it is common for the streamer to create a ‘copypasta’ (short amount of text, designed to be copy and pasted). This will then be spammed by the streamer and viewers when entering the raided channel, to surprise the person and have a little fun.
When did Twitch raiding start?
Twitch raiding is now an old tradition, focused on uplifting smaller streamers by introducing them to an established audience. However, it wasn’t always quite so positive.
Raiding on Twitch actually used to be part of a toxic culture, cultivated on 4chan, focused on bringing other streamers down with coordinated attacks. Groups of people from the messaging board would select streamers they didn’t like, oftentimes women, and begin formulating different messages and slurs intended to hurt the streamer. This group would then all join the stream at the same time and abuse the streamer.
So you may be wondering why Twitch then implemented this feature? Well, outside of the negative circles, raiding could have a positive impact on a streamer too. There is a certain buzz you get as a small streamer when someone breathes new life into your chat and you can begin making connections with new viewers.
How can a Twitch raid help?
When someone selects your channel for a raid, they are committing to send their viewers to your channel to watch your stream and interact in your chat. This is the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your personality and start building a steadily increasing viewer base.
What to do during a Twitch raid
So someone has chosen to raid you on Twitch, that’s great! However, there are some important things you need to get right during a raid to make sure that you don’t throw away those golden opportunities!
- Be friendly – Someone has just ended their stream and has come to visit yours, be approachable, friendly and remember to thank the person and ask about their stream.
- Be interested – Spark up the conversation with these new viewers about who they were just watching and what was being streamed.
- Get involved – You need to involve the new viewers with what is happening on your stream, get them caught up so they understand what’s going on.
- Promote yourself – It’s OK to let people know how to find you! When promoting yourself tell people your stream schedule and where they can find your live notifications. Twitch follow / Discord / Twitter.
- Return the favour – Remember the person who raided you, you are trying to make friends and begin building a community! It’s important you share the love and raid someone else or someone who has raided you before at the end of your stream!
Difference between Hosting and Raiding
If you’ve been on Twitch for some time you may also know about Hosting, It is very similar to a raid but the differences make a big impact.
A Twitch raid sends the viewers to a new channel where they can interact and chat with that streamer. Hosting, however, retains the viewers on the original channel but they begin viewing the hosted channels stream. The chatters will stay on the original channel unless they click the ‘Go to channel’ button.
This means that you should raid someone at the end of your stream so your active chatters will be moved over to the new persons’ stream, however, if you are already offline you should host someone so people who come to your channel are prompted to visit other streamers you like. You can do this with ease by using the Twitch Auto-Host feature.
How to do a Twitch raid
Great! You’ve decided you want to raid someone on Twitch, but you’re still unsure of how. That’s ok because it’s really simple to do.
When you’re streaming and coming to the end of your session, you should tell the people in your chat that you are going to raid someone. Next, find the channel you are going to raid. You can do this by looking for friends in the sidebar, or other streamers in the game category you were in. Let’s say you find someone and their Twitch name is ‘Dave0187’.
Your next step is to open chat, and type out the following command:
/raid <channel name>
This will begin a setup, where there is a 10-second timer before the raid can be launched. During this time you should post (or make) your copypasta for the people in chat to spam when the raid goes through. This is often a mix of inside jokes, channel references and emotes spam. Get creative and make this fun for your viewers!
It is also during the raid setup where you should prompt the chat to join your raid. Viewers will have a visual checkbox to select whether they would like to join or leave the raid, and you should encourage everyone to follow along with you and say hello to the new streamer!
When you are ready to launch the raid, click on the ‘Raid Now’ button. If you don’t manually click it, after about 80 seconds the raid will go through automatically. If at any time you want to pull out of the raid you should use the /unraid command.
How to get more Twitch raids
Getting raided on Twitch is one of the best experiences you can get on the platform and is a great tool to snowball your audience, so how do you get more of them?
Well, the truth is, there are no tricks, tips or secrets to getting raided regularly, but there are a couple of things you can to help encourage it.
- Networking – The biggest factor is networking. Having a large network of other streamers you know, like to watch and enjoy interacting with is crucial to being selected for a raid.
- Be Entertaining – Something that a lot smaller streamers do wrong is they just don’t entertain. If you want to be selected for a raid, that streamer needs to know you’re going to make it enjoyable for their viewers and continue providing them with the content they came to Twitch for.
- Raid Others – When people are looking for someone to raid they often look through their follow list, or game category looking for a name they recognize or remember. If you’re actively raiding people at the end of each stream, it will pay dividends down the line.
- Get Lucky – At the end of the day some people just get lucky, it’s been known that some huge streamers like Summit1G have raided tiny channels with as many as 20,000 active viewers before. So remember, always wear that lucky charm!