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Hey Ordo, having a bit of an issue here.


I've been streaming for months. How I used to do it, was I'd post a link to my Facebook Page which had about 2k likes on it, and people would show up. I'd usually attract a pretty good crowd through my page. But I got rid of that page (the page was very very old, and I wanted to restart it).


A consequence of that means that my streams barely grab any viewers what-so-ever. My streams won't even get up to 10 watchers- today's stream only had 1 viewer, and he was a good friend.


Any tips on ways I can help spread the word about my server? I'm not one of those people who are obsessed with advertisement and views, but gosh, I'd like to actually broadcast to an active chat from time to time :/

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I don't have any 'good tips'. My stream is pretty dead often also, but I don't mind it. I stream so I have a record to do highlights and so friends can watch as they wish. I do know Twitch has some auto-sharing options, tie them into your twitter, Facebook and set up some linking between them and YouTube with hash-tagging in your titles and it seems people will share and favorite it on their own whim. It should build up gradually, just keep streaming!

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Performance Tips to start!


Option A) You have a powerful computer and money to pay a 3-month subscription ($9-15) to can handle XSplit Broadcaster, this is the best broadcaster and most popular one out there and is used by a majority of pro gamers as well. It offers properly coded and fully working plugins and you often don't find yourself going all over forum posts to try and fix some third-party crap like Open Broadcaster (or OBS for short).


Obtion B) You don't have a powerful computer or money to pay a subscription and streaming is a hobby you will not likely attempt to make money off or take very seriously? OBS is what you need but your options are limited.



What you put on your stream nowadays is very important, especially since Google are taking over Twitch and they just Ffffed up by muting *any* music you put on your stream VOD's, essentially there's *no* point at all in recording what you watch unless it goes on YouTube because no one's gonna remember it and it's going to have no music either. XSplit allows you to properly scale and import your own graphics, video, animation, and webcam to your stream while OBS will have plugins for this but I found them extremely buggy and unreliable. I do not like unprofessional software, you may be a different person who actually doesn't mind but that's just me and no judgement :o!


Ok key performance tips (and I can only offer this for XSplit because I don't remember the kind of settings OBS gives you)


  • Firstly, regardless if you pay for XSplit or not, you're going to be using 720p even if you have an absolute *beast* of a computer. Why? Because unless you are featured/partnered streamer on, your quality options are limited to Best, which means people who have crappy internet can not tune into your stream and by the off-chance that it lags them to hell because you're streaming 1080p quality @60 FPS? they will not be able to tune down your stream quality and save them some bandwidth and lag. 720p is your friend until Twitch stop being assholes. Personally? we're in the 21st Century now, laptops to run 720p are not expensive even AMD's worst stuff can do it and I am an Intel/NVIDIA girl... dont judge! but if someone can't load 720p, then that's their problem not yours. You can't keep everyone happy right? keep this in mind because its very important especially when you get a ton of viewers.


  • 720p (that's a resolution of 1280x720) HD and depending on your PC's power you will run the standard 30FPS in streams or you can knock it slightly to 40 or even 60 like I do. Do this by going into the View - Resolution/Framerate tabs on XSplit.
  • Next you want to go into your Broadcast tab and link your XSplit to your twitch stream via. the code it gives you. It'll ask you to login and verify it's your stream blah blah you'll be fine :)!

  • Then go into Tools - General Settings and check these things, the rest is optional in terms of performance/preference: Enable Virtual Camera Output, Enable Optimized Render, Enable Game Source, and check your microphone or your PC's stereo mix is selected as the recording source. Don't worry about people not hearing you if you speak, XSplit has volume for the game it is linked to and volume for your chosen microphone so you can choose to run both or mute one another.

  • After you added your stream to XSplit 2 points above this tip, go to your Broadcast tab and click the gearbox symbol on your stream's link. Now this is the important page so listen up!

1) Make sure your country is set to the closest location to your home as this affects your stream quality and speed as well as your own net performance while streaming. Unless you have a beast of an internet connection ( you will not be able to stream to places like USA while living in the UK. You can also tell the server to ingest your server before broadcasting, this will mean the program automatically selects the best latency location for you so you can stream at the best performance and quality.


2) Birtate & VBV Buffer are the backbone of your stream. Before I explain what these are, just incase you have no idea what your internets download/upload means, I will explain quick or you can just skip to #3.


2.5) Download speed determines the speed in which you can download things from external sources, servers, websites, file transfers, you name it. To find this out you can go to and take a test. My test says: 160mb download, and 12mb Upload. Upload speed is the important one, this is the part of your internet which does all the work. When you send a file to a friend you are uploading it aye? this means you need to donate part of your internets upload rate so your friend can connect and download that file from you. Works the same way with streaming extreme it's not a file... it's something much more powerful.


Decent Upload Speed for high quality streaming is at least 3-3.5mb or higher. Remember having a powerful upload is fine, but TOO much upload can be bad as well. You need to find your internets sweet spot and stream. Since I have 10-12 upload I can afford to donate half of my upload to my stream and nobody besides those who have poor download speeds will lag (of course as mentioned before, twitch can fix this by giving normal streamers QUALITY options... dicks)


So lets say your internet is 20 download and 5 upload, decent, love it. Your sweet spot is around 3-4 upload or if your sister is complaining because she can't facebook in all that lag? knock it down to 2.5 at minimum. If she complains anymore she lieing so go educate her the Violet way! :O


Your bitrate is the upload speed and it's measured in kbps (Kilobytes per second). XSplit currently only allows a bitrate and VBV buffer cap of 5000 (1000 Kilobyes = 1megabyte). So essentially 5 upload is the max you can use regardless if you are a featured streamer or not. Set your VBV Buffer and the Bitrate at the exact same value but make sure it's your nets sweetspot. To further the example earlier, it would be 2500 (2.5) at minimum but this depends on your internet. If you don't know your nets sweetspot just send me your speedtest results in a reply to this thread and I'll tell you.


3) Ok we've sorted your upload rate, now we need to set a few more vital options which make that little extra edge in stream quality. Keyframe Interval set specifically to 2.0 and ensure your Mode is CBR and Strict CBR is set to ON. A known bug with XSplit is that your keyframe interval changes its value sometimes, if your viewers complain about unusual levels of lag or your Twitch Dashboard doesn't say "Excellent" (Green light) for stream quality, go into your XSplit settings again and just quickly change your Keyframe interval to 3.0 and then set it back to 2.0. Even though it says 2.0 it isn't really at 2.0, you will find this fixes those odd laggy days that you can't explain.


4) Audio is encoded by upload bitrate as well, how much you donate means higher quality sound. I have mine to the maximum of 192, for standard net connections I recommend 128/160 and of course if you are a member of XSplit (paid membership license), grab the AAC LC HQ codec and 44.1 KHz stereo format.


5) Lastly always interleave audio and video in one RTMP channel and saving recordings is entirely your choice but it's pointless unless it goes on YouTube.


Viewer ratings should not be stressed over, nobody just pops out as a 1000+ popular streamer ok? it takes dedication, it takes work and utter devotion. You have to marry your channel ok? I have near 400 viewers but that took me two years. If I had actually cared to use a webcam or microphone (very distracting on starcraft), like 75% of my viewers wanted me to, I would of probably been one of SC2's most popular female players even today but it depends on you. Who are you? Do you care for fame? Do you care more about what you get out of this or what they get out of this? Have the right mind set when you go into streaming, because you're the star and they're the Ffffing papparazzi. I personally have something of a grudge against some girls who think webcam/mics is a good way to flash how big their tits are and they give girl gamers a bad name in the streaming community but some are actually ok. - One bitch who definitely heeds my example... avoid her, and she is one of the reasons I do not use a webcam or a microphone besides the fact they distract me so damn much. The important thing is, it doesn't matter what the hell they say or think ok? What are they gonna do? post on facebook "hey look this fag is a camera shy fool come laugh at him!" or in my case "This silly G.I.R.L can rot.", and I gave them the finger. ,,!,, dont take shit from your viewers, represent yourself and have fun thats what it is all about.


Best advice: You walk into streaming -trying- to be popular? you will be disappointed unless you're some big shot League of Legends player or a popular person in a popular game. I never aimed for fame, and I made 50-60 very loyal streaming friends who are all on my skype and I even made donations regardless if they'd ever seen my face or heard my voice before, I was sure about one thing: They weren't there to see my tits or hear my british accent, they were there to see me play.



I hope this helps, if you have any more trouble or don't understand something just find Violet in Teamspeak or go tug on Kavia's sleeve, she will fetch me for you :O after all I live in her kitchen... :(

Edited by Violet

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Editors can now use /host <name> in streams to host each other!

Idea for use...
I'm streaming and Kavia is streaming. I'll "/host Kavia" in my channel and if I'm an editor I'll go "/host Xoza" in her channel. This will set up a multi-window kind of setup in one area and somewhat merge chat. (I've not played with it quite yet with live streams). It's also a great way to host friends if you're not hosting anything yourself and can use the command up to 3 times per half hour.

I've added a Nightbot command to my stream so Mods can change it as well... command is !host <name> or !unhost <name>

If you want to watch more streams, check out Esva's multiTwitch guide.

Some other random Twitch settings that I use and some commands!

I don't use "Inappropriate for younger audiences". If I don't feel it is appropriate for younger audiences, I naturally don't really feel comfortable streaming it.

Nightbot handles hyperlinks, so I don't usually delete them automatically.

Make sure "Automatically archive my broadcasts" is enabled. This sets Twitch to hold on to your recordings for a few weeks, so you can play with them as you need or upload them to YouTube.

Here's the list of banned words I use in my channel settings. WARNING "BANNED WORDS" WITHIN...

ahole ash0le ash0les asholes AssMonkey Assface assh0le assh0lez asshole assholes assholz asswipe azzhole bassterds bastardz basterds basterdz Biatch BlowJob boffing butthole buttwipe c0ck c0cks c0k CarpetMuncher cawk cawks Clit cnts cntz cockhead cock-head cocks CockSucker cock-sucker crap cum cunt cunts cuntz dick dild0 dild0s dildo dildos dilld0 dilld0s dominatricks dominatrics dominatrix dyke enema fuck fucker fag fag1t faget fagg1t faggit faggot fagit fags fagz faig faigs fart flippingthebird fuck fuckher fuckin fucking fucks FudgePacker fuk Fukah Fuken fuker Fukin Fukk Fukkah Fukken Fukker Fukkin g00k gayboy gaygirl gays gayz God-damned h00r h0ar h0re hells hoar hoor hoore jackoff jap japs jerk-off jisim jiss jizm jizz knobs knobz kunt kunts kuntz Lezzian Lipshits Lipshitz masochist masokist massterbait masstrbait masstrbate masterbaiter masterbate masterbates MothaFucker MothaFuker MothaFukkah MothaFukker MotherFucker MotherFukah MotherFuker MotherFukkah MotherFukker mother-fucker MuthaFucker MuthaFukah MuthaFuker MuthaFukkah MuthaFukker n1gr nastt nigger nigur niiger niigr orafis orgasim orgasm orgasum oriface orifice orifiss packi packie packy paki pakie paky pecker peeenus peeenusss peenus peinus pen1s penas penis-breath penus penuus Phuc Phuck Phuk Phuker Phukker polac polack polak Poonani pr1c pr1ck pr1k pusse pussee puuke puuker queer queers queerz qweers qweerz qweir recktum rectum retard sadist scank schlong semen Sh!t sh1t sh1ter sh1ts sh1tter sh1tz shits shitter Shitty Shity shitz Shyt Shyte Shytty Shyty skanck skank skankee skankey skanks Skanky slut sluts Slutty slutz son-of-a-bitch tit turd va1jina vag1na vagiina vaj1na vajina vullva vulva w0p wh00r wh0re whore b!+ch bitch blowjob clit arschloch fuck shit ass asshole b!tch b17ch b1tch bastard bi+ch boiolas buceta c0ck cawk chink cipa clits cock cum cunt dildo dirsa ejakulate fatass fcuk fuk fux0r hoer hore jism kawk l3itch l3i+ch lesbian masturbate masterbat masterbat3 motherfucker s.o.b. mofo nazi nigga nigger nutsack phuck pimpis pusse sh!t shemale shi+ sh!+ slut smut teets b00bs teez testical testicle titt w00se jackoff wank whoar whore dyke fuck shit @$$ amcik andskota arse assrammer ayir bi7ch bitch bollock butt-pirate cabron cazzo chraa chuj cunt d4mn daygo dego dick dike dupa dziwka ejackulate Ekrem Ekto enculer faen fag fanculo fanny feces feg Felcher ficken fitt Flikker foreskin Fotze Fu( fuk futkretzn gook guiena h0r h4x0r hell helvete hoer honkey Huevon hui injun jizz kanker kike klootzak kraut knulle kuk kuksuger Kurac kurwa kusi kyrpa lesbo mamhoon masturbat merd mibun monkleigh mouliewop muie mulkku muschi nazis nepesaurio nigger orospu paska perse picka pierdol pillu pimmel piss pizda poontsee poop preteen pula pule puta puto qahbeh queef rautenberg schaffer scheiss schlampe schmuck screw sh!t sharmuta sharmute shipal shiz skribz skurwysyn sphencter spic spierdalaj splooge suka b00b testicle titt twat vittu wank wetback wichser wop yed zabourah fap

Twitch has also recently added a chat room system. I've created an "Ordo Imperialis" room anyone should be able to invite anyone else too.

Twitch Commands...

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