Unless you are from the dinosaur age or you are Gordon Ramsay, you know what Twitch is. Well, here’s an explanation anyway.
Twitch is a popular live-streaming platform where people can watch their favorite person stream a game, esports event, or IRL activities.
The platform has 140 million monthly users and is still growing. Gaming streams are a huge part of Twitch.tv. It is also one of the reasons for this immense growth.
One of the best things about Twitch is the community. Every streamer has their own community with whom you can interact. It is pretty fun, and you can relate with most in your community.
A Quick History Lesson
Justin.tv, Twitch’s parent company, was founded in 2007 by Justin Kaun and Emmet Shear. At first, the platform offered a wide range of content (it still does), but gaming content started overtaking the platform very soon.
In 2011, the company separated the gaming section and moved it to a new site called Twitch.tv. Later, Justin.tv rebranded to Twitch Interactive.
On September 25, 2015, Amazon finalized the acquisition of Twitch Interactive for a whopping $970 million.
Is streaming a real career?
Many think streaming is not a real career, especially parents.
Streamers earn a lot through streaming. Yes, the cash flow will be inconsistent, but that goes for any business.
I have seen a person go from a failed League of Legends pro player to one of the biggest streamers.
This particular streamer named Caedrel peaked at 152k viewers just last week by streaming an esports event.
Of course, monetizing the stream will be a long road. Another streamer named RatIRL streamed for 8 viewers for two years. Now he averages 8k viewers.
Again, like all other businesses, streaming requires dedication and hard work.
How to watch
You can watch streams for free. You can also chat with the streamers in the chatbox through texts and emotes. You can make donations to the stream if you want.
The only problem is when you want to watch a stream on Playstation, Xbox, or Android, you need to activate your Twitch account, which can be a bit complicated. But worry not. This guide will help you set up your accounts. Let’s dive in.
How to create a Twitch account
Creating a Twitch account is pretty easy. You can easily create an account even if you are a boomer by following the below steps:
Step 1: Visit the official Twitch.tv website.
Step 2: You can see the sign up box on the top right corner of the website
Step 3: Click on the signup button and enter the required details (username, password, phone number, etc.)
Step 4: Now, your mobile will receive an OTP for verification. You can use your email for verification if your phone is not working
Step 5: After verification, click sign up and finish the process
Activating your Twitch account on PlayStation
To activate your Twitch account on PlayStation, you should be logged in to your account on a different device. Let’s get into the step-by-step guide.
Step 1: Go to the PlayStation Store on your console
Step 2: Search and install the Twitch App. You don’t need to be a techie, as it is a simple process
Step 3: After installing the app, log in to your Twitch account using the login credential you created
Step 4: Once you are done with step 3, you will see a six-digit code on your screen
Step 5: Now, open a different device and go to https://www.twitch.tv/activate. Remember, you must be logged in to your account on this device
Step 6: Enter the six digit code you saw in Step 4 and click activate
Viola, now you can watch and stream through your PlayStation console. Note that this works for all PlayStation variants.
Activating your Twitch account on Xbox
Activating Twitch on Xbox is similar to activating Twitch on PlayStation. Again, you will need to log in to your Twitch account on a different device. These steps apply to all Xbox variants. Follow these steps to activate Twitch on your Xbox:
Step 1: Open the Microsoft Store in your Xbox Console
Step 2: Search for the Twitch App in the Store and install it. It should be easy to find.
Step 3: Now, open the Twitch App on your Xbox console and enter your login credentials to log in to your Twitch account
Step 4: Here’s where you will see the six digit secret code.
Step 5: Log in to your Twitch account on a different device and visit this link https://www.twitch.tv/activate
Step 6: Click activate after entering the six digit secret code
Now, you can watch and stream in Twitch through your Xbox console. Pretty simple, right?
Activating your Twitch account on Android
An Android phone is the best device to watch Twitch since it is pretty convenient. You can watch from anywhere, as long as you are connected to the internet and the required memory. Here are the steps you need to follow:
Step 1: Open the default browser on your Android phone
Step 2: Click on sign up and fill in the required details
Step 3: Now, you will receive a verification message to your phone. You can use your email for verification if you had any issues with phone verification
Step 4: Finish signing up after verifying your account
Step 5: Now, download the Twitch app from Playstore
Step 6: Sign in to your account and start enjoying your favorite account
As you can see, activating your Twitch account on your Android device is pretty simple compared to activating it on Xbox or PlayStation.
Who should you watch?
If you are new to the platform, you might be confused about where to start and what to watch. Don’t worry. We will help you with that, too. The following are some streamers I enjoy watching:
● Dr. Disrespect
Hope you enjoy these streamers as much as I do. Give these fellas a try and move on to other creators.
Twitch is a great form of entertainment in 2023. You can watch anything from cooking to coding on Twitch.tv. Another great thing about Twitch is that you can stream it on any number of devices. Just activate Twitch on your preferred device and start watching your favorite streamers. Have fun!