A Twitch raid helps you share your fans with another streamer. Do them right, and you’ll help a friend grow an audience. You might even convince that streamer to return the favor.
It takes minutes to learn how to raid on Twitch. But it can take a little longer to master the nuances and raid the right way.
Let us show you how.
What Is a Twitch Raid?
A Twitch raid is a push to another channel. As the host, you announce to your followers that you’ve found another channel you love, and you want to share it with your audience. You press a few buttons, and your followers are automatically sent to the channel you’re raiding.
Does this sound familiar? And does the idea worry you?
A few years back, Twitch raids were sinister. Pranksters started Reddit posts with raid targets, and hundreds of fans spammed the account with:
- Inaccurate information
It might sound like normal, gamer harassment. But being a target of an old-school raid was more than a little upsetting. One gamer told reporters a raid on her chat lasted between 30 and 45 minutes, and since she was on camera, she didn’t feel like she could let her emotions show. She didn’t want them to “win.”
Rest assured that modern Twitch raids are much different.
Another gamer writes on Reddit that he started a raid for a relatively unknown gamer, and the target was so touched by the gesture that he started crying. Another mentioned that a raid within his first month boosted his follower count to the affiliate level.
These gamers wouldn’t say their raids were negative. On the contrary. The raids helped them expose a new gamer to more people. And when they were raided, great things happened.
Twitch Raid vs. Host
Twitch is collaborative, and the designers build in plenty of ways to share streams. All of those options can get confusing. While a Twitch raid and a Twitch host are similar, there are important differences to be aware of.
Twitch raids are different from Twitch hosting due to:
- Status. A Twitch raid usually starts right before you’re jumping off your stream. It’s a quick introduction to another channel, and it lasts until you’re no longer streaming. Twitch users host channels for hours at a time when they’re offline.
- Chat. Host a channel, and the chats go to you. Raid a channel, and all the comments go to the owners of the raided channel.
- Notifications. Raids are flashy. Streamers are notified when they begin, and they’re told how many people might come over. It’s typically an exciting moment. Streamers are notified via chat when hosting begins, but it comes with a little less pizazz.
How to Start a Twitch Raid
Let’s dig into the details of how to raid on Twitch. There are a few steps to follow, but most of them are easy to understand.
First, you’ll need to pick a raid target. In general, it’s best to pick a channel with slightly fewer fans than you have. If you have 20, for example, look for one with 10. Most streamers raid channels owned by their friends, but you can always raid a stranger. Just make sure you’ve watched the stream before. Exposing your fans to a channel that’s very different than yours could lead to a dip in your subscriber count.
To start your Twitch raid:
- Announce it. You’re going to push your viewers to another channel, and they won’t like to be surprised. Tell them you’re going to start it.
- Pick a phrase, and share it. Twitch raids work best when guests start chatting right away. Make that easy by picking something simple for your followers to say in chat when they arrive. Keep it short and snappy. Speak out the phrase and tap it into chat.
- Type “/raid” and the name of the channel. This tells Twitch you’re ready to get started.
- Wait 10 seconds. Twitch uses this delay to help viewers bail if they don’t want to go along with you to the raid.
- Hit “Raid Now” to start the process.
- Decide to stay or go. If you don’t want to be part of the raid, click the “Leave” button. If you change your mind, hit the “Join” button.
How to Make the Most of a Twitch Raid
We’ve talked quite a bit about how to start a Twitch raid. Never forget that you can be raided too. If you are, it’s an amazing opportunity to gain new followers. But you’ll need to do these four things as soon as the fat raid starts.
When the raid starts:
- Thank the raider. Call out the raider by name, and thank that person for coming to visit you.
- Welcome the new fans. Read out a few of their comments, and call out their handles.
- Describe what you’re doing. These people have no idea who you are. Give your name and a one-sentence description of what you do online.
- Crush your feed. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you. Stay focused on your content and do what you do best.
If you feel a raid is going south and you want to stop things from getting worse, you have a few options:
- Switch to follower-only chat. Click the gear in chat and select this option. Only your followers can connect with you, and you can specify how long someone must follow you before that person can chat.
- Ban the raider. Open chat settings, click on “recent raids,” and click on “ban.”
- Stop future raids. If you feel you’re being targeted, turn off the raid ability for a while until things calm down. Head to your dashboard, and choose who can raid you. By default, anyone can. Switch that setting to allow friends, teammates, followers, or no one to raid.
How to Use Raids. Twitch.
Twitch Yanks Harassment Livestream, but Doesn’t Ban the User Who Made It. (August 2017). The Verge.