Once you master how to get more Twitch viewers, you’ll find yourself wanting to create special content for those viewers who go the extra mile to support your channel. Many streamers wonder if they can create private content for viewers and this post will answer that question.
How to Private Stream on Twitch
To private stream on Twitch, you need to set up your account so the algorithm won’t index or organically promote your stream.
Make a new account with a unique name using numbers or random letters that aren’t likely to be searched.
Start streaming without adding a title, tags, or category.
Give the people whom you want to watch the stream the direct link so that they can find you.
As many streamers who are striving to be seen can go unnoticed for weeks or months even with names, categories, and tags, it is very unlikely you will be found without anything that can easily be searched.
If you make Affiliate status on that account (by streaming enough for 3 or more people and getting 50 accounts to follow you), you can start doing “Subscriber-only streams.” Have your friends subscribe to your channel (they can use Prime Gaming if they have an Amazon account).
Hosting sub-only streams are just another way to ensure that people are unlikely to watch your stream. Most randoms are unwilling to shell out their prime subscription or $5 on a channel they know nothing about.
Password-only Streaming on Twitch
There used to be a feature where people needed a password in order to view certain streams on Twitch. People could either provide passwords to their friends or followers offline or grant a way for it to be given if a set donation was given. This feature is no longer available.
Private Stream on Other Streaming Platforms
Here is how you can (or can’t) private stream on other streaming platforms:
Other Ways to Host a Private Stream
While you can stream to traditional webcam services such as Skype or Google Hangout, you can also stream from Discord or Steam.
Add a Private Page to Your Stream Website
If you have your own website for your brand, you can create private pages for your subscribers using StreamWeasel’s Sub Private Pages plugin. The plugin will automatically sync your Twitch subscribers with the private pages on your site, allowing you to post content specifically for them.
While you can’t specifically private stream on Twitch, there are a few ways you can get around it or make it unlikely that anyone else will find your stream. Always make sure that you are still living up to the platform’s requirements to keep your account in good standing.