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How to Private Stream on Twitch

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Whether they want to host a private stream to their friends or most supportive fans or simply want to check their audio and video quality, many streamers often look for a way to private stream on Twitch.

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.

  1. Step 1

    Make a new account with a unique name using numbers or random letters that aren’t likely to be searched.

  2. Step 2

    Start streaming without adding a title, tags, or category.

  3. Step 3

    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.

Subscriber-Only Streams

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:

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    Private Stream on YouTube Live

    On YouTube Live, you would change the feed from “public” to “unlisted” and only people with the link would be able to find the stream. You still need to adhere to YouTube’s terms and conditions.

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    Private Stream on Facebook Gaming

    With Facebook, you can stream to a private page, where only members of the page can see what you are doing. This is outside of Facebook Gaming, but you should be able to stream games that way as well. Make sure to stick with Facebook’s terms so that you don’t have your account suspended.

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    Can You Private Stream on Caffeine?

    Like Twitch, you can’t host a private stream on Caffeine. There is no news on whether or not this will be a feature in the future. As the platform is built to be like a social media site, it is unlikely that private streaming will be supported.

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.

  • Discord Streaming

    In 2019, Discord released a way to stream directly to a channel. Up to ten people within the channel will be able to watch the stream at a time and the latency is very low. Users with Discord Nitro will have the ability to stream at a higher resolution.

    You can stream on Discord from a game, your desktop, or through your webcam. Discord allows you to set up channels that can only be seen with special roles, so you and your mods can make sure that only subs (or tier 2/tier 3 subs) have access to channels where you private stream.

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    Steam Streaming

    Many people don’t realize that you can stream directly from Steam. It is fast and easy to set up and your friends can quickly give you pointers on what you can improve in your gameplay. You can even stream non-steam games on this platform.

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.

Conclusion

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.

About the Author

Luci

Luci is a novelist, freelance writer, and active blogger. A journalist at heart, she loves nothing more than interviewing the outliers of the gaming community who are blazing a trail with entertaining original content. When she’s not penning an article, coffee in hand, she can be found gearing her shieldmaiden or playing with her son at the beach.

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