What Are View Bots?
Twitch viewbots are “robot viewers” that can be rented through a few services online. Some packages offer a specific amount of fake viewers for a while. Some are designed for messaging in chat occasionally. While it is most common for streamers to purchase this service, some malicious users have botted individual channels out of spite.
How to Get Rid of View Bots on Twitch
If you know who botted you, report them right away.
Save any proof or screenshots to pass along to the platform as evidence. Don’t worry or over-react.
Calmly let your real viewers know that you are be botted and that you are dealing with it.
Report the viewbot incident along with the time and date to Twitch Support.
Some streamers have stopped streaming right away when they realize they are being botted. You can do this if it makes you more comfortable. Again, let your viewers know what is going on and notify your social media or Discord with any updates.
Platforms don’t penalize broadcasters for something that isn’t their fault. Just be upfront and honest with them and your viewers and things should hopefully die down soon.
You can also try one of the following techniques:
How to Tell if You are Being Viewbotted
Sometimes a disgruntled user will actually message you to let you know they are view botting you. In those cases, you should immediately take a screenshot of the conversation so that you can send it to Twitch (or whatever platform you are using).
While the comments have been deleted, you can see how Eljayem_ reacted when he was botted on stream.
The most common sign of you being view botted is if you randomly jump up hundreds (or even thousands) of views without being raided or doing anything differently in your stream.
You can also tell if these new “viewers” don’t really participate in chat other than to periodically say generic things, such as “nice stream.” Occasionally, they will post links in your chat that could lead to viruses or other dangerous sites.
How to Tell if a Viewer is a Bot
While bots will vary, there are some signs that typically mean some of your viewers can actually be bots.
- Names: though some bots are lazy and just use generic names with a number at the end (i.e. Sally01, Sally02, etc), most use a name generator that will compile three or four random words together (i.e. FishOrchidAccordion, WaterBearPolo, etc) all with the first letter of the word capitalized.
- If you look into these random-word accounts, they will have typically followed several random channels and you will often find that two or more of the bots in your channel follow the same channels as each other (but won’t necessarily be following you). These are not “DrDisrespect” channels that many people follow, but smaller, obscure channels with few followers.
Reasons Why Someone Would Viewbot Your Channel
Using viewbots is a bannable offense and some people may try to bot you with the hope that you will be banned from it. This could be a disgruntled user, a troll, or a rival streamer. Even though it is unlikely that you will be banned from someone else botting you, they may hope that you will go offline.
Some people may also actually bot you with the intent of helping your channel out, not understanding that it generally leads to trouble.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are being viewbotted, it is important to stay calm and quickly report the channel to Twitch. Whether or not you end your stream at that time is up to you. There are pros and cons for either way.