Streaming doesn’t necessarily have to be a solitary activity. Over the past few years, the Twitch.tv streaming platform evolved on many levels.
The latest feature that Twitch implemented on their platform is Squad Streams! Yes, you heard me right. You can now organize group streams with your friends and play your favorite games together.
In this article, I will teach you how to squad stream on Twitch.
What Is a Squad Stream?
If you are completely new to the community of Twitch streaming, or you just like casually watching streams on the platform, you may not have had the chance to see this feature in action.
With Twitch multi-stream feature you can stream your favorite games or content with your fellow content creators.
Using a Twitch squad stream you can make a co-stream with up to four of your friends or other creators of the content on the platform.
Keep in mind that if you are not a Twitch partner, as of February 2020 you will not have the ability to co-stream with your Twitch team.
If you are a Twitch affiliate or non-affiliate, do not be mad at me, I didn’t make the rules.
The Twitch streaming platform has promised to make this feature available to all users at a later date.
However, the exact date when Twitch will be releasing this feature to all of its users is unknown.
Benefits of Twitch Squad Streaming
Streaming like this is a great way to show your audience all the different angles when playing a team game.
Your audience will be able to see what is going on in the rest of the game instead of just looking at one part of your screen.
Setting up a squad Twitch stream can also help other content creators on the platform in promoting their channel.
In addition to all of the above, squad streaming on Twitch can open up new ideas for content creation which normally you would not be able to execute in the traditional solo stream mode.
From a viewer’s point of view, this gives you the opportunity to watch and support up to four of your favorite streamers simultaneously.
You can see why this feature is a big hit on the platform.
Squad streaming on Twitch is also prone to attracting a lot more viewers than solo streams.
Because let us face it, playing games solo and playing games with your friends is an incomparable experience.
Being in a group with your friends also gives you the opportunity to talk more and interact with your chat and viewers.
Now, let us dive deeper into how to set up a squad stream Twitch offers.
How to Squad Stream on Twitch – From Start to Finish?
Like I already mentioned above, only people with Twitch partner status (those who are verified on Twitch) can use the squad stream feature.
The exact time when Twitch will release this feature across all users, premium or free, is still not set.
But, we do not mind waiting for a feature as neat as this one!
To actually start your squad stream, you will first have to navigate to Twitch.tv.
Once you are on the main page of the Twitch.tv streaming platform, go to your account image in the upper right corner of the screen, and click on it.
This will open a drop-down menu with a lot of options to customize your channel, the theme, and others.
What we need is the “Creator Dashboard” function from this menu.
Click on it and it will take you to your stream screen.
From there, on the left side of your screen, you will see a menu that looks like this.
From there we want to access the “Stream Manager” tool by clicking on it.
You will be taken to stream manager tab where you can see how your viewers perceive your Twitch stream.
This is the screen that you need if you are wondering how to co-stream on Twitch.
You will notice on the right part of your screen that there are some tools available for you to experiment with.
This is a list of actions that you can apply to your stream.
Still, there are other options available, as well.
You can expand these actions, and browse for more by clicking on the empty ‘Plus’ bar.
This is going to open up all of the available tools that you can use to manage your stream and grow your community.
Pretty handy, right?
However, you need to have a Twitch partner status to turn on the option of squad streaming.
To start your squad stream or accept an invite to a squad stream, select the Squad Stream function from the quick actions.
If you want to send an invite to one of your friends, click on the ‘Add a Channel’ option in the Squad Stream window.
Who Can Get Invited to the Squad?
Keep in mind you can invite only channels that are in your friend list and your follower list.
Those you want to invite must have the Twitch partner status, as well, which can set back new streamers.
But hopefully, Twitch will make this feature available to all users soon.
Once the invited channels have accepted the request to form a squad stream, you will be able to starts a squad team.
Once you start a squad stream, you will get a banner on the content creators’ page.
This way, the viewers will be able to watch your stream in squad mode.
Voila, your squad stream is live!