How to raid on Twitch


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Knowing how to raid on Twitch can come in handy when you want to boost the overall viewership of a streamer with a small subscriber base.

Usually done right before the host ends their streaming session, a raid sends all of those viewers to recipient streamer’s channel whilst they’re hosting their own live stream. Raids are a fantastic and fun way to support their growth because when you set one up, you’re essentially allowing your existing community to enter the other streamer’s broadcast en masse.

Twitch can be a fairly complex platform to navigate as a beginner, so you might also want to check out other Twitch related tutorials on the website. Our detailed guide on how to ban people on Twitch chat is a good starting point, along with our short explainer on how to rectify the issue of Twitch streams not loading correctly.

How to raid on Twitch

The easiest way to perform a raid on Twitch is to use the streaming platform’s chat commands. This method requires the implementer to know the name of the channel they want to raid beforehand.

Raid using Twitch chat commands

Here’s the process you need to follow to begin a raid using Twitch chat commands:

  1. Create a live stream on Twitch, as you’ll need viewers for the raid to fulfil its purpose
  2. Then type /raid into your channel’s chat box, followed by the channel name of the streamer that you wish to raid; an example would be /raid ninja which is a famous channel known for streaming Fortnite content
  3. Click the ‘Enter’ button to allow your viewers to opt in to the raid. If a persistent error message pops up on your screen and no 10-second window prompts up for your viewers, it means the streamer in question has disabled the ability for other hosts to raid their channel
  4. When you’re happy with the number of viewers waiting to participate in the raid, press the ‘Raid Now’ option to start one
A screenshot showing the location of the Stream Manager option within the Creator Dashboard, which is used to start Twitch raids
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Raid using the Creator Dashboard

Another way of performing raids on Twitch is through the Creator Dashboard settings. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go live on Twitch
  2. Navigate to the Creator Dashboard section within your Twitch account and select ‘Stream Manager’
  3. From there, press the ‘Raid Channel’ option and either select or search for the channel by name
  4. Click the ‘Start Raid’ button to kick off the pre-raid window where your viewers are given the option to opt in to the raid
  5. Once you’re satisfied with the number of raid participants, hit ‘Raid Now’ to commence it

So, those are the two ways you can conduct raids on Twitch. As a content creator, you have the power to create a vibrant live-streaming community by using raids to share audiences and foster larger communities with other broadcasters.

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