Community and collaboration are the keys to success when it comes to streaming. If you’ve found yourself struggling to build your following and wonder how so many streamers seem to be collaborating and growing, then you need to join a Twitch Team.
Check out our full guide on Twitch Teams and learn how joining a team can help grow your channel, network and expand your creative potential.
Twitch Teams is a Twitch Partner Program feature that unites and connects streamers together as a community. Being part of a Twitch Team places streamers under the same banner; promoting greater social interaction, community growth and good working relationships amongst streamers. Teams are typically created around a common goal, streaming method or game as a way for like-minded individuals to connect and expand into a greater community.
Twitch Teams work like most online communities. They provide a community around a common interest, but with added networking and business-building benefits. By joining a team, you get to showcase the team name on your channel and get placed in the stream team member list, which automatically features members who are live at the top.
Now these visual add-ons are all well and good, but it’s the potential partnerships outside of Twitch integrations that are the real benefit. You’ll often see members of the same team conducting multi-streams, hosting teammates and branching out into podcasts and videos. Any sort of collaborative effort that you’re interested in and that helps grow your community and team should be explored.
In reality, these Twitch Teams are really creative incubators. If you’re looking to build on your streaming career, collaborate on other media projects or just network with other mid-to-high level influencers, being part of a team is a must.
In order to join a team, you must first receive a team invite from a current member. Once you’ve received the invite:
And you’re in! It’s really that simple and only requires you reaching out to a current member beforehand. You’ll find that joining a team-first is often the best course of action, and allows you to meet and learn from experienced streamers and teammates.
You can always create your own team at a later time, but gaining that networking experience at the start is vital.
When looking for a Twitch Team to join, there are a few important questions to ask yourself.
You don’t want to be part of a team with members that barely stream, which eliminates any of the networking and collaboration benefits from joining. At the same time, you don’t want to join a team that doesn’t care about your interests or streaming content. You’ll have to find a community that balances these two attributes.
Luckily, there are several Twitch analytics tools, such as Sullygnome, that can help you research potential Stream Teams to join. Additionally, you can follow or reach out to streamers on Twitter or Discord and even find Reddit threads such as this mega-thread, to get an idea of what is available to you.
See the most watched or most active Twitch teams here: https://sullygnome.com/teams/mostwatched
You’ll have to do your own research, but finding the right team is well worth the effort.
Here’s a quick rundown of the common types of Twitch Teams you’ll encounter when researching. It’s good to keep these parameters in mind to better help you identify which team type is right for you and your goals.
If you’re looking to seriously grow your presence on Twitch, joining a Twitch Team is an absolute necessity. The simplest benefit is the addition of the team name on your Twitch channel, immediately associating you with that community. Your channel will also be featured in the left-hand member list and regularly shift to the top whenever you go live.
Now the real benefit of joining a team is the opportunity to network with other creators, especially if you join a mid-size networking group. Aside from drawing viewership between channels, you get greater opportunities to collaborate, co-stream and branch out into other media such as podcasting and videos. By being part of a Stream Team, you have more resources, more opportunities and a greater potential audience than you would ever have alone.
The long and short of it is that if you’re looking to grow, conduct creative experiments or build a community of streamers you need to join a team.
If you’re simply looking to join, there is no limit to the amount of Twitch Teams you can be a part of. Keep in mind that if you achieve partner status and want to create a team, you’ll be limited to two teams that you can start and lead.
In order to make a Twitch Team, you must first achieve Twitch Partner status.
Once you’re a Twitch Partner, you must request a new team by opening a ticket while logged into your Partner Account. In your ticket, provide the following information:
Keep in mind that Partners are limited to the creation of two teams. If you delete or transfer ownership of a team, you will not be allowed to make additional creation requests. Additionally, only one account can own or edit a Twitch Team and be sure you like the URL because it cannot be changed once it is set.
If you are the team owner and your team page has been set up, you can begin to add people to your team. To access your team, navigate to the My Teams section under the Channels and Videos tab of your Channel Settings and click on your team name.
Once there, click Edit to view the Team Dashboard which allows you to check and edit:
It’s here that you can invite or remove members from your team, as well as deciding on the priority for streamers that are online at the same time. To invite new members, simply add their Twitch name to your roster and it’ll automatically send a request. Once they’ve accepted, they will become a member of your Team.
As mentioned in the above section, once you get to your Team Dashboard, you can check and edit:
Any time you’re looking to make any changes to your team, make sure you start at your Team Dashboard. You’ll be able to find everything available to you through Twitch and can easily edit the team page and members here.
If you’ve found that a team doesn’t fit your goals or standards, you may find yourself wanting to leave. In order to leave a team, complete the following steps:
Be sure to contact the owner as a courtesy before you leave. You never know if you may interact with them again or if they are part of a future community you may be looking to join. Always strive to develop healthy relationships with fellow streamers and leave every community on good terms.
In a world where professional streaming is becoming extremely common, collaboration and support are almost necessary to get ahead of the competition. Joining or creating a Twitch Team covers all these bases, and is super easy to do. Hopefully, this guide has equipped you with all of the info you’ll need to find or create the right community for you and your goals.
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