What is a Raid on Twitch?

What is a Raid on Twitch – One of the strengths of the Twitch streaming platform is its community of streamers. That’s why Twitch, which takes care of “connecting” streamers so that they can collaborate with each other:

Features such as “hosting” another channel, hosting another streamer’s live on your channel, allows other smaller channels to grow while consolidating your subscribers. 

Along with the host feature, Twitch also offers raids to help other streamers grow. What is a raid on Twitch, how does it work and what is the difference between a raid and a host?

Raid on Twitch

Raiding on Twitch involves sending your audience to another channel that is streaming at the time you finish your live broadcast. 

Why raid another channel? 

  • You help the streamer get noticed, especially if they have few viewers or are just starting out.
  • You keep your audience “in action” with a channel you recommend, they’re guaranteed to have fun and appreciate you thinking of them when you’re not streaming anymore. 

As you can see, it is similar to the “hosting” function of a channel, although it has a few differences. 

But first, let’s see how the raid works on Twitch.

How raids work on Twitch

Want to support a channel? Relax, raiding Twitch is easy, you won’t need any weird programming skills.

At work! 

  1. The first thing to do is let your viewers know what you are going to do. 

No one wants to pay attention to what you show and suddenly someone else appears for no reason. 

  1. To launch the raid, just type the /raid command, then the name of the channel you want to take your viewers to. 

For example: /raid ibaillanos to direct them to the Ibai channel. This command can be executed both by you, as a streamer, and by your collaborators.

Another way to raid is to go to your broadcast manager and click “Start Raid” on the right.

  1. Once you have typed the command, you will receive a message via chat with a 10 second counter and the “Start Raid Now” button. 

After these 10 seconds, you can start the raid. If you don’t cancel it or start it manually, the raid will start automatically.  

  1. When you accept or end the countdown, you and your viewers will be in the chat of the channel you are raiding with.

If you’re in doubt, it’s easy to check, as an informative message will appear in chat letting you know you’re raiding on another channel. Your viewers will be able to leave the stream whenever they want.

You are already “promoting” another Twitch channel. Take this opportunity to encourage your audience to encourage this profile, comment, and enjoy the stream.

Raid options as a streamer

Although receiving a raid as a streamer is always a positive thing, the truth is that it can be used with bad intentions: criticizing another person, posting negative comments on your chat, etc.

Therefore, Twitch offers users several options to avoid these issues.

Manage who can raid your channel

This alternative is similar to Instagram’s privacy policy, where you decide who can see your stories and who can share them. 

By default, your Twitch channel will accept any raid, but you can configure it from your control panel to prevent any user from doing so. Configure only for friends, teammates or channels you follow or disable all raids. 

Enable chat for followers only

When new viewers enter your show, they can write comments on your chat. If you see that they are making nasty comments, there is no need to cancel the raid, you can enable chat only for your followers.

To do this, go to the chat settings icon in the message window and click on the “followers only” box. You can also check the minimum time the person should have to make their comments. 

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In other words, if you choose to be followed for a month, those who follow you in the raid will not be able to comment. 

Report the channel

If you want to report the channel that raided you, you can enter the chat settings and see recent raids. When you have seen the channel you want to ban, click on “Report”.

So you can see who’s helping you on your channel, choose who comments on your chat, or report if you think they’re misbehaving.

With what you have read, you will have understood that it is a function similar to that of hosting, are there any differences?

Differences between raid and host

In practice, hosting and raiding have the same function: to give visibility to another streaming channel to help it grow and gain more visibility.

However, there are a few differences:

  • The host is accommodation as such. In other words, your stream and your chat are “moved” to the channel that “hosts” you, even if you continue to broadcast on yours. When a user enters the channel that hosted you, they will see your stream.
  • When raiding, viewers from the channel that raided you go to your channel. In other words, everything happens in your stream and not in another channel.
  • The raid is immediate, once you activate it, your chat will switch to the new channel. The hosting process is slower. 

Now you know what a Twitch raid is and how it works. Put it into practice and collaborate with other streamers to keep growing on the platform.

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