In addition to a Chromium based browser, you will also need:
- A free StreamYard Account
- A free Twitch AccountIf you do not wish to use StreamYard and Twitch, you are welcome to use your own broadcasting software, or any streaming service of your choosing.
Table of Contents:
- Step 1: Setup Your Twitch Channel
- Step 2: Setup Your Streaming Space
- Step 3: Setup Your StreamYard Studio
- Step 4: Start Your First Stream
- Step 5: Vary Stream Content
- Bonus: Free Streaming Resources
Setup Your Twitch Channel
Now that you are signed-in, whether you are a brand new streamer or just new to streaming Battlesnake, of the most important things you can do to help direct people to your Battlesnake content is to customize your channel by selecting the "Customize Channel" button.
Once on the Channel Settings page, be sure to update at least the About, Brand and Schedule tabs with the relevant details that correspond with how you will be streaming about Battlesnake.
Setup Your Streaming Space
While peripherals like green screens and condenser microphones are great additions to your streaming setup, to get started with Battlesnake streaming all you really need is:
- A solid internet connection (wired/ethernet connection is ideal);
- Streaming software (in our case StreamYard);
- A computer that will run your content;
- Audio and visual peripherals (i.e. webcam, microphone and headset).If you are on a laptop and using built-in peripherals (i.e. the on-board microphone and camera) likely the only additional peripherals you will need is a headset!
While at this point you are almost ready to get started with your stream, below are a few useful tips to help you get your space ready for prime Battlesnake streaming:
- Ask any others who share your space to stay offline during your stream.
- Avoid having a window behind the speaker and ensure there is enough light.
- Tell people ahead of time when you're going to broadcast
Setup Your StreamYard Studio
Even the Battlesnake team uses StreamYard!
To get started with StreamYard, the first thing you will need to do is head over to https://streamyard.com/signup to create an account and receive your login code.Once you have logged in, you will see the page below, where you can begin connecting your streaming channels, in the case of this guide by selecting the purple Twitch button.
Once you have connected to Twitch, it's time to setup your first stream by selecting the "Create a broadcast" button, and filling in the relevant details in the popup modal.
Once you have entered all of the details, go ahead and select the "Create broadcast" button, this won't start your stream but it will allow for you to enter the StreamYard Studio you will need.
Before moving forward you will need to grant access to the relevant camera and microphone and to add your name after, after which you should see the "Enter Studio" button appear.
Congratulations Battlesnake Streamer! You are almost ready to go live!
Before you do, you will need to add a few things to your stream window, most importantly your camera and audio feeds along with your awesome Battlesnake content screen share.
Adding your audio and video feed to the stream is easy, simply select your camera preview at the bottom of the StreamYard Studio window and you will be prompted to add it to the stream.
Sharing your screen is almost as easy as your camera feed, simply select the "Share" button at the bottom of the Studio window and in the pop-up modal choose which screen you'd like to share.
Once you have your screen share ready, simply select it from the preview bar at the bottom of the window and decide how you would like to layer your content using the template provided.
Run of Show
While there is no one right way to structure the flow of your first stream, we do have a general "Run of Show" which we think will help to make the experience goes smoothly for everyone watching.
- Start the show with your camera off-screen/muted a screenshare of a "Starting Soon" Slide.
- Wait a few minutes for viewers to arrive then replace "Starting Soon" with your camera feed.
- After you have some viewers on the stream, share your screen again with the relevant content.
- Before ending the stream, switch to a "Thank You" slide with your social information and links.
Start your First Stream
Once you have all of your streaming assets ready to go, your final step is to select the "Comments" tab on the right side of the Studio window so you are able to view the Twitch Chat and then you will be ready to press the "Go Live" button in the top right-hand corner of the Studio window.
If everything has worked out, you will be able to head over to the connected Twitch Channel (probably on a secondary device) and see your content live on the channel.
Vary Your Stream Content
Just like we do on the official Battlesnake channel, we recommend that you consider varying your Battlesnake Stream content based on your audience and interest.
Some examples of stream content might include, but are not limited to, the following:
GAME REPLAY FORMAT
Have you ever thought you would be an amazing eSports Shout caster?
In the style of Snake Pit Live! this type of stream is a great way to showcase both your Battlesnake in action as well as some of your favorite battles of all time.
Check out an episode of Snake Pit Live! from the official Battlesnake Channel for inspiration:
LIVE CODING FORMAT
Do you enjoy live coding streams and might want to build your Battlesnake project in public?
In the style of Coding Badly, this type of stream is an awesome way to showcase your skills as a developer and to help your fellow Battlesnake Developers in their learning process.
Check out an episode of Coding Badly from the official Battlesnake Channel for inspiration:
GUEST INTERVIEWS / Q&A FORMAT
Would you like to ask other Battlesnake Developers about their strategy?
In the style of Deep Learning, this type of stream is a great way to not only gain valuable skills and knowledge to improve your own Battlesnake in competition, but to help to build your following through shared marketing.
Check out an episode of Deep Learning from the official Battlesnake Channel for inspiration:
General Streaming Resources
There are also some great resources from other Live Coders to check out for tips and tricks like:
We also encourage you to check out some of our favorite Battlesnake streamers like:
USING MEDIA ON STREAM
In order to avoid Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices from the Twitch team for using media which is under copyright, you can use audio from a few great free sources including:
Also note that sharing audio is a bit more difficult that on some video sharing platforms, as StreamYard won't allow you to share audio from your screen share.
To learn how you can share custom audio sources as part of your stream, check out the video from StreamYard below:
Battlesnake Streaming Resources
Get Your Streamer Asset Pack
Click here to download backgrounds, logos and more than you can use on your stream.