How To Raid On Twitch

Want to raid someone on Twitch? Why would you even want to raid someone? Here is a super simple guide on how to raid on Twitch and how to defend against it.

Raiding on Twitch is one of the most fun activities you can see on the platform. Raiding greatly enhances the social aspect of streaming, and in most scenarios, people do it to help others out, usually smaller streamers.

Raiding also happens to be something that the Twitch community invented as a fun way of supporting and sometimes “trolling” other creators.

Twitch realized the potential, so they made this an official, built-in feature. It quickly became a signature element of the world-leading online streaming platform.  

In this guide, you will learn how to raid someone on Twitch.

What Does It Mean To Raid Someone On Twitch?

Generally speaking, raiding means sending all of your viewers to another channel, usually to “clutter” the other person’s chat (in a positive sense) while also giving them a share of your exposure and views.

Back when a group of creative Twitch users invented raiding, the activity required a bit of “manual work.” Viewers who wanted to participate in the raid had to manually open another browser window and load up the stream of the channel about to get raided.

When a larger streamer raids a smaller one, there’s a chance some of the viewers will end up liking the raided person’s channel. In such a scenario, the smaller streamer may end up earning a few extra followers, which is significantly helpful if they only recently started broadcasting on Twitch.

Of course, it’s a huge honor to get raided by a popular streamer on Twitch! In addition, it’s so satisfying to see the smile on someone’s face when you send all that traffic over to their channel!

So, here’s how you can do this in a few easy steps:

  1. Type /raid in your chat, followed by the name of the channel you want to raid.
  2. A chat message with a countdown will appear on your viewers’ screen.
  3. Those who want to participate in the raid should click “Join.”
  4. After the countdown, the raid will begin, and all viewers will get sent to the targeted channel.
  5. The owner of the raided channel will see who’s raiding them at the moment.
  6. The raider will also automatically start hosting the channel they’re raiding.

Now that you know how to do a Twitch raid, let’s look at a few reasons you should consider raiding someone and how doing so benefits both channels at once.

Reasons To Raid On Twitch & Benefits Of Doing It

Example of a Twitch raid notification

Twitch raiding is beneficial for both the raiding and the raided channel. The reason why is because it connects two communities that may have previously been unknown one with another.

Here are a few reasons you should consider raiding someone and why you should appreciate raids when they happen to your channel.

The Streamer You Raid May Return The Favor In The Future

In the past, it wasn’t uncommon for two streamers to become “Raid Buddies” and do this often to one another throughout their streaming journeys. And, of course, this strategy significantly helps both channels grow as time goes by.

It’s not a certainty that the person you raid will return the favor, but receiving something in return shouldn’t be your goal anyway. It’s just a nice benefit if it does end up happening in the future. Your viewers acknowledging your kindness is more than enough already.

The Fans Of The Raided Streamer Will Check Out Your Channel

Viewers of the targeted channel are alerted of the raid through a chat message. When they see this happening, they will most likely be intrigued and quickly check your channel.

All of this means new views for you and possibly a few extra followers, or even better, subscribers!

You Are Re-Directing Your Viewers To A Channel You Think Deserves More Exposure

Frankly, succeeding on Twitch becomes trickier every day. This is because there are so many streamers trying to make it, and because of that immense competition, hidden-gem channels end up “buried” beneath.

If you know someone who deserves a lot more views than they’re getting, initiating a raid towards their channel may end up providing them the exposure required to kick start their career.

Besides, streamers usually raid before shutting off their stream, so doing this beforehand means putting your viewership to good use.

Defending Your Channel From A Raid

If you think the raid is not friendly or don’t feel like allowing it to happen on your channel, don’t worry! You can easily prevent it by enabling Follower-Only Chat. It’s your right to do so!

If things escalate even further and you feel threatened or intimidated by the raiding party, you can ban or report the raiding channel.

This official article from Twitch explains it in detail.

Conclusion

Raiding on Twitch was once just a concept that users had to do manually, but Twitch quickly realized how wholesome it is, so they made it into an official feature.

Now that you know how to share some of your success with other, smaller channels, go ahead, help someone out and put a smile on their face! You never know who might acknowledge this and send their army of viewers to your channel as a result.

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Bojan Veselinovikj

Bojan is a video-game developer and a tech enthusiast. Combining these two passions allow him to keep you informed on everything that's new in this fast-paced digital world.