Keeping the viewers entertained is one of the tasks of a Twitch streamer.
After all, we all want the fans to show devotion to the channel by not only coming back for new content but also being glued to the screen throughout the broadcast.
While not easy, engaging them in the live stream will help boost the retention rate.
Try to be in their shoes to understand what your viewers want.
They will definitely appreciate being involved in the live stream, and Twitch extensions can be a solution to that.
What is a Twitch extension?
A Twitch extension is basically an interactive add-on that comes in the form of a panel or an overlay.
This is basically your way to leverage Twitch integration.
To discover all the extensions available in Twitch’s library, you must sign up for an account since the access to that particular dashboard is granted after you’ve logged in to your account.
Extensions are made by third-parties using resources provided by Twitch.
Since there are a lot of different teams showing their contribution, it results in a hugely diverse catalogue of extensions.
They unlock new possibilities to boost the interactivity of your streams. You can include leaderboards, mini games, and much more.
Where is extension in Twitch?
Extensions are located in the extensions manager.
Simply click on the 3-line icon in the top left corner, followed by clicking “Extensions”.
This will take you to the discovery tab. Nothing will be shown on the page if you have no installations yet.
Once you start adding them, they will appear anytime you navigate to the ‘My Extensions’ tab.
What can Twitch extensions do?
Extensions are developed to manage various aspects of a live stream. But they’re generally used to incorporate interactive elements, such as displaying loyalty, viewer engagement, polls, countdowns, and more.
Some extensions come from well-known developers like Streamlabs and OWN3D.tv.
If you’ve used products from them, you’d know what to expect from the Twitch integration. For instance, OWN3D.tv, for instance, provides an overlay pack comprising animations, sounds, alerts, and so on.
And the Streamlabs one is good for handling the monetization of your channel. It allows viewers to participate in numerous ways, like requesting songs, sharing thoughts in polls, playing games, etc.
Are Twitch extensions free?
Yes, the description page of every extension has the “Install” button on it. You can right-click it to add an extension to your collection.
How to make a Twitch extension?
- First, you need to register a Twitch account and enable two-factor authentication for an added safety measure.
- Head to the ‘Extensions Developer Console’ section, which is a page to manage aspects of your project.
- Click on “Create Extension” and pick a name for it before hitting the “Continue” button.
- Please fill in all the necessary fields, which include Type of Extension, Version Number, Summary (description of the extension), Author Name (individual or group that will be credited for the project), Author Email, and Support Email.
- Click on “Create Extension Version” right below the last field.
- With this, you have just made your own extension and can develop it further.