Useful Tips for 24-Hour Stream

Marathon streaming is a kind of fad among the Twitch community. All big streamers want to try yourselves in this long-standing experience. Sodapoppin, ManVsGames and others provide regular 24-hour streams. They play games non-stop, making pauses only to use bedroom, eat or respond to their chat. Indeed, organizing 24-hour stream is not only the way to challenge your skills and hardiness. It is a good chance to embrace a bigger audience from different time zones and locations which, in turn, may lead to more donations. Moreover, in case you are a sponsored streamer, you can drop ads every hour or so, thus attracting more funds for living or charity. However, not everything is so shiny and lure. Streamers who provide 24-hour streams on a regular basis look very tired and devastate. And the recent death of a popular World of Tanks streamer Brian “Poshybird” during a 24-hour charity stream has become a wake-up call for Twitch community. Despite the unknown reason of death, Twitch streamers start to reconsider their attitude to marathon streaming and sleep deprivation. No fame and glory is worth the human cost.

How To Prepare Yourself for 24-Hour Stream?

Many streaming forums, subreddits and veteran streamers have shared their tricks on how to survive in a 24-hour stream. Generally, all streamers advise eat healthy food, keep yourself hydrated and sleep well the night before. Some streamers eat only vegetables and make regular exercises during breaks. Others take energetic drinks and amphetamine. Twitch itself benefits from the revenue of 24-hour stream. However, with marathon streamers’ amphetamine addiction and streamers’ fatigue and exhaustion behind it, it’s time to start thinking about safer streaming tactics. Organizing a 24-hour stream is not as easy as you may initially think of it. Charity streams are no different, except the fact that money doesn’t go into streamer’s pocket and existence of the higher level of moral obligations. If done regularly, no matter the goals, all 24-hour streamer’s bodies end up in a dire state. To prevent yourself from exhaustion, prepare for your marathon stream carefully. There are several things you should think over before going into 24-hour experiment:

Prepare Nutritious Food

Most beginning streamers think that caffeine, cola, chocolate and snacks are enough to keep them alive while streaming. This kind of food will keep you active for a short period, but without proper physical activity, it will be a real torture for your organism to metabolize this food. Instead, we suggest taking fruits, almonds, full meals or pasta, fruit juice, water or ginger tea. Energy drinks, a cup of coffee or favorite tea also work good, but always have something non-caffeinated as well. If you don’t have a person to help you with cooking while stream, make a portion or two before streaming. N.B. Circadian rhythms’ theory suggests that you can reset your biological clock (that makes you feel so tired during 24-hour stream) by not eating or eating at specific time.

Sleep Well Before Stream

It is good to have  a rest or a day off before 24-hour stream marathon. Try to sleep 3-4 hours more than you usually sleep at night. To keep yourself awake and enthusiastic, avoid playing games you are planning to include to your stream. Thus, your gameplay will seem less monotonous and dynamic to you during the stream. To avoid falling asleep while streaming, take many short breaks (every 1 hour) instead of long breaks. N.B. Create a nice “take a break” slide for your stream to show it when you need some rest. You can also use a count down so that people know exact time when you come back.

Provide Timely Advertisement

Advertise your 24-hour stream on Twitch or other streaming platform of your choice and via social media. It is better start advertising campaign 1-2 weeks prior the stream. If you advertise earlier, people may forget about it, if later - you may not reach the desired audience before your stream. For example, you can provide your viewers with the main advertisement 2 weeks before stream, and then post 2-3 reminders. Make sure that your content is different, non-repetitive and engaging. N.B. If you are launching a charity stream, advertise it first to your friends and relatives. People who personally know you are most likely to donate. Their money can become the rolling ball and create a social proof for your stream.

Have a Support Group

Or at least one person who will help you “stay alive” during stream. You support team can help you prepare food  or liven up the chat. In case you suddenly fall asleep while break, assigned people may redirect traffic to a secondary stream for some time and call you to wake up. If you don’t have a person to rely on, try to not overwork: set alarms, take breaks, do some physical activity. Listen to your body and don’t be afraid to end a 24-hour stream earlier, if you feel too tired. Fans will understand you. N.B. Use Mumble app to fill air time. When your voice becomes tired in the long run, having people chatting in Mumble helps a lot. Extra voices that talk about game mean less talking for you.

Have a Plan of Your 24-Hour Stream

Now it’s time to think about entertainment. How to make a 24-hour stream exciting and dynamic? What experience one should provide without boring an audience? The key to these questions is variety. Many streamers generally play a couple of games, but for long streams it’s better break out usual formula and try new things. It’s also a chance for you to find a new game to become a part of your regular rotation. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Playing multiple games during stream will help prevent frustration and boredom. You can add a QA session, invite some friends-streamers for discussion, draw funny pictures and see viewers’ reaction - anything you find funny or entertaining. N.B. If you organize a charity marathon stream, think about rewards for donations: 1 pushup per 5 dollars, taking a shot of lemon juice or doing other challenging or silly thing online.

Set Realistic Goals

Before starting your marathon stream, it is a good idea to define your goals and write them down in your stream’s title. Thus, everyone who tunes in will understand what is all about. For example, you can name your stream as “24-Hour Raising 1000$ for ExtraLife” or simply “Charity Marathon Stream.” The first title is more descriptive: there you have a goal, the duration of a stream, while the second one doesn't have a clear mission. So, try to make your stream’s title concise and simple. Another important thing about your goal is making it realistic. Probably, you already know your community pretty well, so don’t set a goal that you are not sure to achieve with your audience. It’s better to reach the lower goal, then to fail with unrealistic one. Indeed, when you announce a realistic goal (raising 1000$, for instance) and achieve it, the audience feels more involved and happy for your success. N.B. In case you use chatbots, adding a reminder every 30 minutes - 1 hour for viewers to donate is a good idea.

Takeaway

One of the most important things to remember before starting your first 24-hour stream is having a plan of your stream. Staying in control of what is going on stream will make it run smoother. Don’t be afraid to take frequent breaks or finish a stream ahead of time. Your health should supersede the importance of a stream. Remember, that 24-hour streams are not for everyone: if you are not committed enough, maybe, it’s not your forte. If you’ve managed to carry out your first marathon stream, don’t forget to thank people that have been stuck around for a long time and those who helped you organize stream (mods, friends, donors, etc.). Finishing 24-hour stream is worth celebrating.

2/25/2018