You have probably seen a streamer you like raid or host another channel. Or maybe you stream and are deciding between raiding or hosting a channel. In this article I will go over the difference as well as which one I prefer when streaming.
What is the Difference Between a Raid and a Host on Twitch
The difference between a raid and a host on Twitch is that a raid sends the viewers of a channel to another channel to watch another streamer’s channel whereas a host keeps the viewers of a channel on the same channel they were already on and just streams whichever stream is being hosted on that channel.
Both raids and hosts have their pros and cons, which I will talk about down below, but the big difference is that raids move viewers to another channel, hosts keep them on the same channel.
This means that when a streamer raids another channel the viewers who participate in the raid will be transferred to the new channel and will be able to chat, follow and sub on that new channel.
However, when a streamer hosts a channel all their viewers will remain on the channel and will not be moved meaning they could still talk in chat and otherwise participate in that streamer’s stream.
Most of the time the other channels that are either raided or hosted will be alerted and the channel that is either raiding or hosting will have their channel’s name appear as an alert on that other channel’s stream.
Basically if you want your chat to be sent to another channel so they can spam your emotes or hype up the other channel you would raid. If you want your chat to see another stream, but to remain on your channel, you should host.
But why even host or raid in the first place?
What is the Purpose of Raids and Hosts on Twitch?
Raids and hosts are great for exposing your viewers to different communities on Twitch and likewise exposing other communities to your streaming channel. It is a great way to network on Twitch and many smaller channels have gotten their starts by being raided or hosted by larger streamers.
Typically when you raid or host a stream your channel name, as well as how many people you are raiding or hosting with, will appear on the stream of the channel you are hosting or raiding.
This alert on the other channel is basically a giant billboard or advertisement for your channel. And most of the time the streamer, as well as a few of their followers, will follow your channel as well.
And if you and some of of those in your community hop into the new stream and are cool and respectful, it can help build your reputation as a streamer.
Now on the other hand, when you get raided or hosted the obvious benefit is that the streamer and many of those who raid your channel will follow or sometimes even donate or sub to your channel.
This obviously gives exposure to your channel and if those who visited your channel like your stream enough, they may even come back for more.
And like I mentioned up top, many small streamers had their channel growth accelerated by being raided/hosted by bigger channels. But like I always say, once the viewers are placed in your stream, it is up to you to keep them coming back.
Now, when choosing a channel to raid or host it is important to choose a channel that mixes well with your channel. This could be choosing a channel that plays the same games as you do or has a similar brand to yours.
For example, if you play mostly shooter games it makes sense to raid or host another streamer who streams shooter games. Your audience would most likely be lost if you raided or hosted a streamer who is playing a MOBA.
Unless there is some kind of connection between that streamer and the channel that they are raiding/hosting, it doesn’t make sense most of the time.
But all in all, raids and hosts are fun things you can do on Twitch to help get your name out there and is a great networking tool that you should definitely be utilizing.
For more info on networking with Twitch, check out my article here.
Is it Better to Raid or Host on Twitch?
It is better to raid than to host on Twitch. This is because if you raid a channel your viewers are sent to that channel and so you still get the exposure, you just don’t have to worry about moderating chat. A host keeps viewers on your channel and so you will still be responsible for moderating your chat.
Typically when a streamer raids or hosts a channel it is because they are done streaming for the day and so they want to show some love to another channel before they get off.
For this reason raids work great because they put your viewers on another channel and don’t leave you responsible for what someone may say or do in chat.
Now if you have people in your chat, but need to take care of something that will take you off stream for a bit, then hosting may be a good option for your.
Hosting is great because it allows you to host and unhost a channel meaning you can host someone for a bit and then come back to your stream when you are good and ready.
You can also auto-host a channel and suggest channels for your viewers whenever you go offline. For more about hosting and auto-hosting check out my article here.
Also, if you want more info about raids on Twitch such as how to get raided and who can raid then go to my article here.
Whichever you choose, raids or hosts, both are great ways to network and to give exposure to your community and other communities as well.
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