How To Succeed With A 24 Hour Live Stream
Are you looking to challenge yourself with a 24 hour live stream? There are a lot of things to consider beforehand and all of these play in a part in making it successful.
Streamers will run a 24-hour live stream for many reasons including charities donation drives, birthday celebrations or just for a challenge!
Let’s dive into everything you need to know to make it successful!
Planning and time management
This is a big undertaking and it shouldn’t be done without any planning or scheduling in advance. To do this unplanned is going to be messy, difficult, unenjoyable and likely unsuccessful.
What do you need to think about in advance?
- Your schedule
- Content throughout the stream to keep you and your viewers engaged
- Moderators who are going to be available at times throughout the stream and a set-up moderator bot to make sure things don’t go awry
- Water, snacks and break times (think about your health!)
- Promotion of the live stream — this should be something you are talking about weeks in advance, with graphics, mentions throughout your stream and social media discussions way before the actual 24 hour live stream
- Social media should continue during the broadcast, with posts scheduled across all your channels
- Test everything works beforehand — you don’t want your stream to break after 2 hours because of technical issues
- Don’t forget to think about what you are going to do after the live stream as sleep is going to be needed for a very long time!
Make sure to have pen and paper ready nearby during your stream to keep your schedule as close as possible, and make notes if you want to change it during the live stream.
Turn it into a show
Break the monotony of playing the same game for 7 hours in a row by creating segments such as giveaways, quiz shows, a dance routine, a live AMA, creative challenges (like art, drawing and cooking) or a set discussion on the game you are playing (for example run through the best heroes to play on it right now, or the best maps etc)
Speaking on the games to play…
What do you play?
If this was me, I’d be struggling with a single-game over the course of a whole day… not only would I get extremely bored, but my fingers will probably be aching!
You need to consider strongly what your audience will want to see, you could do this by running polls on Discord, Twitter and during your live streams the weeks before the 24 hour show.
Consider that the majority of your viewers will only be catching a segment of this live stream, so knowing in advance the games you are going to play is going to attract them in, but also making sure the games are not so random compared to your usual that they don’t want to go near it and stay away until you are back to ‘normal’ streaming.
Or go against the grain and break up your stream by playing the opposite of what you usually play to have a laugh with your viewers, or just giving them something to laugh at. For example, a competitive League of Legends/Fortnite streamer could play Stardew Valley, Cities Skyline or Red Dead Redemption 2. While a variety streamer could challenge themselves to try to ‘get good’ at a competitive game like PUBG, Battlerite or World of Tanks.
In her interview with us, Bamyleaf said she did a celebration stream for nine hours and played a mixture of single-player games and party games with her viewers!
My favourite moment so far has to be our celebration stream for reaching 1,500 followers. We streamed for 9 hours, playing loads of community games and did a load of giveaways. The majority of the community showed up to celebrate together and we had a great time.
Don’t forget there are the creative and Just Chatting channels. Why not break up your gaming with a painting or cooking session? Or challenge your viewers to draw things as quickly as possible and show off their artwork in a brand-new Discord channel you’ve made specifically for the 24 hour live stream.
Charity stream or not?
As a 24 hour live stream is a big event for your stream, many popular broadcasters will turn it into a charity stream.
It’s well worth considering doing the same as it’ll give you extra impetus into streaming for that length of time, give value behind why you are doing it and attract new viewers into your stream who want to support somebody doing something for charity.
Use Tiltify to find a charity to fundraise for!
Drink water and more water
Don’t let yourself dry out while you are sitting at your desk. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself fuelled for the 24 hours! Make sure to have a large amount of bottled water nearby (or use a Twitch bot like the Stay Hydrated bot to remind you).
Avoid energy drinks and too much coffee, you don’t want to hit a ‘low’ after the effects have run off and suddenly lack energy or enthusiasm.
You also want to make sure you are eating enough healthy food that’ll keep your mind and body going over the hours. Sitting down for that long is not healthy for you so making sure you do everything you can to keep yourself feeling good is one of the most important things you could do.
As mentioned above, regular breaks are going to help you last the full 24 hours.
A burger king, pizza or takeaway is not a good snack. What healthy meals and snacks can you eat while streaming? Nuts, salad, oats, or greek yoghurt?
I don’t just mean making sure you have a snack and some water, consider taking longer breaks too. Your eyes, legs, ears and fingers will thank you!
Taking 15 minutes away from the screen and let your viewers play a mini-game while you do? Give open-ended questions to them and get them to discuss while you are gone.
This is why having moderators throughout your stream is extremely important, they can keep things under control but also keep conversation and engagement going when you’ve left.
Check out the guide to Health and Well-Being While Streaming on Twitch.
Make people aware
This seems an odd one, but in our 24/7 communicated world, you should let your friends and family know you may be busy for the next 24 hours…
Don’t be afraid to stop
If you are too tired, not enjoying streaming or playing the game anymore, do not hesitate to tell your viewers you need to call it a night and sleep. They’ll completely understand and respect your decision.
And, make sure to thank everyone when you are ending the stream.
Is it right for you?
Honestly, if you are currently averaging 1 viewer, doing a 24 live stream isn’t likely to boost your audience significantly unless you are doing something that has never been done before and it attracts attention outside of Twitch (for example the media or Reddit).
With a low average viewership or following, it’s likely you have not found your value, audience, content format or USPs yet.
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