Ah, Twitch Teams… You’ve got to love that feeling of being a part of something special with your fellow broadcasters. A sense of belonging and sharing a common bond within the vast awesomeness of Twitch is pretty awesome. But what purpose does Twitch Teams really serve, and how can they help you as a streamer Let’s first get started with the basics.

What is a Twitch Team?

A Twitch Team is a group of streamers who voluntarily join upon being invited by a team creator. Typically these people have a common goal, mindset, game, or approach to streaming that binds them together under their team banner.It’s a multi-way endorsement that says to Twitch viewers: these streams I approve of and they approve of me, so check them out!

What does a Twitch Team look like?

If someone is a part of at least one team, you’ll be able to see this under their stream title:

Who can make a team?

Teams can only be created by a partnered streamer. The partner emails Partner Support in order to request a team. Once approved, the partner can then go to: Settings > “Channels & Videos” > Scroll down to “Teams”You can add a featured channel to the main page, review the archives, as well as review stats and revenue for any team member that has enabled sharing these features.

Is there any minimum or maximum number of members on a team?

Nope! There are no limits. It’s completely up to you.

Is there a limit for how many teams someone can join?

Absolutely not.

How do you join a team?

To join a team, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to your Settings
  2. Click “Channels & Videos”
  3. Scroll down to “Teams”
  4. Select “Accept” on an invite

The three options you also have are to share your stats (partner only), your revenue (advertising, partner only), and to set a certain team.The revenue option allows the team owner to see your revenue if you are a Twitch Partner. However, your revenue remains tied to your account only and is not shared with the team owner or the team in any way.

How do you leave a team?

To leave a team, follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to your Settings
  2. Click “Channels & Videos”
  3. Scroll down to “Teams”
  4. Select “Remove” for the team you wish to leave

What benefits can being in a team provide?

Some teams are not active in cross promotion or pushing a particular brand. These sorts of teams are quite dormant for networking and therefore do not provide much benefit to the team members in terms of channel growth.

These teams might prefer to show an exclusive circle of friends or a collection of streamers under a network that are not tied together by any other aspect. Often though, to be in a team means you are there to promote your fellow teammates, as well as be promoted by them.

It’s a mutually beneficial sort of thing. I’d suggest you don’t expect much if you aren’t willing to pitch in. Remember, this micro-community only has as much value as you and your fellow teammates put into it.

Is it better or worse to be on more than one team?

From what I’ve seen, there are some people who stick to only one team and focus only on that. There are others who are in 3+ teams, which all share roughly the same viewership; and in this sort of situation, most streamers in each team often play the same games.

Joining too many teams in the same game community is only cannibalizing your own cross-team exposure potential. At the same time, your channel shows up on more team pages and potentially brings eyes to your page. The choice is yours.

When should I join a team?

There is no certain “right time” to join a team. It’s entirely up to when you feel comfortable. If you’re thinking you wish to try for a career as a streamer, then you might want to be more careful and take longer to consider your options, than if you merely enjoy streaming as a hobby.

  • Ask yourself a few simple questions before committing:
  • Do you know all the streamers on the team?
  • Do you have any personal discomfort with any current members?
  • Do you enjoy watching most of the members?
  • Are these other channels the sort you’d proudly send your own viewers to?

Being on a team means to your viewers that you approve of the channels under the same team name.

Is it better to make my own team or join another?

That depends on a few aspects of your channel and how much free time you have.

Managing a team doesn’t take that much extra work, but it does take some — as you need to create and maintain relationships with the members you’ve invited (you should do this even if you’re just a member), help promote their streams and set an example for them (chances are they are all smaller than you if you’re the team creator).

Of course, it’s best if you put effort into creating a logo and art for the main page as well.Art isn’t required, but if you want a professional team image, then you’ll prioritize proper branding.

But perhaps you aren’t interested in doing all that management, or maybe you don’t feel it’s for you due to time requirements. If that’s the case, then simply joining another team is probably better for you.

Joining another team means you still ought to cross promote and be considerate to your fellow teammates. However, there is far less work involved and less potential responsibility.

What do I do if I want to leave a team? What’s the most professional way to do so?

Remember that you are your own brand on Twitch. The actions you take might have an impact on your channel as a whole and might follow you for quite some time.

Clear and professional communication is best. I’d suggest messaging the team owner and leaving them a short and polite note explaining that you appreciatete your experience with the team, but you feel it’s time to move on and you wish them the best. Easy peasy.

This article was written by Shannon @ShannonZKiller, a former Twitch admin.