You booted up your computer, grabbed your gaming headphones, tested your microphone, now what do you do?
How do you get started?
Live streaming your favorite games, hobbies, and IRL moments has become especially popular entertainment. Streamers from all over the world have found ways to monetize their favorite hobbies. The question is always how to get started.
First, you will want to pick a platform. If you are new to streaming, then Mixer is a perfect option for you!
What is Mixer?
Developed in 2016, Mixer is the youngest streaming platform.
It was purchased in 2017 and became Microsoft’s streaming service. Although young, this platform stands out from the rest by providing an excellent level of interactivity for viewers.
The main page of the platform shows different highlighted streamers, categories, trending games, top streamers, and other popular categories. You can browse by games, search for specific categories, and check out clips of former streams.
Mixer streams include a live video feed, as well as a chatroom where the viewers can communicate in real-time with the streamer and each other.
It is ideal for use with Xbox and Windows 10 players due to their compatibility with Microsoft. It’s also slowly becoming the preferred option for new streamers.
Why Use Mixer?
Now you know a bit about Mixer, so why should you make a Mixer channel? Several different factors go into selecting a platform. As mentioned above, if you are new to streaming, this is an excellent option.
It is easier to stand out from the crowd on Mixer, which can make it simpler to build your channel, particularly in the early days, when it would be impossible on larger platforms. Once you have gained your initial core audience on Mixer, they are likely to become part of your permanent audience.
Also, with Mixer being built by Microsoft, it is optimized for Microsoft products. If you stream Xbox or a Windows exclusive game, you might be able to grow a sizeable Mixer audience.
As a newer platform, Mixer is a great choice for new streamers that want to achieve partner goals! It is quickly gaining momentum in the community and is rapidly growing.
Are you looking to stream professionally? If you are looking to monetize your streaming, the platform observes many factors, including channel growth, average viewer count, and compiled stream hours. As a new streamer, these things are easier to obtain when working with less competition.
How Do You Get Started? The Logistical Basics
Mixer makes it easy for you to start streaming. If you're using Windows, you can avoid the traditional broadcasting software often required as a bridge between your game, camera, and the streaming platform. Instead, Windows users can stream to Mixer straight from the Game Bar.
You can do this by pressing Win + G to bring up the Game Bar, and then selecting the Start Broadcasting icon on the right.
Once you've done that you will be prompted to sign in to Mixer and asked to choose your microphone and camera settings, you then click Start Broadcast to begin your stream.
You can also stream on Mixer using the recommended XSplit broadcaster. This is a simple yet powerful live streaming and recording software that also includes overlays to customize your channel. It is the perfect solution for producing and delivering rich video content.
While you are broadcasting, people will find your broadcast at your Mixer URL. You can also share this URL on your social media!
Keep in mind; Mixer does not restrict you to broadcasting on Windows. You can broadcast from your phone or tablet by downloading the Mixer Create app.
Once you've downloaded the app, sign in to your Mixer account. The app will open up a broadcast menu, giving you the chance to give your stream a title and category. You then click on the broadcast logo to tell the app whether you're broadcasting with just your camera, in-game, or both.
What Do You Stream? Who You Are Behind the Camera
Now that you set up your Mixer account and are ready to go, what is next? The hardest part of streaming can be WHAT you would like to stream. Are you a gamer? A chef? An animation artist?
Now is when you discover what type of streamer you want to be and what content you want to create!
This is when those categories come into play in the streaming world. Selecting a category for your stream will help potential audience members to locate you via the search on the home page.
Mixer’s base categories are Gaming, Creative, Music, Ongoing Music, and More. Inside of these main categories are more broken-down subcategories that fine-tune what you are streaming.
For example, if you are streaming under gaming, you would then select the game you are playing. If you are an artist drawing your favorite character in watercolor, you will select ‘Creative’ and the subcategory ‘Painting.’
Once you have your category and subcategory, you will be all set to go live on your channel! From there, you can grow and start earning some extra cash.
Touching on The Mixplay Feature
One of Mixer’s original features is MixPlay. This helps mixers and streamers to interact simultaneously. Streamers can create on-stream buttons and objects with which viewers can engage.
This means viewers can make decisions for the player at the moment. MixPlay includes a “share controller” feature. This allows a viewer to take control of a streamer’s game with the permission of the streamer.
Additionally, Mixer also offers what is called co-streaming. Four steamers can seamlessly merge their streams, which means you and three friends can stream together. It will keep them all in sync, and the combined group of viewers can interact.
This is an amazingly unique feature when wanting to stream simultaneously with other channels!
Can I get Featured on Mixer?
Much like other streaming platforms, you can apply to Mixer to be featured on their home page during certain days and times. Doing this will increase your viewership and, hopefully, your overall audience!
This is something that is an excellent tool to use when you are trying to grow your channel. Having front page exposure puts you right in the limelight! No channel searching necessary.
They do have certain guidelines that they will follow when evaluating you for the front page of Mixer, which includes the following:
- Live broadcast
- Interactive stream
- Original content
- Active engagement by the streamer
- Content or subject matter appropriate for most audiences
- Content that is non-disparaging of people, beliefs, products, or services
- Content that highlights Mixer and our community of creators
Mixer is always looking for new, creative talent to feature on their main page. This is your opportunity to show what you are all about!
Being featured is also a great way to move toward obtaining partner status. We will cover that next!
Becoming a Mixer Partner
Going for Partner in the streaming world is considered the highest accolade for most content creators. Partner status is when the platform has recognized you as a streamer that should obtain professional monetization.
For Mixer, there are two stages to partnership application review: the metrics and the quality. They have an application page where you can check and see if your channel qualifies for Partner status.
Do not feel bad if you do not qualify right away! It takes time to combine the perfect balance of the requirements. Let’s review those!
The metrics for your account are important. They are the base guidelines from a logistics standpoint of what you need to apply and hopefully obtain partnership.
Here is what they look for:
- Account Age: 2+ months
- Followers: 2,000+
- Streams per month: 12 or more days
- Hours Streamed per month: 25 or more hours
- Following Terms of Service and Rules of User Conduct
So those are the basic guidelines and requirements for partner. It does not mean that a channel that does not hit all these guidelines cannot obtain partner status, but it is less common. Keep these numbers in mind when you want to manage your channel.
When it comes to quality, this is where your actual content is what matters. According to Mixer, every application is read by their team of onboarding agents, and each partner candidate is reviewed personally within the context of their brand.
They consider several factors but primarily focus on Professionalism, Uniqueness, and Community Building.
Here is a further breakdown of what they consider for Quality:
- Socials properly linked
- Consistent branding
- Channel description utilized
- Clear schedule
- Constructive attitude
- Content diversity
- Streamer diversity
- Schedule diversity
- Metrics show signs of reasonable growth for the content
- Chat moderation
- Use of social media to promote brand
- Brand-positive messaging
- Following Conduct Guidelines
Mixer will still review average concurrent viewers in chat, but they use the averages of similar content on their site to understand the growth and potential of that channel.
Mixer recommends that to pass this part of the review, remember: always strive to improve your channel and keep a community-first attitude.
They will even consider you for partnership if you meet the following requirements on other streaming platforms:
- 100k + views in the last 30 days on YouTube
- 300+ average concurrent viewers on Twitch
As you can see, both the metrics and quality will take equal play in your journey to becoming a Mixer Partner. Focus on being yourself and making your stream a successful one!
Mixer Wrap Up
You now have all the information that you need to get started in your new Mixer journey! There are so many options to choose from, and you cannot go wrong with any of them.
Additionally, Microsoft is always creating new features and working on streaming improvements to the Mixer platform.
Whether you are looking to fully monetize your channel, or just want to have fun, this platform will be an excellent start for you. Streaming can be an amazing journey to finding what you enjoy sharing with the rest of the world.
What will you be streaming? We can’t wait to find out!
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Commonly Asked Questions about Streaming on Mixer
How do I stream on Mixer 2020?
All you must do is click on the broadcast icon on the left and select what you will be broadcasting! Don’t forget to enter a stream title and select a category before you set up your microphone and camera (or capture card for Xbox). It is always essential to manage your channel.
How Do You Get Paid to Stream on Mixer?
There are a few options to start earning on Mixer, which we will be covering more thoroughly in our next article!
Is Mixer Worth Streaming On?
Yes! Mixer might not ever be a gigantic streaming service yet, but it's a fun, experimental platform that's well worth checking out, whether you're a broadcaster or a viewer.
Additionally, it is best for streaming anything Microsoft or Xbox based.
How Can I Make My Mixer Stream Better?
Focus on your quality and individuality! The channel is all yours to mold into whatever you would like for it to be. From a logistics standpoint, make sure you have quality equipment and a solid internet connection to avoid lag or low quality.