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Streaming 101 for Extra Life


So you want to stream for Extra Life? Great idea! It's a fun way to participate and show everyone what you're doing for your Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Streaming is NOT a requirement for participating in Extra Life! It IS another tool to use and our community has become very well versed in streaming, often because of their interest in Extra Life. 


There are lots of things to consider and we'll do our best to address streaming in the broadest sense. For additional support, consider visiting our Discord "Streaming Tips and Tricks" channel for more support from our amazing community! 


In Streaming 101 we will cover:

 I. Streaming with a Console

II. Using a bot to help share your Extra Life campaign

III. Streaming on PC

IV. Using a donation tracker

V. Streaming for Extra Life


I. Streaming with a Console


By far the most accessible choice to stream your content is by using your Xbox One or PlayStation 4 to stream using their respective native streaming applications. When using a console to stream you sacrifice complication for ease.


Here are the benefits of using a console to stream your gameplay:


- Easy to configure

- No additional costs

- Lowest amount of hassle with technical issues that may arise with video/audio. 


     Xbox One


Twitch_Purple_RGB.png -Check out this amazing guide from our friends over at StreamElements on streaming to consoles!



You can utilize Mixer, Microsoft's proprietary broadcast application. You can sign-up for an account by heading to the Mixer website and linking your Microsoft account (the same one that you use on your Xbox One). You will be given a unique channel address (for example: mixer.com/<yournamehere>). This is what you would share with friends, family and the internet. Check out this video



     PlayStation 4


Twitch_Purple_RGB.png -You can stream to Twitch when using your PlayStation 4, take a look at this guide from the StreamElements team!



YouTube- Head over the Sony support site to learn how to stream to YouTube on your PS4!


II. Using a bot to help share your fundraising page



You can add a bot to either periodically share a custom message during your stream or to activate a message when a command is typed in the chat. A great way to make sure your viewers know how to donate is to create this command with a message to share your "participant page".


Okay, but "why" you may ask? 


We've found that when you share this information in a regular, structured format, people are more likely to make that donation! If you don't ask for a donation, you're not going to get one! Let your bot ask or share the donation page information while you're in the middle of playing or one screen shenanigans! 


There are several bots available and they function in very similar fashions!


Have a look at StreamLabs Chatbot, StreamElements Chatbot, Moobot and Nightbot!


Feeling stuck? Head over to our Discord channel's "Streaming tips and tricks" section and ask our community for help!



III. Streaming on PC


Okay, so you are ready to improve your streaming, that's awesome! Using your PC to stream games for Extra Life can be very rewarding, both in the potential to raise additional funds AND exploring how to share your broadcast with the world! 


A word of advice however, BE PATIENT!


There is a learning curve to streaming from your PC, there is a little bit of experimenting and testing, so well before your day of play, be sure to tinker and test so you have a sense of how things work!


Here are the benefits of using a PC to stream your gameplay:


- Enhanced performance

- Customize/personalize your stream with overlays, alerts and media

- Utilize applications and broadcast tools 


Start with a Broadcast Software


You will need an application to take what you're doing on your computer and broadcast it online! 


There are several free or inexpensive options available to get you started:



What do I do next?!!


You've downloaded the software, now what? 


Head over to this comprehensive "getting started" guide that is bound to get you off and streaming in no time! While it does focus on Twitch, the same concepts are applicable to Mixer and YouTube as well!



IV. Using a donation tracker/alert


Getting a donation during your stream is very exciting! It's also exciting for your viewers to be recognized and see others recognized for those donations! A donation alert shares text, sound and/or media when a donation is made on your page!


Setting up a donation alert and goal meter is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED when streaming for Extra Life! If you've made this far into the guide, then adding this next piece shouldn't be too terribly difficult. 


Find the donation alert/goal tracker that works best for you from the list below!


  Alerts Donation Goal Displayed
StreamLabs X  
StreamElements   X X
XSplit X X


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Keep an eye out for updates to improving your streaming experience!



V. Streaming for Extra Life 


You've set up your stream, you've tested everything and now you are ready to start playing games and raising money #ForTheKids! Here is a quick checklist to put that final polish on your stream. 




  • When sharing Extra Life on social media, be sure to @ExtraLife4Kids.  Add #EXTRALIFE to social media posts and your stream title. 
  • Set your "game" to Extra Life on both Twitch and Mixer!
  • Check out the Extra Life media kit. It includes overlays for your stream, graphics, talking points and more!


Channel Badge


In the broadcast kit you can see additional graphics for your channel! You can add a pre-made channel badge to your profile and link it to your donation page.


Asking for donations


Playing games is the EASY part, the tough part is asking people to help. Think about how to ask for the donation during your stream. What would make you consider to donate? Take a look at our Miracle Stories and share them during your broadcast to help show why our hospitals need these funds! Check out these fundraising tips from the community and wise words from the founder of Extra Life, @Doc!


Why do you "Extra Life"?


Extra Life all begin because the life of one little girl in Orange, TX. Her story has inspired thousands of people to play games #ForTheKids. What's your story? Why do you participate in Extra Life? Do you have a connection to your children's hospital or know someone who does?  


Need some inspiration? Check out these "Why I Extra Life" stories!



Your hospital wants to know that your playing for them!


Did you know the hospital you play for LOVES Extra Lifers? They would love to know when and where you're streaming! Need help connecting? Send us an email to Community@Extra-Life.org!



This basic streaming primer should get you well on your way to streaming and sharing Extra Life online! Be sure to swing by our official Discord for additional tips and tricks! 


When you're ready for more, head over to Twitch's Creator Camp!


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