No I’m not viewbotting, despite having so few people in chat with such high concurrent viewers. First off, here is Twitch’s guide on how to handle viewbotting, and explains what viewbotting is. “View-botting is the practice of artificially inflating a live view count, using illegitimate scripts or tools to make the channel appear to have more concurrent viewers than it actually does. It is important to not confuse this with a legitimate rise in concurrent viewership, such as being hosted, the channel being embedded elsewhere, or some other promotional source”. Right there Twitch explains why my situation might be confused with viewbotting, but why it importantly isn’t viewbotting.
I have 28 top rated guides on MOBAFire, and on January 25th 2017 MOBAFire implemented a feature that embedded my stream on all my guides. Overnight that made my average viewers go from 30-40 to 700-1,000 (at the time from 6 top rated guides, now I have 28 and get 1,800-2,500 viewers), due to the massive exposure this gives my stream.
Is this cheating?
No. Twitch themselves built this feature for a reason. Essentially this is just advertisement, and it may sound dirty to some of you to build viewership in such an unusual way, but at the end of the day, extremely effective advertisement is still just advertisement. And as much as it may sound like “legal viewbotting”, the key difference is that I have people actually watching my stream. Viewbots are fake viewers made to artificially inflate a channel’s concurrent viewers. There’s a massive ethical difference between faking viewers and pulling in viewers from another site; one is cheating, the other is mass advertisement. If there was any problem with this, Twitch would just remove the ability to embed (instead they made *improvements* to it recently), or just never have built the feature in the first place. What I’m doing is moral and, most importantly, not viewbotting.
Okay, that makes sense, but that doesn’t explain why your chat is so slow. Even if you get all those viewers from your guides, why aren’t they chatting?
There’s two reasons: The most obvious one is that the average League player/guide reader doesn’t have a Twitch account unless they actively use Twitch, so since I’m pulling viewers in from a site unrelated to Twitch, not all will be regular Twitch viewers and will therefore most will not likely have accounts.
The biggest reason though is that when you’re watching the stream from my embeds there is no Twitch chat on the page. Viewers that have accounts or be willing to create an account will frequently hop into chat, say hi and thank me for my guides, but the average viewer that never watches Twitch might not even realize there is a chat that they could join in to.
The result of all this is that even though I can have up to 3,000 total viewers watching the stream, I’ll always have a far lower amount of viewers actually logged in and able to use chat, usually between 100-250 viewers when I’m live.
Also, it’s important to note that whether I’m streaming or Vodcasting will make a massive difference over my chat activity, but little to no difference over my total viewer count. If you catch me while streaming live my chat will be fairly active (not 1,000-3,000 viewer active, but active nevertheless), whereas if you catch me during a Vodcast my chat is almost always completely dead. This is because when I’m Vodcasting, from the side of my embeds it makes absolutely no difference whether the stream is live or not since those viewers are just watching and not interacting. Whereas on Twitch’s side, far less people are interested in watching Vodcasts compared to live streams, and even those that do want to watch won’t be using chat since the fact that they’re watching something that isn’t live already shows that they just want to watch, not interact with the streamer.