If you have been streaming without any Twitch extension, you should do it now. A stream without extension is like a phone without any apps. It’ll do the basics, but the apps will bring so much more utility and enjoyment. With extensions added on top of your stream, it’ll power up the stream with two-way communication between the streamer, viewers and the game being played. Extensions create fun activities, memorable moments, and even help streamers earn more revenue.
According to Twitch, you can use up to 6 extensions on your channel: one full screen overlay, two component extensions and three panel extensions.
- Panel Extension – Displays in your Twitch’s About me section.
- Overlay Extension – Displays on top of the whole video as a transparent overlay.
- Component Extension – Displays as part of the video, taking up part of the screen. Component Extensions can be hidden by viewers.
Types of Twitch extensions
Based on the purpose of extensions, Twitch classifies them into 8 categories:
- Viewer engagement
- Loyalty and recognition
- Games in extensions
- Extensions for games
- Schedule and countdowns
- Streamer tools
- Polling and voting
Best Twitch extensions for streamers 2021
The streaming industry is having a moment and so is the development of extensions that come with it. There are tons of extensions on Twitch, but we have scanned everywhere to find out what are the best tools used by Twitch streamers. So here you have it, the compilation of the coolest extensions for Twitch streamers in 2021, divided by category.
1. Extensions for Games
These extensions are game-specific, coming with the coolest things you can imagine, from closeups of a character’s gear to additional statistics.
Gimbl allows viewers to predict specific outcomes of the streamer’s game and win Golds to redeem for epic loots (gaming points, shopping vouchers, etc.). The more viewers engage in Predictions, the more the streamer will earn. While most extensions are built for one game specifically, the Gimbl extension works with an array of AAA esports titles: VALORANT, League of Legends, Overwatch, Dota 2, Apex Legends, Rainbow Six, and more.
2. Games in Extensions
In-stream game extensions keep your viewers entertained during break time by playing mini games on Twitch.
3. Viewer engagement
Streaming audiences love receiving individual recognition, and the following extensions help you do just that.
4. Loyalty and recognition
These extensions allow you to know who are the most loyal & active members of your community and give them the recognition they deserve.
5. Schedule and Countdowns
These extensions keep your viewers informed about your streaming schedule and display a countdown until your next live stream.
Subathon is a must have extension for whoever wants to run a subathon stream: it displays the initial timer, and it evolves by detecting the subs (Tier 1/2/3) and donations that are made to the stream automatically.
6. Streamer Tools
Streamer tools are extensions built to grow your stream in general. They can promote your social media accounts to selling merchandise.
7. Polling and Voting
These extensions are built to help you gain feedback from your audience and receive input on things like stream quality or game strategies. It can also help you know more about your community.
Suggestion Box v2 lets you gather feedback from your viewers the easiest way possible. It adds a panel to your channel and your audience can interact with it directly through the included chat box.
Music extensions allow your viewers to request songs to play on the stream or get the name of the song you’re playing. We all love music, so it’s a great way to keep the chat excited.