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Streamer Mode – Maximize Livestreams with Discord

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you are well aware that streaming is extremely popular. But how to you maximize your streaming experience with Discord? With streamer mode and app integrations, that’s how! Discord is a powerful text and voice chat service based around private servers. Between keeping your sensitive information secure and your streaming community engaged, you can really use Discord’s built-in features to make a great stream for your fans.

What is Streamer Mode?

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Streamer mode with Discord is designed with your safety in mind. Nothing is worse than streaming to thousands of people only to have sensitive information pop up from your Discord app. Streamer mode has a simple on/off toggle in the User Settings. You can even assign a key to toggle it. If you are worried about forgetting and don’t want to have to think about it, you can choose to have streamer mode turn on and off automatically if you are using XSplit or OBS. Turns out Discord is smart!

Streamer Mode Settings

Discord is very versatile and this extends to the settings for streamer mode.

Firstly, you can choose to hide personal information. This includes hiding any appearance of DiscordTags, email addresses, or stream connections.

You can also hide instant invite links, which will hide any invite codes listed in your server. This will prevent a million people from swarming your server mid-stream, just because you got an invite!

The other two settings will disable sounds and visible desktop notifications. This is both useful for security (so no one sees your private messages) and for steaming in general (no distracting sounds or messages).

Streaming with OBS

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Discord has its very own OBS Streamkit Overlay, which is highly customizable. This will show your text and voice chat while in-game, and show useful server information to your viewers.

First you have to install the overlay. The overlay will then access your Discord client and control certain aspects, which it will inform you of.

After installing, you can customize your OBS overlay. You can edit Status, Chat, and Voice. First, choose which server you want to overlay to show by selecting from the servers you belong to. For the other settings, you can change size, visibility, and color to suit your stream overlay.

Once you’ve customized the overlay, there will be a link in the installation panel, which you will have to paste into your OBS client as a new Browser Source. Adjust the height and width to suit your needs, and you’re good to go! The overlay will now be displayed over your stream.

You can display your OBS chat next to your Discord chat in stream.

Streaming with XSplit

Discord also comes with an XSplit Streamkit Overlay!

First you have to install the overlay. The overlay will then access your Discord client and control certain aspects, which it will inform you of.

After installing, you can customize your XSplit overlay. You can edit Status, Chat, and Voice. First, choose which server you want to overlay to show by selecting from the servers you belong to. For the other settings, you can change size, visibility, and color to suit your stream overlay.

Once you’ve customized the overlay, there will be a link in the installation panel, which you will have to paste into your XSplit client as a new source. You will add it via Webpage URL. Adjust the height and width to suit your needs, and you’re good to go! The overlay will now be displayed over your stream.

You can display your XSplit chat next to your Discord chat in stream.

App Integrations

As a streamer, you may want to promote your Discord community. First, you will want to prepare your server for promotion, by setting up the server and adding bots.

Additionally there are certain apps that have specific integrations with your server.

One of the most useful is Patreon, which allows you to easily offer Patreon rewards through Discord. In this case, the reward will be giving patrons a role on your server. This can change depending on what Patreon level the patron is at.

A similar feature is available through a Twitch integration. Your Twitch subscribers will be able to have certain roles and privileges in your server if you want them to. This will even sync Twitch emotes to be used within Discord. It even live-updates and will demote people if their subscription ends.

It also has similar integrations with Nightbot, Muxy, YouTube Gaming, Twinge, Mixer, and GameWisp. All of these apps will enhance your Discord experience while streaming. If you use them, your Discord community will be thriving.

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