How to Create the Account
This part is pretty self-explanatory. You click the sign up button, get the general options you might expect , plop in your info and go.
But wait, hang on, we already messed up…
Did you know you can’t change your Twitch name, except by VERY special exceptions from Twitch staff? You better pick a dang good name. Because you changing names later will mean losing your followers, sub button, and brand traction. We really want to get it right the first time.
Before you create the account, let’s take a step back and think about this.
Things you should consider:
- Is my name appropriate to be seen by mom, my employer, and everyone?
- Is the name uniquely yours? There are hundreds of female streamers on Twitch with the word “Kitten” or “Cat” in their username. Without getting philosophical about why that is, try to stand out from your competition by seeing what else is out there first.
- Is the name totally separated from my existing social media, personal/work email, and private life. I recommend forming TWO identities online: One for gaming/streaming, and one for personal. And never shall the twain meet. More discussion on that elsewhere.
- Is my name as short and memorable as possible so it fits on the business card, sticks in people’s heads later, and is brandable? You are becoming a brand now.
- Have you checked if the name is also available on Twitter, YouTube, and as a .tv domain name? Check your name now
- A string of numbers in the name is not catchy. CoolGuy831294 is not a name that’s going to be a popular streamer later. Keep numbers to a minimum.
- Keep purpose somewhat generic, because you’re probably going to have it for awhile. twitch.tv/moblord_gaming might get awkward later if you start making music instead and have to field questions about your name. And Moblord_Battlefield really will get awkward in a year or so.
Now, when actually making the name, keep in mind that you can mash a couple of short words together, or… make a tumblr-style shortening to lop off a letter.
If all else fails, generate yourself a gamer username using a tool like this: SpinXO Name Generator