While we are strong advocates of having a webcam on Twitch, it is possible to make it without one. One big example is Dream, who blew up on Twitch without ever showing his face.
Should I get a webcam for Twitch?
Whatever anyone tells you, you will always be better off with having a webcam on Twitch. Viewers are much more likely to stay in your stream if you have a webcam. Having a webcam allows you to express your emotions and creates a deeper connection with the viewers. Besides, viewers are used to seeing their streamers while they play games so you are putting yourself at a major disadvantage by not having one.
That being said though, there are many reasons why a streamer might not be comfortable having a webcam.
If you prefer not to show your face for privacy or anxiety reasons, do continue reading this guide as we have plenty of tips for you to gain viewers.
How to get a free webcam for streaming
If you want to be a streamer but cannot afford a webcam, don’t fret! You can turn your phone into a webcam!
Here’s what you should do instead.
Use your phone. Your smartphone is a perfectly fine webcam.
In order to turn your phone into a webcam, you’ll need to have a specific app that will turn them into a webcam.
For Android, this app is called Droidcam and it is 100% free to use.
For iOS, you have Epoccam which is available for $7.99 on the app store.
If you don’t have a smartphone, you can opt for a budget webcam from Amazon or AliExpress.
You don’t need a $60 webcam. You don’t even need a 1080P webcam. What’s important is that your viewers will see you.
When you should not use a webcam on Twitch?
If you struggle with anxiety
If the thought of having a facecam on stream gives you anxiety, don’t turn on your webcam. There is no point in forcing yourself to do something you aren’t comfortable with. Doing so will only stunt your growth as it might prevent you from turning on your stream at all.
It is entirely possible to gain viewers even when you don’t show your face. I recommend that you check out our alternatives to webcams below.
To protect your privacy online
Not everyone wants a public life. Many streamers hide their real identity while still using a webcam but this might not be enough if you truly want to protect your privacy online.
After all, there is no going back once you turn on that webcam. For this reason, you might be better off using no webcam at all or using an alternative.
Alternatives to no webcam streams
Use a vtuber model
If you don’t want to show your face on stream, you can use a vtuber model to represent yourself instead. And no, this doesn’t have to cost money! You can become a vtuber for free.
It doesn’t have to be elaborate either. Eggwick uses a very simple illustration as his avatar but it still works.
His avatar compliments his personality and looks 10x better than not having a camera at all.
Add an illustration on stream
A faceless stream looks so much more inviting when there is some kind of illustration on stream.
Notice this Japanese Valorant streamer on Twitch?
This is a great alternative to vtubing. This illustration gives the viewers a feeling that they know who they are watching. Even if it is just an illustration.
How to get viewers when streaming without a cam
Here are some tips to make up for streaming on Twitch without a webcam.
Have a good quality microphone
If you don’t have a webcam, you have to at least make up for it by having good audio. Luckily, a quality microphone isn’t all that expensive. Many plug-and-play USB microphones are more than good enough for a beginner streaming setup.
You have to keep talking
When viewers can’t see you, they are much more likely to get bored with your stream. For this reason, you have to keep them entertained with your voice. While streamers with a facecam can get away with the occasional dead moment, you will have to put in more effort.
Stream with your friends
Streamers who have made it big on Twitch without a webcam such as Dream, have done so primarily by leveraging their friends. A live stream with friends is far more entertaining than a solo stream. The fun conversations you have with your buddies will prevent your stream from ever being boring.
As an added bonus, streaming with companions helps with anxiety as it lifts some of the pressures that early livestreams tend to have.
Start networking with other streamers
Gaming with friends makes amazing content, doing so with other streamers is even better. When you collaborate with other streamers, you also gain access to their audience and vice versa. This is a great way to grow on Twitch.
To find other streamers to connect with, you can shoot them a message through their Twitch chat or contact them via social media. When contacting viewers with a similar viewcount, it won’t take long before someone bites as this is a WIN-WIN scenario.
Otherwise, you can also join some Twitch Communities to find other streamers to network with.
Need more info? 👉 How to network on Twitch
Play party games
Party games are a great way to grow on Twitch. They allow for lots of interactions and are always loved by viewers. Examples of party games are:
- Among Us
- Gartic Phone
- Minecraft Servers
These are best played with a group of friends and/or streamers. If you don’t have an immediate friend group to play with, why not try to get a small streamer lobby together through Reddit/Discord? Small streamers who are serious about growing are always down to collaborate.
Play lesser-known games
As you are disadvantaged for not having a webcam, it would benefit you to focus on a small indie game instead of going for a big title.
TIP: use Twitch Strike to find lesser-known games.
Share highlights of your stream
One of the best ways to get viewers on Twitch even when you have no webcam, is to always upload highlights of your stream to TikTok, YouTube, and other platforms.
I cannot stress enough how important sharing highlights is!
By uploading highlights to social media platforms, you are increasing your exposure and getting your name out there. Do you think names like Pokimane and Sykkuno became popular by only sticking to Twitch? Of course not! Most of their viewers likely know them from YouTube instead of Twitch.
YouTube and TikTok is where Twitch Streamers get discovered.
You don’t need to have a webcam to get viewers on Twitch. If you don’t want to reveal your face for anxiety or privacy reasons, there are perfectly fine alternatives such as vtubing or even having a similar illustration. Hopefully these tips will help you gain more viewers as a faceless streamer.
Want to learn more about streaming on Twitch?
Now that you’ve learned how to gain viewers without a facecam, you should check out our other guides which will help you get started on Twitch, grow on Twitch, build an audience, and more!
Our guides cater to all levels of streamers. You can start off from 0 or pick up on your way to make Partner! 🏆