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How to embed and host a Twitch Livestream on Givebutter
How to embed and host a Twitch Livestream on Givebutter

Information on using Twitch as your platform for hosting a livestream on Givebutter.

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Written by Alyssa
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To embed a Twitch livestream on your Event, you'll first need to configure your livestream settings, then add your Twitch livestream (or pre-recorded video) URL.

You cannot add livestream video to a Form or Page campaign, but you can easily change the type of an existing campaign. You can also add livestream video to an Event campaign with an auction!

Setting up your livestream ⚙️

  • In your dashboard, choose the Event campaign you'd like to add a livestream to.

  • Select the Event tab. At the top of the page, ensure you've selected either a Digital or Hybrid event type. (You cannot add livestream video to an In Person event.)

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  • Scroll down to the Livestream section. Livestream on Givebutter will be selected.

  • Select Twitch from the dropdown list.

  • Choose when you'd like your livestream to go live.

    • Manually control – Turn the livestream on and off using the Start and Stop buttons located in this section.

    • Schedule – Set times for your livestream to automatically start and stop. Your Givebutter page will automatically show and hide your livestream at the designated time without requiring visitors to refresh the page.

When you go live from most platforms, viewers will see the cover photo automatically switch over to your livestream – whether you started it manually or at a scheduled time, your guests won't need to refresh the page.

When you go live on Givebutter while your Twitch stream is live, you will see your livestream playing on the campaign page.

Adding a livestream URL 🎬

  • Log into your Twitch account, and click on your avatar in the top right corner.

twitch avatar
  • Click on Channel.

  • Copy the URL from the browser's address bar. The URL should follow the format

an arrow points to channel
  • Paste this link into Givebutter and Save.

Using pre-recorded video 🎥

VOD (Video On Demand) can be used in place of a livestream if you prefer to use a previously-recorded stream on Twitch. This option needs to be enabled in advance, and broadcasts are only saved for a limited amount of time before expiring, depending on your Twitch account type.

If you have enabled VOD, broadcasts will only be saved for 7 days (up to 14 days for Affiliates, and 60 days for Partners, Turbo, and Prime users). If you do not enable the option ahead of time, your broadcasts will not be saved.

  • On your Twitch VOD, click the three vertical dots [...] and select Watch.

  • This should open your VOD in a new tab. Copy the URL for a published VOD and use this in place of a livestream URL.


Can I host a livestream with multiple hosts and screen sharing on Twitch?

This isn't possible on Twitch directly. To include multiple hosts or screen share on a livestream, we'd recommend using Zoom and porting your livestream to Twitch.

Can I test my livestream before my event?

Yes! You can go live at any time – no notifications are sent out. If you'd like to test your livestream without the risk of anyone accidentally seeing it on your live campaign page, you can always create a test Event campaign to become familiar with the functions before the day of your public livestream.

Are supporters notified when a livestream starts on Givebutter?

No, it functions like a standard event – reminders are sent out 24 hours and 1 hour beforehand, and only if reminders are enabled.

What's the difference between using a video as the campaign Cover Photo and using a pre-recorded video as a livestream?

While both options provide a similar result, a scheduled livestream event creates a sense of place, urgency, and community you won't get with an embedded video on your campaign page. A livestream will also be labeled as such on the public page, and you can toggle between your livestream video and cover photo to suit your event timings.

Can I host multiple livestreams during my event? Can I use multiple streaming platforms?

Yes, however you cannot use multiple livestreams simultaneously on one Event page. You are able to change your livestream information (including platform and URL) whenever you like, even if it's during your event.

Can I add a livestream directly to the auction page/tab on my campaign?

Not currently, no – the livestream will be located on the main campaign Overview page. Please see the feature request for embedding a livestream on the auction tab!

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