If you beginner streamer, you have to learn about many things on Twitch. It isn’t just about how to start streaming, or how to prepare equipment, but also about Twitch terms and slang. Especially about the culture of communication in the chat. However, do not be afraid, with our help you can easily learn a short course.
Although users of other streaming platforms also use slang, it is the terms from Twitch that have practically become industry standards. We have compiled a list of some of the most commonly used terms by streamers. If you want to be part of the streamer community, you should definitely familiarize yourself with their slang.
A short list of Twitch slang in alphabetical order:
7tv - emote service & extension for Twitch (YouTube).
Andy - collective term for all stereotypical streamers and platforms.
Botting (Viewbotting) - increase the number of viewers with bots help. On Twitch, this is punishable by bans!
Brigading - harassing another online community. On Twitch, Discord, and other online platforms, the members of one community sometimes take issue with another.
BTTV (Better Twitch TV) - Chrome extension that enables viewers to use emotes and animated spots in Twitch chat.
Collab - short form derived from “collaboration”.
Clip Chimp - spamming poor quality clips or deliberately clipping and sharing moments from a streamer’s channel that, when viewed out-of-context, made a streamer look ridiculous on other social media sites.
Derail - to take a discussion thread off-topic. It commonly occurs in forums or message boards.
Dono - shorthand for a donation, basically a tip, to the streamer.
F - on the chat means the viewers are paying their respects or sarcasm especially if there’s a tragic event on stream.
FFZ (FrankerFaceZ) - Twitch enhancement suite that provides streamers custom channel emotes, Twitch layout and chat customization and advanced chat moderation tools.
FPS (First-Person Shooter) - a subgenre of shooter video games centered on guns and other weapon-based combat in a first-person perspective.
Hate Raid - attack by anonymous users flooding someone’s chat with insults & harassment.
Hot take - a statement that's provocative enough that people can't help but weigh in with their thoughts.
Hype Train - a super-sized celebration when community members unite to support a streamer they love. It challenges the community to reach epic levels of hype and rewards participants for keeping the train on track.
IRL (In Real Life) - it occurs in the whole online community, not just in Twitch slang.
Jebaited - a streamer or member who was baited or tricked into believing something or reacting.
Kreygasm - satisfying moment on stream, such as beating a level on the first try in the game, users commonly spam with this word.
Mald (Malding) - means being angry, the joke being that it’s so much that you lose hair.
Mod - in Twitch slang it means "moderator".
Pog (PogChamp) - users say this to show amazement.
Raid - automatically sends viewers to another streamer's stream. This boosts the other channel.
Rerun - a recorded stream that is broadcasted again. In order for the viewers could watch a missed stream.
Sadge - sadness or disappointment, usually ironic.
Scuffed - just like shoes can be scuffed, so can streams, their framerates, and other qualities.
Stream Sniping - when someone watches your stream to get an upper hand to essentially cheat against you in a game.
Staff - are Twitch employees, who show up with a gear icon to the left of their username.
Subathon (Subscription marathon) - a type of live stream where every time a streamer receives a subscription, more time is added to a descending timer. Once the timer reaches zero, the stream ends.
Swat (Swatting, SWATing) - when someone calls in a make-believe hostage situation or other major offense that would need to be handled by a SWAT team.
Threadjacking - steering a discussion away from the original topic.
Troll - are cyberbullies person who posts offensive comments on different channels and disturbs streamer.
Trolling - the act of leaving insulting online posts or comments in order to annoy someone.
VOD (Video on Demand) - live broadcast that is automatically saved to the history. Everyone can watch the VODs through the Video section of a streamer’s channel.
Whisper - a private message on Twitch.
For some beginner streamers, Twitch slang can be confusing. And like every community, Twitch chat has its own used terms. With our little dictionary, you can easily engage with other streamers and viewers and grow your channel easier. Hopefully, now you won’t have any problems when your viewers type unknown words in your chat…