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YouTube adds Twitch-like raid system

YouTube recently added Live Redirect, a feature similar to Twitch raids. Here's how it works and whether you're eligible.
YouTube adds Twitch-like raid system

Just recently, YouTube announced on its site the introduction of a new feature called Live Direct. The function will work similarly to Twitch's raid feature, perhaps making YouTube a more appealing option for streamers.

In this article, we'll outline everything we know about Live Redirect so far, who's eligible to participate, and how you can use the feature if you're eligible.

What is Live Redirect?

Users will be able to choose who can Live Redirect back to their channel. (Image: YouTube)

YouTube's Live Redirect feature will allow streamers to direct their stream to another live streamer's audience when the first streamer's session ends. The other streamer must be online and actively streaming to receive the Redirect.

"With Live Redirect, you can build excitement for an upcoming Premiere and help your fans spontaneously discover new creators (and show them some well deserved love!)," YouTube's announcement explained.

Am I eligible for YouTube Live Redirect?

Creators will need to have 1,000 or more subscribers and zero active Community Guidelines violations to qualify for YouTube Live Redirect and direct their stream to other channels.

This is unlike Twitch, which allows any streamer to use the raid feature. That said, channels of any size can have others redirect back to their stream on YouTube.

YouTube posted an example of Live Redirect in its initial announcement. (Image: YouTube)

How to use YouTube Live Redirect

In order to use the Live Redirect feature, whomever you are directing your stream to will need to give you permission manually in their settings. Then, you can go to your own stream settings and set your Live Redirect channels. Permission will be automatically granted to channels that are subscribed to one another.

This is another way that YouTube's Live Redirect feature differs from Twitch raids; users don't typically need permission to raid other channels or be raided on Twitch, allowing for fun surprises for new streamers and a sense of community. Who knows if YouTube could change this feature to be more similar to Twitch raids in the near future, though!

Now you know what YouTube's Live Redirect is, whether you're eligible, and how to use it if you are. YouTube Live Redirect is certainly a little different from Twitch raids, but there seem to be a lot of similarities as well.


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Featured image courtesy of YouTube / Twitch.