What kind of internet service do I need for professional Twitch streaming?
Twitch streaming is critical for advancing in the eSports world. A passionate fan base can propel you to elite tournaments, win you sponsorships, and build credibility. It all starts with providing a high-quality streaming experience. A fast internet connection is not good enough: Twitch broadcasting requires a best-in-class internet plan that ensures fast, seamless gameplay with no lag or jitter as well as the bandwidth and upload speed to broadcast your victories to fans in real-time. Professional Twitch streamers deserve professional-grade internet service they can rely on.
This article will discuss:
- What internet speed is required for professional Twitch streaming?
- What are symmetric upload and download speeds and why does it matter for streaming?
- What is latency and ping rate, and how does AT&T Dedicated Internet help?
- Why is AT&T Dedicated Internet service ideal for Twitch?
- How else does AT&T support the eSports community?
What internet speed is required for professional Twitch streaming?
You’re effectively running a business—and like every business, you need to meet rising customer expectations. Broadcasting at a higher bitrate—up to 6,000 bits per second for regular Twitch users and 8,000 bits per second for Twitch Partners—ensures smooth gameplay and sharper video quality, giving fans the streaming experience they expect from a professional gamer. This, of course, requires a much faster internet connection. While most experts recommend at least 3 Mbps, professional gamers who count on viewership and clean sponsor presentations in their streams will want plans that provide at least 6-8 Mbps for 720p broadcasts. For broadcasts of 1080p 60 frames per second, a 12 Mbps upload speed is considered the minimum bandwidth needed to support the higher bitrates Twitch provides. It’s considered best practice to also budget bandwidth overhead of 30-40 percent to accommodate spikes in your usage while guaranteeing smooth broadcasting. Of course, if you’re running other programs in the background like Discord for team communications or uploading batches of previously recorded content to YouTube on another machine, you’ll want an even higher upload speed to ensure consistently smooth broadcasting. Our Dedicated Internet plans provide guaranteed bandwidth for both download speeds and upload speeds, no matter the time of day or who else is on in your area—giving you the advantage you need to stay competitive.
What is symmetric upload and download speed and why does it matter for streaming?
What is latency and ping rate, and how does AT&T Dedicated Internet help?
Why is AT&T Dedicated Internet service ideal for Twitch?
Guaranteeing speeds up to 1,000 Mbps over a lightning-fast fiber-optic network, AT&T Dedicated Internet is ideal for eSports pros who stream on Twitch and Mixer, upload clips and commentary to YouTube, or work between a dedicated studio and their home. It includes the high bandwidth, low ping rate, and symmetrical download and upload speeds that professionals rely on—all guaranteed on America’s best network.
Rather than sharing a connection to the network with neighboring businesses and consumers, AT&T Dedicated Internet allows eSports professionals to purchase their own private lane that connects them directly to AT&T’s broadband network. This private connection eliminates the need to worry about bandwidth constraints due to other accounts on the shared connection and allows you to focus on your core business—entertaining fans.
Plans are backed up by service level agreements (SLAs) that guarantee speed levels and uptime—both of which are superior to those offered on shared business or consumer plans. This guarantee comes with 24-hour support and service monitoring. If something does go wrong, customers have immediate access to technical support to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
How else does AT&T support the eSports community?
The bottom line
- Professional gamers need an internet connection that guarantees speeds at least 6-8 Mbps to give fans a high-quality streaming experience on Twitch, with higher speeds recommended for higher quality settings and bandwidth overhead.
- AT&T Dedicated Internet delivers up to 1,000 Mbps on a private connection that you don’t share with other customers. This provides the speed and reliability professional gamers need to build and delight a passionate fan base.
- Plans are backed by SLAs that guarantee speed levels and uptime and come with 24-hour support and service monitoring.