One of the best ways to encourage interaction your live stream is to embed chat on your stream. I've been doing this for years with other software, but recently I've been doing it using Xsplit, a popular live streaming application. This post will hopefully enable you to do so on your own stream. There are several accompanying applications which can do this, but here are the ones I use and recommend: XSplit - http://www.xsplit.com HexChat - http://hexchat.github.io/ (X-Chat WDK was rebranded HexChat) The first thing to do is to configure and optimize your stream using XSplit. There are several tutorials on how to do this. Once that's done, move on to HexChat: Open HexChat Open the Network list to configure your channel's irc channel (HexChat menu -> Network list) Click "Add" to add a new network and supply a name for it. I use the convention "JTV-channelname" to organize my list (I called mine JTV-bwana) Highlight your new channel in the list and click Edit Change the server name to irc.twitch.tv/6667. BE SURE TO HIT ENTER TO APPLY THE CHANGE! [OPTIONAL] In the Connecting section, check the box next to Auto connect to this network at startup if you wish to connect automatically In the Favorite channels box, type in your channel name preceeded by a #. For example, my channel is "bwana" and for me it would be "#bwana" IMPORTANT!! In the Server password" box, enter your Twitch chat_login OAuth token. You can generate one >here<. If you fail to do this, you will not connect! Click Close In the Network List window, Click Connect to connect to your channel. You should see a bunch of MOTD text (Message of the Day) text scroll by and if you followed step 6, you will join your channel automatically. To manually join your channel, type "/join #yourchannelname" in the input box and press Enter Congratulations! You are now connected to Twitch irc! The next step in all this is to configure the colors of HexChat so that they will look good in XSplit. Personally, I prefer to have my chat transparent on my stream, but the choice is ultimately yours. To configure the colors of HexChat: Go to Settings -> Preferences menu In the Interface - Text box section, update the font to your desired font. I use Calibri Bold 16 Check Colored nicknames, Indent nick names, and Show marker line. I find that these make it look better to the eye. You can optionally turn on time stamps if you wish. Navigate to the colors section by clicking Colors in the interface section There are several colors to change here, but the ones you should be concerned with are background and foreground. I set my background to black and my foreground to white - This will make transparency easier in Xsplit. [Note: If you wish, you can use a background of lime green to give a "green screen" effect, but I find that a black background makes the text look better transparent] Click OK to apply changes. Your chat window should like somewhat similiar to this. Play with the other colors to get your desired look. [OPTIONAL] I turn off channel joins/parts so you don't have to see all the people who leave and join. To do this, go to the Advanced section and check Hide join and part messages. Unfortunately, I don't know of a way to hide operator status messages. The hard part is over! Now it's time to configure XSplit to overlay the chat on your stream. Open XSplit and select the desired scene Add a new screen region source. (Add -> Add screen region) Select an area around the chat window text area. Don't select the title screen or window areas! You should have your chat on your stream now! Now it's time to make it look pretty. Select the newly added screen region source and change the color settings (Settings -> Color) In this popup window, Check the box next to "Chroma key" and select the key "Color" Your chat window should be transparent! Resize your chat overlay to desired setting Make sure you don't make it too big and intrusive. You want the chat area to compliment your stream but not dominate it. For example, here's my chat overlay during my Mass Effect 2 game play. Note how the chat doesn't cover up the closed captioned text and is out of the way of the game. Some notes: Twitch irc has been known to be a bit... unhappy at times. If you find yourself constantly reconnecting or unable to connect, it could be something going on on Twitch's end. This tutorial is optimal for those with dual monitor setups or have a high resolution. The chat window needs its own dedicated area and if you cover it up with another window, it'll mess things up. I hope this tutorial helped you and if you have questions, feel free to reply.