If someone comes to your stream and says they are “lurking”, that means that they have your stream open in the background on a browser on their PC, smartphone, or tablet.
Some people will even say !lurk, basically letting the streamer know they are there, but not paying attention to the stream, but still supporting by having the stream open in the browser or Twitch App.
Every person that is lurking on Twitch is still supporting the stream by increasing their viewer count. The more people you have lurking on twitch the better your viewer count.
That means the more viewers you have, the higher you will show up in the gaming category. Therefore, more viewers will see you stream and tune in to check it out.
Lots of streamers should be asking for their family and friends to lurk in their stream to help get the viewer count higher for their twitch channel. Once you have enough viewers, you’ll become verified on Twitch!
These are some FAQ’s about lurkers.
There are a lot of questions people ask about lurkers on twitch, so i’ll try to answer some of the most common questions. Twitch also does not like third party bots of any kind to increase your viewer count, so I’d stay away from those.
Can Twitch streamers see lurkers?
Yes, absolutely. So don’t be creeping on your ex-girlfriends stream. All the streamer has to do is open the viewer list on twitch to see whos watching their stream (so make a smurf account).
Is Viewbotting allowed on twitch?
Absolutely not! Twitch does not allow any kind of viewbotting of any kind. This is a very quick way to get yourself removed from twitch completely.
Is being a lurker bad?
Not at all. I personally love to be a lurker in streams. I often lurk in streams while im cleaning my house or just working on a project. It gives people the sense that they are not alone, which is always a great thing.