Bots are a streamer’s best friend. I’m not talking about Hoss or other follow bots but actually, the clients you run on your account or on a bot account that basically cleans the chat, runs minigames, keeps track of markers, quotes, channel currency, and other features… and it can help you moderate stuff, give people information using commands, etc. It’s quite neat to have them and lately by bot has been acting up, so I decided to switch to Firebot instead!
Previously, I was using the Streamlabs Chatbot which has been discontinued, meaning that it won’t receive any more updates or anything along those lines forever. At first, I figured that it’s still going to take a while for that to cause issues but lately, it’s just been acting up with huge delays on commands, the bot often not working at all, and that sort of stuff… Hence, I decided to switch things up by moving on to Firebot, which is an all-in-one bot for Twitch that has a lot of the features that the Streamlabs Chatbot had… and more! It’s quite easy to set up and doesn’t require any tokens or keys or anything like that, which is already a big improvement… And if you want to connect a bot called “magibot” or something like that to your chat and have the bot commands run through that, then you effectively can do that relatively easily by clicking on a simple button up there at the top right corner.
Meanwhile, the whole client is quite pretty in its design and colours. There are three different themes (moonlight, obsidian and light mode) with Moonlight being my favourite Theme. Naturally, Firebot features all the different events on the left side with the Dashboard at the top section, showing you chat users, messages, the activity feed, and other information. Below that, you have chat-related features like custom/default commands as well as minigames that you can use to keep your chat busy. This is then followed by the “Other” section where you have other more advanced features like timers, channel rewards, effects, hotkeys, counters, and events that you can use to basically enhance the experience further. Firebot uses an Overlay that you then can change on certain occasions, which is pretty rad. If you shout someone out, you can show their information, username, a clip and other stuff on the screen in theory. You can play sound effects, on-screen effects, and do other magical things with the bot, too, and the way it is set up makes it seem as if the possibilities are endless and as if it’s all very easy to set up. Like, I’m not too educated on the topic, I guess, but I found myself around it quite well, and while I may need some help with some things, I find it generally not too hard for the most part.
The best part about it is probably that it’s a tool created by streamers for streamers. A streamer that I follow, CaveMobster, is part of the dev team and recently showed on Twitter how to create a “hate raid mode” of sorts that protects you by clearing the chat and comforting your community. The whole team page is filled with absolute gems, so I’d recommend checking that out, but I just have been a fan of Cave already, so I had to clearly mention her first. There are also other developers and support people there that I have yet to check out but the tutorials by Heyaapl have been incredibly helpful and if you have any questions, there’s also a discord server and a whole FAQ section and stuff in regards to any sort of issues or questions you may have! So, basically, you can’t really go wrong with it.
Either way, I have big plans with this specific bot, especially as it may be just what I need for the book of cuties that I mentioned a while ago… Could be very cool. :) That’s about it for the post. Feel free to check out the Firebot homepage. I’m still setting it up but I’m really enjoying the process already and I gotta seriously brainstorm as to what else I wanna create using this and the currency and stuff. It’s gonna be fun! I’m really looking forward to it!
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This looks really neat! May consider it if I ever get back into streaming, I was using StreamLabs too…
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Yeah, I mean it’s understandable that Streamlabs wants to make money… and to make money, they wanna push Cloudbot (their cloud-based bot) instead of the streamlabs chatbot (the client-based bot). And well,… Firebot is really great and I haven’t tried too many things just yet so… yeah super great so far. :)