Live game streaming has long taken the center stage as a favorite pastime and hobby for a large community of people. This has led to the emergence of a growing population of online gamers, some of which have risen to prominence by playing games and growing followership that earn them millions of dollars.
To service, the needs of the gaming community are a plethora of gaming sites, and this article handpicks a select few for the spotlight as the best live streaming sites for gamers all over the world.
Twitch has earned the top spot on this list by virtue of the strides made on, and by the platform since it was launched in the year 2011. It began as Justin.tv in 2007, but it was purchased by Amazon and transformed into what has become a frontline platform in the world of live game streaming.
A subsidiary of Amazon, the platform has built a solid audience on live stream gaming despite offering channels dedicated to music, arts, and lifestyle. Statistics are in favor of Twitch as the farthest-reaching platform for anyone who desires to build a career in live game streaming. Twitch monetization is made possible because on average, 15 million people make up the daily viewership of 71 million watch hours. A study reveals that as of July 2021, there were 2.6 million people watching videos on Twitch at any given time.
More interestingly, the Twitch audience has people under the age of 34 making up 73% of the user population, 27% of which reside in the United States of America.
Twitch is also famous and beloved for its super-friendly user interface and efficiency. If you newly join the platform, it is easy to find your way around it as a live streamer or a watcher. Other features of Twitch are:
- Live comments from viewers on your game streams
- Compatibility with multiple devices PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.
- Channel viewing and live chats
- A tier-based subscriber system with the lowest tier starting at $5
- Followers who can interact with your videos and your profile
- Subscriber badges for your followers
- Revenue generation features for streamers.
Gamers like Ninja, Tfue, and Rubius currently hold the largest follower base on Twitch and they make the list of the most popular live streamers in the world.
You will find tons of articles titled “YouTube vs. Twitch: Which is better” on the internet, and this implies that some content creators think YouTube Gaming is the boss of Twitch. Others take a milder approach by putting YouTube Gaming as a close second. However you choose to look at it, maybe Twitch’s status as King of Live Streaming sites is not ‘undisputed’ after all.
YouTube Gaming is a branch of the parent platform YouTube and was officially uncovered by Google in 2013. Before launching the new gaming feature, YouTube was a mainstream site for streaming and musical videos, vlogs, and other mostly visual content. Today, YouTube runs on a global scale with billions of users who are either content creators, viewers, or both.
The fact that YouTube wasn’t originally designed for live game streaming may be considered as one of the reasons why it falls behind Twitch. However, it is possible to predict that in the not-so-distant future, YouTube Gaming may take the crown. In 2020, YouTube gaming saw a watch time of 110 billion hours, which is a remarkable stride for a relatively new platform. This is all thanks to shakers in the gaming community, notably PewDiePie and his 110 million and growing subscribers, as well as to the exciting new features that YouTube packs in with every upgrade. Here is a summary:
- Polls for live streamers
- Sub-only chats and restricted chats
- Better video quality and resolution choices for viewers
- DVR features for seamless rewinding, pause, and continue during a live stream.
- Sync with your YouTube profile to reach pre-existing followers
When famous gamer PewDiePie signed an exclusive contract with YouTube in 2021, it was described as a big blow to Twitch. Time will tell if this is correct or not, but YouTube Gaming has its prospects that cannot be overlooked.
Amazon and YouTube made their official debut into to gaming world with their renowned platforms, so it was only natural that Facebook followed suit. Before the launch of Facebook Gaming in the year 2018, Facebook was already dominating the social media space with a user count near 3 billion. Facebook was invented by a quintet of Harvard College students, notably Mark Zuckerberg in 2004. Having acquired other social media platforms like Instagram and WhatsApp, Facebook is one of the most valuable tech companies in the world.
This has made the rise of its subsidiary, Facebook Gaming more seamless. Taking advantage of its extensive user base, Facebook has set the gaming platform on the easy road. Although not enough to be reckoned a strong contender against the bigger guys like Twitch and YouTube Gaming yet, Facebook Gaming has an impressive outlook, especially for android users. Check out its features:
- Option to view ongoing live esports.
- Group group chats
- Loads of free mini-games
Facebook gaming is not perfect, but with its special treatment of android users for live streaming and other features, it is faring well in a very competitive market.
DouYou is a Chinese video streaming service. Although not popular in the West, this gaming site earns a spot on this list as the rave of Asia, the largest populated continent in the world.
Founded in 2013, the site is the largest of its kind in China with over 160,000,000 monthly active users incidentally more than the 140 million monthly active users that Twitch currently pulls. Chinese mega-company Tencent recently attempted merging DouYu with another of China’s largest video game streaming sites Huya but the 5.3 Trillion dollar investment never quite came to fruition. Regardless, DouYu is still the strongest live streaming platform in China and is regarded as the Twitch of the East.
Other live game streaming platforms worthy of mention are Dlive, Hitbox, AfreecaTv, and Discord, but they are still growing in popularity and getting better in terms of functionality. The aforementioned four platforms occupy the best platforms as of now, especially for live streamers looking to build a career in gaming.
If this is you, then these platforms are where your audience is at!