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Many people dream of making it big as a streamer these days. A lot of people make really good money by streaming the video games that they play and entertaining others.
If you would like to start streaming either as a hobby or because you want to turn it into a career, you’re going to have choices. There are many different game streaming platforms out there to choose from.
With so many live streaming options such as Twitch and Facebook Streaming, it’s going to be easy to get confused.
Where should you be concentrating? What are the best game streaming services you should know? And what are the pros and cons of each popular streaming platform?
Keep reading to get all of the information that you need.
Most people would agree that Twitch is the most recognizable name when it comes to live streaming. This is the gaming platform that most people think of when talking about streaming.
Many of the most popular streamers in the world stream all of their content on Twitch. It’s a good destination for beginners and veterans alike.
The Pros of Using Twitch
Since Twitch is the most established streaming platform, it makes sense to want to go there. A lot of people use Twitch every single day. It has a ton of potential viewers for your channel.
It’s said that close to two million people are watching streamers on Twitch at any time during the day.
Some of the huge streamers have left Twitch and signed exclusive contracts elsewhere. There are some Twitch viewers who might be looking for new streamers to interact with.
It’s also very easy to figure out how to make money on Twitch. There are various revenue channels available to streamers, and it could wind up being very lucrative if you grow your following well enough.
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Anyone who is looking to grow a streaming presence will want to consider starting out on Twitch. It’s a sensible choice that will be easy to learn how to use.
Twitch has great features and there are so many potential viewers. It’s hard to go wrong with this live streaming platform.
The Cons of Using Twitch
Of course, there are potential cons to consider when streaming on Twitch. Not everyone is going to have an easy time getting noticed on the platform.
If you don’t have much of a social media presence, then it might be hard to get attention at first. Some people also say that they don’t like Twitch due to its corporate approach to negotiations with streamers.
There is a problem on Twitch with moderation as well. Many streamers have to deal with trolls and wind up experiencing bullying and threats.
The lack of moderation can be frustrating for a new streamer who just wants to have a positive experience.
Some streamers might even have issues getting brand sponsorship opportunities due to the moderation issues on Twitch.
2. Facebook Streaming
Facebook Streaming isn’t as popular as Twitch, but so many people use Facebook each day.
It’s easy to see that Facebook is one of the most prominent social media applications. It plays a huge role in society that cannot be denied.
If you decide to stream using Facebook Streaming, then that could be a very good choice.
Of course, there are good and bad things about this streaming service. You won’t want to jump into Facebook Streaming without considering everything first.
It could be a good fit for you, but it depends on your situation. Take a look at the pros and cons below.
The Pros of Using Facebook Streaming
The biggest positive of using Facebook for live streaming is that technically you could reach millions and millions of people with your content.
Facebook is a huge social media site where many people post things daily. A lot of people scroll the app out of habit, and some might be willing to check out the streaming section to pass the time.
There are many successful streamers who have carved out a niche on Facebook.
It’s also true that Facebook is directly involved in the gaming industry. They own gaming studios and have their own VR gaming platform known as the Meta Quest 2 (formerly called the Oculus Quest 2).
The company is also trying to make the metaverse a big deal, and being a streamer on the platform could be good if that happens to take off.
If you’re looking to stream Meta Quest 2 games, then Facebook would seem to be a very appropriate platform.
You can stream any game that you would stream on Twitch, of course. It might be possible to grow a big following on Facebook. Just consider whether it has as much potential as Twitch.
If you feel that it will be a better fit for your style of streaming, then you should try it out.
The Cons of Using Facebook Streaming
Many people outright hate Facebook and will refuse to use it. This could be related to political stances, but it can also be because they just don’t like the vibe of the company.
There are a growing number of people choosing to ditch Facebook and move over to other social media sites.
Whether you want to roll the dice and stream using Facebook will be up to you.
Most people would say that the Facebook audience skews older than the Twitch audience.
People watching videos and streams on Facebook might be in a slightly different demographic than those who are using Twitch.
Depending on who you’re good at appealing to with your live streams, Facebook might not be a good fit for you.
3. YouTube Streaming
YouTube has been a popular streaming service for a while now. It isn’t as popular as Twitch, but many gamers watch YouTube Streaming all the time.
So many content creators have YouTube channels that are based on video games. There is an audience on the platform that absolutely loves games.
The Pros of Using YouTube
For many, YouTube will make sense as a live streaming platform.
If you already have a YouTube channel, then your subscribers can simply tune into your streams when you decide to go live. It’s easy to do and you won’t have to ask your built-in audience to go elsewhere.
Anyone who has already built a following on YouTube will find this to be convenient.
It’s easy to set up streams on YouTube and you can get donations in the form of Super Chats.
It allows your subscribers to support what you’re doing and show their appreciation.
There’s a huge audience out there looking for live streaming of video games. This could be a better fit for you than Twitch depending on your situation.
The Cons of Using YouTube
One potential problem is that YouTube is a blocked site in certain countries. It’s also blocked by many schools.
Viewers on YouTube might not be as used to donating money to streamers as those on Twitch either.
However, you can condition the audience to get used to it.
Changes to the algorithm sometimes make it hard for your videos and streams to get put in front of your subscribers.
Many content creators get frustrated by YouTube constantly tinkering with the algorithm. If you want a steady experience, then Twitch might be better.
It really depends on your audience and how good you are at building a following on YouTube, though.
Summary on the best game streaming services
I hope you found this guide to the best gaming streaming services helpful.
I’ve included links to each service, which takes you directly to their help pages, which should make it easier to get startet.
Good luck with your streaming adventure.