How To Choose What Game To Stream on Twitch

How do you spot gaps in the broadcasting-sphere across all the streaming websites/apps?

We’ve created an updated version of this guide for 2019 on our website. You can find it here:

The most important advice is to not play a game because it is ‘popular’ or ‘cool’. You want to play something you truly enjoy, something you are passionate about or something you are incredibly knowledgeable about and wish to share with your viewers.

It also helps to be good at the game…

Are you considering whether being a variety streamer or focusing on one game is best? We’ve listed all the pros and cons:

Nonetheless, what are the best ways to see whether the games you wish to play are popular on Twitch?

Browse Twitch

It sounds obvious, but before you stream, why not use the app and website and see who else is streaming it?

Are there thousands of people watching? Will you be able to break through the crowd or is there even a crowd, to begin with?

2nd tier games?

Does anyone else currently stream the game you wish to play? If it is empty this could hint that there is a huge opportunity for people searching for the game and finding no results.

Or it could show that there is no interest in watching somebody stream that game. For example I have streamed Offworld Trading Company a few times, but seen low viewers and engagements because the game only had a niche following and is now over a year old, while another time I streamed another niche game called ‘Steep’ on the PS4, and had over 15 concurrent viewers because users were searching for the game before purchasing it.

The only way to find out is to stream it for a couple of hours and see if you get any engaged viewers or not. This will allow you to work out what games you want to play going forward.

I wish people were streaming Homeworld…

Typical advice is to choose a ‘second-tier’ Twitch game, so rather than play the current favourites such as League of Legends, Player Unknown Battlegrounds, DOTA and Hearthstone, try playing a game such as Heroes Of The Storm, Battlefield 1 and Gwent: The Witcher Card Game.

While I agree with this in principle, some games will have their dedicated streamers to break through already, and if your knowledge or skill is lacking, you won’t see the views you wish you could.

TwitchTracker

A repetitively new tool to the game, TwitchTracker gives you all the insight on your own stream, any of your favourite streamers and the games being played on Twitch for the past 30 days.

We highly recommend you check it out!

Are you wondering whether you should be a variety streamer or just one play single game?

Influencer.gg

My old favourite tool allows you to look at the average number of broadcasters per game and the average number of concurrent viewers. Influencergg is now a paid-only tool :(

You can find it here: http://insights.esportsobserver.com

Example comparison search

You were also able to look at the top streamers per game and their stats if you wished to research the ‘competition’

Example search for Smite

What To Stream (from Quizzical Pixal)

The team at Quizzican Pixel have created a brilliant tool that allows you to spot games that have “high viewership yet few channels playing them” in order for you to gain the greatest impact when you are streaming.

You can find it here: http://www.quizzicalpixel.com/whattostream/

There is a huge opportunity to be a part of this community if you enjoy the games

Twitchstrike

I recently stumbled upon this tool after a suggestion from Reddit. Twitchstrike allows you to not only see what games are popular at what times, but how many are viewing per broadcast numbers.

It shows clear viewing habits, for example, Rocket League is only popular at the weekends. Maybe streaming it on a Wednesday evening isn’t the best idea…

Example Rocket League screenshot from Twitchstrike

You can find the full tool here: http://twitchstrike.com/

Browse YouTube

You can search YouTube to see what content is being made and use the filters to see how recent content was uploaded and whether it has many views. This may indicate how popular the game is outside of Twitch and give you a greater understanding of the popularity of the game.

Offworld Trading Company isn’t the most popular game

Other ways to judge a games’ popularity:

  • Steam’s ‘top sellers’ is a classic source for Twitch Streamers and YouTube Lets Players
  • You can use Google Trends to learn more about how popular the game on Google and YouTube search.

Should I Stream What Is Popular?

It comes down to a couple of questions:

  1. Will you enjoy it? — Are you going to enjoy playing League of Legends or Fortnite?
  2. Are you good at it? — There isn’t much point in playing a popular game if you can’t play it… unless you are hilarious or doing something interesting while you play, nobody is going to watch a low-skilled player
  3. How will you stand out? — There are potentially thousands of other broadcasters across Twitch, Mixer and YouTube — what are you doing differently that they aren’t?

Hopefully that has given you a few tips in what games you should play on Twitch. Overall though, it is a ‘test and learn’ situation. You never know what will find you an audience, until you do it, and do it consistently.

I’ll leave you with this great advice from Redditor ‘Ventrurum1’:

PS here’s our 2019 version of the guide: How To Choose What To Stream on Twitch


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