If you’re looking to start a streaming career or grow your existing Twitch community, there’s no better time to do it than this year. After all, a report from StreamElements and Arsenal-dot-gg found that Twitch managed to clock a total of 17 billion hours of watch time last year, which was a full 83% higher than 2019’s numbers. And given how the pandemic has not yet let up, this rise in numbers will only continue in 2021.
But where do you start? The answer is to stream great games to attract more viewers. Here are some ideas to consider.
Party games are as fun to play as they are to watch. So, if you have a group of friends who are willing to play with you, stream a party game like Mario Kart or Tricky Towers. After all, there’s nothing like seeing groups destroy years of friendship for a single property on a Fortune Street board. And if you can’t get people to play with you — it’s always interesting to see you connive against complete strangers. This is why Among Us became, and is still, a very popular game on Twitch.
iGames is a broad genre that pertains to titles that involve placing money on probable outcomes. Online casinos are great examples of this. For example, MyVEGAS Slots contains an ever-expanding collection of games based on machines you’d find at a traditional casino, like roulette. Meanwhile, for big fans of pop culture, the collection of slot titles on Foxy Games includes several themed after movies, like Thor’s Vengeance and Mighty Atlantis. They even have titles based on old PC games like Fishin’ Frenzy. As exciting as iGames are, however, they’re not particularly easy to play. Winning involves some probability, which is great since it’ll attract several viewers looking for tips.
Plus, since iGames aren’t as adrenaline pumping as mainstream titles like VALORANT, you have the opportunity to focus on chatting. This can help with viewer engagement.
If you’re the type to immerse yourself in a great storyline and flex your combat skills, then you’re better off streaming RPGs. RPG is also a very broad category in the industry. You can stream MMORPGs, for instance, which focus more on strategy. World of Warcraft is a great game to start with if you’re interested. Much like iGames, MMORPG viewers may also visit your channel asking for gameplay advice.
You can also choose more story-oriented titles like The Witcher 3 and Final Fantasy 7. These options are better if you like giving plot commentary… or are just extremely emotional about characters dying. Either reaction will be entertaining to watch.
It’s always a feat to see people score a full-combo on extremely difficult beat maps. This makes the category a very popular stream option if you have the skills to master them… or just one of its games. It’s rare to see a well-crafted rhythm game copy the same style of another title, so streamers in this category tend to focus on one game and be good at it. For instance, you can choose to play the classics like mobile gaming’s Cytus or PC gaming’s Osu. If you’re willing to buy the extra equipment, you can also try Guitar Hero or Beat Saber VR.
Besides, even if you end up being terrible at rhythm games, it’ll still be incredibly fun to watch (you fail).
There are viewers for every kind of game on Twitch. Therefore, when choosing a game to stream, just go with whatever you’ll have more fun playing. The more genuine your feelings are about the game, the more enjoyable you will be to watch.