Twitch Step Two: Playing Your Games

Twitch StreamThe reason why people watch Twitch in the first place is to see games being played. Although a large portion of viewers such as myself rely more on the entertainment aspects of the streamer, the game titles are what draw a large portion of the people. With all the games that are available, which one will help you succeed at drawing in a crowd?

While some may think that setting up a mic and camera is more important, I have a different opinion. Many gamers on Twitch stream their games without a camera and some do it even without a microphone. Although setting these up can increase your popularity, it’s not necessary.

The Games You Like

Some will attest to playing games that are the most popular on Twitch. This doesn’t always work because of the popularity factor. Twitch displays the most popular streamers first in descending order based on the number of viewers each streamer currently has. This means that someone that has built a large following will always be shown before new people. In a game that is extremely popular, this means there could be hundreds of people that are displayed before you are.

Oddly enough, I have found most of my beginning success from playing games that very few are streaming. For example, EverQuest 2 doesn’t have a largeEverQuest Cover┬ánumber of people streaming at any given time. However, I’ll generate between 20 and 30 unique viewers when I play it near the end of the night. My first time ever streaming on Twitch resulted in 9 people watching me simultaneously. A lot of new broadcasters will not see high numbers when they are first developing a follower-base.

The Fun Factor

Playing a game that you don’t think is fun can directly affect the number of people that are watching. If your heart isn’t in the game, their heart might not be into watching you. However, being entertaining can offset this problem. For beginners, it may be better to start with games you enjoy the most – regardless of how many people are streaming that particular title.

Don’t Expect Immediate Success

Although there may be more than 200,000 people watching League of Legends, it doesn’t mean that you will see any of those users. Remember, most popular streamers are displayed first in Twitch. Since the game is extremely popular, it’s very possible that you might not see more than two or three people watching you at any given time.

I know that I am not an expert by any means, but my views on Twitch are based on personal experience – not what someone else has told me. Your own experiences may be better or worse than mine and I cannot guarantee that you’ll become a success. What I can guarantee is that all information I collect is based on my own experiences. Good luck in your game play and may your followers grow to incredible numbers.

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Michael Brockbank

I have been playing games for more than 30 years. I wouldn’t consider myself a hard-core gamer, but I have brought the pain in my day. Now that I am rounding the horn at 40, I still enjoy everything from booting up the old Commodore 64 to exploring new titles in Steam. You’re never too old to enjoy a good plot and mind-numbing graphics.

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