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Streaming on Twitch can be quite challenging, even if you’ve already established a community, and have a decent viewership. Some games get less popular over time, while some games rise in popularity.
The most common question new streamers ask is “What game should I stream?”. There are a lot of fun games to stream, so choices are many. Most popular games are usually too crowded, so your channel might not be seen, while some smaller games are not popular at all, which means that you might not get enough viewers.
Today, we’re going to venture further into the topic and talk about the best games to stream on Twitch, whether you are a new streamer or an already experienced one.
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Choosing the Best Game to Stream
When it comes to choosing the best game to stream on Twitch, you have to take different factors into consideration.
First and foremost, you need to decide why you even want to start streaming. People stream for different reasons.
Some simply want to share their game experience, while others are more interested to become professional streamers and earn some money.
Whatever your motive is, you will need to do thorough research before you start streaming. The most important thing is to stream the games you enjoy.
Selecting Games for Casual Streaming
In case you simply want to be a casual streamer, you should probably stream anything you want to play, without worrying too much about the number of viewers. It will rise over time.
Most casual gamers tend to stream gameplay and story playthroughs. Also, speed runs are quite popular, along with the game guides.
So, in short, when you simply want to stream casually on Twitch, just play and stream the games you like and enjoy.
Selecting Games for Professional Streaming
When it comes to professional streaming, things are a bit different. Loving certain games won’t be enough to push you into the professional waters.
Here, you need to take a closer look into analytics and trends, if you want to build a successful streaming community.
Most new and older games that are extremely popular already have a lot of streamers, so even if you start with them, almost no one will see your stream on the list. The competition is simply too great.
Of course, there are other ways to boost the number of viewers, but here, we are talking about the games you want to choose.
10 Best Games to Stream on Twitch
Now that you know how to select the best game to stream on Twitch, let’s take a look at what are the most popular games to stream, according to the overall number of viewers and channels.
Right now, one of the most popular fun games to stream is Fortnite. It’s a completely free multiplayer game, where you can have fun with your friends in a battle royale style of gameplay.
It first became popular amongst the younger population, but nowadays, you can see people of all ages playing the game.
Fortnite is available to play across multiple platforms, including PC, Play Station 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, and devices with the iOS operating system.
Of course, as in most other free-to-play games, you can buy a lot of cosmetic items in the game store, in form of the paid packages.
2. League of Legends
As one of the most popular competitive MOBA, League of Legends was the first major contestant to the already insanely popular DotA.
Over the years, it’s established its own community and huge player base, with people from all over the globe.
It is completely free to play MOBA, where you can choose between a decent number of heroes, or as they call them, champions. The goal of the game is to push your way into the enemy base and destroy their keep.
With the recent rise in popularity of e-sports, League of Legends has found its place amongst the top-streamed games on Twitch.
3. World of Warcraft
Released back in 2004, World of Warcraft is, by far, the most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game, or in short MMORPG.
For more than 16 years, not one game has been able to compete with it on the market. It wasn’t always in such a good shape, but since the release of its newest expansion, its numbers on Twitch grew up.
This is definitely one of the best games to stream if you want to be a professional streamer. Popular WoW streamers, such as Asmongold, have thousands of viewers per stream, earning them quite a bit of money.
However, it is quite hard to fight off the competition, since there are a lot of streamers playing this game to entertain their viewers.
You can find streams related to almost anything in the game. From casual gameplay and guides to PvE and PvP content.
4. Escape From Tarkov
Escape From Tarkov is one of the most popular surprises over these past few years. It is an FPS (or first-person shooter) game set in Russia.
The game offers a pretty interesting multiplayer experience. It’s simple, yet a bit innovative, compared to the sea of other similar games.
There are several different game modes to try, such as two types of raids (online PMC and scavenger raids), as well as an offline mode for those who want to try the game.
All this makes Escape From Tarkov one of the fun games to stream on Twitch, with an average number of over 108,000 viewers in the past 30 days.
Even after all these years, Minecraft has managed to keep its popularity, especially with the newest edition of the game.
In Minecraft, you can do anything you want. Throughout the years, people have been working together and made wonderful things and buildings across many servers.
The game is popular amongst people of all ages, from young gamers to already grown men and women. Its simple, and yet, quite polished gameplay attract a lot of people.
During the last month, over 92,000 people watched Minecraft streams on more than 3,800 Twitch channels.
6. Call of Duty: Warzone
After some decline in popularity of Call of Duty games, especially considering the campaign aspect, developers decided to change the approach a bit.
Call of Duty: Warzone is another battle royale first-person shooter available on Play Station, Xbox One, and on PC, via Battle.Net client.
It is completely free to play on Play Station and PC, but if you want to play it on Xbox One, you will need to pay to unlock the online features on the platform, which costs about $60.
With about 91,000 average viewers last month, it is one of the top choices when it comes to streaming on Twitch.
7. Cyberpunk 2077
A highly-anticipated new game from CD Projekt Red finally arrived, but it was not what everyone expected. There are still a lot of bugs that need fixing.
Even with those flaws, Cyberpunk 2077 managed to get in the company of the most viewed games on Twitch.
With almost 90,000 average views last month on around 3,700 channels, Cyberpunk was and, predictions are, will continue to be quite popular in the streaming world in the upcoming months.
Furthermore, there are a lot of streamers who don’t stream Cyberpunk 2077 under the set category, which means that you can see even more people playing it on Twitch.
8. Grand Theft Auto V
GTA games have always been popular. However, with the latest installment, and the introduction of a pretty good multiplayer, GTA V managed to get extreme popularity.
With the complex in-game economy, stock market manipulation, and various things to do in-game, it is no surprise a lot of players stream it for their viewers.
Apart from that, you can see a number of people simply streaming campaign, which is quite interesting on its own.
As of recently, there was an average of 2,506 channels with more than 82,000 average viewers on Twitch streams.
9. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Even though it’s been a while since its release, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or in short CS: GO, is still one of the most popular games.
And popular games are not just popular for playing these days, but also for streaming. A lot of people tend to get nostalgic and enjoy good CS: GO rounds.
Furthermore, the game is quite competitive. There are regular tournaments, which attract a lot of viewers on Twitch.
The game itself has had around 73,800 viewers in the last 30 days on a bit more than 1,900 Twitch channels.
10. Among Us
Among Us is a pretty interesting game, that basically came out of nowhere, and flooded the internet community.
The concept is very simple, and yet extremely fun. You are a crew member on a spaceship, where there is one imposter, who is trying to kill everyone else.
Once someone suspects someone else, they call an emergency meeting, and the group discusses what to do next, present the proofs of their claims, and eventually kill or spare the accused.
It is immensely fun to play this game with friends while talking over Skype or Discord, where you can hear other people yelling “He did it!”, “No, he did it!”.
Among Us has a solid viewer count of 64,000 on 1,193 channels. Plus, it is not a demanding game, so almost everyone can stream it.
10 Best Games for New Streamers
Those were some fun games to stream on Twitch, that are considered to be the most efficient if you want to become a professional streamer.
Now, let’s focus on some of the best games to stream for new streamers. Remember that these are also the best games to stream to get viewers.
Some of these titles are indeed big but didn’t manage to stand the test of time. Or did they, since they are on this list? Let’s find out.
1. Old School RuneScape
Before World of Warcraft even became a thing, there was another very popular MMORPG, which was put to the sides after the release of WoW.
However, it is still very popular amongst the older players. This makes RuneScape a very good choice for new streamers. Its target audience is quite mature and decent.
The main point I want to express here is nostalgia. Most viewers come to watch old-school RuneScape, simply because of nostalgia. This is what you should try to use to turn the tide in your favor.
Community is not so large, but you can build a very loyal community, and over time, grow your viewership quite a bit.
There is the only average of 164 channels, with about 5,300 viewers, which means that competition is not huge. That allows you to use your whit and become quite popular.
2. Dota 2
If League of Legends is not your thing, and you prefer old DotA, then you should start with Dota 2, which is a completely stand-alone sequel of the old Warcraft 3 mod.
When it comes to streaming, there are over 850 channels on Twitch with more than 56,300 viewers on an average basis.
This doesn’t just come from the nostalgic feeling a lot of players have. Another thing that makes Dota 2 popular is the competitive nature of the game.
There are a lot of tournaments each year, with considerable rewards, that often go up to 1 million US dollars.
3. STAR WARS: The Old Republic
If you like MMORPGs, but fantasy is really not your style, perhaps you would like one of the rare Sci-Fi MMOs on the market.
Released back in 2012, The Old Republic was supposed to be that one game that will end the reign of WoW.
The game features an extremely good voice-acted story, a decent end-game PvE content, as well as well-made, but not so popular PvP.
However, what makes it one of the fun games to stream is a very welcoming streaming community. There aren’t too many Twitch channels broadcasting this game, which is perfect for new streamers.
Also, the game was recently launched on Steam, which brought a lot of new players into the fray. And, it is basically free to play, so there is no reason not to try it.
4. GWENT: The Witcher Card Game
Ever since it was first introduced in The Witcher 3, Gwent has become one of the most loved card games on the market.
A lot of people accepted the news that Gwent is getting the standalone game with a warm welcome. Because of that, it’s not a surprise game is becoming so popular amongst streamers too.
The most probable reason for this is the introduction of competitive Gwent tournaments, with live rewards and professional teams.
Only in the past month, there have been only 22 channels with about 1,400 viewers on an average basis. This is not much, but the popularity is rising, and if you are crafty enough, you can easily right your way from the 23rd to top 3 spots on the Twitch list.
Hearthstone is another very popular card game set in the world of warcraft. Its gameplay is completely different than Gwent though, but interesting in its own way.
The game also features interesting tournaments, with nice rewards. Apart from that, it often allows players and viewers to get special items in other Blizzard games.
As for the number of viewers, Hearthstone currently has about 34,500 viewers watching 260 different twitch channels.
6. Classic City-Builders
If you are completely new on Twitch, we’ve already mentioned that it would be better to stream smaller games, including some old classics.
Well, here are some of those classics. Old city-builder games, such as Pharaoh, Zeus, Emperor, and Caesar III are some of the hardest, and yet quite interesting games to play.
However, due to the difficulty, a lot of people prefer to watch gameplay, rather than play them on their own, at least until they learn by watching.
As a new streamer, if you have experience in these games, you can easily stream guides and playthroughs. Also, if you are completely new to these games, your stream can attract expert players, who can teach you a few tricks.
7. Stardew Valley
If you are more of a person who likes to sit back and enjoy relaxing games, then we have a perfect game for your stream.
Stardew Valley is one of the best pixel-art games from the last several years. It’s a game where you can farm, make food, drink, be a trader, adventurer, or anything you want. All for the purpose of re-building your farm and property.
The game has much to offer, so there is a decent player base, and people like to watch the overall gameplay.
There are 246 channels, which have had 4,430 views in the last 30 days. This means that competition is not too large, which is perfect for new streamers.
8. PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
If you are not a person who likes casual and relaxing games and prefer shooting and explosion, then this game is for you.
With a viewer count of over 15,000 and about 906 Twitch channels, PUBG is quite a good choice for new streamers.
It’s typical FPS with a pretty interesting weapon design feature, allowing you to customize the weapon you are using.
What makes things even better is the fact that the game can be played on mobile devices, thus attracting more viewers.
9. StarCraft 2
As a sequel to one of the most popular real-time strategy games, StarCraft 2 has become and still is the most popular RTS in the Asian continent.
It has to thank its predecessor for some of the fame, but it is a good game on its own as well. The reason for its massive popularity is the always-present competitive nature of the game.
There are world-wide tournaments organized across the globe. All this attracts a decent number of viewers.
Only in the last 30 days, there have been 82 Twitch channels streaming this game, with over 5,200 viewers on average.
Outward is another RPG, with an interesting, but a bit weird setting. It has magic, funny musketeer armors, medieval weapons, and more.
Overall, Outward is a pretty good role-playing game, with plenty of content and a vast world for you to explore.
When it comes to streaming, it is a very good choice for new streamers because there aren’t many channels streaming it, while the number of viewers is fairly decent.
During last month, there were only 19 channels streaming with an average of 1099 viewers, which is more than 50 viewers per channel if we spread it equally. Here, chances to be seen are quite high, which is a good start for new streamers.
That was all, folks!
Today, we learned what are the best games to stream to get viewers on Twitch, both for new streamers or already experienced ones.