Streaming is becoming more and more popular each and every year. Every year more and more people are starting to live stream and are building great communities. But with so many people streaming, is it even worth it still? Especially on Twitch?
Is Twitch Worth It?
If you enjoy live streaming, connecting with others and are willing to put in the work to grow then Twitch is absolutely worth it. Although Twitch continues to see a rapid increase in streamers on the platform, it has also seen a major increase in viewers as well. However, if you are going into Twitch to make money, be patient as it will take time to grow your community to a point where they can support you.
Twitch is by far the largest live streaming platform out there. Bigger than Youtube Gaming and bigger than Facebook Gaming. So if you want to stream on a platform with lots of potential to be seen then Twitch is the place to go.
I have streamed on a few other platforms besides Twitch but I always felt like I got the most viewers on Twitch. Having used other platforms I feel like Twitch is the best platform for both the viewers and the streamers.
Given that I have used the other big live streaming platforms, Youtube Gaming and Facebook Gaming, I feel like it is way easier to find a streamer on Twitch compared to these two platforms.
Twitch is just way easier to find a streamer and a game category that you like.
Maybe I am just a dweeb but finding streams you like on these other platforms is just not easy. And I have heard this from multiple streamers so maybe I am not such a dweeb after all.
Another thing to keep in mind is that Twitch, just like any platform, takes time to grow and develop. You shouldn’t expect to come in, stream a few times and then have viewers on your stream.
Unless you are coming to Twitch having built a community on another platform (Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) you should expect to have many streams where you have zero viewers, one viewer if you are lucky. This is common and so don’t beat yourself up over it.
There are many streamers who stream for months with zero viewers. Once you start streaming, and you are consistent, you will start to realize and understand things you can do better to attract more viewers and to keep those viewers coming back.
Unless you are really good at a game where people are coming by just to watch you play, then it will take some time for you to see any kind of real growth on Twitch.
Long story short, if you are willing to put in the work, Twitch is absolutely worth it because it is such a large platform. But should you start on Twitch?
Should You Start on Twitch?
If you are new to streaming, then you should definitely start on Twitch. Twitch is the largest streaming platform and so there are a ton of people and information out there to help you get going and help you to grow. In fact, most streamers start on Twitch to get the hang of streaming and then will branch out later to other platforms.
You have probably seen this with some of the streamers that you follow such as Courage JD or Valkyrae. These are two streamers who started off on Twitch but then later moved over to Youtube Gaming.
Like I touched on earlier, Twitch is the easiest platform to use and so it makes sense to start off there and then move to another platform if you want to try something new.
However, I wouldn’t change platforms until you get the hang of streaming. Once you feel comfortable streaming then you could switch if you so choose.
Streaming may seem easy, but it can be hard to keep up with both chat and gaming, even with a small chat. Not to mention keep the stream looking nice and fixing any technical difficulties that you may encounter.
So yes I recommend starting on Twitch and not making the switch until you feel comfortable streaming on it. But some people will argue that Twitch has too many streamers making it difficult to break through.
Is Twitch too Saturated With Streamers?
No, Twitch is not too saturated with streamers. Many people will say that there are too many people streaming on Twitch and so it is hard for new streamers to break through. And although it is true, there are millions of people streaming on Twitch, there also millions of viewers. If you are a good streamer, and you network effectively, you can grow on Twitch.
Like any social media platform, it takes time to grow on Twitch. And unfortunately Twitch does not have a great way of placing new streamers in front of viewers.
For this reason, if you want to grow on Twitch, you will have to network both on Twitch and outside of Twitch on platforms such as Twitter and Youtube.
For tips and tricks on how to network on Twitch, check out my article about networking on Twitch by clicking here.
Given that Twitch does not have a great algorithm for giving exposure to newer streamers may lead some to believe that Twitch is too saturated, but this is just not true. The issue is that growing on Twitch is different than other platforms.
However, one thing remains the same and that is that if you create great content, people will come. Great content is always the king.
Is Becoming a Streamer Worth It?
If you like connecting with others and building a community, all while doing something you love, then streaming is definitely worth it. Just understand that achieving any kind of success in streaming will take hard work, time and dedication.
The reason streaming has become so popular is because it gives people a chance to make a living doing what they love. Imagine getting paid to play your favorite video games? That is the opportunity that streaming offers for people.
Maybe the better question is if you are willing to dedicate the time needed to grow as a streamer. You may not grow to be the biggest streamer in the game, but even having a small community that you interact and game with is still pretty cool.
For me personally, I like streaming because I like gaming and it’s cool meeting new people while I game. I am not trying to be the next Ninja.
I am just there for a good time. And if that is you then you don’t have to be super dedicated. You’re just there for fun.
As always, if you have any questions or just want to hang with me, stop by my Twitch channel here and say what’s up!
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If you are deciding whether Twitch is worth it or not, you first want to decide what your goals are for Twitch. If you are trying to grow on Twitch to turn this into a career then you have to understand it will take time for this to happen. And you have to decide if that dedicated time is worth it to you.
If you are doing Twitch just for fun, then why not just stream and see where it goes.
I also think that if you are new to streaming then Twitch is the best platform to start on because it is the largest platform and the easiest for you to learn to stream on. Twitch is awesome and I think it is totally worth it!
Good luck streaming my friends!
Eric streams 3 days a week on Twitch and uploads weekly to Youtube under the moniker, StreamersPlaybook. He loves gaming, PCs, and anything else related to tech. He’s the founder of the website StreamersPlaybook and loves helping people answer their streaming, gaming, and PC questions.