As a streamer it’s important that you stream the right games if you want to grow. With this in mind, I have created the following list of the best games to stream on Twitch right now. The current list is for May 2023, but I will update this list each month with the latest info and games.
Best Games To Stream On Twitch
1. League Of Legends
- Average Viewers: 166k
- Average Channels: 3,145
- Followers On Twitch: 35.7M
League of Legends is a popular, free-to-play online multiplayer game developed by Riot Games. Players engage in strategic, fast-paced battles controlling unique champions with distinct abilities, aiming to destroy the enemy team’s Nexus in a variety of game modes.
This game averaged the most viewers in April. It is fast-paced, but still has lots of pauses in the game which allow you to engage with chat.
2. Grand Theft Auto V
- Average Viewers: 154k
- Average Channels: 2,992
- Followers On Twitch: 61.1M
Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) has been around for a long time, but it remains one of the most popular games on Twitch.
Popular streamers who stream GTA V mainly roleplay as a certain character and interact with other players who are also roleplaying as unique characters. With so many unique characters, the game never gets old and watching the different characters interact is quite entertaining for viewers.
- Average Viewers: 145k
- Average Channels: 5,204
- Followers On Twitch: 16.2M
Valorant has become extremely popular amongst gamers and streamers since its release in 2020. It’s an excellent game to stream due to its fast-paced, strategic gameplay, frequent updates, and strong esports presence.
Streamers can showcase their skills, provide tips, and engage with a dedicated and growing community. Viewers like watching this game to learn new strategies and to watch streamers team together.
- Average Viewers: 90,000
- Average Channels: 1,671
- Followers On Twitch: 35M
CS:GO is a great game to stream due to its intense, strategic gameplay, established esports scene, and loyal fanbase. Streamers can display their skills, share strategies, and engage viewers through high-stakes matches and dynamic in-game economy.
Similar to Valorant, many viewers like watching CS:GO to learn ways in which they can improve their own skills. They also like watching streamers team together.
- Average Viewers: 68k
- Average Channels: 2,433
- Followers On Twitch: 52.1M
Minecraft is a great game to stream because of its limitless creativity, sandbox-style gameplay, and appeal to diverse audiences. Streamers can also team up and play with their viewers.
Streamers can showcase unique builds, collaborate with others, embark on adventures, and engage viewers through interactive challenges, mod showcases, or educational content. Minecraft is also a game that streamers can easily create content for that can be used on other platforms like Youtube.
6. Dota 2
- Average Viewers: 61k
- Average Channels: 904
- Followers On Twitch: 16.9M
Dota 2 is an excellent game to stream due to its deep strategy, complex gameplay, and massive esports following.
Streamers can share hero guides, in-depth analysis, and high-level plays while engaging with a passionate community, fostering viewer interaction and fostering a loyal fan base.
7. Apex Legends
- Average Viewers: 58k
- Average Channels: 4,038
- Followers On Twitch: 18.3M
Apex Legends has slowly grown into one of the most popular battle royale games since its release in early 2019. The battle royale genre is popular to stream because of its strategy and intensity.
Apex Legends also offers unique characters, a growing competitive scene, and frequent updates giving streamers opportunities to create content outside of just streaming.
- Average Viewers: 55k
- Average Channels: 6,300
- Followers On Twitch: 87.5M
Fortnite is one of the most iconic games of all-time. Although it has been several years since it was released, Fortnite remains one of the most viewed and most streamed games on Twitch.
Fortnite has an amazing dev team that is constantly working to improve the game. And so many incredible improvements make it so that the game never gets boring for streamers or for their viewers.
9. Resident Evil 4
- Average Viewers: 51k
- Average Channels: 2,624
- Followers On Twitch: 140k
Resident Evil 4 is a great game to stream because of its captivating storyline, memorable characters, and tense survival horror gameplay.
Streamers can entertain viewers with thrilling action, suspenseful moments, lots of jump scares, and strategic decision-making while exploring a rich, atmospheric world.
10. World of Warcraft
- Average Viewers: 35k
- Average Channels: 1,060
- Followers On Twitch: 10.2M
World of Warcraft is a fantastic game to stream due to its expansive lore, diverse gameplay options, and dedicated player base.
Streamers can engage viewers with epic raids, PvP battles, or questing, while fostering community interaction, sharing strategies, and exploring a vast, immersive world. It’s a great game to play with viewers as well.
11. FIFA 23
- Average Viewers: 28k
- Average Channels: 1,093
- Followers On Twitch: 2.3M
FIFA 23 is the most popular soccer game available today. And since soccer is the most popular sport in the world, you are sure to find people who are interested in the game.
It’s a great game for those looking to build a community around soccer, but even more, FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) keeps viewers engaged as streamers are able to regularly change and improve their teams.
12. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
- Average Viewers: 28k
- Average Channels: 4,479
- Followers On Twitch: 1.9M
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is a first person shooter (FPS) with tons of dedicated players and fans. Given the fast-pace of Call of Duty it may be difficult to engage with chat; however, many viewers still enjoy watching a streamer grind through ranked mode.
The proximity chat in Call of Duty also adds a new element to the game and leads to lots of funny moments and wild trash talk.
13. Teamfight Tactics
- Average Viewers: 26k
- Average Channels: 304
- Followers On Twitch: 2.8M
Teamfight Tactics is an auto-battler by Riot Games. It’s one of the most popular strategy games available today for both gamers and streamers.
Streamers who play this game can engage viewers with insightful commentary, team composition analysis, and interactive discussions.
14. Call of Duty: Warzone 2
- Average Viewers: 23k
- Average Channels: 1,387
- Followers On Twitch: 19.6M
Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is Call of Duty’s version of a battle royale. Although it is not as popular as other battle royale’s such as Apex or Fortnite, it still has a very dedicated fanbase and lots of viewers.
Warzone is great to stream because it has unique loadouts that streamers can share with their viewers. It also has intense action, with pauses in between, allowing streamers to play and talk with their chat during matches.
15. Dead by Daylight
- Average Viewers: 21k
- Average Channels: 1,491
- Followers On Twitch: 12.6M
Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical multiplayer game where one player is a killer and the four other players are survivors trying to escape the killer.
Viewers love watching streamers trying to escape the killer. This game is also a great game to play with viewers or other streamers.
16. Overwatch 2
- Average Viewers: 21k
- Average Channels: 1,713
- Followers On Twitch: 20.8M
Overwatch 2 is the sequel to Overwatch. It has a great e-sports scene, is fast-paced, and the gameplay encourages teamwork and strategy.
The unique characters and team compositions also make each match unique and viewers will be more engaged since every match is different.
17. Escape from Tarkov
- Average Viewers: 19k
- Average Channels: 690
- Followers On Twitch: 4.8M
Escape from Tarkov has become extremely popular recently with major streamers like DrLupo and DrDisrespect streaming it. The game is a genre often referred to as a “looter-shooter”.
This is because players drop into a mission, loot, fight, then leave with whatever they obtained during the mission. The game has high stakes which keeps viewers on edge. It’s a great game to stream right now.
18. Lost Ark
- Average Viewers: 15k
- Average Channels: 289
- Followers On Twitch: 1.4M
Lost Ark is a captivating action-MMORPG that is an ideal game to stream due to its visually stunning graphics, engaging combat mechanics, and diverse character classes.
Streamers can enthrall viewers with epic boss battles, exploration of rich, expansive worlds, and community-driven content that encourages interaction and collaboration.
- Average Viewers: 15k
- Average Channels: 141
- Followers On Twitch: 9.5M
Hearthstone is a superb game to stream because of its strategic depth, engaging card gameplay, and regular content updates.
Streamers can attract viewers with innovative deck-building, in-depth analysis, and interactive discussions while fostering a sense of community and friendly competition among fans of the game.
20. Path of Exile
- Average Viewers: 14k
- Average Channels: 125
- Followers On Twitch: 2.8M
Path of Exile is an excellent game to stream due to its deep, complex action-RPG gameplay, vast customization options, and committed player base.
Streamers can engage viewers with challenging boss encounters, character build discussions, and insights into the game’s intricate economy while exploring a dark, immersive world.
How To Decide Which Game To Stream On Twitch
The two most important things to consider when deciding which game to stream are: will you like the game and will your community like the game? If you don’t like the game you are streaming, you will get burnt out easily and stop streaming. If your community doesn’t like the game, they won’t watch.
If you plan on streaming long term, you have to like the game you stream. When streamers don’t like the game they are playing it is so obvious to the viewer and the energy tends to be lower.
Also, the game has to match well with your community. For example, if you are known as a battle royale streamer, your viewers will expect battle royale games. If you start streaming fighting games one day your viewers may get turned off and decide not to watch your stream.
What Game Genre Is Best To Stream On Twitch?
There is no particular game genre that is best to stream on Twitch. The most important thing when choosing a genre is finding a genre that allows you to game and talk to your chat while you game.
What I mean by this is some genres are more intense than others and may cause you to be less engaged with your community. For example fighting games.
Fighting games tend to be very intense and require a lot of the streamers focus. All this focus takes them away from talking to and reading chat. All genres will require some level of focus, but if a certain genre is making it so you rarely engage with chat, it may be a good idea to switch.
What Games Should You Not Stream On Twitch?
You should not stream games on Twitch that have zero viewers. If zero people are watching a certain game on Twitch, that means there are zero people available to watch your stream. You want to stream games that have at least 30 viewers, especially when you are new to streaming.
Now once you have a community built, it is ok to stream games with zero viewers if you think your community will enjoy them. But keep in mind, these small games are only to strengthen your community and will not help your stream grow since they have so few viewers.
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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.