If you’ve ever live streamed your video game play, sports commentary, or even casino play, you are a streamer. Live streaming has existed since the mid-2010s, but it’s now more popular than ever. Millions of people now spend their days watching other people game, and now you can join them.
Where to go to stream (and watch)?
Because live streaming is now so popular, you can sign up to watch or create content with a quick Google search. Some of the most popular sites for live streaming are YouTube, Mixer, VK, Facebook, and Afreeca TV. Everyone knows YouTube, which is popular for gamers because they can use Google AdSense to generate good ad revenue. But one of the most important sites in the online gaming industry is Amazon’s Twitch. There, players learn about hot games, chat, and discover new strategies and tips. Twitch has 15 million daily visitors and 1.3 million users at any one time.
The most popular games on live streaming are always changing, but in the past year on Twitch, these games have been the most streamed: Fortnite, League of Legends, Apex Legents, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Fortnite leads that chart by millions of views.
People stream for all sorts of reasons. It’s fun, informative, and sometimes even financially smart. You can improve your own gameplay or form relationships with other gamers or get involved with eSports organizations. While watching a live stream of video games, esports, or even online slots, you can learn more about each single game and see all the details before you use your own money to bet on your favorite mobile casino games.
Live stream for fame
If you’re a gamer, you probably know who you like to watch. Your favorites might include Tfue, one of the highest-earning Fortnite players of all time. He’s known for streaming in a casual way — and that style has earned him 7.01 million followers. Shroud is another famous Twitch streamer with 6.45 million followers who watch him play CounterStrike, Rainbow Six Siege, Call of Duty, and Apex Legends. And then there’s Myth, the captain of Team Solo Mid’s Fortnite team, with 5.1 million followers.
But none of those streamers is quite as famous as Tyler Blevins, better known as Ninja. He’s the most famous gamer in the world, with 14.7 million followers on Twitch before he left the platform for an exclusive partnership with Mixer.
Twitch and other live streaming apps aren’t just for gamers anymore. That’s right—live streaming is now good for gaming, mobile casino games, and even politics. US President Donald Trump has a verified account on the platform. He launched his Twitch account by live-streaming a rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Right now, Trump has somewhere around 40,000 followers on the platform. He isn’t the only politician interested in live streaming. His political rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, has a verified Twitch account (and 88,000 followers). And Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has also appeared on Twitch.
Viewership, social media, and money
To capture a chunk of that viewership, the best streamers know they must both play and entertain. They offer jokes, commentary on current events, and pop culture references. And they don’t just rely on repetitive gameplay. The best streamers also keep a gaming schedule, give away prizes to loyal viewers, and use social media to keep in touch. These strategies work.
Fortnite has over 3 million streamers active on Twitch and has been watched for over 1,161,939,522 hours. So when the game “blew up” into a black hole and disappeared as a game on October 13, loads of people were around to watch. Of course, this event and the accompanying commentary and curiosity were all live streamed. The game stayed blank for days while players and viewers watched the black hole and waited for something — anything! — to happen.
The audience for live streaming is just huge, which is why games like Fortnite are able to take advantage of online events. Believe it or not, when counted all together, the four biggest eSport events in history accumulated 190.1 million hours of live streaming. That’s like 21,700 years of live streaming time.
To those who aren’t familiar with live streaming, it might sound like a fad. But live streaming—just like gaming, mobile casino games, and eSports — are here to stay. After all, Amazon bought Twitch for US$970 million dollars in 2014, and the streaming counts just keep rising. Coming up on the app: the League of Legends 10-year anniversary, Fortnite’s “The End,” and ECS Season 8. Make sure to tune in!