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Streaming: Twitch, Youtube, or Facebook?
Hey gamers! New to streaming, want to try out one of the streaming sites, but don’t know where to start?
We’ve come up with some comparisons here:
Pretty much the definitive streaming service for gamers out there, Twitch started out as Justin.tv and eventually grew so popular in the gaming division, they eventually decided to focus on Twitch instead.
- Twitch has a massive audience. If you’re just starting out and looking to build a crowd, there’s a higher possibility of getting them at this point in the game on Twitch than on Youtube, Hitbox or Facebook.
- Similarly, Twitch also has a well-networked community of streamers from the really massive ones with tens of thousands of viewers, to the 1-viewer streams. Take your pick!
- Easy to set-up – all you need to do is use a broadcasting application like Open Broadcaster Software or XSplit, and enter the Twitch key (obtainable from your channel’s Dashboard).
- Multiple 3rd-party apps to make your experience better. BetterTTV, custom Twitch bots, you name it – they’ve most likely got it.
- It’s got Kappa.
- The flipside of having access to a large audience and streamer base is that you’re most likely going to drown in it as a brand new streamer. Twitch does not help small broadcasters very much in terms of getting them discovered by other streamers – that’s something you’ll have to do yourself and it’s usually an uphill climb. (Hint: For ways to get noticed, try winning Fundeavour’s top 3 interview slots every month!)
- The chat community can be a little bit toxic. Arm yourself with bots to filter out the spam and trolls – it can be a scary place.
- Not partnered? Twitch only offers different quality settings for your viewers if you attract enough of them. This could lock some of your less lucky viewers out – those who have crappy Internet, that is.
2. Youtube Gaming
The new kid on the block, Youtube Gaming promises a better app experience and finally, dark backgrounds to make the viewing experience better. Long since the place for gamers to host their video content, will it hold up to livestreaming too?
- Easy to set up as well, with just a click on Go Live, take the stream key, insert it in OBS or XSplit, and fill up the relevant categories. A nifty set of tips on the top right corner guides you through the process.
- It has one of the best apps we’ve ever seen on mobile. You can also livestream from your phone (and your phone’s camera) from it!
- Everyone gets quality options, partnered or not. Whoa.
- Youtube has a better recommendation algorithm that works based on what you’ve viewed previously. This could suggest that your stream may be more easily discovered, but the verdict is still out on this.
- Your stream can be set as Private, Unlisted, or Public. Yes.
- Being new, the viewership may not be as large or as focused as Twitch’s gaming audience. For comparison, the Dota2 Manila Majors were watched on Youtube by 8k people, while Twitch had an audience of over 72,000. It may be harder for your stream to grow.
- Not many opportunities yet for 3rd parties to develop apps or bots for it.
- None of your #Kappa or #FeelsBadMan Twitch emotes here.
3. Facebook Live
Watch out everyone, Facebook Live is here (and you knew it was coming from a mile away). With a new partnership with Blizzard on the cards, what’s next for this social media behemoth, and can it overtake Twitch?
- All your friends are on Facebook, which guarantees you a great, curious audience to start out with. Followers can receive notifications when you go live as well. You no longer have to promote your stream on Facebook because it’s on Facebook.
- Available to everyone with a Fan Page and selected individual users with a high enough usage (?) – but will most likely eventually roll out to everyone.
- Easy to set up in 3 simple steps! You can stream both from your mobile or from your existing broadcasting applications.
- Taking on from the success of NicoNicoDouga comments on screen, Facebook has used its emotes to create a live emote map as the livestream goes on and viewers respond to what’s on screen.
- The Live Map is pretty cool.
- Facebook Live is not limited to gaming, so your videos will most likely get mixed up with content from a whole lot of other genres.
- No 3rd party integrations yet, and no quality options as far as we can see.
- Your friends and family could see your streams if you stream on your personal profile…and that may not always be a good thing.
- Mobile streaming could put a drain on your data, especially if you’re not on 4G or unlimited plans. Use wisely!
And there you go!
Let us know what streaming service you prefer in the comments, and if you’re just starting out and want to learn how to get better, we’d like to invite you to Fundeavour – where you’ll find even more tips and tricks like the one you just read!
All the best, fellow streamers!