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6 Streaming Platforms, Sites, and Apps Like Twitch

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Twitch isn't the only player in the video game live-streaming industry.

Twitch isn't the only player in the video game live-streaming industry.

What Is Twitch?

If you didn’t already know, Twitch is a social network with a focus on live-streaming video gameplay. The site gets over 25 million daily visits and hosts streams from over 40,000 partners. People watch these gameplay streams for a multitude of reasons—for entertainment, to learn about gaming strategy, and to engage in live chats with other gamers who share similar interests.

Watching gaming streams is a learning experience for people who want to witness a highly skilled player's approach to a game and dissect their strategy with others. This is beneficial for both the novice gamer and the game development industry, which can use Twitch and similar platforms to get direct feedback from their target audience.

Because Twitch is such a large platform with a huge number of users, it can be really easy to get lost in the crowd. As a result, many people are searching for alternatives to Twitch in order to find an audience for their own streams and find new player streams that will help them discover more strategies.

This article lists six alternatives to Twitch. All of these sites are platforms where a visitor can find new game streams, meet new gamer friends, and discover new games to play. Like Twitch, some of these platforms can also be utilized to generate streaming revenue. Each platform is discussed in detail in the sections that follow.

6 Twitch Alternatives for Video Game Streaming

  1. YouTube Gaming
  2. Facebook Gaming
  3. DLive
  4. YouNow
  5. Vimeo
  6. DailyMotion

1. YouTube Gaming

YouTube Gaming is one of the best alternatives to Twitch. It shares many of the same capabilities for streaming partners and gaming fans alike. Streamers can earn revenue via advertisements as a YouTube Partner and with features like channel subscriptions and super chat once they grow an audience for their gaming channel. Fans can also interact with other fans through the chat window on each gaming channel.

Many of the top YouTube gamer channels feature much more than just game streaming. Some provide commentary on the gaming industry and comedic or unique views on current events and pop culture. With that in mind, it is easy to understand why gaming content is among the most consumed content on YouTube.

Quick Facts

  • Launched: 2015
  • Active Channels: 40 million (as of 2020)
  • Monetizable: Yes, via advertisements, sponsorships, channel subscriptions, and super chat

2. Facebook Gaming

Facebook Gaming is Meta's game-streaming hub. Functionally, it is similar to Twitch and YouTube Gaming in that it allows users to stream gameplay, watch other gamers' streams, and subscribe to channels.

Facebook Gaming allows viewers to donate stars to their favorite streamers. Each star is worth $0.01, so many star donations are needed to earn real cash. As with other popular game-streaming platforms, streamers on FB Gaming can also earn money through sponsorships from brands.

Quick Facts

  • Launched: 2018
  • Monthly Users: 230 million (as of 2021)
  • Monetizable: Yes, via star donations, subscriptions, and sponsorships

3. DLive

DLive is a blockchain-based streaming platform that many crypto and blockchain enthusiasts use instead of Twitch. Streamers can make money in via the platform's currency, Lino. Each Lino point is worth $0.012.

To make good money on the platform, it's important to apply to become an affiliate and then a verified partner. Once this is done, you can offer paid subscriptions in addition to accepting donations.

Quick Facts

  • Launched: 2017
  • Active Users: 5 Million (as of 2019)
  • Monetizable: Yes, via donations, subscriptions, interest earned by holding Lino, and sponsorships
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4. YouNow

YouNow is a free live-streaming platform for users 13 and older. It has a dedicated gaming section, but it also hosts all manner of non-gaming content. Streamers can receive bars—an in-platform currency—when viewers send them gifts or fan mail during broadcasts. These equate to actual earnings once a broadcast is complete.

Quick Facts

  • Launched: 2011
  • Daily Broadcasts: (150,000 as of 2015)
  • Monetizable: Yes, via donations and sponsorships

5. Vimeo

Vimeo is not exclusively for gaming—it is a hosting service for sharing videos, and it is more similar to YouTube than Twitch. However, there are many Vimeo channels that are completely focused on gaming.

On Vimeo, a user can start with a free account and then upgrade to a paid account at a later time if needed. The free account allows up to 500MB of content to be shared weekly. They also make it very easy for users to sell their video content or even launch a subscription service.

This is the ideal place to stream if you want to earn money from your videos and streams without having to rely on Google Adsense revenue and if you are serious about building a reputable subscription base.

Quick Facts

  • Launched: 2004
  • Monetizable: Yes, via subscriptions and sponsorships

6. DailyMotion

DailyMotion is similar to Vimeo in that it is a platform to distribute video content from around the world. The content can be live or on-demand, and it can be shared on their platform or your own web properties.

Becoming a partner allows you to monetize your video content and start earning revenue through their own advertising partnerships. Gamers consider this to be a great alternative to other services because it allows them to broadcast their streams on multiple platforms to expand their reach.

Quick Facts

Launched: 2005

Monetizable: Yes, via ads and sponsorships

Game Streaming Possibilities

As you can see, not all of these services are exactly the same and most offer a unique service or quality that cannot be found on any other platform. While Twitch may be the leader right now in game-streaming services, it is obvious that its competition is fierce.

New platforms are being created all the time, and the streaming of user-created videos is not only trendy; it's also financially and creatively beneficial for gamers and developers alike. The market for user-created content is ever-growing, and earning revenue as a video game streamer is a real possibility for the average person. Check out any of the aforementioned platforms to enhance your streaming experience!

Comments

Richard Bivins (author) from Charleston, SC on January 24, 2018:

If you're a broadcaster, you might want to try out Patreon as well.

Lauren Flauding from Sahuarita, AZ on January 22, 2018:

Thanks for the info on Twitch and other platforms. I’ve been looking for an alternative to YouTube.

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