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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 15 million daily visits for the streams of over 40,000 partners. People watch these gameplay streams for a multitude of reasons, but mostly because it is entertaining to get involved in live chats with 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 his or her strategy. This is beneficial for both the novice gamer and the game development industry, which gets 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 playing strategies.
This article will list ten alternatives to Twitch. All of these sites are platforms where a visitor can find new game streams, new gamer friends, and new games to play. Six of the ten options listed can be utilized to generate streaming revenue.
1. YouTube Gaming
YouTube 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 through YouTube’s associations with Google Adsense and grow an audience for their gaming channel. Fans can 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. They provide commentary on the gaming industry and comedic or unique views on current pop culture. With that in mind, it is easy to understand why gaming content is the most consumed content on YouTube.
2. InstaGib tv
InstaGib is yet another portal where users can start streaming their own live gaming content. InstaGib users don't need to use or install special streaming software. Instagib has its own proprietary streaming “caster” built in.
InstaGib streaming is free to a point. The site puts limits on bandwidth, but users can bypass that by upgrading to a VIP account that will allow them to skip past the “servers at capacity” message that may appear. It's a good place for streamers who are trying to establish themselves, and it is still growing in popularity among gamers and those wanting to learn.
3. SmashCast tv
SmashCast makes it really easy for streamers to become partners and start earning revenue from their streams. Users must have a verified Paypal account and be over the age of 18. 16-year-olds can utilize SmashCast with parental consent.
SmashCast has a good set of tools and guidelines that help new users become successful with their streams. There are multiple streaming apps to compare, as well as multiple chatbots and donation trackers available to help gamers begin earning revenue.
Mixer is more than just a game-streaming service, it is a diverse community of like-minded individuals. In fact, they have developed a platform where it is possible to co-stream with up to four others which makes gaming similar to that of the Xbox Live or PlayStation Live platforms.
Mixer's platform is fast, to say the least. Because of its real-time chat, co-streaming, real-time analytics, and statistics, Mixer has become one of the most popular alternatives to Twitch.
Okay, 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.
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 and allows them to expand their reach.
The Remaining Four Sites
While the following four services are not services where a user can earn money for their streams, they are great places to discover new game streams as well as other types of videos. I am including them in this list because the gaming industry finds them valuable for assessing the viability and popularity of new games.
7. SteamPowered is a valuable platform for assessing new games on the market, but I have not discovered how to add user-created content to this platform.
8. Origin is also valuable for assessing new games, but as with the previous entry, there is no way to upload user-created content.
9. Metacafe remains one of the largest platforms for user-created content, but I believe they have removed the ability for users to generate revenue from their uploads unless users become advertising partners.
10. Picarto is not really a platform for gaming. It is a place to upload user-created video graphics that can be discovered by game creators and potentially lead to other possibilities.
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!
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.