5 Best Streaming Platforms for Upcoming or Existing Gamers 2020

5 Best Streaming Platforms for Gamers

Game streaming has become the most important part of the e-sport and normal gaming industry because it holds the major economy area of the gaming and e-sport industry, Why?. Let me give you an example if I want to buy a video game or anything related to gaming like chairs or consoles, I’ll feel pretty confusion which one to buy.

But if my favorite streamer is recommending or playing with it, then I would have no confusion and I will definitely buy it. So this whole streaming thing made gaming stuff purchasing much easier.

Over the past few years, many big companies like Amazon, IBM, and Youtube have launched their own platforms or acquired other startups like Beam, because they know the potential of game streaming and how it converts people to buy stuff.

During this whole pandemic thing, people have spent a good amount of their time watching live streaming. These live streaming platform also helps to turn your game playing habit into a serious career. I mean if you think about it, just lock yourself in your apartment. With your favorite video games and a live streaming service, interact with your lovely audience, and also make some decent amount of money. wouldn’t that be great?

Now I know you may have this big question that which platform is good for streaming games? but don’t worry I have solved this question by giving you 5 best game streaming platforms for new or experienced gamers. I mean, anyone can use them and start building their audience. So without any further due let’s get started!

List of Top 5 Streaming Platform for Gamers 2020

  1. Youtube Gaming
  2. Smashcast
  3. Twitch
  4. GosuGamers
  5. Facebook Gaming

1. Youtube Gaming

Youtube Gaming
Youtube Gaming

If you don’t familiar with the word “YouTube”, then you might not be using a smartphone. Because if you are using a smartphone then youtube is a must-have thing for a phone. So a few years ago, youtube introduced a dedicated app or platform for gamers to live stream and create the content of their genre. But after a few years, because of some reason, Youtube closed the app and integrated the feature in the main Youtube app and named it “Youtube Gaming”.

It has a very easy to operate interface, so it’ll take you minutes to understand the control. If we talk about the video quality that it provides, then it supports videos with 4K resolution at 60 fps frame rates. As a viewer, you can organize your favorite streamers’ channels much better.

A big advantage that this platform gives is, You can build a huge audience base on the platform because it let the user to target audiences of a specific category. As a creator, you can organize a members-only live stream where you will only allow people who took your subscription, and the normal public won’t be able to join.

Fortnite, Counter-Strike, Garena Free Fire, and PUBG Mobile are the most streamed games on YT gaming. The most popular channels on YT gaming are ElrubiusOMG with 38.6Million subscribers, Fernanfloo with 37.8Million subscribers, Vegetta777 with 31Million subscribers, Markiplier with 26.8Million subscribers, VanossGaming with 25.2Million subscribers, and Jacksepticeye with 24.7Million subscribers.

Additional Information

  • Annual revenue $15.1 billion in 2019
  • Started On – February 14, 2005
  • Monthly Active Users 1.9 Billion
  • Company value $160 billion
  • Subscription fee – Totally free to join

Monetization requirements for YT Gaming

  • 1k subscribers on your channel
  • 4k Watch Time
  • Both above requirements must be completed in 12 months

2. Smashcast

Smashcast
Smashcast

So second on our list is the most rapidly growing game streaming platform “Smashcast”. It was build in May 2017 after the merge of Azubu.tv and Hitbox, these are also streaming platforms. If we talk about the Smashcast interface then it is one of the most amazing and easy-to-use interfaces I have ever seen, and their color scheme is also good.

Smashcast available a feature known as Hype-o-Meter to the audience to show support for their team ( basically a super chat option). There is also a categorization feature, lets you to make a catalog of your favorite clips or channels into 3 categories public, private, and adult.

And like other platforms, the channel or videos that are classified as Adult age restrictions applies for them. There is no fee you need to pay for sign up, only one thing which is required and that is a high performing PC. It has some built-in tools with the use of them you can record your live streams and make your content more appealing. In simple words, it is the platform that we all can appreciate.

Additional Information

  • Userbase 10 million
  • Annual revenue Not Available
  • Started On – May 2017
  • CEO – Mike McGarvey
  • Subscription fee – Also free to join

Monetization requirement for Smashcast

There are two program for monetizing your Smashcast account first is general program and second it premium program.

General Monetization Program
  • Fill the sign up from and you are qualified
  • The limit is, you run only 6 ads per hour on any streaming
Premium Monetization Program
  • You need more than 100 concurrent viewers
  • You have to stream three days every week.
  • The big benefits is, you can run 60 ads per hour on any streaming.

3. Twitch

Twitch
Twitch

If we are making a list of live streaming platforms for gamers and we don’t include Twitch in it, then this list won’t complete. This streaming platform is owned by Amazon, it was acquired by them in 2014. After a few years, it has now become the king of game streaming.

You might be thinking by am I saying this? because if we talk about the stats then, in only 2019 the platform watched for more than 9.3 billion hours, which is around 76.5% of the market. it has more than 9 million unique channels, the daily average visitors are 17 million on this platform, and right now at this time, more than 1 million people are active on the Twitch. it has around 1500 employees around the globe. Regularly, millions of Twitch users absorb unique content provided by different game streamers.

Now talking about the features then, It offers you a flexible and easy-to-operate user interface. Twitch is absolutely free to join, you just need to fill out a form. If you join is Paid account named “Turbo Account”, then you will have access to its exclusive emoticons and rich functionalities and also you will get an extra chat room. The most popular streams games on Twitch are Fortnite, League of Legends, Call of Duty.

Additional Information

  • Annual revenue $300 million in 2019
  • Started On – 2011
  • Monthly Active Users 100 Million
  • Company value $15 billion
  • Subscription fee – Totally free to join

Monetization requirements for Twitch

Affiliate Program
  • You need 50 followers at least
  • Total 500 minutes or 8 hours 20 minutes broadcast in 30 days
  • 7 unique broadcast days in 30 days
  • An average of 3 concurrent or more viewers over the last 30 days
Partners Program
  • 25 hours of stream in the last month
  • 12 different days streaming in the last month
  • More than 75 average viewers in the last month

4. Gosu Gamers

Gosu Gamers
Gosu Gamers

So we have reached the fourth platform of our list and its name is “GosuGamers”. Honestly speaking, this platform is a Rookie in the game streaming world. It is not as good as YT Gaming or Twitch, but yeah it has its own sperate market. 

As I told you previously, that this platform is new to this business. And because of that, It doesn’t have that much attractive interface. But there are some good things and features that this platform provides. First, it is totally dedicated to e-sports.

Gosugamers give support to almost all types of popular file formats and also it provides great video content quality. You can find streamers from 15 or 40 years old age on the platform, which means this platform let all age of users to stream on it Streams like VoyBoy uses this platform, I know some of you might not know him. Then here is a short intro of him.

He is a League of Legends esports player, his real name is Joedat Esfahani. He has more than 1.2 million followings on Twitch. He is a team member of the Meme Stream Dream Team. Team Dignitas and Team Curse are the main reason for this popularity. So let’s get going, for more info you can google him. 

in the end, all I can say that this platform still has a long way to go in the field of game streaming. But I wouldn’t recommend this platform for professional gamers to use, because if you think about it. Currently, they are using Twitch or YT gaming and their expectations are very high, which I don’t think Gosugamers can fulfill now. But I am sure they will be able to fill it in the near future. On the other hand, I would definitely recommend it to new streamers. Because this is a perfect place to begin your game streaming journey.

Additional Information

  • Annual revenue $285k in 2019
  • Started On – 2002
  • Monthly Active Users 1.5 Million
  • Company value $1.1 Million
  • Subscription fee – Totally free to join

Monetization requirements for Gosu Gamers

Currently there is no Information available for the monetization of Gosu Gamers. But we will try our best to available information about it as soon as possible.

5. Facebook Gaming

Facebook Gaming
Facebook Gaming

Like any other business, Facebook is also growing its feet in the game streaming market. With the growth of 200% in 2019, it has become the fastest-growing game streaming platform. The big reason behind its success is Mixer, Mixer had almost 2 Billion users on their site and since its demise, most of them took the taxi to Facebook gaming.

Whether it is growing like crazy but still there are some big names who might not let Facebook take over and the names are Twitch and YT Gaming. Currently, Facebook holds only 3 percent of the market share, by generating more than 350 million hours in 2019. It is right now working hard to enhance the gaming content quality and dominate its competition.

Lately, Facebook launched Level Up. It is basically a program that will help you to build your audience and provide personalized help to gamers from Facebook Support. By join the Level Up program, you’ll also have the access to its virtual currency called Facebook Stars plus you’ll have an option to stream in 1080p at 60 FPS.

Additional Information

  • Annual revenue $70.7 billion in 2019
  • Started On – February 2004
  • Monthly Active Users 2.7 Billion
  • Company value $527 billion
  • Subscription fee – Totally free to join

Monetization requirements for Facebook Gaming

Level Up Program
  • The page should be related to a gaming content
  • 100 follower
  • Stream game content from your gaming video creator page on at least 2 days in one consecutive 14-days period
  • Stream game content from your gaming video creator page on at least 4 hours in the same consecutive 14-days period
Partners Program
  • At least 10k Followers
  • You need 30k views in the last 2 months and each view should be 60 seconds on a 3 minutes long video