Twitch? YouTube? Make up your mind.

Thanks to Sudsy for the cool thumbnail, which is kinda related to the topic of this post.

Hey. Hi. It’s been a long time since I posted anything here. Last time I posted anything here was before Overwatch was released. Damn, it’s been a long time. Since then I’ve been streaming that and other games almost every week. At this point I’ve definitely put more time and effort into streaming than making videos, which is not something I’m really that proud of. Videos definitely bring in more views and ad revenue than streams, but streaming is just too much fun for me to stop.

There are two different ways I end up streaming. Some of the time I play a calm game like Stardew Valley or Roller Coaster Tycoon or Skyrim, which gives me plenty of time to read the chat, greet all the viewers, and just talk about something other than the game. I spend more time “streaming” than actually playing the game. I’ll probably call these friendly streams.

On the other side of the coin, I decide to play more fast-paced games like Overwatch or Nuclear Throne or more recently, Dota 2. I like to call these lazy streams, which sounds pretty weird since those games take a ton of focus, but I’m talking about the stream. During lazy streams I end up neglecting the chat and not greeting people who show up and giving a lot less commentary than on friendly streams. I end up playing the game rather than streaming.

I have noticed that lazy streams have a harder time retaining viewers than friendly streams, and I have a hypothesis to why that is. I think people come to YouTube streams for a more personal experience, so when I do a lazy stream on YouTube, people show up, greet me, see that I haven’t responded in five minutes, and decide to leave.

Another hypothesis I have is that people go to Twitch expecting gameplay over commentary, seeing that the top three games at any given time are online multiplayer action games, with the exception of Hearthstone. It always seems to me that Twitch streamers rarely read the chat, but they are able to retain viewers better than anyone ever could on YouTube.

Okay, so I have a solution for my issues with streaming on YouTube. If I stream a game on YouTube and I notice it’s getting significantly less views than most streams, I either won’t stream that game or I might stream that game on Twitch. Games that I’m probably gonna start streaming on Twitch include Nuclear Throne, Dota 2, and Overwatch.

Everything else as of now is going to be streamed on YouTube. Stardew Valley, Skyrim, Half-life, and Bioshock will keep going there, so anyone who wants to keep watching those doesn’t have to worry. I will also be playing Dark Souls II this weekend for the first time, and that will also be streamed on YouTube, so keep an eye out for when that happens.