The advantages of YouTube over Twitch for streamers

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Streaming is a viable career and a very common hobby. For gamers around the world, live streaming while they play popular games offers a great opportunity to build community and potentially earn some cash. As the popularity of streaming continues to grow, streamers have a few options when it comes to choosing a platform for their content.

While not the only options for streamers, Twitch and YouTube are the two most populated platforms when it comes to streaming. Both websites offer different pros and cons, and some streamers will use both or alternate between the two. Deciding on which site to post the majority of their content largely depends on a streamer’s personal preference and broadcasting style.

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Broadcast on Twitch


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Twitch is owned by Amazon and is a streaming-only platform. This means that the only content available is current or recent live streams, not pre-recorded videos. While any type of content can be streamed, the vast majority of content creators on Twitch are video game streamers, which has led to Twitch’s reputation as a platform primarily for video games. Because of this, it can potentially be easier for streamers to grow an audience on Twitch when playing games, as the built-in community is large and like-minded. Many of the world’s most popular streamers; people like Ninja, Pokimane, shroud, and more; proved that wild success on Twitch is possible.


The monetization threshold of a Twitch stream is significantly lower than that of YouTube. To become a Twitch affiliate, a streamer needs a minimum of 50 subscribers, an average of three viewers per stream, and a total of 500 minutes streamed over a seven-day period. Twitch is also giving streamers more options to earn revenue like bit donations, monetary donations, subscriptions, merchandise, and ads. However, Twitch’s algorithm doesn’t particularly favor newer and less popular streamers, so while creators can monetize their content sooner, making a meaningful profit will likely require a lot of groundwork.


Broadcast on YouTube


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YouTube is owned by Google and is significantly older than Twitch, but only incorporated streaming capabilities in recent years. Although the platform now supports streams, its main form of content is still pre-recorded videos. In general, YouTube is a better platform for long-form content because streams stick around indefinitely after they end. If a creator broadcasts Pokemon Legends: Arceus on Tuesday morning, the video will still be live on Friday afternoon and the creator will continue to benefit from the views after the stream ends. While YouTube is newer to the world of video game streaming, many popular creators like Dream, Valyrae, Dr DisRespect and many more are gaining millions of views on their YouTube streams.


To start making money from YouTube streams, the requirements are much stricter than those of Twitch. The platform requires content creators to have 1,000 subscribers and a minimum of 4,000 hours of watch time to monetize a channel. There are also fewer monetization options, limited to ads, paid subscriptions, and Super Chat donations. YouTube ads pay more per view than Twitch ads, but YouTube takes a bigger share of profit than Twitch, making the two quite comparable in terms of profitability.

Twitch and YouTube offer similar experiences when it comes to streamers. For a streamer trying to decide which platform to work on, it comes down to a matter of priorities. Although Twitch offers faster monetization, it is harder to build a Twitch audience. While YouTube asks for more, the algorithm is more favorable to smaller creators. Depending on what a creator wants to stream, how often they want to post, how long the videos they want to create, and their community preferences, Twitch and YouTube are valuable for different reasons.


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