Should I do YouTube or Twitch?
Monthly users who watch video games on Twitch number around 100 million, and nearly 15 percent of all videos on YouTube being related to video games. It is fair to say, therefore, that not only are video games being enjoyed by more people than those who actually play them, but that as passive entertainment they are now almost as popular as film and television.
The on-demand and live spaces have until now been dominated respectively by YouTube and Twitch, but the arrival of YouTube Gaming means that the two are now in direct competition. So which is really more deserving of the loyalty of gamers?
YouTube Gaming – The Pros
One of the great advantages of Twitch is that the site’s user interface makes it very simple for people to find something entertaining to watch. One of half a dozen featured broadcasts is automatically played on the homepage, with users able to flip through the others. These feature a variety of up-and-coming and popular streamers offering a mix of different genres. The most popular channels and games are also listed underneath the player, though a separate tab has to be clicked to look at other titles or broadcasters the user is following.
however, the dedicated gaming pages offered by Twitch pale in comparison to its new competitor. While it is clear that YouTube
has taken some inspiration from Twitch, it has actually improved on it in a variety of ways. The rows of featured videos offered by YouTube Gaming offer a mixture of non-live and live clips, as well as displaying big icons on the homepage for followed channels and games on both sides of the screen.
YouTube Gaming also triumphs with live DVR, a feature completely absent from Twitch that enables users to be able to jump back up to four hours – even while watching a live stream – and then back again, while the archive on Twitch can only be watched when the live stream has concluded. YouTube also has marginally more reliable video quality.
YouTube Gaming – The Cons
YouTube Gaming is not without its disadvantages however. The set of features offered by Twitch is currently still superior to its in terms of stream control and the ability to generate
from it. Twitch streamers are able to allow other users to be editors and moderators, with the former there to design highlight clips and run adverts, while the latter prevent the stream chat from becoming offensive.
Twitch’s Partner Program offers another way to make money. Users get a cut of their stream’s ad revenue once signed up, with the option to offer viewers perks for taking out monthly subscriptions – such as no restrictions on past broadcasts, higher video quality and customised emoticons.
YouTube has also begun to make it increasingly difficult for some videos to be monetised if they are deemed to be not “advertiser friendly”, a development that has incensed many content creators and forced them to look for alternative sites.
Conclusion – which is better?
YouTube Gaming is proving a strong rival to . However, the many issues it has make its victory in the battle far from an inevitable outcome, and ensure that Twitch currently remains the best site for broadcasters and viewers of live gaming videos.
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