Nothing’s worse than tuning into a streamer who clearly isn’t enjoying the game. In fact, that is arguably the most important part of the game. Since you are there to entertain your viewers, you can’t fake enjoying a game for 6-10 hours. If you do, you’re likely to burn out.
The best thing you can do is to play something that you enjoy playing. It will show in your gameplay, attitude and overall feel of your stream!
Playing a new title can be one of the best ways to get new viewers. It takes some investment, but for some streamers, it can be worth the cost. Even more so, when you have exclusive access to a hot new title or game that is not yet available on PC.
There are a few things out there to mitigate the cost, though. Of course, there is the free to play section on Steam but other paid services can help you find exclusive titles. Some services, like Origin give you an opportunity to start playing a few days early!
Browsing Twitch can be one of the best ways to figure out what you should play next. Find a game within your genre, or if you’re a variety gamer just go for anything! Try to find something where your average viewer size can compete on the first page, and check out other streams to see if the game looks interesting to you and your community!
Lets clarify that playing a popular game doesn’t necessarily mean play something saturated. It just means something that is in demand, but does not relate to the amount of streamers playing it. Playing a popular game can be great if you’re good at it, but viewers are especially critical of poor plays. You have to find a way to both be entertaining and competitive!
Before you try a popular game, ask yourself:
How will you stand out?
Will you enjoy the game? Or are you playing a popular game just to grow your channel?
Sullygnome has a game picker tool to help you find what to stream for your community. You simply need to enter the average viewer count in the top right, and then browse games that you would be visible on the first few pages of the category!