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Best Games to Stream on Twitch 2021

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With thousands of games to stream on Twitch, it can be difficult to narrow down what you should play. This guide will cover 10 good options as well as give you strategies in looking at other games.

Finding the right video game to grow your channel can be a very difficult task for new streamers. Popular games like League of Legends and Call of Duty while fun to play are very difficult to grow in for new streamers due to the amount of competition. In our experience, we’ve found indie games and fun party games are far more effective for increasing the number of viewers. This list outlines our top game picks for smaller content creators looking to build their channel, achieve Twitch affiliate, and grow their community.

phasmophobia

1. Phasmophobia

829
K Followers on Twitch
5.7
K Average viewers
509
Average channels
11
Viewer ratio

Best Feature

  • Great for generating donations

Recommended For: Streamers with 5-20 concurrent viewers

Phasmo has been booming since it hit the steam store for early release back in September 2020. Over Halloween, many streamers and viewers bought into the hype often teaming up with friends to explore haunted locations as a team of paranormal investigators. Where the game really shines is the jump scares. If you are a Twitch affiliate we highly recommend adding a bit donation alert with audio of a scream. Not only does this drive monetization but it creates fun moments the community will remember and is great for making clips that can later be shared on your socials.

minecraft steve running through a plains biome

2. Minecraft

33
Million Followers on Twitch
114
K Average viewers
4.5
K Average channels
25
Viewer ratio

Best Feature

  • Community servers

Recommended For: Streamers with 10-50 concurrent viewers.

Since its release in 2009, Minecraft has become the top-selling game of all time. Gamers have become enthralled with the sandbox game. Minecraft is good for community interaction where people can relax in the game’s nostalgia. Minecraft is one of the few games where viewers can play alongside streamers. Getting viewers playing and involved in projects generates huge vested interest.

dead by daylight

3. Dead by Daylight

9.6
Million Followers on Twitch
32
K Average viewers
1.8
K Average channels
18
Viewer ratio

Best Feature

  • Very interactive

Recommended For: Streamers with 5-20 concurrent viewers.

Smaller niche game with a loyal fanbase. Suspense helps with retention as viewers want to see how the round ends. Will the streamer be gruesomely murdered?

You can also play the game with your viewers, as long as you remain the murderer searching them out (otherwise, they are able to track you down). This will let other viewers wonder if you will be able to find their community members. If you have multiple people wanting to play with you, you can use a randomized generator or limit the players to subs.

old school runescape

4. Old School Runescape

902
K Followers on Twitch
5.6
K Average viewers
173
K Average channels
33
Viewer ratio

Best Feature

  • Mature demographic

Recommended For: Streamers with 5-35 concurrent viewers.

Runescape was originally released in 2001 and was immediately embraced by an adoring fanbase. While a younger crowd still plays the current version of Runescape, many of the original players prefer playing and watching OSRS (Old School Runescape) for nostalgia.

There are many different niches and skills you can hone to create a niche for yourself and keep it interesting for your viewers. Player-owned houses and guilds also present the opportunity to hang out with your viewers.

The viewer of OSRS is an older fanbase, who are now typically between the ages of 25-35 years old. Many of them are employed and have a little extra cash they are willing to use on donations and subs. It’s also very common for community members to gift in-game items and currency.

animal crossing

5. Animal Crossing

1.8
Million Followers on Twitch
16
Average viewers
160
Average channels
9
Viewer ratio

Best Feature

  • Calm and Serenity

Recommended For: Streamers with 10-30 concurrent viewers.

Animal Crossing is a new game and one of the biggest of the year. It has a huge following and people want to see what others are up to. It is a very feel-good game that’s very inclusive. You don’t need a high skill cap to do well and have fun. Make sure to weigh in your thoughts about the peach tree vs pear tree controversy.

ocarina of time

6. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

1.3
Million Followers on Twitch
1.3
K Average viewers
63
Average channels
21
Viewer ratio

Best Feature

  • Loyal viewerbase

Recommended For: Streamers with 0-20 concurrent viewers.

The first of the Zelda franchise that was released in 3D, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was releases in 1998 and has a huge amount of nostalgia surrounding it. All you need to do is visit any “Song of Storms” cover on YouTube to see how much people still love the game and story decades after it was released.

The story-telling aspect of Zelda games, in general, makes for a simple way to play through a game while still being able to interact with your viewers. Like OSRS, these viewers will likely be between 25-35 years old. Many will be there to “re-experience” the game through someone else’s eyes.

gwent the witcher card game

7. Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

676
K Followers on Twitch
1.1
K Average viewers
21
Average channels
52
Viewer ratio

Best Feature

  • Great viewer ratio

Recommended For: Streamers with 0-10 concurrent viewers.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game generally has a great streamer to viewer ratio. Witcher 3 is one of the stand out games of the last decade but sometimes suffers from being oversaturated with streamers.If you want to start building a following in the Witcher niche, Gwent is a mini-game that has a following in its own right.

After you build up a bit of a following, you can play through the Witcher game with a Gwent focus, and grow your Witcher following further. Gwent is also a great game for streamers who love to roleplay and cosplay on Twitch.

jackbox games

8. Jackbox

353
K Followers on Twitch
2.9
K Average viewers
80
K Average channels
36
Viewer ratio

Best Feature

  • Very interactive

Recommended For: Streamers with 5-20 concurrent viewers.

Jackbox Games are a group of party games that can be played by a group of people even if they are not in the same room. This means that streamers can play with their viewers. Many of the games even have Twitch integration, allowing the streamer to play it without having to worry about Twitch trolls Jackbox streamers get a lot of organic traffic from viewers specifically searching the category. This means it’s a great game pick for building a few core viewers who might enjoy your content/ personality enough. Jackbox is fast-paced and generates a huge amount of content so while this creates pressure to keep up the pace it also helps solve a common new streamer issue of dead airtime.

marbles on stream

9. Marbles on Stream

320
K Followers on Twitch
2.5
K Average viewers
85
Average channels
29
Viewer ratio

Best Feature

  • All viewers can play along

Recommended For: Streamers with 10-40 concurrent viewers.

Great way to start a stream. Very popular for streamers to do 10-30 minutes of marbles while the stream picks up the regular viewers. Gives them something fun to play and mess around in. The game works well if played before a story driven game that regular viewers won’t want to miss.

The time spent on marbles works as a buffer. Also really good if you need to take a toilet break or make some food. A game of marbles takes 2-3 minutes and gives viewers something to watch in the meantime. Optionally, you can set the game up to allow players to bet channel points from Streamlabs with each other on if a particular marble will come in first.

starcraft II

10. Starcraft II

2.3
Million Followers on Twitch
5.8
K Average viewers
87
Average channels
67
Viewer ratio

Best Feature

  • Devoted viewerbase

Recommended For: Streamers with 3-20 concurrent viewers.

StarCraft 2 is one of the most popular if not the most popular RTS games of all time. It has a huge viewer base even today and a great pick if you are skilled at RTS. You can pull in viewers and retain them with impressive strategy and micro.

outward

11. Outward

43
K Followers on Twitch
153
Average viewers
11
Average channels
14
Viewer ratio

Best Feature

  • Co-op gameplay

Recommended For: Streamers with 0-20 concurrent viewers.

Outward is an open-world RPG with a heavy focus on several survival elements such as warmth, hunger, fatigue, and thirst.

Outward is a great pick for a new streamer primarily due to the immensely popular co-op play. Do you find it difficult to keep talking on stream? Invite an entertaining friend or a fellow streamer and jump into an open-world RPG with no level grind or gear restrictions. The game’s hardcore mode also implements a system where on death there is a 20% chance it’s permanent which requires restarting the game. This makes for a great few moments of intense tension when you fall in battle. In my opinion, the anticipation is even worse than a game where permadeath is guaranteed and is sure to be an entertaining event for your viewers regardless of the outcome.

raft

12. Raft

792
K Followers on Twitch
1.6
K Average viewers
109
Average channels
15
Viewer ratio

Best Feature

  • Thriving community across Twitch, Reddit etc.

Recommended For: Streamers with 10-20 concurrent viewers.

Raft is a great game for new streamers still getting a feel for gaming while managing chat. A lot of games are difficult to balance entertaining your audience while also successfully working your way through the content. Raft is a great pace and offers plenty of time to get your viewers invested in the adventure by taking onboard their opinions when making decisions throughout the game. You can add additional stakes in regards to food, water or even permadeath and it has 2-4 player co-op.

While appearing on the top 3 rows of the category requires a 10 viewer minimum there is a thriving community who love the game and every few months new content is released and the category blows up again. If you have already streamed it once it is a really easy game to return to at a later date.

How to Find Additional Games

You can use TwitchStrike to find out what games are currently trending in your current hour. Here is how it works:

Step 1: Visit the site’s section about “What to stream this hour”

Step 2: Browse the list of games, taking note of the number of channels currently streaming, the average viewer count, and the percentage of viewers that the top 5% of that game’s category owns. 

Step 3: Double check current trends on Twitch as TwitchStrike isn’t always accurate and doesn’t always update accordingly

Step 4: Set up your stream. 

About the Author

Chris

Chris is a digital marketer with a strong background in influencer branding. He applies his knowledge of content and promotional strategies to design actionable advice for new and intermediate streamers.

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