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The Best Games To Stream on Twitch Right Now

Tyler Larson
September 9, 20213 mins read

Figuring out what to stream can be one of the hardest parts of planning your content as a creator. It’s not always easy to determine what the best games to stream are. Once you start thinking about what you like, what’s coming out soon, what’s popular right now, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by choice. So let’s take a look at some of the top games on Twitch right now and consider if they’re right for you and your audience!

The golden rule of content creation

Perhaps it’s not officially the golden rule of live-streaming, but we must stress that the best game for you to stream is one you love to play. It doesn’t matter if you’re streaming one of the top games on Twitch if you don’t actually enjoy it. Audiences respond to authenticity and will notice if it’s not there. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try new games or formats as you develop your channel, but you’re going to be spending a lot of time on your games as a live-streamer so make sure they’re ones you like. And of course, if you’re not into video games, check out our fantastic guide to streaming things that aren’t games!

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The heavyweights in the best games to stream category

It’s hard to ignore what Grand Theft Auto V has achieved on Twitch. This is a relatively old game that has grabbed interest from streamers over the last year thanks to the explosive popularity of its role-playing (RP) servers. Though the game is still very popular, it is important to note that its viewership is now on a downward trend (at the time of writing) according to places like sullygnome. That said, GTA V remains one of the biggest games on the platform in terms of viewership by a wide margin, so it’s not too late to try and get into the world yourself, especially if you have a passion for online role-playing. We also saw a similar trend at the beginning of the year with Among Us, a game that completely blew up, and has now fallen off the charts. 

If you are looking to jump in and stream some of the most popular games, here’s a list of just a few to try.

The Top Games to stream on Twitch Currently (by Viewership):

Updated 10/29/2021

  • League of Legends
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • New World
  • DOTA 2
  • Minecraft
  • CS:GO
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Don’t overlook the draw of alphas and betas

You love new games, right? Then it will not come as a surprise to you that other gamers really like new games as well. A quick ticket to getting views on Twitch is streaming a game that’s in alpha or beta, as it’s one of the first places for people to see the game in action. There is also the added bonus that the game’s community is in its infancy at this point, so it can be easier to connect with others who are interested and make a name for yourself while the pool of creators is still relatively small. So if you grab an alpha or beta key, get online and don’t keep it to yourself.

One title that’s in exactly this phase is New World, a brand new Massively Multiplayer Online game (MMO) published by Amazon Game Studios. Currently, in beta, it racked up nearly 5.2 million hours viewed in its first few days on Twitch. Another one to watch out for is Back 4 Blood with the chance to earn a beta key actually available by watching other streamers play the game.

Once you’ve picked your game, remember that you’re not locked into it for life. Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins started as a Halo player but became famous for Fortnite. Balancing meeting your audience’s needs while still playing games you love is ultimately the key to success.

Tyler Larson

Tyler is a video industry veteran and livestreaming consultant. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, coaching sports, and futilely trying to play through every game in his Steam library.More from this Author