Up For Debate - YouTube vs. Twitch: Who Are Your Favourite Favourite Streamers?

Written by Ed SW on Sun, Nov 20, 2016 4:00 PM

Here’s one that there are analysts battling to get your opinion on as we speak (or read). So, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind here that streaming games is massive, like mega huge, bigger than Donald Trump’s ego kinda big. Through esports or just watching your favourite Swede have the bejeezus scared out of him, streaming games is here and it’s here to stay. But how do you prefer to get your fix? That’s the question on our minds. Do you like to be there on the front line watching it live on Twitch or Youtube Gaming? Or would you rather let someone else do that for you and just collect the good bits and serve them up on a platter?

Let’s get into it. So this one is relatively straight forward as a debate and mostly just comes down to preference, which people you prefer to watch being a big one. A factor usually down to which one you picked up first. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to know which one you’re into, we still want to know who you’re into and of course why.

Here over at GD HQ we mostly fall into the Youtube side of things. Our tech guru Chris is mostly on the big red button these days, although did have a stint on Twitch. He’s down with Totalbiscuit aka the Cynical Brit, Sid Alpha and that delightful physicist infused gamer Scott Manley amongst others. He says he enjoys Scott due to his interesting game play and willingness to explain the physics of what he’s watching.

I (Ed, hello again) am much the same in platform taste, I really enjoy Jerma985 but have only experienced him on Youtube rather than his streaming, much the same of Soviet Womble (who is a mighty crumpet of good watching) who also compiles the best streaming bits to Youtube so we don’t have to. Other than that I haven’t really Twitched much, apart from being a part of the Twitch plays Pokemon journey (Praise be to Helix and the eternal fight against the False Prophet: Herald of The Dome).

But when we said we mostly fall into the YouTube side of things here, there’s emphasis on mostly. Maybe you’re more like Jon “The Joffinator” S. He has been quoted “I don’t understand it” and “Why don’t you play the actual game?” A naysayer to the whole idea of it. He prefers to spend his downtime actually playing the games rather than letting those millionaires have all the fun. Maybe you’re the same?

Well you’ll just have to let us know. Who’s your favourite streamers? What’s your favourite platform? Does PewDiePie really need all that money? Hit up our poll and let us know in the comments, 3… 2… 1… GO!

Which Is your Favourite Medium?

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21:48 Nov-21-2016

"Jon “The Joffinator” S. He has been quoted “I don’t understand it” and “Why don’t you play the actual game?” "


Excellent point Jon, but then I don't understand why anyone would read your stories & not play the actual game?
In reality, your stories & videos are two forms of the same thing. Dismiss one & you've dismissed the other, in this case your own work.
Understand one & you understand both.

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23:10 Nov-21-2016

I personally pointed out that I don't do gameplays and I don't even do reviews. I know, I'm weird :D

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09:39 Nov-22-2016

But you do have three YouTube channels that I know of, featuring your gameplay. I know, I've watched them. I'm subscribed to all of them.
I'm still trying to figure out how you go so fast playing DOOM.

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21:16 Nov-21-2016

Many seem to think watching streamers play games is (profanity of choice) & a waste of time. I beg to differ.
Watching pros play is a great way to learn. Many former pro players make video tutorials on how to get better as well.
For example, I learned how to jump shoot from a tutorial by TheWarOwl, a former pro CS:GO player. From Unreal Tournament videos, I learned to dodge, a technique specific to that game. From Rocket Jump Ninja, a Quake player, I learned how to fake out an opponent.
Watching others play is also very entertaining. Most that watch golf are also players. It's the same with baseball.

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21:29 Nov-21-2016

And, arenas world wide have their seats filled with gamers watching their favorite team compete. Those that can't attend watch on Twitch, or watch highlights on YouTube.
I watched the Intel Masters CS:GO finals Sunday, a far more exciting match than the Bears losing to the Giants. NiP beat SK 2-1 with both NiP wins being fingernail biters.
Whether competition, tutorials, or just watching game play, streaming is a big part of gaming. Streamers are the rock stars of our sport. Advertisers for streamers & teams are bringing our sport into the limelight.
Even if you do not enjoy watching, you should not dismiss it & those that do.

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14:17 Nov-21-2016

I barely have time to play, much less to watch someone else play

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15:19 Nov-21-2016

exactly :D

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14:01 Nov-21-2016

Twitch chat is cancer but you gotta live with it if you're into esports. Other than esports though, I really don't have the time to watch individual streamers. And most esports tournaments aren't on youtube so it has to be twitch for me.

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10:49 Nov-21-2016

depends on games,as a huge The Division fan i have to say that SkillUp is one of the best in my opinion for The Division,as well as JackFrags for Battlefield 1,when im in doubt of buying a game i watch ppl play it to see what the game looks like and yeaaaaaaah theRadBrad is cool :)

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10:34 Nov-21-2016

let me put this one bluntly - I ain't have time to waste on such bullsh!t,
I do prefer YouTube for all sorts of tutorial, educational, review and discussion videos, but not finding a joy in watching gameplay videos :P

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01:26 Nov-21-2016

I love theRadBrad and actually I would have agreed with Jon if I could afford to

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00:18 Nov-21-2016

I love both.

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23:57 Nov-20-2016

YouTube, because I don't have hours to watch a whole stream.
I watch XcalPlays, a former pro, play the games I'm playing to get a better idea of how to approach the game. I consult often when I get stuck during a game as well.
For more entertaining watching it's OMGitsfirefoxx, 2MGoverCsquared, Unreal Tournament, fnatic TV, Rocket Jump Ninja & TheWarOwl.
There's also this largely unknown channel called GameDebate that's interesting sometimes.

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23:33 Nov-20-2016

I'm a twitch but i don't watch often. Why watching when you can play?

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01:16 Nov-21-2016

well, not everyone can play...

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02:12 Nov-22-2016

Well, this whole debate taught me something, that most people watch because they can't play, not because they're interested in watching.

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22:51 Nov-20-2016

Beam Master Race

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22:44 Nov-20-2016

Well both are ok but I will go for youtube cause the stream is in much better quality, I mean in both stability and visual quality but most visual

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21:30 Nov-20-2016

Only reason why I go on Twitch is to watch Northernlion's NLSS live, everything else is YouTube for me.

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21:35 Nov-20-2016

man i loved that guys DS1 Lets play thanks for mentioning him im gonna go watch him for good old times

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22:15 Nov-20-2016

He's one of my all time favorites. Been watching his content for 5 years straight, can't get old.

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20:09 Nov-20-2016

I'm like both YouTube and Twitch, but if you'd make me choose i'd go with YouTube.

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19:42 Nov-20-2016

SovietWomble will be my answer for. If only my internet is fast and stable i might watch him on twitch more. Sure you can play what he play but you don't have friends like he has.

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18:18 Nov-20-2016

I'm with Jon. If I want to have fun - I play the games myself! Don't need some loudmouth screaming at me while he's playing the game. I dunno, I'm just old-fashioned like that.

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18:16 Nov-20-2016

always been a big fan of MaximusBlack and Novawar with WCF and NANG's. got to play Paragon with MB the other week which was frigging sweet :D

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18:13 Nov-20-2016

I obviously use both but I am a big Twitch guy. I watch CS:GO and DOTA 2 proffesional matches (even with friends if there are top tournaments running) and various live streamers such us, Sing_Sing, Summit1g and many others. But most of my twitch time goes to Esports watching. What makes it far better to me is the fact that you can interact with the streamer (if we are talking about a non huge channel and civilized chat :P) and with the other viewers through simple dialogue or by participating into this huge Twitch chat hivemind that may not make any sense at first but once you get in it can be pretty fun :P. Of couse sadly the chat has its dark side too sometimes with out of control spam or insulting/racist remarks etc but when its the way it should be it can be amazing. On youtube I was 3-4 short videos per day at most and the vast majority of them are tech or gaming related. As for the "why not play instead of watch" argument well its pretty simple. Its a very different thing. Just like playing basketball and watching a basketball match. At least thats the way I see it :)

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14:03 Nov-21-2016

dude I thought it was 10 years since sing stream. can't believe that guy's streaming again. he's actually retired from professional dota now.

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15:49 Nov-21-2016

yeah I know. And its a good thing if you ask me. He wasnt in a tier 1 team for a long time now anyway so its better that he has dedicated himself to streaming. I love it.

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18:06 Nov-20-2016

Just gotta love StoneMountain64's Battlefield streams!
also the WAN show from LinusTechTips..

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18:01 Nov-20-2016

I'm With Jon. “Why don’t you play the actual game?”

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18:04 Nov-20-2016

I do, and then I watch others play it too.

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