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Chris Sev • Edited on

I started on Twitch and switched over to YouTube because I felt there would be a larger audience on there. The main thing I learned from going to YouTube:

YouTube doesn't build community like Twitch does (for livestreaming at least).

Streamed on Twitch and the same people keep coming back. On YouTube, I never got repeat viewers because YouTube's livestreaming notification system is terrible.

After 3 months away from Twitch, I streamed again and 25 of the regular viewers came back!

Twitch has a big learning curve and has its downsides, but I decided that I would rather focus on the quality of the community rather than trying to get the highest numbers. Twitch is the spot for community building.

Final Thoughts:

  • Twitch feels like it's hangout with dev friends. If I get stuck, people always help out with the code.
  • YouTube felt more professional. People expected webinar quality with no mistakes.

YouTube is for recorded videos. Twitch is for livestreaming.

Livestream on Twitch. Export the stream to YouTube. Here's my links if you want to see how I stream!

On Twitch
On YouTube