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SponsoredeSports and game streaming have gone hand-in-hand for many years. Who are the big players and how are they affected by change? Find out here!

As a gaming genre, eSports has exploded in the last decade. Whether people are fighting it out in the Battle Royale of Fortnite or taking on another team in Overwatch, there are hundreds of games out there where you can make your mark as a player. Improve your skills enough and you could even find yourself with a lucrative eSports career.

What about the rest of us? We can play the games for ourselves but many also like to turn to streaming services to see how the pros play. Let’s take a look at some of the top streaming platforms and how they are affecting the world of eSports.

Steam TV
This platform is worth mentioning simply because of its developer, Valve. They are behind the software distribution platform Steam and some of the most popular games of all time like Half-Life and Portal. More importantly, however, they are the developers of Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive; two of the most popular games in esports today. While other streaming services currently have right to their games, we can predict that Valve may take them back soon and open themselves up as one of the big competitors in the streaming world.

YouTube Gaming
YouTube has a long history of being good to gamers, from people who dabble in multiple genres to those who prefer to stick to one game like Minecraft or The Sims. It also has a dedicated platform for streaming live content, allowing you to watch people play all your favourite titles with the UI being easy for anyone to navigate.

Most crucially, you can rewind the stream whenever you want to and replay your favourite parts. This is key for attracting viewers who like this aspect of control. It also allows anyone tuning in late to the stream to rewind it to catch up what they have missed. YouTube Gaming is the current unofficial home of many streams for games such as Clash Royale and FACEIT’s eSports Championship series. With the amount of support they can give both the streamers and the viewers, we can only expect great things to continue to come from them.

Twitch was launched back in 2011 to be a streaming platform for video games and it has only gone from strength to strength. You can now find Twitch channels dedicated to all types of games from MMOs, slot games at online casinos to table-top RPGs as demonstrated by the massively popular D&D show, Critical Role.

The platform is currently in the middle of a two-year deal to broadcast the Overwatch League and they also have rights to the NBA 2K League. The tournament organiser DreamHack, masterminds behind four different eSports festivals plus games, also has a long-running partnership with Twitch which is unlikely to end anytime soon. We can only expect Twitch to remain as King of the streaming platforms for a long time to come.

eSports and streaming go hand in hand. The industries are keeping up with each other very successfully and it will be interesting to see how this progresses in the future. While Twitch is likely to remain at the forefront for a very long time to come, it will be interesting to see which of its competitors can rise to the second place spot in the future.


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