MiscDiscussionTwitch vs. YouTube, which platform streams gaming better?

    Twitch vs. YouTube, which platform streams gaming better?

    With the addition of many new features to the YouTube Streaming platform, it’s coming closer to its competitor Twitch. The shift of known big names to YouTube has also made people consider YouTube a serious streaming service. Even though it was still a platform for YouTube-based gamers who were more about posting videos than streaming like twitch, it comes under more spotlight due to now having a stable stream option. Let’s jump into the differences between Twitch vs YouTube now.



    Twitch is an Amazon-owned streaming-only platform. This means that the only available content is current or recent live streams, not pre-recorded videos. While any type of content can be streamed, the great majority of content providers on Twitch are video game streamers, leading to Twitch’s image as a platform primarily for video games.


    YouTube is owned by Google and is far older than Twitch, but it only recently added streaming features. While the platform now offers broadcasts, pre-recorded videos remain its primary type of content. Its popularity is tied to its videos being up whenever you want to watch them.

    Browsing Differences

    Twitch and YouTube are both search engines in their own way. That is, each has a built-in search capability. These two platforms present videos to users who search in slightly different ways.

    The tilt towards more popular channels on Twitch can be one of the disadvantages for new streamers. Unlike YouTube, where a new channel may be suggested, Twitch prefers to propose broadcasts with a large number of viewers. Because of this, Twitch is a difficult platform to get started on until you have a sizable following.

    Due to the difference in thumbnails on YouTube, the two platforms have a completely distinct feel and aesthetic. It also makes Twitch appear weirdly uniform across all streams, based on common editing and style at the time. When it comes to browsing, YouTube appears to be superior to Twitch.


    It’s known that YouTube can store your videos until you want to remove them yourself or they are taken down by monetization issues. This allows you to form a thumbnail for your posted videos. On the other hand, Twitch doesn’t have this feature. The videos on Twitch are not around for a long time so it makes the availability of videos on Twitch very low. This is also related to why Twitch won’t allow you to Put up Thumbnails and YouTube does allow it.

    Stream Quality and Setting up Stream

    To begin streaming on YouTube, you must first confirm your phone number in your account settings. Once you’re live, you can keep track of how many people are watching, control the chat, and read the comments. Desktop streaming can handle greater resolutions, multiple cameras, and 360-degree videos.

    Twitch has a similar user interface, with the chat box on the right side of the stream and minimal administration buttons beneath it. However, the navigation may take some getting used to, particularly for new users. Twitch, like YouTube, lacks a key feature: the option to pause or rewind a live feed. If you pause the broadcast and then restart it, it will return to the current time.

    In terms of stream quality, it’s no surprise that YouTube has better quality. YouTube users can stream up to 4K which is 2160p, whereas Twitch users can only stream HD which is 1080p at 60 frames per second each. Not a big difference, but YouTube streams can sometimes save you from lagging throughout.

    Interaction with Audience: Chat and Special Messages

    When it comes to broadcast chats, the main distinction between Twitch and YouTube is the order in which messages are shown. Twitch employs a time-based structure, and because the site lacks a rewind and pause tool, the chat is often constant with the happenings in the video. Twitch emphasizes the creative part of the broadcast by providing platform-specific emotes, which are visual representations of custom-designed words or inside jokes. Both systems enable you to assign moderators to your chat, but Twitch goes a step further by allowing streamers to define their own rules.

    YouTube chats are automatically evaluated for relevancy, and viewers can comment on completely separate areas of the stream at the same time. Also, they don’t have custom emojis yet, which makes the chat not personal but the same for every creator.

    Leniency and Bans

    Twitch and YouTube have slightly varying content policies. When it comes to video content, YouTube is regarded to be fairly forgiving. At the same time, Twitch appears to have no problem banning streamers without explanation. Even those who have contracts appear to suffer the same fate as every other Livestream.

    Unlike Twitch, YouTube offers a three-strike system. Before you are banned or blocked from anything, there are warnings on YouTube. In case of using bad words or just words that are sometimes not appropriate, twitch and YouTube are the same. Both block the comments and don’t show them in chat.

    Audience Growth

    One of the most significant distinctions between Twitch vs YouTube is growth. In general, there are two elements to keep in mind while assessing the growth potential of each platform which are the algorithm and availability.

    The YouTube algorithm gives tiny content providers a chance to be viewed by potential viewers, whereas the Twitch algorithm prioritizes streamers with a larger following. This is extremely bad for new streamers as they won’t come up until you search for them with names.

    Because YouTube video content is always available, you don’t always need to be on the platform or live streaming to acquire viewers. Meanwhile, in order to expand your channel on Twitch, you must stream consistently and participate in the community.


    Twitch Paying System for Streamers

    • Sponsors: The more members you have, the more likely it is that advertising will appear. The channel owner has the option of including sponsored links in their profile or advertising on their stream. For this, you do not need to engage in a partnership arrangement. However, keep in mind that irreverent and invasive advertisements can result in viewer loss.
    • Advertisements: You can enable ads when your stream reaches an affiliate. The amount of money they pay varies, but the base payout ranges between $0.25 and $1.50 per 1,000 views.
    • Bits: Streamers can collect direct donations from viewers via Bits. Viewers employ Bits, a unique Twitch currency, for this purpose. Twitch gets 29% of the top, leaving streamers with 71% of Bits donations.
    • Donations: Donations made using a PayPal donation button or other monetary exchange platforms are tax-deductible. In this approach, a viewer can pay $5 and the streamer will receive 100% of the money. It is the cheapest technique to ensure that the streamer receives the entire amount intended by the viewer.
    • Subscribers: This is where Twitch outperforms YouTube. Twitch gets 50% of membership costs, which are $5 per month per subscription (less if you are a partner). As a result, the streamer earns $2.50 per subscription each month. Although it may not appear to be much, some streamers have tens of thousands of subscribers. On Twitch, subscriber culture is alive and well. People want to show their support for their favorite streams.
    • Sell Merchandise: This is a component of Twitch that YouTube does not seem to understand. Live sales on a stream, with no need for the viewer to switch screens. It is performed through one of the several merchandising extensions available on Twitch.

    Twitch Paying System for Streamers

    • Sponsors: YouTube creators also have their fair share of Sponsored ads. The same thing is applied here too, that you need more followers to get a good sponsorship. However, keep in mind that irreverent and invasive advertisements can result in viewer loss.
    • Advertisements: YouTube permits adverts once a creator has reached a certain threshold, similar to how Twitch does. The difference is that YouTube advertising tends to be more expensive. Much more. YouTube advertising pays approximately $18 for each ad view, which equates to $3-$5 for every 1,000 video views.
    • Members: Members are the YouTube counterpart of Twitch subscriptions. The difficulty here is that many people who use YouTube on a regular basis are unaware of the existence of a Member level.
    • Chat Donations: YouTube’s official donation system takes 30% of donations off the top, whereas Twitch takes no money from donations.
    • Selling Merch: There isn’t a feature for creators to sell their merch yet on YouTube. There is an alternative for that which allows them to permanently paste the link and from there, followers can buy stuff. Although YouTube said they would upgrade it, it’s not available yet.

    What generates more money?

    It is difficult to give specific figures because the two platforms end up giving distinct development scenarios. With Twitch, you may start making money right away; through donations at first. Continuing on with each successful stream, and eventually through the Affiliate program. To earn more money, you may need to rely on your own agreements with advertising rather than the platform’s algorithms.

    It is far more difficult to break into YouTube’s Affiliate Program, but if you do, the earnings may be very impressive, and each subsequent video will work in your favor, especially if you save the streams rather than deleting them. In short, Twitch’s earnings are steady but small while once you hit your popularity, the earnings on YouTube are high.

    That is all for all the differences both streaming platforms have. It is clear that both have their own features with each lacking in one way or another. For more updates about games and reviews, check out our website Retrology.

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    Izna Anjum
    Izna Anjum
    Izna is an avid reader, gamer and anime-lover who likes to express thoughts through words. She has years of experience playing single-player games and writing guides about them. In Retrology, she has been a professional gaming guides writer for 1+ year. She is currently playing Hogwarts Legacy and Valorant.
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