Mixer vs Twitch: Which should you use to stream your games?

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Mixer is much smaller than Twitch at the moment, but it is growing and hitting some pretty impressive numbers, especially for a streaming platform that is only four years old.

Mixer vs. Twitch Stats

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Concurrent Viewers Q4 201937.5K1.06M
Total Streamers Q4 201969K2.2M
Unique Active Channels Q4 20193,620,8143,742,125
Average Viewer Count Per Channel3.128
Price of Channel Subscription$4.99$4.99
Subscription GiftingYesYes
Subscription Program to the PlatformMixer ProTwitch Prime

Data Source: NewZoo

15 Mixer Average Concurrent Viewers

15 Mixer Average Concurrent Viewers (Image credit: Newzoo / Streamlabs)

5 Data On Twitch Concurrent Viewership

5 Data On Twitch Concurrent Viewership (Image credit: Newzoo / Streamlabs)

Streamers flocked to Mixer in 2019, significantly growing the streamer base. Unfortunately, the viewer growth has not increased quite as rapidly. This puts the viewers per channel at the lowest among the streaming platforms. As we know, this isn't how streaming works, the larger streams on Mixer are hosting between 20 and 200 viewers, and well beyond that for the biggest of the big names. This doesn't leave as much for everybody else right now, but the viewership is growing, if a little slower than hoped.

But if you can carve out a corner, Mixer can be an excellent place to start streaming. FTL technology lets Mixer streamers interact with their viewers in nearly real-time. This makes stream games like Words with Chat and Skribbl much more enjoyable. You can really interact and get to know a smaller community as it grows along with the platform.

Twitch has a longer history; not all of it is pristine. With this longer history comes a larger community. While many streamers have been moving to Mixer, viewers seem to have stuck to Twitch. It is still a battle to get those eyes on your channel. Two million other streamers are vying for that attention.

It's hard work to get viewers on Twitch, but once you do, the platform has a much better monetization system. You can start making a little money before you even make partner. And once you do obtain partner, there are even more ways to earn in the stream.

Neither Mixer nor Twitch will be a quick way to make money. It takes a lot of time to build up a community no matter where you stream. Both Mixer and Twitch have their benefits and downsides, to streaming. Watch other streamers and see how each platform feels as a viewer. If you enjoy the feel of communities on the platform, you'll probably enjoy streaming there.

Kelly Peirce