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11 Twitch Streamers To Watch This Month (August 2022)

Welp…the summer is almost at an end, ladies and gentlemen. And for the past few months, we’ve made sure to highlight the dopest Twitch streamers that have given us plenty of amazing content to watch while our air conditioners have been turned up to maximum levels. Now that we’ve arrived in the final month of the summer, we’re going to do our due diligence once again to compile another lineup of 11 Twitch streamers that entertain us (no matter the season!).

1. rickypeacock

rickypeacock provides his own brand of comedy to the great city of Chicago. But he also brings his hilarious ways into the world of live streaming as a variety game streamer. We salute this comedic king for trying his hand at a whole host of titles, which include MultiVersus, Disco Elysium, Stray, etc. rickypeacock wants to make friends and play video games – he’s certainly gained a lifelong buddy in us.

2. Bugzvii

We got a pro gamer here, folks! Bugzvii’s been putting in work out there in these gaming competition streets – his esports credentials are tied to multiplayer staples such as Fortnite and now MultiVersus. What you’ll find here is a streamer that’s highly competitive who’s dibbled and dabbled in Paladins, HypeSquad, and Rumbleverse. Keep an eye on the homie Bugzvii as he’s set to appear at a whole lot of MultiVersus tourneys as time wears on.

3. KillerDomoBear

The #1 “Sad Boi” that reps for” The Sad Squad” is none other than KillerDomoBear. His talents lie in pulling off triumphant feats in first- and third-person shooters. The shooters that allow him to go off and impress everyone that’s tuning in live are Valorant, Fortnite, and Call of Duty. These days, you can catch KillerDomoBear dedicating his FPS skills to Valorant. So if you’re down for all that, prepare to be entertained.

4. jenbooe

jenbooe’s gaming addictions lie in three titles that we’re sure many of you also have a hard time abandoning as well – The Sims, Fortnite, and Valorant. Her bright and bubbly personality shines through during every live stream she’s a part of. You just gotta tune in to see her take the biggest wins in Valorant or create elaborate pieces of 3D architecture in The Sims. Be sure to hop on her Twitter and IG if you wanna peep all her immense drip, by the way.

5. KeneyTSUNAMI

KeneyTSUNAMI’s energy is infectious. Once he hops out of his chair to swivel his hips a bit and get extra lit, you’ll more than likely do the same. This animated gentleman loves his first-person shooters, but he’s also known for delving into some other games from time to time since he’s a variety streamer. The man has gone ham in Valorant, MultiVersus, Dead By Daylight, and a host of other games that let him bring a huge dosage of exhilaration to his streams.

6. SkyraStyles

Even though SkyraStyles describes herself as “just an average player that makes above-average plays,” we consider her more of an above-average gamer that brings us so much joy. Her love lies in first-person shooters, but she’s always open to trying out all types of games whenever she hops online to hype up her viewers. Whether she’s startling everyone during a playthrough of The Quarry or putting her expert Apex Legends gameplay on display, we’re always focused on whatever SkyraStyles is up to.

7. borgopixel

borgopixel clearly loves to compete amongst the very best whenever he logs in to stream his favorite games. He regularly impresses in popular multiplayer experiences such as Valorant, Fall Guys, The Sims 4, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This streamer’s intellect (which is also applied to his appreciation for science in regard to chemical engineering) comes through front and center whenever his camera is turned on for the world to see.

8. Nekolodion

We get so much life out of Royal Demoness Neko’s wild and frenetic streams! Whenever Nekolodion goes live, she can be seen doing the following things – jumping into the game of her choice and pulling off some wild acts in the real that must be seen to be believed. Her content definitely isn’t for the little ones, so anyone over the age of 18 should tune in to her streams whenever they get a chance. This animated lady is definitely a fun variety streamer.

9. RiceballiNNN

RiceballiNNN is nasty on the sticks when the opportunity arises to pick up the biggest victories in Valorant and League of Legends. At the moment though, he dedicates his time and every towards grinding religiously in Valorant, which is pretty damned compelling to watch in live stream form. If you’re a Sova main, then you’ll love watching RiceballiNNN show out with him onstream.

10. xAnomaLee

xAnomaLee is one of our reigning queens of live streaming variety. On the multiplayer front, she’s most known for going extra hard in super competitive Rogue Company and nail-biting Dead by Daylight matches. And on the single-player front, she delves into damn near anything and everything – her most recent streams have featured the likes of Stray and The Quarry. Her Twitter bio offers all the motivation we need to be just as talented as her – “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

11. Dray

If you’ve been following our gaming coverage for a while now, this “big buttcheeked streamer” (his words, not ours!) should be familiar to you all. We’ve shown him some love via Aaron “Don” Dukes’ Inside the Screen podcast, but we feel like it’s time we give him even more flowers. Dray’s hype levels are next level – his enthusiasm comes through the screen whenever he hops online to play various games. His playlist includes Apex Legends, MultiVersus, Fall Guys, and much more.

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Gaming

11 Twitch Streamers To Watch This Month (July 2022)

This list took a bit longer than usual to compile, but better late than never right? Forgive us – we’ve been catching up on our backlog and doing some proper viewing of the 11 content creators we’ve chosen to feature in our monthly Twitch streamers lineup. So let’s get right into it and put you onto some of the best Twitch streamers we found that will quickly become your fave. If you fancy watching some high-level play in fighting games, first-person shooters, and Rocket League, then feast your eyes on the good folks we featured below.

1. sonic_sol

There are so many fighting game diehards that love streaming their biggest triumphs (and losses…) for the entire world to see. The streamer we chose to highlight here happens to be one of those individuals. sonic_sol is a super knowledgeable FGC pro that has been playing fighting games competitively for 12 years, so it’s always awesome to watch him in action. You can usually catch sonic_sol putting in work in DNF Duel and a bevy of other modern-day fighting games. You’ll quickly become a fan of this Ronin Rumble content creator/streamer after just a few live sessions.

2. Tiffae

Tiffae is super certified out here in these crowded FPS streets. Her expertise in the genre has earned her some big partnerships, which include her being an official content creator for Team Liquid and a player for Red Bull Gaming. Whenever she goes live these days, you can catch her pulling off some amazing feats in Valorant. Tiffae’s previous accomplishments in League of Legends, H1Z1, and CS:GO are also proof of her high gaming acumen.

3. NihongoGamer

NihongoGamer has an affinity for playing at his very best whenever a fighting game comes into the equation. And it’s always dope to see him break out the latest arcade stick and third-party controller to do so. What we have here is a pretty low-key streamer that excites with his onscreen trials across all sorts of modern and golden age fighters. Big shout to NihongoGamer for being quite the amazing illustrator, too! He’s a force to be reckoned with on the sticks and is quite adept at putting out some beautiful illustrations.

4. FLSColours

One of the reasons we love watching FLSColours so much is because of her penchant for showcasing indie games. She hops onto to play titles such as Transistor, Anvil Saga, and more. If you’re looking to watch some streams centering around lesser-known games, be sure to check her out so you can build out a playlist of must-play indie projects thanks to her suggestions. FLSColours is also a super talented dance instructor, by the way! Check out her streams and YouTube channel to watch this multitalented lady streamer show off her masterful footwork.

5. Ms_Jewel

Rocket League is pretty much everything Ms_Jewel’s life circles around. And to be honest with you all? We wouldn’t have it any other way! We spend most of our time watching her land clutch plays and producing some hilarious moments every now and then. Ms_Jewel is also quite adept at Fall Guys too, which is another reason why it’s definitely worth watching her in action. Big shout out to this talented content creator for Kansas City’s premier esports organization, Pioneers.

6. hollow_o

“I’ve also played a LOT of other games, I’ve had no other hobby my whole life.” You say that like it’s a bad thing, good sir! hollow_o’s years of experience as a committed gamer have helped him transition into being quite the exciting streamer. As a content creator for the gaming and lifestyle brand SoaR Gaming, hollow_o shows off his immense skills in Apex Legends on a regular basis. His masterful FPS gameplay has also given him the chance to link up with major organizations such as Electronic Arts, Aim Lab, and Voltaic.

7. deshaawnn

When deshaawnn decides it’s time to show off, he makes sure to do it by hopping into whatever FPS title he chooses. His streaming content produces plenty of funny occurrences and dope gameplay from the likes of Apex Legends, Valorant, Overwatch 2, and more. deshaawnn is also known to dip into some non-FPS games from time to time, so you’ll also get some nice variety streamer vibes from this upstanding brother as well.

8. BobbySolez

BobbySolez is a man of many talents – he’s a rap artist, a man with immense fashion sense, and a super dope content creator For Luminosity Gaming. On the live streaming front, BobbySolez has the time of his life entertaining his viewers by participating in some intense Fortnite and Fall Guys sessions. This dude’s infectious energy will add a bit of excitement to your life whenever you’re in need of some.

9. thatsbreanna

thatsbreanna’s a self-admitted frog lover? Yes, and you’d better not judge her for it! And she’s a beast in FPS games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Valorant, and Apex Legends, so she’s always ready to defend her love of those creatures should anyone try to bring her down because of it. thatsbreanna’s trash talking is legendary, which is another reason why we love watching her go to town on everyone she comes across in every FPS she plays.

10. tinylady

Hosana “Tinylady” Kmiecik goes off whenever she’s gaming in nothing but Valorant, which is why we always make sure to tune in when she does so. Her skills have earned a spot on the Valorant esports team Into The Breach Prime, so you just know she’s a beast that can compete at the highest level. Watching her grind in Valorant is such a joy every time she goes live.

11. Ambussshking

Ambussshking gets a ton of pleasure from getting his community of avid subscribers to laugh at every little thing he does every time he streams. And we always get that same sort of pleasure from watching him be in his best element whenever he goes live. The man goes ham in games such as Apex Legends, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and Valorant. Big shout out to Ambussshking for being quite the thespian, too – he’s actually an actor who’s been at it for 20 years! He played the part of Will from Black Lighting, by the way.

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Get Familiar With Hover, The TikTok for Twitch Streamers

It can become quite the chore to break through to the Twitch home page as an up-and-coming streamer. Getting more eyes on the content you worked so hard to create is also a tough feat that many have yet to accomplish. But Hover, an app that caters to sharing game clips from a long list of game streaming platforms, is making it easier for Twitch’s ever-growing lineup of creators to get discovered by a much wider audience.

ONE37pm had a conversation with Hover COO James Purell, who gave us some info on how the app was put into motion by founders Jake Aronow and Zander, the cool concept behind “Clip Challenges,” how he acquired his position within the company, and so much more.

Hover

ONE37pm: Give us an overview of everything Hover.gg entails.

James Purell: Hover is a social media platform that allows users to easily pull, edit and create clips from Xbox, Playstation, Twitch, and Twitter. Our users share these moments and Hover matches them with the perfect audience most likely to watch it and jump into their live stream.

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ONE37pm: How did the founders of Hover.gg (Jake Aronow and Zander) come up with the concept behind their clip-sharing platform?

Purell: Jake and Zander were playing Fortnite one night and unlike Zander, Jake did not often get kills. So when he did, he wanted a platform to share his moments. They started researching and found that a lot of Twitch users had hundreds of clips, but nowhere to share them. Within this research, they noted a lot of people on Twitch were streaming to a small audience and they quickly realized that there was no way for these creators to get discovered. Hover was something we worked on part-time, but then the pandemic hit, and we thought if we were ever going to go all-in on our idea, now would be the time.

ONE37pm: How is Hover.gg tackling the issue of lack of player discoverability on Twitch?

Purell: There is a range of ways Hover is tackling the lack of discoverability on Twitch. Every single moment posted by a user has a “visit on Twitch” button – making it a one-click feature to quickly be able to get to someone’s profile if you enjoy their short-form content. When a user is live on Twitch, a red “live circle” will appear on every single clip, elevating the need to post “going live” posts – this appears on every single clip posted. So regardless of a viewer’s discovery experience, if you are live they will know you are live with the ability to press one button and jump straight in. 

We also have three feeds, our “live,” “discover,” and our “feed.” The feed is simply everyone you follow, the discover feed is new creators sprinkled with people you follow, and the live feed is every one that is currently live on Twitch. If your favorite creators aren’t currently live, you can browse the live section, find some short-form content you like and jump straight in – similar to how Netflix recommends new series to you.

On top of the features we have on the app, we also showcase creators weekly through our clip competitions. These competitions can quite literally be anything, from “chubby bunny” challenges, to fails, epic moments, wholesome – we’ve even had a pet flex challenge. We have three of these challenges a week, with the top four taking home cash prizes. We have thousands of entries and 16 are showcased. The 16 will not be notified in advance, with hundreds of viewers tuning in to see if they’ve made it. 

When we have shown the clips, the Twitch chat will vote for who they want to see progress through to the finals and be the eventual winners. Further to these weekly shows, we also hold a quarterly event, “Next Top Streamer” (NTS). This is similar to if X-Factor and America’s Got Talent combined & did a show on Twitch.

Entrants will enter a 60-second audition onto the app, showcasing themselves and their content – 32 will be picked for our “Top 32 reveal” where they will go head to head to make it through to our live stages. The live stages see us have multiple guest judges come on to the show and watch 20-minute auditions of the 16 during a week-long event – with the eventual winners taking home huge prize pools but most importantly, a new audience. Our last two previous winners have gone from averaging 15 and 40 CCV to over the required Twitch partner numbers and successfully getting Twitch Partner.

ONE37pm: Are there any viewing trends you’ve noticed on the platform thus far? Like, games with the most-watched clips and most popular streamers?

Purell: The viewing trends we are noticing are typically around the most popular games in the given week (recently Elden Ring and Lost Ark), coupled with what challenges for the week are. As we are adapting our challenges to make the creators “do” something (opposed to them already having the content), we are finding them being more and more creative, in turn improving their content and making the viewing experience even more enjoyable.

ONE37pm: What are some future improvements and updates you’d like to see Hover.gg implement?

Purell: Right now, we’re a small team, bootstrapping ourselves every step of the way with the primary goal of making sure we have a polished product in terms of performance. When you’re part of the journey early on, you take for granted all the things the huge apps provide that our developers have been working on relentlessly to bring to Hover. Think about videos loading quickly, the buttons consistently working, etc. Now that we are growing and building a bigger team, I’m looking forward to more editing features, an improved web experience, and hopefully a full integration with YouTube.

ONE37pm: Clip Challenges is one of the cooler concepts that Hover.gg utilizes. What was the thought process that went into making that feature a reality?

Purell: Early on during the alpha, we wanted to come up with something that was fun, different, and unique for our users to keep excited about the project. We thought it would be cool to try and have this tournament-style clip contest where all our alpha users could come together and watch other content whilst discovering other creators. After a couple of weeks of great results, we felt like we were on to something and wanted to make this a staple for our community.

ONE37pm: How did you acquire the position of COO as a part of Hover.gg?

Purell: I personally came on to the app with a sub of 2000 users. A friend recommended me to the app and its challenges – I entered one and came 2nd. I personally feel I was robbed and it was a fantastic Valorant Ace – but the chat knows what they want to vote for! After entering a few challenges, the original host of the show was moving on as he had been offered a new exciting job. So the team was advertising for a new host. I submitted an audition with a short background of experience I had and I was lucky enough to land the position.

As well as being the host of the shows, I took a great interest in the direction of the app and how it all worked, the team behind it was passionate, and I loved the direction they were going. After a few months of being host, I suggested the first-ever NTS – after a few meetings of persuasion, I managed to get the team to say yes to giving it a try. During the first NTS, we had around 5000 users. During the launch of NTS (at the time it was 2 weeks), we had 7000 sign-ups! 

After the event, I said I wanted to help as much as I could. A couple of months afterward, I handed in my notice to the British Army so that I could give Hover as much of my time as possible. During the next few months, we had several different events, collaborating with brands on events, such as SteelSeries – hosting another two NTS events and really embedding myself in the community. In January of 2022, Jake and Zander approached me and offered me the position of COO – I was honored to take the position and strive to make a huge impact on the company and its direction throughout 2022!

ONE37pm: Give us your thoughts on the current state of game streaming and what hopes you have for it in the future.

Purell: Even though streaming boomed during the height of the pandemic, I still think we’re in the early stages of it all – especially as we transition to a web 3/metaverse world. To me, I see consumers wanting more out of their favorite influencers and streaming through its para-social relationship. It gives them what they are looking for. 

In a few years, more and more consumers will break away from watching football, sports, the news, TV shows, and music concerts. But run to watch their favorite streamers showcase these events. Furthermore, as we move into an AR/VR world, users are going to be searching for friends and communities. We strongly believe that 60-second shorts on Hover are going to be where you start your journey.

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11 Twitch Streamers To Watch This Month (March 2022)

Now that February has come to a close, we’re back with a whole new batch of super dope Twitch streamers that you’ll certainly grow to appreciate. So without further ado, here are 11 of our favorite content creators from the Twitch game streaming sphere.

1. Xmiramira

Madame Xmiramira is one of the hardest-working women on Twitch. Besides her regular delivery of variety streams, she also focuses her attention on being a community & project manager and a D&I consultant. She’s also known for being the founder of Noir, which is an organization that caters to black femme content creators in an effort to aid their brand development. When it’s time to entertain her viewing audience, Xmiramira damn near plays anything and everything (check her out if you’re down for some Fortnite, The Sims 4, and Apex Legends).

2. LEMYNAID

Big shout out to Miss LEMYNAID! She’s capable of taking on the overwhelming challenge of tough games like Elden Ring, plus she’s dived into a bunch of other relevant titles from the Grand Theft Auto, Pokémon, and Far Cry series. What we have here is another super cool variety streamer that you can trust to give you a fun playthrough of the latest and greatest games.

3. KiwiOnTheSticks

KiwiOnTheSticks can sang (not sing!), is hella energetic, and not above embarrassing herself onscreen from time to time. She’s one of those veteran gamers that counts games such as Kingdom Hearts II, Legend of Mana, and Super Mario World among her many favorites. Besides her awesome variety streams, KiwiOnTheSticks also dives into her appreciation for makeup tutorials, cooking, public outings, and unboxings whenever it’s time for her to go live.

4. sweetxsage

sweetxsage has a ton of love for indie games, which she makes sure to highlight whenever she hops on to do some streaming. She counts Stardew Valley and Calico as some of her favorite games from that sub-genre, but she also loves her some Animal Crossing when it comes to major game releases. You’ll also adore sweetxsage as she’s an anime fangirl and always get a good chuckle out of corny dad jokes. And yes – she already knows you’re gonna say she has a slight resemblance to Doja Cat.

5. motherose

If you’re in the mood for some quality Valorant gameplay, go on ahead and give sister motherose a look. Besides her penchant for going ham in the popular first-person shooter, motherose also goes off on the opposition in the equally popular Apex Legends. Major props to this streamer for making a list of tough streamer goals and doing everything in her power to accomplish them all (now she’s fully prepared to nab even more subs & followers, plus she’s readying herself to become an official Twitch partner in the near future). We’re rooting for you, sis!

6. Prodiscius

Prepare to laugh your ass off whenever something onscreen compels Prodiscius to walk out of camera view. There are plenty of hilarious moments that have happened while he’s streaming and we’re sure there are plenty more wild moments set to happen in the future. This variety streamer plays a whole bunch of games – we’re talking Destiny 2, Lost Ark, Elden Ring, and the sorts of games that know how to throw in a quick jump scare or two. Prodiscius’ reactions to those terrifying moments are always a joy to watch.

7. kayaeatsfood

Hailing from Okinawa, Japan, kayaeatsfood is a variety streamer through and through. Her main gaming addiction of choice is Apex Legends, to which she devotes most of her time, energy, and dope content to. If you wanna watch the continued growth that comes with ranking up in Respawn Entertainment’s mega-popular battle royale, then be sure to check in with our sister kayaeatsfood.

8. tokibbi

Allow us to introduce you to the young lady that’ll eventually become your favorite battle sage. tokibbi puts out a bevy of delightful streams and clips centered around Apex Legends, Valorant, Minecraft, Animal Crossing, and more. tokibbi is always known to spread positivity via everything she does, so you’ll get a ton of enjoyment out of her whenever she goes live.

9. BarefootTasha

BarefootTasha is such a wild child! It’s always hilarious when she dons some special cosplay for a themed stream, takes on crazy challenges, and catches her online teammates off guard with hilarious voice-changing pranks. This variety streamer is always open to playing all the new hot ish, which is why you’ll get a kick out of her reacting to the most recent releases in gaming.

10. MARI

MARI was born in 2003, so she’s definitely a young buck who’s building up a valid streaming career during her late teenage years. Watching her amass a loyal fanbase at such a young age is super inspiring – she does just that by producing fun streams centered around Fortnite, Valorant, Minecraft, and a host of other games that make her a must-see variety streamer. We’re pretty excited to see where MARI is in the next 10 years!

11. ChaoticBunnyTV

ChaoticBunnyTV loves to do the following activities – play games, stream, watch hella anime, cook delicious recipes, and hang with her fam. During those first two hobbies of hers, she mostly gets her kicks playing/streaming Apex Legends. But the majority of her streams center around enlightening conversations that cover a diverse range of subjects. If you’re looking to acquire some tips about various themes and get some insight into some super deep topics, then go on ahead and peep ChaoticBunnyTV’s worthwhile content.

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Gaming Streaming

10 GAS Women Video Game Streamers You Must Watch

Twitch is the world’s most prominent streaming platform – it plays host to a huge swath of gamers and even non-gamers that put their personalities front and center while they indulge in their passionate hobbies. 

Whether that pastime is gaming, music, or simply reacting to major goings-on in the world, Twitch’s streamers make a habit of being as entertaining as possible while they interact with their loyal followers and dedicated subscribers. The women’s contingent that exists on Twitch is responsible for putting forth a wealth of amazing content within the gaming sphere. We’ve spent countless hours watching a good majority of them hop into their preferred games and make us laugh, cry, and get excited about everything they’ve done thus far. 

There are 10 ladies that we want to highlight on this list as the ones you need to go out of your way to tune into. And after checking them all out in action, you’ll be sure to bless them with the high ranking of “supreme GAS.”

1. Karagii

Hailing from the UK, Karagii streams as a representation of T1 Esports. She mainly dives into Valorant, which she is quite proficient at. You’ll be inspired to step your game up immensely as you watch her build up an impressive killstreak and pull of clutch plays during her exciting Valorant streams. Besides her love for Riot Games’ popular first-person shooter, Karagii also dibbles and dabbles in games such as League of Legends, Apex Legends, and Overcooked 2! 

2. iamBush

iamBush is a monster out here in these Apex Legends streets! Whenever she goes live to do damage in one of the world’s most popular battle royale shooters, a whole lot of people take notice. That isn’t the only game she’s used to going live for, though – iamBush also plays games like Genshin Impact, Far Cry 6, Phasmophobia, etc. Watching her and her lovely kitty hang out from time to time is also part of her mass appeal.

3. jalon

Does jalon truly have the best smile on Twitch? An argument could certainly be made for that distinct honor. Besides her extra cheery personality, jalon also endears herself to her community thanks to her beastly skills on Valorant. When she’s not blasting noobs in the face, jalon also spends her time enjoying a nice variety of other games such as Kingdom Hearts and Life is Strange. On top of her gaming expertise, jalon is quite a quality filmmaker. So she’s certainly a double threat in the media space.

4. Ninjayla

Ninjayla’s life motto is simple: “Think it, believe it, achieve it!” It doesn’t get any more inspirational than that, now does it? When she picks up the sticks, she usually does so in order to dominate in heated Apex Legends matches. She proudly reps the global esports organization known as Complexity Gaming via her steady stream of content. So make sure you check out her stuff when you need a little bit of inspiration before another round of Apex Legends.

5. Krystalogy

Krystalogy is one of our favorite variety streamers on this list. When she’s not reacting to the biggest news of the day or just hanging out with her chat, she throws herself into all sorts of games. Her dedicated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of her biggest highlights, for sure. Krystalogy also plays most of the current games out right now and also hops into whatever past classics she may have missed out on. Shout out to her for her content creation gig with Gen.G Esports and her quality cosplay, as well.

6. BarefootTasha

And here we have another variety streamer that’s hilarious at all times. BarefootTasha loves reacting to hype dance videos and a whole assortment of other trending topics. And once she starts gaming, BarefootTasha seemingly plays anything and everything. She’s enjoyed streaming games such as Apex Legends, Rogue Company, and a host of survival horror games that get her to hop out of her seat from time to time. And whenever she throws on a bit of dope cosplay, you just know her stream is going to be all the more memorable.

7. AvaGG

Lady AvaGG has two simple pleasures in life – gaming and beer-swilling. And that’s why we’re dying to hang out with her! Besides all the chill vibes she exudes, AvaGG also gets serious once it’s time to engage in some Apex Legends competition. And when she’s not gunning for the top spot during those intense skirmishes, AvaGG plays a nice assortment of games and equally comparable multiplayer shooters. Shout out to this streamer for her awesome twitch shooter skills, adorable cat, and appreciation for plants.

8. EricaNagashima

EricaNagashima has some amazing vocals, we must say! Most of the time you tune into her streams, you’ll be treated to her wonderful singing talents and her skills with a variety of instruments. But she’s not only one of Twitch’s music maestros, though – she also gets caught up in some games, of course. She’s known for playing games such as Final Fantasy XIV, New World, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, etc.

9. CRAY

We have yet another quality musician/gamer on our list and she goes by the simple yet memorable moniker of CRAY. Her vocals are just as good as her work with acoustic guitar, which makes her a serious double threat in the musical realm. On the gaming front, CRAY gets her kicks playing a variety of games, such as the Fallout series and a wide range of horror-themed adventures. Be sure to tune into her “Real Talks” every Tuesday to get caught up in some deep conversations with Lady CRAY.

10. dreamcrazzy

If you consider yourself an avid follower of the Call of Duty esports scene, then the name dreamcrazzy should be familiar to you. She used to be a pro player, but she still makes sure to put her top-notch skills on display while streaming. Her first-person shooter skills also come into play during her time spent with titles such as Halo Infinite, Battlefield 2042, and Apex Legends. And hey, guess what? dreamcrazzy is also quite the musician herself – she continues to improve her guitar/bass skills via her Rocksmith streams. By the way, be sure to show her some love whenever she’s commentating for Call of Duty League.

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Gaming NFT

The Relationship Between Streamers And Play To Earn

What’s A Streamer?

Streamers are content creators on platforms like Twitch and Youtube that stream live content—often gaming—to live audiences. 

If someone was asked to name a popular streamer, they could probably rattle off a few names like Timthetatman, Dr Lupo or even Ninja. While these streamers have the brand deals, income, and the popularity of being household names, they are a sliver of the entire streaming population. Most streamers are extremely dependent on the income that’s generated from paid subscriptions like subs on Twitch or actual donations—an income that varies month to month. Streamers are known to burn out due to the stress they put on themselves to never miss a stream but to constantly push themselves so they can make ends meet. I should know as I attempted streaming to replace my full-time income before. I streamed on Twitch on and off for the past few years. At my peak, I was making about $100 from the platform. I have had friends who do it full time, and they will tell you the same thing: it is super stressful.

On the surface it sounds fun; you play video games and people watch you and they’ll give you money. On paper that sounds great, but when you consider there are over 9 million streamers active each month, it quickly becomes extremely competitive.

You can see the math lineup for a ton of people who want their share of the pie.

With the addition of NFTs and play to earn gaming, we are watching a transition with streamers and communities. 

I spoke with Tyranitar, a popular streamer in the NFT gaming space. He got hooked on a game called Lost Relics when he found out the loot drops could be resold for real money. After discovering Lost Relics, he found himself drawn to Axie Infinity and told me that “Axie Infinity exemplifies the play to earn model the most, because you quite literally play and earn with each victory you have.”

One of the coolest parts of my conversation was when I asked him about his scholarship program: “The issue is most people don’t have the money to put into this game, but still want to earn.”

In Axie Infinity you have to own three Pokemon-inspired characters—called Axies—to play the game. Axies do not come with the game for free; you have to buy them off the market. Tyranitar goes on to explain how the process works: “Let’s say I have a bulk supply, I can’t use them all so I can rent them out to people (for free) who want to play. A lot of these players are located in the Philippines where the wages aren’t as high as in other countries. So we rent out these Axies and I split 70/30 with 30% of their winning being payment for renting the Axie.”

Through his scholarship program, he has over 180 players under his wing that he has loaned out Axies to so they can participate in the game. These 180 teams are competing for money and earnings, but they’re also splitting their profits with him. So you have a streamer who has helped educate players on a game and he now has revenue coming in from his participation in a play-to-earn game.

The Play to Earn Economy:

Typically, gamers play a game, and all the items, skins, and characters they “earn” are actually owned by the game’s developers. If they tried to sell items on 3rd party marketplaces, they could risk their entire account being wiped. So the idea of having a video game developer that’s cool with you selling the game’s items raises both confusion and curiosity from players. 

The Play To Earn economy that has been dominating headlines has not gone unnoticed by streamers. In fact, some communities have been a part of the wave. I personally have seen communities spring up around streamers who play these Play to earn NFT games and can answer questions people may have about crypto, NFTs, and P2E. Streamers and NFTs/Play to earn are developing a symbiotic relationship. The games need eyeballs to show there is a completely different business model than what gamers are accustomed to or rather think it is only real in movies like Ready Player One.

Let’s look at MIR4, for example. MIR4 is a Korean MMORPG that will enable NFT integration and currently lets players covert in-game currency to crypto. They grow curious. They watch and listen as the streamer talks about the smelting process and how X amount of the in-game currency is now worth $8. streamers are able to introduce play to earn gaming and NFT gaming to new audiences, which leads to a larger player base. They cultivate a community that is interested and voraciously hungry to learn more about this ecosystem.

One of the biggest tips that people tell new streamers is do not lock yourself into one game. If you build a community out of a single game you will not be able to play anything else. If you grow tired of playing that game, your numbers will drop off and so would your Twitch-based income. 

Streamers who stream in the play-to-earn genre are encouraged to try new games by their community because they want to learn and grow. The community wants to learn more about these new games and they want to see how they can do better in these games. For example, take someone in the community who just learned about a first-person shooter that rewards people in crypto for killstreaks. They will ask the streamer if they’d stream it or care about it. 

The streamer gets to grow as they attract more like-minded people who want to find out more about this space. This is an opportunity for the streamer to become a hub for education because they can play a game while simultaneously answering questions live and showcasing what’s on their screen. Over the course of days, weeks, months, this will shape entire sectors of the ecosystem as knowledge passes along, like a network of nerve endings. He told me: “I feel like being a streamer in the NFT space is really awesome because you get to entertain people and you also get to help people on things that they may not be knowledgable about. It sounds like a burden to the streamer, but I actually find it really fun, because when I started I was really ignorant to a lot of this stuff and I didn’t know the answers, but as people come with problems and other viewers come with solutions to explain how things work, I get to retain that knowledge and help more people in the future.”

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STREAM.TV’s Thomas Rafelsberger on Game Streaming, Stream Assets, and More

There’s a lot that goes into building an impressive game streaming presentation. From a visual standpoint, your favorite streamer relies on a wealth of tools that power the notifications and other visual flourishes that viewers associate with their brand. After learning about all the different physical and digital goods that makes a game stream visually pleasing to appreciative fans, you’ll never take anyone’s streaming regiment for granted ever again. Thanks to companies like STREAM.TV, game streamers (where massively popular or relatively unknown) can acquire the assets needed to make their streaming showcases shine.

ONE37pm chatted with STREAM.TV’s Co-Founder and CEO Thomas Rafelsberger to get a better understanding of what his company specializes in, the streamers they’ve produced for, and more.

ONE37pm: Give us an overview of what STREAM.TV is all about and what kind of services it provides.

Thomas Rafelsberger: STREAM.TV and its products (own3d.tv, own3d.pro, streamheroes.gg, and more coming soon), is a supplier of digital and physical products for the game streaming community. We started with a one-stop-shop for stream designs three years ago and are now the #1 provider for digital assets for streamers, integrated in streamlabs, streamelements, tipeesstream, donationalerts, obs studio (all major streaming tools), and grew to a profitable team of 40-45 and will grow that to about 90 this year.

ONE37pm: How did the concept behind OWN3D come about? And what moves were made to turn it into a reality?

Rafelsberger: I have a background in Online Marketing and have always be a gamer. I followed the live/game streaming industry since the beginning and started own3d.tv when I met my founder colleagues Lukas and Andy in 2017/2018. The three of us just started to work on the project, 100% remote, we found two angels, got a small pre seed invest and were profitable a year after. Since then we are growing all projects out of our own pockets but will probably go for a series A in Autumn.

ONE37pm: Who are some notable streamers that have reached out to OWN3D in hopes of adding a bit more flair to their presentation?

Rafelsberger: We worked with more than 100 of the biggest creators out there (TheRealKnossi #1 German speaking Twitch streamer last year, Auronplay #1 in the spanish streaming community last year). But custom work has never been our focus – we served over 1,000,000 small to mid-sized streamers with our products already.

ONE37pm: In what ways do you educate new streamers on what it takes to succeed in their newfound hobby/profession?

Rafelsberger: Right now we do cooperate with most of the “educational streaming youtubers” out there and offer some tutorials/videos on our own. Later this year we will launch our streaming academy, which will be a free solution for everyone who wants to get into streaming.

ONE37pm: What are some of the more interesting trends you’ve come across within the video game live streaming space?

Rafelsberger: I think it is game and live-streaming itself. It is already huge, but I still see a lot of growth the next years in game streaming and even more growth in IRL/Just Chatting/Hobbies/Travel/Beauty streaming and Social Commerce.

ONE37pm: What goals and aspirations do you hope to see OWN3D attain in the near future?

Rafelsberger: STREAM.TV started in the category of live streaming in just a small niche (stream designs). Our vision is to make STREAM.TV the category leader in all its verticals within the next three years.

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The 26 Best Twitch Streamers to Watch in 2021

If you don’t know what Twitch is by now, then allow us to bring you up to speed – the Amazon-owned video live streaming service is a major hub for video game streamers. 

Ever since it evolved as a spinoff from video broadcasting site Justin.tv in 2011, Twitch has morphed into a mega juggernaut that’s spread its wings to include live streaming of sports games, concerts, DJ sets, and so much more. But at the end of the day, Twitch will always be the home for streamers who want to simultaneously game and entertain. We’ve spent countless hours watching a myriad of gaming personalities that have made us laugh, cry, and feel a whole bunch of other emotions during their hours-long play sessions. So now we’re fully prepared to showcase the very best ones you definitely need to catch up on. 

Oh, and by the way, this list will get updated over time as we become aware of some additional Twitch streamers worth following.

1. TimTheTatman

TimTheTatman is the lovable leader of the #tatmanarmy. And after watching him in action, you’ll quickly get caught up in all the hype and join his fellow streaming soldiers. This massively popular variety streamer dibbles and dabbles in all sorts of games, but his main genre of choice is first-person shooters. Watching him put in work across titles such as Call of Duty: Warzone, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is always an exciting endeavor. Plus the man’s an avid Dragon Ball Z and Attack on Titan fan, so he gets extra brownie points for that in our book.

2. NICKMERCS

A lot of streamers place their eggs into the Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone baskets. But NICKMERCS is definitely one of the more standout content creators/streamers that plays both games religiously. NICKMERCS has origins as a pro-Halo and Gears of War player, so he knows a thing or two about bodying the competition in real-time and making it look as good as possible. If you want to follow a streamer that’s nasty on the sticks in competitive shooters, then be sure to give NICKMERCS a follow.

3. tommyinnit

Minecraft has etched its spot in history as one of the most influential and most played games of all time. And one of the biggest Twitch personalities we know goes hand in hand with that genre-defining experience. The streamer we’re alluding to is the young king known as tommyinnit, who’s most known for playing Minecraft with his buds. The entertainment value for tommyinnit increases once he adds in a few mods and banters with his fellow Minecraft explorers during their rambunctious adventures.

4. shroud

Simply put, shroud is a problem. The man seems to master every game he decides to devote his attention to and usually places in the high rankings during his tournament runs. When it comes to games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valorant, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, shroud rules the battlefield in the most masterful ways possible while keeping his viewers entertained all the while. Tuning into a shroud stream means you’ll be treated to some of the most impressive pro play the gaming world has to offer.

5. Qwavii

Like her bio clearly states, Qwavii just be vibin’. Her super chill demeanor and sense of humor are two factors that make her streams worth watching from start to finish. Qwavii plays a nice assortment of games – Apex Legends, Overcooked!, Call of Duty, and Rainbow Six Siege are among the titles she spends her time enjoying the most. And while you’re watching her catch some dubs, you might want to take a few notes on her strong sense of fashion and penchant for dancing every now and then.

6. Krystalogy

Queen Krystalogy is not only a huge player in the cosplay space, she’s also one of the better variety streamers out there. Her super cheery personality and penchant for engaging with the chat more than you’d expect deems her as mandatory Twitch viewing. As a variety streamer, Krystalogy always looks comfortable playing anything she gets her hands on. Thankfully, her positive vibes make it hard to stay away from live gameplay sessions.

7. Maximilian_DOOD

“LET’S GO!” Maximilian_DOOD is a force to be reckoned with in the fighting game space thanks to his unbridled passion for the genre and his expert knowledge of the publishers/developers that push out the games he holds so dear. Whenever he’s on, you can look forward to watching him speak in great detail about fighters, Final Fantasy VII, and a huge assortment of Japanese gaming giants. And once it’s time to game, Maximilian_DOOD entertains during his online fighting game beatdowns and his exploration of all sorts of worthwhile games.

8. Draynilla

ALL HAIL THE BOOTY PRESIDENT! Draynilla lives by that moniker quite proudly and we can’t help but respect his much-sought-after position. This pick on our list tends to put in work anytime Apex Legends is a part of the equation. But when he’s not coming out on top in the uber-popular battle royale FPS, Draynilla can be seen testing his mettle in a nice variety of other games (especially first-person shooters). The dude’s pretty hilarious, too, which is always a plus.

9. IFCYipeS

THE FGC legend known as IFCYipeS is a beast on the mic as a commentator, which made his transition to live streaming an easy one. The NYC-bred Marvel vs. Capcom 2 warrior knows how to capture everyone’s attention thanks to his slang-filled commentary and hilarious callouts. When he’s not playing in/hosting super hype MVC2 tourneys and hopping into some Street Fighter V sets, IFCYipeS can usually be seen tearing it up in Call of Duty: Warzone. We’ll always live by this man’s triumphant catchphrase – MAHVEL BAYBEE!

10. PaladinAmber

Trolls take heed – you will get roasted beyond belief if you try to test PaladinAmber. Half of the entertainment we derive from this streamer comes from her brutal takedowns of those in the chat that make their thirst for her public. The other half of her live streaming value comes from her playthroughs of games like Rainbow Six Siege and Portal 2. And just listening to her chat about random topics (prepare to be enraptured as she reviews Amazon reviews) is worth sitting down in front of your screen for.

11. Myth

Myth was definitely a problem during his days spent as a Fortnite pro. He could always be seen performing amazing feats alongside his teammates during hotly contested matches in the battle royale blockbuster. Nowadays, Myth’s expert-level play is regularly displayed through his dedication to Valorant. If you’re a huge fan of Riot Games’ team-based FPS and are looking for a streamer that’s one of the games’ top-tier players, then Myth should join your watchlist.

12. TheBlackHokage

The glow up from ModernWarNegro to TheBlackHokage has been amazing to see. This variety streamer has grown into a young man that’s full of useful advice when it comes to navigating life, obtaining funds, and being the best version of you. TheBlackHokage’s streams usually have cool little nuggets of wisdom strewn throughout them and gameplay sessions that cover a wide swath of titles. His Apex Legends streams are always a blast, plus we can’t get enough of his infamous troll roasts.

13. Aniemal

We got another Valorant expert on our list. And she always goes out of her way to catch W’s thanks to her affinity for strong team synergy. Besides her masterful Valorant play, Aniemal also goes extra hard in other shooters such as Fortnite and Apex Legends. Aniemal is the ultimate clutch player, so get used to watching her eke out a win in an impressive fashion on a regular basis. Kudos to her for her sniper expertise, too.

14. Samora

“be you to the fullest, be YOU the FULL, BEAUTIFUL.” Samora’s Twitch quote always warms our hearts whenever we read it to ourselves in the mirror every morning. You can’t help but get caught up in the chill vibes that Samora exudes every time she’s on stream. She tends to show a lot of love for Nintendo games and Apex Legends, plus she makes sure to give her awesome cat some shine from time to time.

15. mmmkhayyy

Miss mmmkhayyy loves to live out her digital life in The Sims 4. But she doesn’t just regulate herself to the addictive life simulator – she hops across a huge variety of games that keep her streams fresh during every viewing. She’s played everything from the lighthearted Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to something far more serious in the form of Red Dead Redemption 2. mmmkhayyy is another one of our preferred variety streamers thanks to her bubbly personality and affinity for playing a wide range of games.

16. AvoidingThePuddle

If you’re a diehard Tekken player, then you must have a clue as to who this bearded gentleman is. If you’re not in the know, then we’re here to remedy that for you – AvoidingThePuddle (who doesn’t look like Hagrid, by the way) loves him some Resident Evil and Tekken 7. But he’s also big on playing a bunch of other games that may prove to be too challenging for some. Tuning in to his streams is always worth it since his viewpoints on a wide range of topics always prove to be hilarious. You can’t fault AvoidingThePuddle for keeping it 100% at all times. 

17. smugdabeasttv

“Acting like you won’t get command grabbed!” Whenever SMUG gets into Street Fighter V mode, he gets his rocks off by landing slick command grabs with his top-tier G play. And we simply can’t get enough of it. This streamer is one of the best SFV players on the tournament scene – he always knows how to bring the laughs while simultaneously playing at a high level that never seems to falter. SMUG’s G and Balrog play has to be seen to be believed.

18. Punkdagod

Punk is one of those fighting game players that can seemingly be good with any character he devotes just a slither of his time and effort to. Watching him choose a character on a whim during his Street Fighter V streams and going on to establish a crazy winning streak is always awe-inspiring. Punk’s durag rocking alter-ego always gets a laugh out of us during those same SFV dedicated streams as well. We always enjoy watching Punk tear up his opponents across the fighting games he spends time mastering.

19. jwonggg

The Wong Factor is actually a real thing. Justin Wong always seems to come back from the throes of defeat and overcome his foes when the chips are down. Whenever he’s streaming, you’ll get to see the Wong Factor emerge firsthand. Justin tends to stream himself destroying most of the opposition in some popular and even lesser-known fighters. You can always catch him putting in work in games such as Super Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II: 3rd Strike, Breakers Revenge, etc.

20. DaGamer2323

The variety streamer with the unmistakable laugh that we love to watch so much is DaGamer2323. You’ve most likely watched his hilarious PS4 unboxing vid countless times, but you should also dedicate your time towards watching him stream every now and then. DaGamer2323 is willing to give any game a chance, but it’s always fun to watch him chat about some random topics while he’s casually beasting in a game of Halo. DaGamer2323 is really big on talking to his followers on stream about some serious topics, which makes him one of our go-to streamers for positive mental health discussions and more.

21. RiceballiNNN

RiceballiNNN is slowly but surely building up an audience and his online multiplayer cred as a formidable Valorant player. He’s learning as he goes along and makes the whole process of following his many stages of improvement worthwhile. This Twitch streamer epitomizes the grind that’s associated with building one’s follower count and also getting better at mastering the ins & outs of Valorant.

22. BlissKai

Gen.G Esports content creator BlissKai is a beast when it comes time to rack up some big W’s in Apex Legends. She also knows a thing or two about fighting tooth and nail to get to the top of the leaderboards in Valorant. BlissKai doesn’t just play first-person shooters, though – she’s a dope variety streamer who manages to make all of her live gameplay sessions pop thanks to whatever’s she playing and her magnetic personality.

23. AshleyRoboto

AshleyRoboto is the type of streamer that has a super bubbly personality whose super positive nature rubs off on everyone that watches her. She’s the very definition of a variety streamer that dips her toes into life simulation games, survival-horror romps, and action RPGs. Her constant excitement is infectious, which is part of the reason why you’ll grow infatuated with her variety streams and regular conversations.

24. Kalei

FaZe Clan’s leading lady Kalei is nasty on the sticks whenever she chooses to destroy scrubs in Call of Duty: Warzone. Her clutch first-person shooter skills also come into play in Apex Legends, plus she’s scared herself half to death in Five Night’s at Freddy’s. Make sure you hit her up on Twitter for some real talk about mental health and some hilarious diatribes from time to time.

25. ShahZaM

One of the best pro players to watch live is Los Angeles Sentinels Valorant player Shahzeb Khan aka “ShahZam.” The man has nabbed himself a slew of major W’s on the pro circuit, so it’s worth watching him in action to learn the tools of the trade. His personality oozes through the screen as he enjoys Valorant with his fellow players and gets engaged in a variety of side activities while he doing so.

26. MicawaveTV

Shout out to New York’s very own MicawaveTV. The man’s energy levels are off the charts, which means you can’t help but get excited alongside him during his hard-fought Fortnite matches. He dibbles and dabbles in other competitive games such as Knockout City and Call of Duty. And all the while, he produces plenty of moments of pure hilarity (his TikTok compilations are gold!).

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The 14 Best Twitch Extensions

When the pandemic hit the world in a big way just over a year ago, people had more time on their hands than they knew what to do with. People started trying new things like cooking for the first time and even investing in the stock market. While many things suffered as a result of COVID-19, one thing that most certainly started booming was Twitch, and streaming in general.

Streamers who were already on the platform started upping their daily streaming hours, people jumped on it to start streaming for the first time, and people found pleasure in watching other people stream. It was a cycle that kept lending itself to growth.

There’s no shame in being new to streaming and though the best time to start was yesterday, the second-best time is today, as they say. If you do intend to start streaming on Twitch sometime soon, you’ll need to know which Twitch extensions are right for you.

What are Twitch extensions?

Developed by third parties and introduced just a few years ago, Twitch extensions are essentially apps that you can download and apply to your stream to enhance your viewers’ experience. There are three kinds of extensions: panel extensions, overlay extensions, and component extensions. Panel extensions get displayed in a box under your stream, and overlay extensions get displayed over the top of the whole stream, and component extensions pop up on the stream, taking up a small portion of the screen.

The best kinds of extensions make it so that you can customize your stream, providing people with a unique experience on a large platform. Some of the other benefits of the better extensions are that they make the stream easier to navigate through and engage with and expand your growth as a streamer.

There are extensions that let people get updated on your social media posts in real time, extensions that let people request what music is played in the background, extensions that help streamers provide viewers with useful reminders about their stream and many, many more.

You can only use 6 extensions (3-panel extensions, 1 overlay extension, and 2 component extensions) at one time, so you’ve got to choose wisely. To make that choice a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of 14 of the best Twitch extensions available right now. In alphabetical order, here they are.

1. Amazon Blacksmith
Twitch

Formerly known as Gear on Amazon, Amazon Blacksmith is a helpful tool that gives your viewers a list of your favorite products that are on, you guessed it, Amazon. If anyone clicks on a product through your stream and purchases it, as long as you’re a part of the Amazon Associates Program, you’ll earn commission on it too. This one gives viewers a look into what kind of things you love, adding some personality to your stream and immediately making it stand out. What’s especially great is when you inevitably get asked what you use as part of your setup, you can just point people to your Amazon list.

2. Crowd Control
Twitch

If you play Dark Souls, Fall Guys, Minecraft, Pokémon Red, and Blue, or any of the other games on the list of supported games, Crowd Control will allow viewers to send bits and interact with the game in some interesting ways. Viewers can enable in-game effects like power-ups, extend or lessen your game time and even kill you instantly. Crowd Control takes just 20% of the bits you get.

3. Exclusive Content for Subscribers
Twitch

As the name suggests, this extension allows you to cater directly to your subscribers, giving people an incentive to subscribe to you and making subscribers feel valued. You can post members-only photos, videos, and posts. Every time you post something exclusive, subscribers get notified, and non-subscribers are constantly being reminded that they’re missing out on content as a result of not subscribing.

4. Latest Followers
Twitch

This one is a panel and overlay component that lists new followers’ names and profile pictures out as well as telling you and your viewers how many followers you gained that day. It updates in real-time, giving people an incentive to subscribe and see their name and picture on your stream. Plus, if you have a goal of gaining a certain amount of subscribers in a day, this helps you track it.

5. OWN3D Design Panels
OneTwoStream

If you’re starting your streaming adventure on Twitch soon and just want to get going, OWN3D Design Panels are going to be perfect for you. Instead of going out of your way to design your panel and making it its own creative endeavor, you can choose one of the templates offered here to make your stream look more eye-catching. As well as still graphics, you can get animated panels here too.

6. Prime Sub and Loot Reminder
Twitch

This is one of the simplest yet most important and effective extensions out there. The Prime Sub and Loot Reminder is an overly on the side of your stream that reminds viewers who have a free Prime subscription that they have a free Prime subscription. This could be the difference between just a little bit of growth and a lot of growth, whether you’re just getting started on Twitch or have been on it for years.

7. Quiz Kit
Quiz Kit

Quizzes are something that boosted in popularity a lot when the pandemic first hit, and people needed new, fun ways to communicate over video chat apps, so the Quiz Kit extension can come especially in handy nowadays. It allows streamers to either make their own quiz or pick from a bunch of ready-made ones and have viewers interact and compete with each other, with a scoreboard being kept. This one builds a sense of community really well.

8. Sound Alerts
Twitch

Sound Alerts is, without a doubt, one of the most essential extensions you can have on your stream. Streamers can apply certain sounds to certain buttons on their stream, and viewers can give bits to have them played. You can upload your own audio clips, so this can make for some pretty funny moments. More good news is that streamers get to keep 80% of the bits received, with 20% going to the extension developer, as per usual, for something of this nature.

9. Streamlabs Leaderboard
Twitch

The first of a couple of Streamlabs extensions on this list, Streamlabs Leaderboard essentially allows you to put your biggest supporters on a pedestal and express your gratitude for them by having a list of them in order from the top down. This could breed some friendly competition between viewers and get you more rewards as a streamer in the end.

10. Streamlabs Stream Schedule & Countdown
Gaming Careers

As long as you set a date and time for this extension, it will always notify people of when your next stream is scheduled to begin. You can also use it more short-term too. Having a long stream and need a short break? Put the Streamlabs Countdown on for 10 minutes to try to help retain some of your viewership while you power up for the next few hours.

11. StreamLegends
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This one is a unique one and perhaps the most dynamic of the extensions of this list because it’s basically its own game that viewers can play. You probably don’t want viewers to feel like they’d rather be playing a game than watching your stream, but it’s a great alternative to leaving your stream empty while you’re AFK. The game is an RPG where players can level up their character, kill monsters and build a town together.

12. Spotify Recently Played
Twitch

Admittedly, this one is only useful for streamers who play music from Spotify in their streams, but if you do, then it’s especially useful. As the title implies, it allows viewers to see what music has been played on the stream as of late. This is a helpful tool because it saves you getting the “what song was that?” question over and over again, and it’s a conversational point if viewers have some of the same music taste as you.

13. Suggestion Box
Twitch

As great of a streamer, as you can be, there are always ways to improve and you can never please everyone. But a step towards helping to make your stream appeal to more people can be taking constructive criticism from viewers and that’s where the Suggestion Box extension comes in. Not only will you be able to see the suggestion, but other viewers can see them too and react to them with different emotes. If you get a suggestion and everyone agrees with it, implementing it is a no-brainer and can only be good for you moving forward.

14. Twitch AFK Arcade
Twitch

Like StreamLegends, this one provides your viewers with entertainment while you’re AFK. The Twitch AFK Arcade extension provides a selection of mini-games all designed by real game makers, so it’s a great way to retain viewership if anything pops up from you and you need to step away from your computer for a short while.

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These 10 Black Twitch Streamers are Definitely Worth a Watch

It’s easy to get caught up in a vortex full of Twitch streamers that happen to play the games you love to watch. Catching up on highlights and live streams from your favorites eventually becomes a regular occurrence. And over time, you’ll come to sing the praises of the streamers that entertain you the most. 

Twitch’s streamer landscape stretches far and wide to include a nice variety of ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, etc. The personalities we’ve listed below represent the very best of the popular streaming platform. Each one comes with their own discernible personality, signature approach to chat interaction, and a gamut of games they love to play when it’s time to hop on camera. But most importantly, these 10 streamers proudly represent the immense community of Black gamers that can be seen in all corners of the thriving hobby. They not only come with their own voice that speaks to the Blerd experience, but they also provide the type of quality content that puts them right next to the current titans of game streaming.

It’s about time we showed love to 10 of our favorite Black Twitch streamers.

1. TheBlackHokage

The man who once went by the moniker of ModernWarNegro has morphed into one of the most enjoyable streamers on the gaming scene. TheBlackHokage has ascended to new levels of success and has done so thanks to his dedicated streaming efforts and podcast conversations that regularly drop gems. His streams are full of variety – one minute, he can be seen catching W’s in intense Apex Legends matches. And then there are moments where you can catch him making his way through an open-world adventure such as Immortals: Fenyx Rising. The BlackHokage’s raw sense of humor is one of his strongest traits, plus his penchant for delivering life lessons and quality stories on stream adds even more to his magnetic presentation.

2. DaGamer2323

Chances are you probably recognize this dude from his hilarious PS4 unboxing. DaGamer2323’s outlandish skits and unmistakable laugh are hard to ignore, which is why you should watch him in his natural streaming habitat. Besides being gut-bustlingly funny, DaGamer2323 is also in tune with his mental health and makes sure to spend a stream or two listening to his viewers express their everyday struggles. When it comes time to hop on the sticks, he plays anything and everything that comes his way. You’ll find yourself staying through a full DaGamer2323 stream as he debates with his chat about all sorts of fun topics while he chips away at an epic RPG or embarrasses the competition in some good old-fashioned Halo.

3. BarefootTasha

BarefootTasha can be outrageous most of the time. But that’s why we love her so much. Listening to her belt out some of the wildest comments anyone has ever heard is just a part of the fun. Just take a peek at the video “ExposingBareFootGypsy” to hear just how out of pocket (in a good way, of course) she can be. She’s adopted a new title these days but still remains as amusing as ever over on her Twitch platform. BarefootTasha’s streams delve into extended chats with her community, explosive bouts of Apex Legends, and tense sessions with whatever horror-based game she feels like freaking out over.

4. Krystalogy

Krystalogy is another variety streamer who’s built herself a nice fan following in recent years. That’s because it’s so easy to like her—she maintains a nice rapport with her viewers at all times. Krystalogy delves into games such as Apex Legends, Valorant, Assassin’s Creed, and a whole host of other recognizable titles. Besides her on-stream activities, Krystalogy is also known for showcasing her amazing cosplay fits and giving her two cents on her favorite films from time to time. Krystalogy’s warm personality and appreciation for all things geek-related deserve to be commended here.

5. smugdabeasttv

“With the greatest of ease.” That catchphrase perfectly encapsulates smugdabeasttv’s fighting game mastery. Whenever he hops into Street Fighter V to wash the competition, it’s simply riveting to watch him do it as either G or Balrog. The longtime FGC tourney player shows us how it’s done on a regular basis. And he always makes it look so easy. Smug’s all about providing visual guides on how to get better at SFV, answering a flood of fan DMs, and taking on all comers through his amusing streams. Always remember – acting like you won’t get command grabbed won’t get you very far with smug.

6. Qwavii

Qwavii is a whole vibe. Whenever she starts grooving to whatever tough tune she desires, you have no choice but to start doing the same. She’s not just a maestro of music, however—she also dibbles and dabs in a nice lineup of games when she’s up for some streaming. Qwavii’s known for enjoying extended playtime with some first-person shooters, fighters, and mega-popular attractions such as Minecraft and Among Us. Her streams cover a wide variety of worthwhile games and her love for lit tunes makes her stand out from the pack.

7. BigCheeseKIT

The proud leader of the “Cheesus Christ” community has been grinding at this whole gaming and content creation thing for a good while now. He first began gaining traction thanks to his viral music video parodies over on YouTube. Since his rise to internet fame, BigCheeseKIT has spread out his entertaining efforts to Twitch and set himself up as one of the funnier variety streamers on the platform. BigCheeseKIT has gotten a major co-sign from T-Pain, which says a lot about his visibility and appreciation from everyone that watches him. His streams are guaranteed to increase your hype levels and make you elicit a few laughs along the way.

8. Samora

Samora is a proud member of Team Kitty and also happens to be a Twitch ambassador, which means her credentials are super legit, just in case you were wondering. Samora’s love for gaming is placed front and center, of course. But she also makes her anime fandom just as known – her favorite Dragon Ball Z character is Vegeta, and she adores One Piece. Samora’s varied gaming tastes cover titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, The Outer Worlds, Apex Legends, and so much more. You just gotta love her and her kitty as a package deal.

9. KarimCheese

KarimCheese is not to be messed with once he’s ready to hand out a whole bag of L’s in Apex Legends. His streams usually put his mastery of the battle royale shooter on full display, but he’s also known to hop into some decidedly different games from time to time. The self-described anime and futbol fan was featured on Twitch gaming’s The Weekly, which says a lot about his growing presence on the streaming platform. KarimCheese is certainly going places, but he remains grounded enough to feed his audience some awesome streams on a regular basis. We gotta show props to the man’s sick signature mask design, too.

10. PikaChulita

We gotta hand it to sis—PikaChulita uses her platform to push the topic of diversity within gaming and reps extra hard for the communities she champions. What we have here is a personable streamer that covers a wide gamut of games whenever she goes live. She can be seen getting caught up in another wild Among Us session, taking it all the way back with something retro (Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards immediately comes to mind), and casually chopping it up with her friendly chat. Her gaming trigger finger’s a bit too itchy for our tastes (peep this clip for proof), but that trait is easy to forgive since it elicits so many laughs. Salute to you, Queen PikaChulita. And shout out to the rest of the blackgirlgamers crew.