Why Do Gamers Watch Twitch?

People have been watching people do things for centuries.

People have been watching people do things for centuries.

People have been watching other people do different activities forever.

The Roman Colosseum is confirmation of this, I know this because last July I spent 2 weeks in Italy and what a two weeks it was.

The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators. and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. (wiki)

So, what exactly does this have to do with Twitch and why people watch?

Keep reading to find out…


They Made A Huge A** Building Thousands of Years Ago to Watch People Do Sh*t

Think of all the man power that went into building the Roman Colosseum? All that time and effort and it was built so people could watch other people do things.

Crazy idea huh?

We did it then and we still do it to this very day. We watch sports, music concerts, TV, you name it and we will find a way to watch others do things.

Heck “people watching” in general is kind of fun (admit it you do it too!).

It’s Not Weird To Stream on Twitch

Anytime I tell someone (outside the gaming world) that I live stream myself playing video games for others to watch they immediately say…

  • thats weird
  • people actually watch you?
  • don’t they have better things to do?
  • I can’t believe people watch you play video games!

They say this because they’re missing the point that watching Twitch streams is no different than watching your favorite NFL team on Sundays.

Tons of streamers come to me and tell me…

  • I’m afraid of losing games on stream…
  • I’m not good enough to stream
  • What if people tell me I stink at the game?
  • No one wants to watch me because I’m not good enough

You don’t have to be “good” to be a great streamer! We tend to get caught up in our niche communities and lose grasp on the entire entity that is Twitch. We lose the bigger vision of what Twitch is and will become.

Stink at a game? Be a great entertainer…

…remember people have been watching people do sh*t for thousands of years…

I Watched My Friends Play Video Games Growing Up

Is that weird? I bet you did it too.

When I was in elementary school I would watch my brother play Madden.

When I was in middle school I would watch my friends play Final Fantasy.

When I was in high school I would watch my friends play Halo.

When I was in college I would watch my friends play Resident Evil.


It was once again a form of entertainment, but I believe it’s a step beyond just entertainment. Playing video games is often times considered a “lonely” activity.

When I spent all that time watching people play games it wasn’t just for entertainment it was a form of social bonding and there is no difference between that and watching your favorite streamers on Twitch.

You form relationships with the people watching. You work together to get through different game modes. You communicate with them and learn about who they’re as a person.

The connection is real and that is why I believe Twitch is a very special social platform to be apart of.

Think Differently

My challenge to you is to stop looking at your stream as “just a game I stream” and start thinking about how its a form of entertainment. Think about the emotional connections you can create with your audience.

How can you improve your stream in these areas?

Share in the comments below.

Be clear. Be concise.


Use Stepping Stones Toward the Growth of Your Twitch Channel


Has this happened to you? You go live on your Twitch channel… …and no one shows up, and you start feeling like a loser. You lose the excitement and energy you had before you went live and you don’t understand what you’re doing wrong. You see everyone else having success, but you aren’t seeing the results and you don’t see the value in “wasting anymore […]

Continue reading...

Why You Shouldn’t Fear Getting Unfollows on Twitch

“The only thing that a follower count actually does is make your ego bigger. It makes you feel good when you compare yourself to others.”

Continue reading...

Twitch Giveaways – Tips To Get Followers!


Giving away prizes on twitch is one way to get more viewers into your stream! However, simply offering a prize up can be tricky. How do you get value to your stream that matches the prize you are giving away? If you are giving away a $60 dollar game, but only 3 people enter and […]

Continue reading...

Should You Swear On Your Twitch Stream?

Many new twitch streamers are concerned that swearing on their stream might prevent them from growing and gaining new followers, is this true? Today, we will look at the 3 types of twitch streams out there and how cursing might help or harm your growth.

Continue reading...

5 Phrases You Say That Lead To Failure


Years ago I would say things like… “I’m not a tech guy.” “I’m not very smart when it comes to tech stuff” “I’m a one trick pony, I’m only good at one thing” “That’s just not who I am” Little did I know then that I was setting myself up for failure before I even […]

Continue reading...

Is It Time To Quit Streaming On Twitch?

Should I Quit Twitch Streaming?

Is It Time To Quit Twitch?    Question: I’ve been streaming for 9 months and I just can’t get a consistent viewership on my twitch channel, is it time to quit twitch?   When is the right time to give up on your hopes of becoming a Twitch broadcaster, what if you just can’t get […]

Continue reading...

Getting Your Twitch Stream Back On Track After the Holidays (Vacations too!)


Your Twitch channel has been growing, you’re getting more viewers and then out of no where it’s the holiday season (or it’s time for you to head out on a much needed vacation). Next thing you know the holidays have passed, your vacation ends and you feel lost, confused, and don’t know how to get […]

Continue reading...

Why Less Is More On Twitch, The Big Mistake I Made For A Full Year Of Streaming!

Twitch Length Stream Guide

It took me over a year to diagnose and then grow out of one of the most frustrating mistakes I was making on Twitch. Now, that I am on the other side it seems so obvious. However, as I read about new streamers and their plans for growing their channel, I can see the same […]

Continue reading...

Is It Too Late To Start A Twitch Channel?

When You Realize You Should Have Started Years Ago...

FOMOT (Fear Of Missing Out On Twitch) If you have ever thought… “If I only started streaming last year, I’d be huge right now” “Are too many big name streamers gonna block me from growing?” “Is it too late to grow a big twitch channel?” The answer is without a doubt…

Continue reading...