Now is as good a time as any to get into streaming. Whether you want to share music with the world, color while your viewers watch or have epic fails in your favorite video game, there’s an audience out there to watch and possibly even some money to be made. But to broadcast to that audience, you need a streaming platform. 

While Twitch is, by the far, the most popular service, it may not be the best option for you. To help you find the best platform for how you stream, we’ve compared Twitch against three key competitors: Facebook Gaming, Caffeine TV and YouTube Gaming. 

Twitch.TV 

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Twitch.TV

Pros:

+ Industry-leading platform; almost everyone is there 

+ Amazon integration 

+ Detailed analytics 

+ Easy to create and export clips 

Cons:

Affiliates rarely make it to Partner status

Streaming in 1080p isn’t possible until you hit Partner

Half of each subscription fee goes to Twitch

Content belongs to Twitch and can’t be posted elsewhere for 24 hours