Are you a small streamer who feels like there’s no hope of growing on your platform? Do you see the thousands of channels with 0-2 viewers and think that you’ll be stuck in the sub 10 viewer pool forever? Well, I feel the exact same way sometimes. There are so many people out there looking for different types of content, different personalities, and different chat communities to be a part of that there shouldn’t have to be any streamers that feel this way. Even if just the streamers who aren’t currently streaming were to be active in their community in a number of ways, the feeling of despair seeing the big “0 Viewers” would be alleviated for those of us who genuinely want to do this as a hobby.
There are a number of resources available to help you grow your channel and find answers to different streamer related questions. Don’t know how to set up your streaming software? Want to work towards a specific follower goal using F4F? I spent a few hours digging around the web, and I can tell why so many people start up and quit within the first 3 months. Information regarding streaming is hard to find. You really have to dig if you want to get to the gold. My hope is that this blog and the small streamer community that we build will allow for easier access to this information in a single location.
We plan to make our community THE place where streamers can feel free to be themselves. This blog post is an example of how we want to operate – bringing in communities ranging from small to large, having hot topics and hard to find information under one roof so you don’t have to spend hours on end looking for answers to a simple question.
My dream is to turn DTS into an ever growing melting pot full of streamers and viewers that want to help each other find the niche where they fit best. There are so many of us who just want a little piece of the pie, and trust me, there is DEFINITELY enough to go around.
Want to be a part of the ground level crew on something that is guaranteed to blow up? Drop by our server and be sure to say hello! We need as much help as possible to grow into something that can truly help streamers in every walk of the journey.
Facebook Groups for Streamers
Streamers Connected is a community focused on connecting content creators, developers, artists, company reps, and viewers/fans. The whole goal here is to make it easier for everyone in the community to get connected, find answers, or find access to services regarding streaming. If you don’t know where to start, jump in their Discord and start getting connected today!
TSHEO is a FB group with over 30,000 members working to get streamers interacting with one another. A lot of the posts in this group are F4F, but if you put in the time and work to interact with the streamers you’re meeting you can make some new friends along the way. There is a lot of activity in this group, so naturally there is ample opportunity to get connected with other up and coming streamers.
This is a mainly follow for follow group with almost 8,000 members. It isn’t exclusive to Twitch, so if you’re streaming on Facebook Gaming, YouTube, or Mixer and are looking to help some peeps with follow goals, this is a group for you.
TSAN was created to bring together streamers in similar categories of Twitch from around the world. Since its conception, it has evolved from a casual gig to an “organization dedicated to providing the tools for success in big and small streams alike.” So whether you’re just starting or already have an established stream community, drop by to see if this is a resource for you. Don’t forget to yeet yourself into their Discord.
Subreddits for Streamers
The r/Twitch subreddit is likely one of the most useful resources when it comes to streaming information. With over 500,000 members, there are bound to be thousands of streamers online at any time meaning large amounts of activity any time of the day. Whether you’re looking for technical help, or advice/input on your thoughts about your stream, this is a community that you don’t want to miss out on.
If you’re a girl, a gamer, and a streamer, this community is for you. From the community details – ” ‘Girl Gamer’ — One of the most controversial and polarizing terms for women who game (and, sure, maybe one of the cringiest) This is a community space for ladies to hang out, talk about gaming, and game together. We also discuss topics around women in geek culture and debrief about experiences that occur as a result of their gender. Folks of all genders and identities are welcome to join discussions here.” So you don’t have to be a girl to join – but don’t be cringe bro! Over 88k members means that you are likely to get at least some feedback on your thoughts, and you can feel free to be yourself. Just how it should be. (There is a discord link pinned to the top of this sub, however you have to apply and be active on Reddit, so get to posting if you want to get connected that way!)
A unique take on the small streamer community, r/StreamWatchParty is focused on helping streamers that fall under the radar by support via self promotion, weekly Stream Raids, and recommendations of channels that you love to watch/belong to your friends. This is a smaller community of just over 1k members, so take off your shoes and make yourself at home while supporting your favorite small streamers.
This subreddit is another place to grow together with other small streamers, find streams you may be interested in watching, and work towards making Twitch a stronger gaming community overall. Join up and be sure to actively participate so you can benefit others as well as yourself!
YouTube Channels for Streamers
10. Gaming Careers
Gaming Careers is an educational channel focused on helping gamers turn their hobby into a job. They post nearly weekly, and have a LOT of helpful information when it comes to gaming as a career. Plus they’re from the UK, so you can bet your skinny ass you’ll be vibing to the accents as you’re learning how to stream. GC also has a Patreon where you can find additional perks for supporting this super helpful channel. Psst… Don’t forget to join their Discord to get plugged into the community ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
11. Alpha Gaming
Need a diagnosis on why your stream is shit? Alpha Gaming is the channel doctor for you. You can find info on crafting content, how to use your fancy new equipment, building gaming rigs, etc… Apparently they’re not funny though (sorry guys, you even said so in your description.) They even have a Twitch channel where they live stream, and a Discord so you can get help on the go.
Wild posts videos weekly that revolve around growing your channel via YouTube or Twitch. If you’re a small streamer looking for that extra nugget of info, this may just be the channel for you. Apparently his hair is something to behold as well. Not too bad if I do say so myself 😉 You can support this creator by becoming a Patron, or checking him out on Twitch.
Ashnichrist takes stream help in a different direction with explanations of the nitty gritty when it comes to turning your favorite hobby into an actual profession. Branding and marketing for streamers, how to run your social for your stream, and keeping up with the stream world landscape are just a few of the intriguing topics that are covered in her videos. You can also support her on Twitch or Patreon to get extra crispy content.
Discord Communities for Streamers
OneBigTV is a Twitch networking community on Discord that aims to bring streamers together for the purpose of creating and growing successful streams. It’s kind of like a big family where you can collaborate, meet new streamers, discuss topics focused on streaming, etc… So far I have enjoyed my stay!
Small Streamer Community is another Discord server where you can get in connected, jump in on raids, and work towards enough XP to promote yourself in the #live channel. I really dig the way they’ve organized the server via member level and follower counts.
Over to You
Hopefully this curated list helps you find the community that fits for you. If you don’t feel like you fit in to one or another, don’t let it get you down. There are plenty out there, and we’re working on adding one more to the list. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know in the comments below.