Are you thinking of becoming a gaming content creator? Wondering what kind of games are popular right now, or which ones are evergreen enough to stream at all times? You’re not alone. Some games are flashes in the pan, while others are consistently excellent options if you’re looking for something fun to play on your stream. We’ve collected the 10 best games you can stream or create content for right now. Remember – if you’re looking to get your channel started and need some inspiration, MakeWebVideo has a nice game intro maker you can check out. Without further ado, let’s get started.
1. Among Us
Multiplayer phenomenon Among Us effectively takes the base rules of social deduction game Mafia and transposes them into a sci-fi setting. You and a group of friends are randomly assigned the roles of crewmates or impostors. The crew must perform routine tasks around a spaceship or space station, while the impostors must stop them from doing so without being spotted. Among Us is phenomenally popular among streamers right now, and for good reason; it’s cheap, endlessly replayable, and great fun.
2. Genshin Impact
It’s official: developer miHoYo’s open-world action RPG has had the most successful global launch of a Chinese game in history. It’s not hard to see why, either. Genshin Impact successfully combines fair, even-handed gacha mechanics with a Breath of the Wild-style open-world RPG to create an unforgettably beautiful experience. It takes a very, very long time for this one to reach its paywall, so if you and your fanbase are looking for somewhere to get lost, consider Genshin Impact’s world.
3. League of Legends
Several of the gaming community’s most prominent streamers are League of Legends content creators. Of course, if you want to take your place in the annals of League streaming history, you’ll need to be at the top of your game; truly skilled League of Legends play really is something remarkable. Many other content creators fulfil different niches; Rav’s channel focuses on comedy, while Huzzy is more of a friendly coach providing tips and tricks.
4. Call of Duty Warzone
The battle royale offshoot of 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has proven incredibly popular amongst gamers and content creators alike. It offers the definitive battle royale experience, combining Call of Duty’s characteristic excellent shooting with innovative mechanics like the 1v1 Gulag. Streamers’ audiences will love the endless variety in matches of Warzone, which could see you thrown out in the first five or making it all the way to the final two.
One of many battle royale options out there, Fortnite distinguishes itself by featuring base-building mechanics, leading to hilarious emergent moments that will delight your fanbase as a streamer. It may not quite enjoy the same level of interest that it commanded during its heyday, but Fortnite is still one of the undisputed lords of the battle royale space. Its colourful, hectic style ensures that no matter what the average age of your audience, they’ll love it.
6. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Fall Guys is the battle royale game for people who don’t like combat. This Saturday night gameshow-inspired experience sees you and 59 other jelly bean-shaped individuals competing to see who can take the crown at the end of a run of obstacle courses and other gauntlets. Streams of Fall Guys are hilarious; the physics are chunky and bouncy, allowing for all manner of comedy knockouts and falls. If you like confrontation-free games, Fall Guys is your new beau.
7. The JackBox Party Pack
We’re not going to list a specific JackBox Party Pack game here, because they’re all superb examples of party games done right. To play JackBox, you’ll only need a central device – a PC, an Xbox, or similar – and smartphones. The games on offer are perfect streaming fodder, combining creative answers to questions with friendly competition in a way that feels both hilarious and inclusive. The best thing about JackBox is how it molds itself to your sense of humour without ever feeling like it’s pandering.
8. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is still a ridiculously popular game for one reason: it combines a low skill floor with a high skill ceiling. That means anyone can get into it and start playing it, but if you want to become seriously skilled, you’ll need to put countless hours into training and honing your craft. Watching CS:GO in action is like a ballet, which is why your followers will love it if you’re a streamer and you opt for this game. Just be sure to weed out the armchair players in the comments or the chat.
9. The Souls series – or derivatives
We’re cheating a little bit here by including an entire genre, but you could stream pretty much any Souls game or Souls-like and get a relatively dedicated audience. Mortal Shell, The Surge 2, and Hellpoint are great examples of new-ish Souls-likes to get stuck into, but the original From Software games are also excellent entry points. These games are hard as nails, but the appeal of watching new players get into them and bounce off their difficulty walls never becomes old for streaming audiences.
Finally, we have Riot Games’ new kid on the block Valorant. This colourful spin on CS:GO mechanics and gameplay styles will appeal to anyone who felt like Valve’s seminal shooter could stand to have more League of Legends-style abilities, ultimates, and cooldowns to worry about. The extra abilities add a layer of tactical play to Valorant that’s perfect for your stream, but otherwise, it’s just the same old CS:GO goodness with a little of Riot’s magic sprinkled on top.