What are the Best Games to Stream in 2020?

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So you’ve decided to become a game streamer.

Congratulations! You are now one step closer towards the streamer career many aspire to achieve. Big names in the streaming world such as Pewdiepie, Ninja, and Shroud got themselves earning a massive fortune from their hobby-turned-business.

The good news is: it’s not too late for you to aspire to take the road they’ve taken. But before you become a streaming A-Lister, you must first pick a game to stream. These games would define your career, so it would be better to pick the right game for you!

Here are some of the popular and up and coming games to consider streaming in 2020:

Popular games

Fortnite





Fortnite is an online game created in 2017 and is considered to be one of the most streamed games across all platforms. It was released as different software packages, with a variety of game modes that share the same world and game engine. The most popular game mode is Fortnite: Battle Royale, where 100 players fight to win a last-man-standing match that involves picking gun and medic loots and building fortresses.

Why play this game?

Every match is guaranteed to raise your adrenaline levels and keep you pumped until the end. In short, this game is undeniably fun! While it can prove to be a challenge for new streamers to join this audience, it’s a good pick for those on pro teams or who aims to compete in tournaments.

In case you’re wondering what the gameplay looks like, check out how Trevor and pro-streamer Ninja played Fortnite on Mixer.

When is Season 3?

After the long season of Fortnite Chapter 2 (from October 2019 – February 20, 2020) where players were able to enjoy the brand new in-game map, Epic Games decided to shift back towards quick season changes. Hence, Season 2 is scheduled to end on April 30.

Season 3 is right around the corner! Many players who are bored with the current state of the game may expect something new soon. Devs might drop a teaser trailer shortly, so fans might want to follow Fortnite’s official Twitter account for timely updates.

PUBG

The release of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PuBG) in 2017 paved the way for Battle Royale genre games to enter mainstream status. It is a competitive survival shooter game developed by Tencent International Limited, where players must fight to locate weapons and supplies on an uninhabited island to be hailed as the lone survivor.

If you manage to win over the hundred others, the “chicken dinner” is rightfully yours!

Why play this game?




It’s always interesting to see the gameplay of one of the most popular games in the world. PuBG attracts viewers across all ages, making it easier for you to possibly cultivate a loyal following. Not to mention, every match is surely a whole lot of fun. Play solo, duos, or team up with your squad— the choice is yours!

PUBG Mobile

You can also choose to play PuBG on-the-go. The game has a mobile version which has also attracted a wide following over the past few months.

It recently celebrated its second anniversary, so you can expect new updates and events if you hop into the game at present. The new updates include the Hardcore mode and the Amusement Park mode, along with new weapons and a death replay (which is similar to other FPS like Call of Duty). Bring the BR shooting experience on PC right to your fingertips.

League of Legends

LoL is arguably one of the most classic games to be streamed. It recently saw a resurgence thanks to the decline of Battle Royale (BR) games this year, and many of the old players are returning to the game.



It is a multiplayer online battle arena (moba) video game that is fast-paced, competitive, and filled with an ever-expanding roster of champions to choose from.

Why play this game?

LoL hosts frequent competitions worldwide. The hype for League always grows during its routine yearly peak (October – November), making it an ideal time for you to stream the game. The ceiling for growth in this game is enormous, too.

Teamfight Tactics

Taking homage from Defense of The Ancient’s (DoTA) popular Auto Chess, LoL also developed Teamfight Tactics (TFT) as an auto battler game based on the League of Legends universe.

The game mode is a round-based strategy game that pits you against seven other opponents in a race to form a powerful team that will last until the very end. Make sure to recruit the right League champions to fight on your behalf!

Minecraft

Simply described by its creators as “a game about placing blocks and going on adventures,” Minecraft grew to become a cultural phenomenon over the years. It is one of the games which helped Pewdiepie rise to the ranks of being the top streamers of all-time with 100 Million subscribers.

Released in 2009, it is one of the most best-selling PC games ever created. With the endless possibilities it presents, it’s no surprise how this game is a streaming hit.

Why play this game?

Minecraft allows gamers to have freedom and total control as they play. They can choose to build their own worlds and do other in-game activities like exploration, gathering resources, and full-on survival mode.



It’s guaranteed that no two streams will be exactly the same thanks to its huge breadth of possible experiences. How fun is that?

Minecraft Dungeons

If you’re getting tired of the same-old, familiar Minecraft gameplay— a new dungeon crawler game is about to drop real soon. Gather your friends and continue your journey together as adventurers in the Overworld.

Minecraft Dungeons is an upcoming standalone game set in the Minecraft universe; up to four players can fight together to defeat the evil Arch-Illager and his nasty mobs. This game is set to be released on May 26, 2020.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a first-person shooter video game produced by Activision. This long-renowned and iconic first-person shooter game is back with its latest reboot.

Cross-play, free maps and modes, and a new gaming engine deliver the largest technical leap in the entire CoD franchise. Long-time fans wouldn’t want to miss out on that!


Why play this game?

If you like to be challenged in your games, this game is a great choice to stream. The reboot is branded to be more provocative than its predecessors, thus more strategy and thought is required. There’s also plenty of multiplayer modes to enjoy.

CoD: Warzone

Whoever said Battle Royale games were losing its touch and appeal was clearly in the wrong.

Although it’s part of Modern Warfare, Call of Duty Warzone is a stand-alone 150-player Battle Royale game. Drop anywhere you desire on the map, loot for rewards, and fight for your way to become the last man standing. Since the game is free-to-play, it’s no surprise how it managed to surpass 30 million players only in 10 days.

Hearthstone

Reigning as one of the best games to stream for anyone with less than 100 viewers, this game’s average viewer rate is considerably decent on many platforms. Viewers are often on the lookout for new Hearthstone streamers to watch.

Why play this game?

It is a great game for interaction. The game involves a lot of waiting period in between, which is the perfect time to interact and chat with your viewers. It’s one of the reasons why so many people enjoy watching it.

New expansion

Hearthstone continues to offer new content to lure existing and new fans into playing the game. The latest expansion, Ashes of Outland, launched recently on April 7.

The expansion pack went live with 135 new cards, featuring cards for the new Demon Hunter hero class. There’s also brand new mechanics and game improvements for every player to enjoy.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive





CS:GO is a multiplayer first-person shooting game which is among the most competitive games online. It currently holds a 9/10 rating on Steam. The game added a battle royale mode last year to jump on the BR hype, and it was later turned into a free-to-play game. Most notably, CS:GO’s competitive aspect remains unrivalled to many.

Why play this game?

There are lots of positive reviews for the game, and the peak concurrent players is relatively high all-year round. Many players also note that other FPS games don’t nearly have as much depth as CS:GO. With its Counter Strike title, it’s also bound to hit players with the classic nostalgia.

Flashpoint

Flashpoint is the newest professional CS:GO league that is fundamentally different from the majority of other esports ventures. Why? It’s owned and directly managed by the teams involved.

Big shot organizations such as Cloud9, Dignitas, Gen. G, and Overactive Media pooled in a total of $2M in franchise fees in hopes of building a more sustainable esports league.

The league aims to provide the highest revenue share potential to teams of any major esport competition.

Fifa 20

The perfect game for soccer heads: Fifa 20 is here to maintain the track record of the revered soccer series. The gameplay isn’t drastically different from last year’s game, but it features improvements for longtime fans.

Why play this game?

This new series presents an improvement on its Ultimate Team mode, paving the way for better single-player opportunities, shooting and defending improvements, all-new physics for the ball, and flawless animations.

There’s also a new Volta Football mode, which moves the sport to a small court-like pitch with teams of just 3-5 members. You might want to check that out!

Career Mode

No matter which club you choose to be a part of, it’s possible to get off to a flying start if you sort out the right scouting, negotiate transfers, and pick the best team.



Take a team in FIFA 20 from the bottom leagues up to the very top! This mode might be initially underwhelming to many but after a series of patches, single-player fans are definitely hooked. Try out this mode yourself to find out why.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

I didn’t choose the farm life, but the rural farm life on a deserted island chose me. New Horizons gives you the perfect escape from the monotonous and busy bustle of the city life. In your deserted island, you can start the community you’ve always wanted. Build bridges, ponds, waterfalls, or fill your entire estate with money trees and flowers. Spend your time catching bugs and tarantulas or fish your way to virtual financial stability. The choice is yours to make.

Why play this game?

You will never run out of exciting things to do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Once you try out the game for yourself, you will understand why thousands of players across the globe obsess over it. Games aren’t solely limited to shooting games or plot-driven RPGs, sometimes a laid-back life simulation game is exactly what we need to create the ideal lives we want for ourselves.

Everyone’s streaming it




Lo and behold, even big shot streamers are taking a step back from popular titles like Fortnite and League of Legends to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons instead. Streamers like Jordan Fisher, Pokimane, and Kelsey Impicciche have played the game and successfully accumulated a sizable audience.

Thousands of fans across the globe enjoy watching these stars run after butterflies and bugs, catch fishes, scavenge for items, and create new clothing patterns.

Monster Hunter World




This version has brought the epic monster-slaying game into the mainstream list on consoles such as Xbox One and PS4. It’s a solid choice to play on PC, too. Chase wild beasts through lush jungles, explore the visually stunning world, or challenge your fellow hunters in arm wrestling at the Gathering Hub.

Why play this game?

Statistics and viewer count aside, this is probably one of the most aesthetically pleasing games on this least. The gameplay is immersive, intricately detailed, and almost feels too real. It’s easy to spend hours simply appreciating the beautiful world around you.

Iceborne 2020

The latest expansion pack, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, contains a detailed roadmap for players to enjoy. This fully-fledged paid expansion adds exciting new features to the game to help every player reach new heights. Deal with new monsters, locales, and quests among many others.

Iceborne’s well-made content also gives an improved end game, new mechanics, and new expansive playable areas.

NBA 2K20

Whether you’re a serial dunker or completely new to the court, NBA 2K20 is a great game to appreciate basketball. Basketball gaming enthusiasts would be able to better learn the rules, strategy, and even mechanics of the game much more quickly just by playing for hours.

Why play this game?

This latest installment of the hit NBA 2k series presents plenty of improvements to differentiate it from its predecessors: a new story mode, MyPlayer overhaul, and various gameplay tweaks. The gameplay is as fresh as it can get!

NBA 2K20 Player’s Tournament

Since the NBA season has been indefinitely postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, professional basketball players recently found a perfect way to spend their free time honing their basketball skills (although virtually) to help fight the global crisis.

Select NBA stars are competing in the NBA 2K20 Player’s Tournament, which started on April 3, to raise money for coronavirus-focused charities. 16 NBA players including Kevin Durant, Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, and Trae Young will compete in head-to-head brackets until one is hailed and crowned champion.

Magic: The Gathering

Considered as Hearthstone’s younger sibling, Magic: The Gathering is another great pick for streamers who are willing and looking to grow. It’s relatively new across most platforms, making it accessible for streamers who want to stream the game.

Why play this game?

You don’t need years of experience and thousands of cards to succeed in this game. If you have experience in playing the original card game, use that expertise and nostalgia to boost your content quality. Just like Hearthstone, it also offers a generous downtime for interaction with viewers.

The next set

The upcoming new set Ikoria: Lair of Behemoth will be the 84th Magic expansion. Originally scheduled on April 24, its paper release will be advanced to April 17 for Asia and delayed until May 15 for the other continents due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Magic Online and MTG Arena will release on April 16, 2020.

This set contains a rich bounty of lore and monsters to delight every MTG player. Certain cards will come with important story moments one wouldn’t dare to miss!

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege





The latest installment of the acclaimed first-person shooter franchise developed by Ubisoft Montreal studio, this is the perfect choice if you’re into competitive shooting games. The game puts notable emphasis on environmental destruction and cooperation between players.

Why play this game?

According to Newzoo, a renowned gaming analytics site, Rainbow Six: Siege rose 10 spots to #5 with 4.1 million esports hours watched, generated by the Six Invitational 2018 in Montreal. With the growing hype on the game, you may just cultivate a great audience for your channel.

Improvement continues

In its fifth season, R6 continues to drop minor updates to fix technical errors and visual tweaks. Devs also fix bugs from time to time, such as when certain walls in-game are not taking damage when attacked from one side.



Fixes are also rolled out for collision issues and bizarre physics behavior due to breaking charges when on the lower sections of barricaded windows.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

This 2018 crossover fighting game developed by Bandai Namco Studios and Sora Ltd. The game saw a huge in the past months, particularly due to major tournaments such as EVO and Super Smash Con. This game has potential for streamers who want to see a relative growth in their channel.

Why play this game?




Super Smash Bros is also a great choice if you want to focus on viewer interaction. It has: viewer arenas, online tournaments, and custom stages. It’s also a long-term game for your channel, since Nintendo expressed its desire to support the title for the following years.

New character?

A recent leak suggests that an interesting new DLC character will be joining the battle. Due to the second fighter pass with 6 new additions, fans started to speculate which new characters will join.

Bigby Wolf, the main character from TellTale Games’ The Wolf Among Us, is suggested to be the one next in line to join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster. Multiple sources have echoed the claim but fans may have to wait and see for the official announcement.

Conclusion

In closing, for new gamers looking to break into streaming world — take time in deciding which game fits your niche the most. It might take some time and a lot of trial and error from one game to another, but choosing the right game can guide your streamer career into the road of glory.



For those looking to perhaps go outside their comfort zone, challenge yourself and play a game which intrigues you the most. Sure, you might start as a beginner with low skills, but the growth and progress you’ll show along the way is a great option for building an audience.

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