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If eyes on your con­tent is your con­cern, you’d be wise to ques­tion whether Mixer is the right plat­form for you with its present user­base. Mi­crosoft hasn’t an­nounced any con­crete num­bers for the fledg­ling ser­vice, which had only been around for six months be­fore Red­mond snatched it up, but even its top chan­nels don’t ex­ceed more than a few hun­dred view­ers.

You’d imag­ine that YouTube, the most pop­u­lar video ser­vice in the world, would mean big num­bers for streams, but that’s still not nec­es­sar­ily true. Users with an ex­ist­ing name and rep­u­ta­tion can at­tract a hefty view­er­ship, it’s true, but YouTube’s live of­fer­ing is still find­ing its feet, and re­al­is­ti­cally you’ll need to at­tract sub­scribers be­fore any­one will stum­ble on your live out­put.

Twitch’s growth has slowed due to in­creas­ing com­pe­ti­tion, but it cer­tainly hasn’t re­versed. Its top streams (ad­mit­tedly, these are large es­ports events) have bro­ken a mil­lion con­cur­rent view­ers, and even the top solo stream­ers have been able to at­tract a quar­ter of a mil­lion eyes. It’s also a lot eas­ier to dis­cover new stream­ers on Twitch, and its users will ha­bit­u­ally search by game—a handy driver.

Win­ner: Twitch

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