Whether you fancy becoming a professional gamer yourself or want to follow world-class players as they rise through the ranks, streaming platforms are the place to do it, with their audience and user numbers growing by the day.
Here are some of the best and most popular platforms that provide everything an avid gaming fan is looking for.
This Amazon-owned streaming service was one of the trailblazers, with now-famous gamers such as Ninja starting their careers here before transferring to rival platforms.
As well as legends playing everything from League of Legends to Call of Duty, there are also poker pros who are sponsored by all manner of gaming companies and play low stakes tournaments all the way through to super high roller events. If you wish to start your own poker stream you may want to use Oddschecker to read up on which sites offer the best value for money.
The undoubted rival to Twitch, Mixer announced itself on the streaming scene by poaching Ninja from Twitch when trying to develop a powerful brand and attract streamers and viewers alike.
Run by Microsoft, this platform does have some technical advantages over its rival, providing a more intuitive space for Xbox users as well as its viewer rewards system being fairer, in our humble opinion of course.
Not wanting to be outdone, another goliath who wants in on the streaming phenomenon is YouTube, which recently launched its YouTube Gaming platform.
At the moment YouTube Gaming provides many of the same features as Twitch does but will surely innovate as time goes by. After all, gaming is the future.
This one is strictly one for Esports fans, with almost all its content dedicated to this ever-growing gaming sector. If you know your Team Liquid from Fnatic then this is the place for you.
There are times when you may want to stream on the go or even use the power of the online stream to do something other than gaming or watching others game. If that is the case, then Periscope is an excellent alternative and although it was launched all the way back in 2015 its usability still stands.