A head to head battle between two powerhouses in game live-streaming; DLive vs Twitch.
Over the years, live streaming has become popular, even among gamers. It is an excellent feature that allows a person to share the content of their screen with millions of others around the world in real-time while still being able to interact with their viewers.
When we talk about live streams for gamers, we think about YouTube, Twitch. Twitch because it is one of the most outstanding and widely used live streaming platforms. And with such a high number of users, one might come across lots of worrisome contents; however, Twitch has set up policies and regulations guiding its users, to help keep these games live streaming platform a safe place. Defaulters of these rules are usually given a strike, suspension, or a permanent ban.
With lots of harsh restrictions from Twitch, the need for a live streaming platform that offers similar features with more lenient regulations was highly sorted for, and in comes DLive. DLive is a new live streaming platform that can rival Twitch.
Dlive Vs Twitch: Contrast
Dlive is an excellent platform that is on the blockchain-powered by Lino. Dlive offers both video uploading and live streaming services, which is directly integrated with Steem Blockchain. Dlive has an estimated 3 million active users every month and over 35 thousand active streamers.
The story of Twitch started back in 2007; it was first known as justin.tv because it was solely created to cover the non-stop live stream of Justin Kan, the co-founder. Fast Forward to June 2011 (4 years later), Justin.tv was rebranded to Twitch.tv, and it started gaining popularity, that by February 2014, it became the 4th most significant source of internet traffic in the United States.
Twitch covers the live streaming of eSports channels and video games. It has amassed a lot of users from all over the world. Twitch has over 17 million active users everyday and over 4 million broadcasters monthly, it is responsible for about 2% of the total internet traffic used in the United States.
Dlive Vs Twitch: Earning Avenue
The total revenue generated on Dlive is given back to the users; Dlive doesn’t keep any percentage cut for themselves. 90.1% of the revenue made from subscriptions and digital gifts, is given back to the streamers, while the remaining 9.9% is kept in a pool and given as a reward to the most popular live streamers that contribute more to Dlive on a daily basis.
Dlive also offers a partnership program for its streamers to motivate them by giving rewards for creating more content. Dlive rewards are based on gift cards, status recognition, and other additional features.
There are several ways to make money from Twitch, but the best approach is to become a popular streamer. Becoming famous on Twitch can take months, nevertheless, here are some ways you can earn from being a Twitch live streamer:
Brand partnerships: This is another means of affiliate marketing for Twitch streamers (do not mistake it for Twitch Affiliate Program). Companies partner with streamers to advertise their products to their viewers. Streamers get a percentage from each sale made through them. You can work with brands selling products such as headsets, gaming hardware and software, chairs, energy drinks, and other accessories.
Donations: Twitch users will likely donate to your channel to show support. Streamers can add a donation link via Paypal or Streamable and share the link on their stream channel.
Merchandise: This is another way to monetize your Twitch channel if you have dedicated fans on your channel. Twitch merchandise can be T-shirts, Mugs, stickers, and laptop cases. You can add your brand logo to these merchandise and promote it on your channel.
Twitch Affiliate Program: This is the official way to get paid directly from Twitch; however, you have to meet up to the set of criteria. You can not apply for the Twitch affiliate program if you don’t get the official invitation from Twitch. Requirements for Twitch Affiliate;
- Minimum of 50 followers
- At least Seven unique days of broadcast
- 500 minutes broadcasted
- An average of 3 or more concurrent viewers
You can earn from Twitch affiliate via:
- Subscription: Viewers pay a monthly fee to unlock special features such as exclusive chat rooms, discounts on merch, and emoticons. Twitch monthly subscription varies, starting from $4.99 to $24.99.
- Game Sales: While playing games on your channel, a pop-up button would appear on your screen, prompting users to buy the game. You will get a 5% commission for every game sold.
- Virtual Cheers: Virtual cheers is used to show support to live streamers whenever they are playing a game. Viewers buy cheers called bits (varies in sizes and colour). A bit is worth 1 cent, Twitch live streamers can accumulate bits and cash them out.
Twitch Partner Program: Being a Twitch partner is the highest form of monetizing for your Twitch streaming channel. Twitch partner is exclusively for popular streamers with a huge fan base and quality contents. There is a huge difference between a Twitch affiliate and being a Twitch partner.
Being a partner on Twitch comes with a lot of advantages such as;
- Customized Cheermotes
- 50 Unlockable subscription Emotes
- Game sales
- 3rd party ads
- Full access to transcode
- Steam delay option
- Chargeback protection
- Shorter payout time frame (45 days)
- 24/7 support from Twitch
- Verified channel badge
Dlive Vs Twitch: Viewers Rewards
Making money on Dlive is not limited to just live streamers, viewers can also earn money for every minute spent on this platform. You get LINO Points based on your engagement rate (comments in Dlive’s community, subscribing to channels, and watching live streams) and these points can be easily redeemed directly to your PayPal or bitcoin wallet. 88 Lino points is approximately equal to $1.22 according to Dlive.
Only streamers on Twitch can make money from its platform.
Dlive Vs Twitch: Users Statistics
- Dlive has over 8.56 million visits (+11,749 visits compared to December 2019)
- 16 thousand daily unique visitors (unregistered users)
- 900 thousand daily page views
Twitch remains the number 1 live streaming platform when it comes to statistics (more viewers, streamers, and content). There are always new contents available every minute.
Twitch Main Stats:
- 1.44 million (average) concurrent daily viewers.
- 41,100 verified Twitch Partners.
- 3.9 million broadcasters (streamers)
- Users spend an average of 1.35 hours watching live streams daily
Dlive Vs Twitch: Restrictions
There are little regulations and restrictions on the kind of gaming contents that can be streamed on Dlive, it allows live streaming of some Not Safe For Work (NSFW) streams and also free speech.
If you are a lover of rules, don’t mind restrictions, you will enjoy Twitch. However, it is very strict when it comes to punishing offenders.
Dlive Vs Twitch: User Interface
Desktop Web: Dlive’s web version features a pitch-black theme and yellow icons for easy identification. Several games are featured on its homepage, with the top available live streams pinned at the top.
Mobile Web: The mobile web version also has similar features to the desktop version. The mobile page is fast, responsive, and supports all live streams. It has a static homepage, login button, and a dropdown menu for easy navigation of all streamable categories on the platform.
Mobile Application: Dlive has a mobile application for both Android and iOS devices. It is built for both streamers and viewers, it supports notification and reminders whenever your favourite streamer goes live, and you can also manage your account directly from the mobile application.
Desktop Web: Twitch’s web version features a white theme, black text and static pages are enclosed with purple texts. The homepage features a few gaming categories, live channels, a list of new streamers, and recommended categories.
Mobile Web: The mobile web version has a similar design to the desktop version, the theme can also be toggled to dark mode for eyecare. A search button to easily find your favourite channels, a static homepage button and categories for easy navigation.
Mobile Application: To get the best experience while using Twitch from a mobile device, the mobile application covers all top features of the desktop version while giving speed, easy navigation. Twitch’s mobile apps are available on both iOS and Android stores.
Dlive Vs Twitch: Which Is Better?
For New Streamers
If you are a new streamer and you want to make some money from live streaming then you need to be on a less competitive platform. Dlive is an excellent option for new streamers because it is easier to monetize your channel.
For Popular Streamers
Twitch still has more users and content than Dlive, so if you are a famous streamer who loves the competition and also wants to broaden your horizon, then Twitch is what you need.
Viewers spend precious time and data every day on streaming platforms, Dlive pays its viewers (non-streamers) for their time spent on its platform. However, if you want more streamable contents and would like to meet millions of other viewers without getting paid, then Twitch has everything you need.
This post was last Updated on August 17, 2020 by Richard Nwanekezie