Jeremy ‘Disguised Toast’ Wang believes that League of Legends streamers will get “destroyed” if they try to stream at the same time as Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp on Twitch and that it’s often best to stream during the “graveyard shift.”
Speaking on the Offline TV podcast with Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys, Hearthstone streamer Disguised Toast uses Tyler1’s dominance in the League of Legends streaming scene as an example of why it’s important to pick the optimum time for you to go live.
“Some streamers have to do the graveyard shift,” he explains. “It’s better to stream graveyard when the big dogs are sleeping. Traditionally in each game category, there’s time slots dominated by certain streamers. Tyler1 won League of Legends; you try streaming to Tyler’s viewership, you are gonna get destroyed, which creates this effect where no one streams during his time, which also just adds more viewers to him because he’s the only one streaming.”
Disguised Toast also estimates that the graveyard shift is between around 01:00 – 06:00 at night (which would roughly be between 09:00 in the morning and 14:00 in the afternoon in Europe) and says that he personally knows some streamers who will get up at 01:00 to stream because there is “less competition.”
Fellow podcast host Pokimane, who often streams League of Legends content herself, goes on to add that she estimates around “a third of someone’s typical viewership is dependent on how many other people are on.”
Tyler1 is one of the biggest names on Twitch and is the 12th most followed active streamer on the platform with over 2.7 million followers. His streams bring in an average audience of around 19,000 viewers, but his highest ever peak audience was a colossal 368,000 viewers..
Disguised Toast’s insight into streaming when the big names aren’t live shows how difficult it can be for small streamers to get noticed and break through. It could also be a reason for why he decided to leave Twitch earlier this month to stream exclusively on Facebook Gaming, as there would be far less competition as there is on Twitch.
Any aspiring LoL streamers out there might want to take Disguised Toast and Pokimane’s advice on board… Or maybe even consider streaming on a less crowded platform, as many have done already in 2019.