The video game streaming platform Twitch continues to grow in popularity. In March 2020, the site had an incredible average of 1.44 million concurrent users – far outstripping rivals such as Discord or Microsoft Mixer. And lately, Twitch has branched out from being the streaming platform of choice for traditional video games such as CS: G0. These days, online casino content producers rely on Twitch to broadcast slot streams to fans all across the world. In fact, the slot niche is among the fastest-growing categories on the platform, with streamers like Roshtein now commanding over 2 million channel views a month. Which games do these slot streamers play to generate such audiences? Let’s take a look at the 4 most common slots played so far in 2020.
Danger High Voltage
The popularity of this Big Time Gaming slot is confusing as hell, since it’s based around a weird and not particularly popular song from 2002. But a few minutes playing time is all it takes to see what draws so many slot streamers to Danger High Voltage. Bright disco lights, a pumping EDM soundtrack punctuated by samples from the song, and symbols made up of skulls, tacos and bells make the base game a lot of fun. Meanwhile, the High Voltage free spins come with multipliers of up to an incredible 66x. Fire in the disco!
Unlike the last slot, it’s immediately clear why streamers like to play the fruity-themed Jammin’ Jars in their broadcasts. This game is just so colourful, with its purple disco background and green, red, orange, and blue fruits. A unique 8×8 grid and cascade feature (where every win triggers new symbols falling into place) means the gameplay is always entertaining. Plus, players pick up bigger wins when the larger fruits land, which they do rather often. This slot just looks fantastic on Twitch.
Nolimit City’s Tombstone is a wild-west themed slot that came out last year but is still dominating the streams in 2020. First of all, it looks sublime, set in a one-horse town on the hunt for an outlaw. The reels have a unique 2-3-3-3-2 layout, but what Tombstone lacks in symbols, it makes up for in action. Expanding wilds, retriggers, respins and multiplier wilds lead to frequent wins, and the max payouts of 11456x produce the epic successes that streamers love to show off on the YouTube highlight reels.
As its title suggests, Dog House from Pragmatic Play is a canine-themed slot – and the casino Twitcherati can’t get enough of it in 2020. The pampered pooches live in a kennel in a suburban garden, and their number include rottweilers, pugs, shih tzus and dachshunds. Players can trigger up to 27 free spins and the payouts are often impressive – which explains why Dog House regularly appears on the monthly round-ups of big wins. Last summer, Roshtein triggered a world record win of 125,000 euros on this bad boy.
Twitch audiences seem to love high-colour, action-packed slots with a ton of volatility and big win potential, which all 4 of the games on our list have in spades. An awesome soundtrack does no harm either. It’s going to be interesting to see if this trend continues through the rest of year – and whether or not the impressive growth in slot niche monthly views can be sustained.