If you’re just starting to stream, wrecking your brain about some fun stream ideas to turbocharge your stream, well, GOOD NEWS! You’ve come to the right place.
Streaming is here to stay. In a big way.
2020 was a big year for live streaming, with an explosion of growth across platforms, both in terms of creators and consumers.
Not convinced? Here’s some food for thought –
Twitch set a new record for hours watched in October 2020, reaching 1.6 billion – a 99% YoY growth from October 2019. It has over 15 million unique daily visitors and three million content creators – broadcasters.Source: restream.io
Without a doubt, it’s the best time there can be to give Live Streaming a try!
SO! Are you thinking about –
How can you make your stream more fun?
Giving everything you do a creative spin will keep your viewers absolutely hooked and coming back every time you stream.
Think about it, your stream is all about you, your interests, and your personality. Asking your viewers to spare the time of their day is a huge ask, and the only reason they will do that is you! You will have them coming back if you have a fun personality. There are many streams out there competing for attention from viewers, even for a single game, but it is your personality that will differentiate you from them.
To bring out that personality in your stream, you will need some fun stream ideas to liven up your stream atmosphere.
What are some fun stream ideas that can make your content stand out?
Check out this guide I’ve put together with a list of 100 live fun stream ideas, and discover ways you can give a creative spin to your streaming content.
- Talk about which celebrity/cartoon/animal you look like and discuss it with chat
Remember this app, Gradient? Well, there are a lot many more apps like that now, including Celebs, Star By Face, Y-Star, and My Replica that can give you your closest look-alikes. This can be a fun stream idea to spend time, talking about how you may look (and maybe even act) similarly.
- Read a lesser-known cool subreddit
Found a cool new subreddit? Why not cover it in your stream, and show everyone what they’re missing out on?
- Cook something unique that only you eat
Anything you cook that can be considered figuratively, “out of the box”? It may be a part of the culinary taste you’ve come to build and appreciate, or can be something you eat just to survive. Share it with your viewers!
- Make a Maslow’s hierarchy list of your favorite TV shows
Use Maslow’s hierarchy of needs framework to explain which TV shows you’ve watched will fall on which stage.
- Talk about something that made you feel strongly recently
Have something good or bad that has happened recently to share? Try sharing it with your viewers to see how they feel.
- Make music out of a book, complete with EDM or rap beats
This should be a fun one! If you are a reader, take a passage from your recent book and make it into music.
- Play a game like “20 questions” with chat
Think up a personality and get your chat to guess it in the first 20 questions they ask. If your viewer community is made of people with similar interests, this will be fun to do!
- Make a caption contest for your viewers
Try this live – show a funny picture, or the latest meme you’ve worked on, and ask your viewers to create captions. Boom! Your next post for Reddit is ready.
- Do an unboxing of the latest package you’ve received
Can be the latest piece of your setup equipment, something for your home, or even food – do an impromptu fun unboxing. Invite your viewers to maybe even guess what’s inside the package.
- Make a list of upcoming games/music/tv-series/movies, give your opinion about them, and if you would try them out
Depending on your shared interests with your community, you can even map out your year’s upcoming streaming calendar with what you’d be covering in the coming few months and get their live feedback. A fun stream idea to also get some work done!
Psst…looking for streaming ideas in the Just Chatting category? Head over to the link highlighted.
- Show a video that has lived rent-free in your head since forever
Have an old video that has been wiped from everyone’s memory you want to revive? There can’t be a better way than your live stream to bring it back to life.
- Cover memorable moments or learnings from a show you watched recently
Watched something interesting lately? Share it with your viewers! It can be interesting to cover a few key moments or learnings that you took away after watching the show.
- Design your merch on the stream
The best part about this idea? You can take feedback from your viewers to come up with the perfect design. If viewers like what they see, you will get some buyers as well by the end of the stream. Win-win!
- Take a viewer’s VOD from a game and discuss it with your audience
This can be a good way to build a community and push each other.
- Discuss new found interesting artists
Art is meant to be shared. Found a new painting/sketching/doodling/music artist while browsing Reddit? Share their piece with your viewers. Just be careful to ask for their permission, so it doesn’t get flagged as copyrighted.
- Attempt to draw a famous painting IRL or on photoshop yourself
Disclaimer: Do check for copyright issues.
- Tell a story about a unique tradition you have at home for Christmas or Holidays
Hint: The more unexpected the choice of holiday is, the better.
- Invite two viewers with you on voice chat and recite a self-written play by roles
See your play come to life with your own viewers!
- Prepare a stream theme, including costume, makeup, etc. on stream and stream in it
This can be epic! You may have some ideas to rebrand yourself. Why not test it out in the stream?
- Make a list with hierarchy assigned to the worst games ever, and discuss
Yes! Nothing like two related fun stream ideas – check out idea number 20 and 21 and plan them together in your upcoming streams.
Make-up levels of hierarchy (like The Gods of the Worst Games of All Times, The King, Queen, Joker, etc.) and assign the worst games you’ve ever played to those levels. But get ready because you get to then…
- Play each and every game from the list of your worst games ever
You know, just to prove the point above.
- Play a game with a viewer and coach them through it
Not that you may be an expert, but this can be a good bonding and learning session.
- Play a game with some important settings changed
And experience all hell break loose.
- Play a bizzare dating sim game, like Monster Prom
Just to liven things up.
- Play DnD with other streamers or viewers
Nothing like a session of Dungeons and Dragons to get together a fun group!
- Watch some of your old videos and critique them
These can be super old videos you shot in your childhood, or even recent videos from when you started streaming or sharing recorded videos. Critique them to see how much you’ve changed and improved over time.
- Talk about an event that made you happy recently
Make others smile along with you by discussing a recent happy event.
- Be your own kind of love counselor
Give tips about love problems to your viewers, with a proper disclaimer.
- Learn to beatbox live on stream
Idea is to learn something new live with your viewers, be vulnerable and awkward. Makes it even more fun!
- Have a favorite dish you order in?
Try the same dish from different restaurants and rate them
- Make a bucket list of top 30 things you would like to do in life
Discuss with chat, and have them suggest other ideas.
- Browse around and comment on the websites you find on The Useless Web
Some really quirky websites that are hidden in corners of the web can be found here!
- Ask your viewers about their day
Discuss common events triggering other events in everyone’s lives
- Find out which Disney princess are you, or do other weird quizzes
Yes, bring back that era of weird internet quizzes everyone kept sharing on social media.
- Go through your list of games and call out the ones you’ve never played
Discuss with chat, and plan to play their favorite on the next stream.
- Co-stream with your non-streamer friend
If your friend is also interested to start streaming, give them tips to make it in streaming.
- Help your friend from the point above set up a streaming setup live
It can be a fun feature you do time to time to follow their journey on your channel
- Talk about the hobbies you used to have when you were young
Rate yourself on them, and tell people if you still have some of those.
- Play a discovery game with Wikipedia
Go from one article to another only via hyperlinks, discover the labyrinth.
- Play this or that with your viewers
Here’s a list you can refer to.
Here are some other fun stream ideas you can explore for your stream –
- Talk about your Top 10 books of all time
- If you had a chance to go back in time to change any one event in your life, where would you go and why?
Discuss with your viewers and share experiences
- Share knowledge you’ve gained about something you are passionate about
- Talk about an article or post you read recently that interested you
- Let your viewers decide the theme of a stream, and then play along
- Play a really old game everyone else has forgotten about
- Go to Kickstarter and review different products
- Discuss with chat the small things that made you all smile recently
- Show the funniest photo of yours from childhood
- Read some chat messages using weird and funny voices
- Ask the chat what is their opinion on a trending topic
- Recite a poem you love
- Watch your top clips of all time
- Play charades with the chat
- Review your most favorite snacks ever
- Make a quick tutorial about something you recently learned
- Discuss and set up points, donation rewards, and other ways to make your stream interesting
- Play the first game you ever played in your childhood
- Show off your favorite Pokemons
- Do a live AMA
- Play an online board game, like Dixit with viewers
- Go back on your trips with Google Streetview and talk about your experiences there with your viewers
- Try making music live with melody, lyrics, etc.
- Talk about an interesting conversation you had with a friend recently
- Make a hierarchy list of pets you would like to have
- Learn a new character/role
- Tell a story about your favorite teacher or professor from school or college
- Learn a lesser-known new language on Duolingo
- Interview other streamers about a new trend in your shared areas of interest
- Give a radical opinion about a recent Internet drama
- Play an impromptu 1v1 against a viewer or a friend you can call on the spot
- Review some new memes on Reddit and rate them
- Show some cool new skins you’ve built in a game
- Play an online party game, like Pictionary on https://skribbl.io/ with your viewers
- Highlight a cool new streamer you’ve found, and help them get on the circuit
- Have a Q&A session on a trending topic
- Discuss with the audience who or what inspired you to start streaming and why
- Tell a funny story from when you started streaming
- Play “Two truths and a lie” with the audience and get to know them
- Get one viewer on your stream or on voice chat and chat with them
- If you have mods on your channel, talk about how each of them got their role
- Develop a fun website like this one live on your stream
- Tell a story about something that felt like a personal failure at the time, but taught you some valuable lessons
- Make predictions for the next upcoming game releases and review them while playing the game when the time comes
- Play a timed jigsaw puzzle game
- Give yourself a new and unique hairstyle live while streaming
- Discuss about your ambitions at different ages when you were growing up, and if you’re doing something in-line with those ambitions
- Dress up your browser live with your own or a unique theme and artwork you found online
- Tell a story about a time you visited a theme park and what you liked about it
- Show photos of your costumes from past Halloweens and tell stories about them
- Show how you designed your streaming setup and tutor others through it
- Talk about the first crush you had in school
- Make a funny sound for every time you hit a milestone on your stream, like for every hour that passes, every time someone subscribes, etc.
- Make a list of the best and worst dishes you’ve tasted ever and discuss
- Talk about your creative process, how you come up with ideas, and discuss with the chat their sources of inspiration
- Funny photoshop a photo on the spot that can be sent by a viewer
- Tell your all-time top 5 stories about your best friend
- Share expertise on an absurd topic your viewers might not even have heard about
- Start a themed day of the week where you show or review things and dress up, etc. all related to the theme
With the abundance of information around, an average human attention span is narrowing fast. Within the tiny time frame you have when you come in contact with a potential viewer, you have to get their attention and keep them hooked. The only way to do that is to be unique and fun. There is no hidden secret, you just have to do you, in a creative way. Use these fun stream ideas to boost up your content, today!
While you’re here, check out my article about why streaming is hard and ways to get over the challenges you may be facing in your journey to becoming a successful streamer.