If you remember the good old days of split-screen couch gaming and played any split-screen shooting game, you’d also remember that one person who kept on peeking onto your part of the screen to find out where you’re going.
Stream sniping is basically a more modern version of the same. The only difference is that instead of physically peeking into the screen, you’re watching a stream on Twitch or YouTube.
A quick disclaimer before we get into how to stream snipe, this act is highly frowned upon in the gaming and especially in the streaming community. This is also as close as you can get to cheating in a game without using any actual hacks.
So be a good sport, and don’t indulge in these things. With that out of the way, let’s see how you can potentially stream snipe.
Also read: How to stream on Twitch?
A guide to Stream Sniping
There are a lot of variables to stream sniping. You need to be in the same game as the streamer you’re targeting. This can be a task in itself.
Let’s take Fortnite as an example. To be able to get into the same game as your streamer, you need to be in the same in-game region, queue up at the exact same time as them and have roughly the same in-game skill ranking, a hidden number used to pair similarly skilled players.
Even after that, you’re going to have to cross your fingers and hope the game spawns you in the same server.
If you manage to get in the same match as your streamer, most streams run with a delay, so you’ll always have to guess where the player you’re targeting is going to be.
Many games, including Fortnite, have ‘streamer friendly’ modes built-in. These modes anonymise the streamer to make it hard for people to know who they are and hence, prevent stream sniping.
And if you do actually manage to get past this, all you have to do is keep an eye on the stream, find out where the streamer is headed and get to the same location, and this is where the hard part begins.
Thing is, most streamers are at least somewhat competent at the game they play. The popular the streamer, the better they will be. You’ll have to be in top form to be able to frag them. If you’re already on such a skill level, we’d recommend you stream yourself.
Should you stream snipe?
No, you shouldn’t.
Aforementioned, this is a highly frowned upon act in the gaming community and is often considered cheating and/or griefing. Considering the amount of trouble it takes to be able to stream snipe, it’s just not worth the effort.
Video games are meant to be enjoyed, not to be a means to annoy people. Game developers have even gone as far as to ban people caught in this act. So we suggest that you enjoy watching your favourite streamers and playing your favourite games separately.