Stream sniping is an opportunistic tactic in online gaming when a viewer exploits information by watching the livestream of someone they’re playing against.
It’s a simple trick, but stream sniping can result in an experience so frustrating that it can send a livestreamer into expletive-addled rages that get them banned from Twitch.
What to know about stream sniping
Stream sniping is a sort of gaming “hack,” except you don’t need special hardware or years of coding expertise to perform it. All a stream sniper needs is a bit of luck since they can’t guarantee they’ll be in a game with someone who is livestreaming.
But once they’ve established that, the act of stream sniping is simple: They simply tune into the target’s stream on another screen and wreak havoc in the game with their unfair, lopsided information advantage.
The advantage a stream sniper has is…