Why do streamers hide their minimap?

Last Updated on 05/11/2022 by Dean

We’ve all entered a live stream where the streamer has their mini-map covered. This is common in games such as League of Legends, Valorant, and CS:GO. But why do they do it?

Why do streamers cover their minimap?

The answer is simple, really. Streamers cover their mini-map to prevent stream snipers from getting intel on their position or the positions of their teammates.

Stream sniping is a big problem that streamers have when they play competitive online games such as Valorant and League of Legends.

Due to a large number of stream snipers ruining the game for streamers, streamers tend to hide their mini-map using their facecam.

valorant streamers hide their mini map on valorant using their face cam.
example of JasonR hiding his mini-map on Valorant using his face cam.

Some streamers don’t have a face cam but still come up with creative ways to cover up their minimap.

For example, when Ethos doesn’t feel like turning on his face cam, he has his sponsor banner covering up the minimap instead.

ethos hides his mini map on stream using his sponsor banner to prevent stream snipers
Ethos hiding the minimap in valorant using his sponsor banner

Games where streamers often hide their minimap:

  • League of Legends
  • Valorant
  • CS:GO
  • Call of Duty Warzone
  • Fortnite

How to hide your minimap on your Twitch stream

Want to prevent stream snipers from getting intel on your position? Then you should cover up your minimap.

Here are a couple of ways you can do so:

  • Use your facecam to cover up your minimap
  • Use a picture to cover up your minimap

Use your facecam to cover up your minimap

Most streamers will use their facecam to cover up their minimaps to stream games such as Valorant and League.

This is very easy to do, just drag it over to your mini-map in your OBS software.

Use a picture to cover up your minimap

If you don’t have a facecam or you don’t want to move your facecam from its original position, you can use a simple illustration or picture to cover up your minimap instead.

Some streamers will add a logo, a picture of themselves, a drawing, or even a simple black box will do.

If you have a sponsor banner, your in-game minimap is the best place to put it!

What is stream sniping?

Stream sniping is the act of using an enemy players’ stream to get an advantage in a competitive game.

When a stream sniper suspects someone on the other team might be streaming on Twitch, they try to find that stream and use it to get intel on the whereabouts of the streamer and their teammates.

This makes it next to impossible for the streamer to make any type of plays as every position will be leaked to the enemy team.

Stream sniping is therefore an extremely immoral way to win a game.

Other ways streamers can prevent stream snipers

Streamers cover up their minimaps using their facecam, but there are more ways they can prevent stream snipers from gaining an advantage.

Use a stream delay

A stream delay can be set up on Twitch to delay the live stream. This is a preventive measure that is quite useful against stream snipers. You can set the delay to any amount that you wish. Some competitive streamers use 15 seconds and some go for longer delays such as 30 seconds or more.

Turn on streamer mode

Inside League of Legends and Valorant (as well as other games), you can turn on streamer mode. When streamer mode is turned on, your username is hidden. This makes it infinitely more difficult for a stream sniper to find your stream.

Wrap up

Hopefully, this has answered the question for you. Streamers hide their minimap for one simple reason: to prevent stream snipers from gaining any kind of advantage.

Stream snipers are incredibly annoying and ruin the integrity of competitive games. Sadly, they are found at all levels of ranked play. Even at the highest level of Valorant, streamers continuously run into stream snipers.

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