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Twitch: Everything You Need to Know

Updated: May 13

What is Twitch?

Twitch is a live streaming platform for gamers. Non-gamers may not see the appeal of watching other people play video games, but with 15 million users everyday Twitch is hugely popular.

The primary focus on Twitch is video games. Users can watch other people playing games, interact with other viewers, or live stream their own gameplay to the world. Lots of different games are streamed, with popular titles such as Fortnite, Teamfight Tactics, League of Legends, and Grand Theft Auto V being among the most watched.

Streamers also have the potential to earn money through subscriptions and Twitch partnerships. The platform’s biggest star ‘Ninja’ has more than 11 million followers, and reportedly earns over $500,000 per month.

How Popular is Twitch?

The streaming service boasts over 2 million unique streamers monthly and quite 17 thousand of those users earn money through the Twitch Partner program, a service that gives streamers with added features like paid subscriptions and ad placements. Twitch was purchased by Amazon in 2014 and it remains one among the very best sources of internet traffic in North America.

How does it work?

There are a number of ways to watch Twitch including the official website, and also on apps for mobile phones, and gaming consoles. Users can also set up a live stream of their own with equipment such as a webcam and microphone.

The Twitch home page displays the different games that are available, which tend to be the most popular user games or trending, and then the user chooses what stream of a particular game to watch.

What age range is Twitch aimed at?

The minimum age requirement to use Twitch is 13 year-old, and users between the ages of 13 and 18 can only use the platform under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian who agrees to be bound by their Terms of Service. In Ireland, the Digital Age of Consent is 16, this means that organisations and online services must get parental consent before they collect or use the data of anyone under that age.

Does Twitch Have Any Competition?

Twitch is by far the most popular service for streaming and watching video game footage and related content. This is partially due to the fact that Twitch was the first company to focus on dedicated video game streaming but its success can also be credited to its own innovations in the industry, particularly when it comes to helping users monetize their own content.

While still not as popular as Twitch, YouTube is gaining ground in the video game streaming market with its YouTube Gaming initiative which launched in 2015. Twitch's biggest rival, though, could potentially be Microsoft, that purchased the video game streaming service, Beam, in 2016 before re-naming it as Mixer and incorporating it directly into its Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles.


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