While YouTube may be the place that we all go to check out the latest viral videos or to tune into many of our favorite channels on the platform, live video is the new format that seems to really be stealing the show. There’s just something about being able to view something from your phone or computer while it’s actually happening, and then also being able to interact with the broadcaster that simply isn’t possible with a standard video format that is pre-recorded.
The service that truly catapulted live streaming into the stratosphere was the website Twitch, which originally began its life as a spin-off from the site Justin.TV. The site quickly became the place to go if you were looking for some live gameplay for the latest games, or really any game that the broadcaster happened to be streaming at the moment. The service got so big that there are now numerous people who make a living broadcasting on Twitch, with paid subscriptions and donations from viewers being a big chunk of that. In fact, there are even some people out there that are using the platform for things such as paying for college tuition. Games like League of Legends, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Hearthstone currently dominate the platform, but chances are that if you search for whatever game you’re interested in on the platform then there’s bound to be someone out there that is streaming it.
Despite video games being the dominant medium on Twitch, there’s actually a lot more popping up on the platform that’s really gaining steam. We’re sure you’ve heard of the Bob Ross Twitch streams by now, and wrestling has really proven to make a big impact on the platform as of late. Believe it or not, there’s actually food streams where people basically watch someone eating food as they interact with the audience. Pretty much anything you can imagine is being live streamed (that are within the site’s rules), and it has proven that the most bizarre and mundane things can actually attract quite an audience.
However, one form of entertainment that is unsurprisingly doing well on Twitch is Poker. The site opened its doors to the sport a few years back (with a slight delay to avoid any foul play, and it was an immediate success. Just as there are countless people who tune into the Poker championships on TV, there are just as many that are interested to tune into these tournaments as they are actually happening. There have been some excellent moments that have happened during these Poker matches.
No matter what it is you happen to be viewing on Twitch, it goes without saying that it is all contributing to making it the go-to place for live streaming. There are others that have tried to challenge it with their own live streaming platforms, and YouTube itself attempted to buy out the company before eventually losing to Amazon. This caused YouTube create its own streaming service within the YouTube platform, but it still hasn’t managed to take down Twitch. Despite those trying to knock it off the mantle, Twitch looks like it’s going to remain the king of live streaming for a very long time.