12:43 18 October 2017
Many people are now playing games and then choosing to watch other people playing games as a source of entertainment. There are various platforms with the likes of YouTube offering a streaming service and even Facebook but the biggest and most popular by far is Twitch. Twitch sees a whole raft of different video games streamed 24 hours a day by tens of thousands of people and the amount of viewers is staggering.
The genres of video games that are regularly streamed by broadcasters vary but the most popular tend to be the likes of League of Legends and World of Warcraft. The thousands are viewers aren’t only there for entertainment purposes only either.
By watching streams people can pick up techniques and tips that they can adopt to their own gameplay in order to improve. It also gives people the chance to participate within a community and they can ask questions if they’re stuck at a particular point in a game.
Streaming has also played a huge role in the development and success of eSports too. Many of the titles regularly streamed on Twitch have now developed a competitive side, with tournaments and event regularly taking place. Twitch regularly plays host to said tournaments and events with many organisations choosing to stream the proceedings live on the platform where things really all began.
Over recent times there has been an influx of table games such as poker, blackjack and even high stakes roulette being streamed on the site too. This is probably the best way in which a viewer can learn and improve their own game by watching others play in real time. With Twitch now incorporating a casino section for avid gamblers or just for those who like to play fun it’s bound to quickly become hugely popular. There are even people regularly streaming online slot games too and they get plenty of viewers too. Many even advertise bonus codes or special promotions.
Twitch is a huge asset to many industries not solely the video game sector alone. It’s by far and away the best way to advertise a new game or service and it’s free. It instantly puts the product or service into the public eye for thousands of people to see in real time. This works as well because it allows the developers to see the feedback that is being given and then they can set about making changes or tweaks to improve the product or service if required.
Streaming has literally been booming for a number of years and it will continue to grow in popularity as time goes on. There are more and more people watching, there are more people turning from viewer into broadcaster and we’re also seeing companies operating their own Twitch channels in order to connect more with their audience. It’s advantageous to all parties concerned and you can see it further improving in the future maybe with the introduction of virtual reality.
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