Why I love Twitch


In 2011, Twitch.tv, better known as Twitch, was announced as a subsidiary to Justin.tv.  It was then that video game broadcasting started to take notice amongst Youtubers, bloggers, and/or video game enthusiasts. Twitch was unique, fresh, and it delivered raw-live content to people who played video games; or to people who couldn’t afford video game consoles, but wanted to watch them being played anyway, and sometimes in its entirety. It showcased their live video game stream to anyone who just wanted to watch their favorite video game being played in its best art form. It was simple and easily accessible to any video game blogging patron. It became a great ambassador to the video game industry and is now more popular than ever before. And this is why I love Twitch.

Ever since the launch of the Sony Playstation 4 (PS4), and its competitor, the Microsoft Xbox One (Xbox One), streaming video games has never been easier. Thanks to Twitch, and one of these superior new-gen consoles, streaming video games is fun and easy.  Originally for me, choosing one console to play for the next 5-7 years can be tough.  Luckily, Twitch was announced at launch for the Sony PS4. Not taking anything away from the Xbox One, but it was a no-brainer that I had to pick up the PS4. I wanted to play video games; while watch other people play video games, and I wanted to stream my own games.

When I first bought my PS4 in the spring of 2014, it was like a nostalgic dream of reliving my childhood because I always told myself that when I became older and had the money, I would buy my first console within its first year of its lifecycle. However, up until month 6th was when I discovered that next-gen gaming offered many great features. One of the main features in particular was video gaming broadcasting, also known as streaming. I got curious, I wanted to see what others were playing, so I logged onto the live video broadcasting service offered by Sony, which included Twitch built-in software, and I saw my fellow gamers, gaming. At that point, nothing became easier in the next-gen era than streaming games on Twitch.

I appreciated the fact that setting up a Twitch account through Sony’s online browser was effortless. I wrote in a couple of things: emails, names, phone numbers, and birthday. It was flawless. I was able to watch others in their gaming sessions, live, and in the comfort of their own living room. I watched others play games such as Killzone: Shadow Fall, Assassins Creed: Black Flag, and other various sports games. It was a different experience but a marvelous one.

Not only could you watch people in their live video game sessions, but you could interact with them as well. You could chat with them, or comment them as their playing. I’ve never felt more engaged in a gaming experience ever. It was shortly after, I commented on a stream of a particular video game website that happened to be streaming during that time, and was stoked when they actually announced my PlayStation I.D. as they were playing. I couldn’t comprehend this feeling I was having other than the fact that I knew Twitch was badass. I was already watching others playing and had interacted with them, and I didn’t even start my own broadcast yet.

I was hooked on Twitch for the PS4 for months. By year 1, I finally started my own live stream on Twitch. It was exciting to see myself broadcasting live as others were trying to get on my feed. Disappointingly, it was about 2 members on my stream, and they did not leave a comment. In a total of 10 live streams, only 2 members actually watched my stream. I could not confirm this; nevertheless, I did manage to see the icon on the upper right of the PlayStation broadcast go up on two separate occasions in 10 total streams.  However, this couldn’t be done without the use of the Twitch app.

The Twitch app kept me involved with others even when I wasn’t gaming. I could talk to other gamers while watching TV. I became so engaged with other gamers I felt as if it was a whole different experience. I was so intrigued by the Twitch app I felt compelled to stream games while viewing my live stream on the Twitch app simultaneously. It was utterly remarkable and genuinely amazing how I could play my games while watching it live from a different source. Twitch already offers a handful of great services; however, the app certainly put it over the top.  And that’s not counting the incentives for streaming.

Yes, dare I say it, you could make money while streaming video games through Twitch.  You probably would have to have a long list of followers and viewers, but the additional service through Twitch and its app makes it unique a dynamic service not seen in other generations.

It was not an overnight process in the creation of Twitch; however, it has now become one of the most popular streaming services, if not the most popular. Other services such as Ustream and Youtube are great services as well, but Twitch complements new-gen gaming like nothing I’ve ever experienced. It’s easy to use, fun, and it keeps everyone engaged in the action. It is truly an art form. If it wasn’t for Twitch my love for gaming wouldn’t be an experience unseen in reality. Now, I can only imagine what the future holds for Twitch and its latest acquisition with Amazon. Would we be able to interact with buyers and sellers live via Twitch? Who knows? The focal point of streaming could only get better in this generation of gaming.

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