Twitch.tv — the most popular streaming website for streaming video games
Video games have become one of the most popular ways of spending free time, however, e-sports, that is, competitions in video games, appeared relatively recently. Like any sport, and eSports at once there were viewers and fans, and the rapid development of technology, the emergence of the possibility of live streaming in real time helped to increase the audience of eSports to an enormous size.
Twitch.tv is the most famous videostreaming service, specializing in videogame – meets the needs of as eSports fans, and just fans to play. Did Twitch popularization of eSports, or eSports hyped Twitch is a controversial issue. However, incredibly fast and incredibly popular site no doubt.
The site was launched only in 2011, in just 5 years, the audience of Twitch reaches 100 million users per month, and the number of streamers has exceeded 2 million. For the month the website is laid out over 1.7 million broadcasts, and visitors browsing, more than 16 billion minutes of video, on average 160 minutes per month per viewer.
Interesting and history of the site; the fact that Twitch was born as an independent project. In 2007, Justin Kan launched the site Justin.tv where on the channel in real time 24 hours a day and broadcast his life to the users of the website were also given the opportunity to create their own channels. Justin.tv was a direct competitor to Youtube. After some time channels streaming streaming video games have become so popular that the management of the site Justin decided to start a separate programoj website streaming. They became Twitch.tv.
The site is very quickly overtaken in popularity its parent – Justin.tv and the company changed its name to Twitch Interactive, and after a while Justin.tv was completely closed. And in 2014 Amazon bought Twitch for $ 970 million. In the US, Twitch ranks fourth in size of the generated traffic, behind only Netflix, Google and Apple.
How Twitch? This is a site consisting of channels, which broadcast gameplay in real-time or previously recorded video is posted. Streamer (player and channel owner) typically also commented on the gameplay, and sometimes the video even appears on the screen. Often the channels do not belong to the individual player and the company.
For example, the most successful channel is currently owned by the company Riot Games is the developer and publisher of video games and eSports organizer of the competition. The total number of subscribers of the channel – more than 2.5 million, and the total number of views broadcast on the channel approaching a billion. Users, in addition to watching the game, you can also comment on and discuss the game in chat for this, however, it is necessary to pass a free registration to view registration is not required.
Twitch strongly supports various eSports events: tournaments, competitions, matches. For example, in June 2017 Twitch signed a contract with Blizzard, due to which it has exclusive rights to broadcast all Blizzard competition (games Overwatch Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Starcraft 2 and World of Warcraft).
Select broadcasted games are very diverse, ranging from obscure games, racing and simulation to popular shooters. Among the most popular games — League of Legends, Dota 2, Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Playerunknown''s battlegrounds and other. Another large group of channels comprise the channels associated with card games. Some of their species are extremely popular on Twitch.
A channel PokerStars – a leading online provider of card games – has over 100 thousand subscribers. Many famous players cards also have their own channels on Twitch (for example, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Somerville, Bertrand Grosspellier and others).
Videos Twich.tv free, however, some channels take the 4.99 dollars per month for membership, providing additional services such as the ability to view broadcast in high definition, access files, ad blocking, and the like.