Back when Twitch launched in 2007, live-streaming your games and life wasn’t that popular. The streams were still around, but it was nothing like it is now. These days, Twitch is full of content creators who are generating the platform thousands of dollars.
Not only that, but content creators who are affiliate or partner status can make money using the platform – Some of the biggest creators make more than $10,000 a month. Aside from giving people a place to generate income, the website seems to have a “family” aspect to it. People who follow streamers tend to get involved with them, on a level that could be called “close friends and family”. To get an idea on what twitch communities are like, we interviewed a small group of people.
When I found it a few years ago, something changed. I found a place where I could get involved, make friends, and connect with people on a whole new level. I don’t think I would be the same without it. – Anonymous
“Personally, I don’t really care what game someone is playing or their skill level. I watch a stream for a personality that is pleasant and interaction. Certainly someone that can take a joke and laugh along with the chat.” – Mitch
It’s clear that people really enjoy hanging out with streamers, and being involved in their communities. However, we believe are other reasons for watching.
Let’s go back to the 90’s, when live-streaming was almost non-existent. If you wanted help on one of your games, you had to Google something or just “figure it out”. Nowadays, people have the option to watch someone play before they do, or play alongside them. However, even after this statement, the majority of reasoning behind streams is to be involved.
Each streamer also seems to have multiple platforms. They have discord servers for chatting when offline, and some even give away social media accounts like Twitter.
No matter what happens, the Platform is here to stay. With time, people can use it as full or part time jobs. With thousands of people to watch, you have thousnads of hours of entertainment. Who needs Netflix, anyway?