By Andy Feng on May 22, 2015
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TGIF! Happy Friday and welcome back to App-a-Day, the super awesome daily blog series that introduces a hot new app every day. On Fridays I like to feature apps that are a little more lighthearted and entertaining, apps to help you kick-start your weekend.
Yesterday I was chatting with my coworker Kharissa and she told me I should write about Twitch because she know a lot of gamers who don’t know about it. Of course my first reaction was: No way?? That’s ridiculous.. obviously all gamers know about Twitch right? Don’t they teach you that in gamer school 101? If you’re into video games then how could you possibly not know about Twitch?
Well, in any case, today’s Friday so we’re going to talk about the Twitch app. For those of you who've yet to discover the magical world of Twitch, prepare to be edumacated!
Twitch is basically a live streaming version of YouTube for video games. It’s a platform where thousands of users stream live videos of themselves playing all the latest games for your entertainment. You can find just about any relevant video game readily available on Twitch and get a glimpse into live streaming gameplay free of charge, straight from your computer, tablet, or phone.
Since its official launch in June 2011, Twitch has come a long way to becoming the hugely popular unicorn it is today (Twitch was acquired by Amazon for $970M in September 2014). On top of perfecting all the technology required to deliver a seamless live streaming experience for both the gamer and his/her multitude of viewers, Twitch had to figure out a way to get people interested in watching other people play games. On that front, a lot of things had to fall perfectly into place for Twitch to be successful and luckily for Twitch, just about everything did.
For those of us who were born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s, we’re all classified as the “Millennial Generation” also known as Generation Y. Our generation of kids grew up playing all kinds of video games and as even as we slowly step into adulthood, various aspects of video game culture will forever remain a treasured part of our identity, something we can all relate to.
A lot of us still love to play video games, but as we grow older we find that sometimes there’s just not enough hours in the day to get enough sleep let alone play video games.. Nowadays, being excited about finally buying that new game and immediately marathoning through it for hours on end is a rare luxury few of us can afford. Even if we did have time to spare, there’s just so many great games out there that it would be impossible to experience them all. And not to mention, playing through and beating a video game is hard work, often requiring extensive amounts of time, energy, and dedication to master a single game and to get the full experience. Do you got time for that?
This is where Twitch comes in. With Twitch, even though I’m not playing the game myself, I’m still able to experience the journey and follow story arc of the game and it’s characters through the streamer’s gameplay. I’m getting most of what I would otherwise buy the game for, for free, all without having to expend any energy and effort actually thinking about playing the game.
There are many reasons people use Twitch. Most users log on just to follow their favorite streamers and spectate on whatever they play. Others go to observe world-class tournaments and try to find ways to improve their own skills. E-sport competitions have been growing exponentially in global popularity year after year and Twitch has been at the center of it all, sponsoring events dating back to 2011 and streaming live matches exclusively available on the Twitch platform.
Some gamers, like myself, are just curious to see what the fuss is all about regarding that new game release. Lately I've been watching a lot of Witcher 3, which was released on May 19th. That game has a really interesting storyline and some super badass visuals, it’s basically a free roaming Game of Thrones type world with way more monsters and magic.
Twitch have grown increasingly popular because it has created a sharing community for gaming experiences. It allows people to experience gameplay, together with a group of fellow gamers, through the eyes of your favorite streamers. All for free, and with minimal commitment or effort required on your end.
So hey, if you’re a gamer and you don’t know about Twitch then you’re welcome.. and welcome to 2015.. (kidding of course.. but then again, I’m still pretty sure those people don’t exist...)
Wow, I just realized how long today’s post is.. For those of you who made it to the end, thanks for reading. Oh and by the way,it’ll be three days before my next App-a-Day post since Monday is Memorial day and people are strictly forbidden to do any work on national holidays..
That’s it for this week, have a great rest of your Friday and hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend. Let the games begin!