Ubergizmo: Amazon Could Be Looking To Expand Twitch To Businesses. “When it comes to watching live streams of people playing games, Twitch is more or less the default platform that many turn to. Over the years, Twitch has since expanded beyond gaming to other kinds of interests, but now according to a new report, it seems that Amazon wants to bring Twitch to businesses as well.”
StreamElements: State of the Stream 2019: Platform Wars, the New King of Streaming, Most Watched Game and More!. “StreamElements State of the Stream report covers all of the big streaming trends of 2019, such as which live streaming service is winning the platform wars (spoiler: they all are), did talent acquisitions make a difference (not yet), who is the top streamer, which games dominated the charts, the rising popularity of Dungeons & Dragons (no, you haven’t been transported back to the 80’s), and so much more.”
Mashable: The unknown Twitch streamers to watch when you can’t sleep. “Not too long ago, I lost my mother to brain cancer. And with that, I lost the last tenuous threads that tethered me, albeit incredibly briefly, to the dream world. I’m sure you can imagine how grief mixed with exhaustion might play out healthwise. I’d check the clock. Note that it was about the time I should be slipping into my sheets, and, instead, turn on my PS4 Pro, fire up the Twitch app and browse through what used to be known as the IRL category — it’s now been rebranded as Just Chatting, which, ugh, that name. But it’s essentially the same: Streamers share their real lives from either the outside world or the inside of their homes. I’d then scroll alllll theeee waaaaay to the bottom of the list and select whichever streamer’s thumbnail struck a chord with me.” Sweet and poignant.
The Verge: Imgur launches Melee, a dedicated gaming section trying to rival Twitch Clips. “Melee is a new app for gaming content on Imgur. It’s meant to give players the ability to share their favorite gaming clips with other users and potentially bring attention to themselves in the process. Imgur has hundreds of millions of users who frequent the site, and they may differ from the daily Twitch crowd, making it a new venue for streamers who are trying to get recognized. Although the company is also allowing Twitch integrations for players.”
Bleeding Cool: MST3K Announces Their Own 24/7 Twitch Channel. “We’ve got livestreaming sign! The folks over at MST3K have announced today they will be launching their own 24/7 Twitch channel. Starting tomorrow, November 20th, you can now see complete episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 streaming live on a direct feed non-stop.” I thought I had posted about this last week but apparently not…
Engadget: Twitch makes it easier for first-time streamers to get started. “Twitch wants to make streamer easier for newbies. Launching today, the Twitch Studio is a new streaming app designed to help gamers go live for the first time with minimal fuss or to up their game if they’re still new to the scene.”
The Verge: Twitch CEO Emmett Shear on how moderation creates communities. “At this year’s TwitchCon in San Diego — a celebratory, over-the-top affair that brought in streamers and fans from all over the world — I sat down with Twitch CEO Emmett Shear who co-founded the first iteration of the site and who’s been steering the ship ever since 2011.”