Twitch - Live Video Game & E-Sports Streaming Service

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What is Twitch? 

Twitch Interactive, frequently referred to as “Twitch” is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. and a very popular live streaming service. It predominantly focuses on video game live streaming. It also broadcasts e-sports competitions and offers music broadcasts, creative content, and In Real Life “IRL” streams where streamers stream real-life events like traveling, cooking, cleaning, protests, etc.

Where is Twitch Available?

Despite Twitch being an American video live-streaming service, it’s actually available in 200 countries and territories throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America. China, however, is omitted from having access to the service due to it being blocked by the Chinese government.

How can I access Twitch?

You can access Twitch on any internet-enabled device by going to the website www.twitch.tv. Twitch also has an app that is accessible on all Android and iOS devices where you can browse channels, watch live -streams, as well as chat.  

Twitch is available on several gaming consoles, but consoles but being able to broadcast or chat depends on which device you’re using.

As far as viewing Twitch content is concerned, you can do so on any of the following devices: 

Gaming Systems

  • PlayStation 4 
  • Xbox (One, 360) 
  • Ouya

Computers

  • Laptops and Desktops

Devices

  • Tablets 
  • Smart Phones

Televisions

  • Nvidia Shield TV

How Much Does Twitch Cost?

Free! Viewership on Twitch costs you nothing, so sign up today. If you plan to stream on the platform, however, there are three different Twitch subscriptions to choose from. 

Tier One: $4.99/month 
Tier Two: $9.99/month 
Tier Three: $24.99/month
 
Subscriptions can be paid every month, quarterly (every three months) or on an bi-annual (every six months) basis. 
 
Most of the built-in features are available to subscribers of any tier, however, those subscribed to tier two will typically get one extra remote, and tier three subscribers will receive two extra remotes.

Is Twitch Worth Getting?

This question is a bit complicated because it really depends on what you’re using Twitch for. If you’re using it to stream yourself playing video games, you’ll need to invest time and money. First, you must become an affiliate which requires you to get 50 followers, 500 minutes’ worth of broadcasting, 7 unique broadcast days and an average of 3+ concurrent viewers over the last 30 days. Once you’ve accomplished this, you can seek to become a partner, which is how you can make money. In order to do this, you must stream for 25 hours, stream for 12 unique days, and reach 75 average viewers in the last 30 days. It’s hard to tell if it’s worth it because although you can make a bit of money on it, the platform is saturated with players and it’s extremely competitive. You need to be extremely good to gain a following and regular viewers. 

If you’re only interested in viewing and not playing then it’s probably worth it. As mentioned earlier, it is free to watch streams on Twitch so you really have nothing to lose by giving it a shot! 
 

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