Twitch - www.twitch.tv

Twitch

Founded in June 2011, Twitch is the world's leading social video platform and community for gamers, video game cultures, and creative arts. Originally a spin-off of the general-interest streaming platform Justin.tv that primarily focused on gaming, Twitch has passed over its predecessor to become "the forefront of live gaming" with 9.7 million daily active users, over 2 million unique viewers per month, and about 106 minutes watched per person per day.

About Twitch

Twitch is famous as such for a number of reasons. Firstly, its users actually enjoy watching their adept peers sharing the same interest with them. Twitch could provide more information and references about specific games for those who are considering to buy it.  Finally, Twitch also enables streamers and their audiences to interact in real time about any familiar topics from games to daily life issues.

Twitch was acquired by Amazon.com for $US 970 million and has been operating as its subsidiary ever since.

Twitch Sign Up

Step 1: Go to https://www.twitch.tv and click Sign Up at the top right corner.

Step 2: Fill out your username, password, birthday, and email address.

Step 3: Click I'm not a robot and click Sign Up.

Twitch Sign Up

Step 4: Select three or more you'd like to watch then click Done.

Step 5: Twitch has sent an email containing a verification link to your email address. Log into your email account and click the link to verify your account.

Twitch Login

Step 1: Go to https://www.twitch.tv

Step 2: Click Log in. It's in the upper-right corner of the page.

Step 3: Type your username and password.

Step 4: Click I'm not a robot and click Log In.

Twitch Login on a computer

Features

A. Stream

Twitch is designed to be a platform for video game-related streaming, including e-sports tournaments, personal streams of individual players and game-related talk shows. There are streams of games for any platforms, from PC, console to mobile games. Twitch has also made expansion into non-gaming content. On January 2015, Twitch officially introduced a category for music streams, such as radio shows or music production activities.

On October 28, 2015, Twitch launched its second non-gaming category, Creative, which is dedicated to streams showcasing the creation processes of artistic and creative works. To promote the launch, the service streamed an eight-day non-stop marathon of Bob Ross' The Joy of Painting.

This is an example of a Twitch stream or Channel. On the left is the navigation bar, on the right is the chat and in the middle is Twitch video player, where all the actions have been executed.

B. Chat

Twitch chat is an important part of the Twitch social experience. Every channel has a chat window to the right of the channel. It allows Twitch fellow viewers to interact with each other as well as with the streamer (broadcaster). To participate in Twitch chat, you must be logged in. Essentially, excluding the participants, there are three elements in a Twitch chat.

  1. The messages
  2. Chat field
  3. Chat mode

A chat field is a place where users send messages to the rest of the room to see. Different rules called chat modes can be enforced to reduce the chaos in a crowded Twitch chat. The broadcasters and their moderators can implement these modes by inputting commands directly into the chat field. Some common chat modes are a slow mode, subscriber-only mode, emotes-only mode, etc. The chat can be in one or a combination of modes at a time.

Participants of a chat typically consist of the broadcaster, the viewers, and the moderators. The broadcaster can choose to communicate with his/her audience through the chat or talking to them directly on the stream, and usually, it's the latter. A broadcaster may have one or a team of moderators who, most of the time, are the ones that moderate and control the chat (as the broadcasters have to concentrate on the games). Twitch has a Chat badges system to label broadcasters, moderators and other types of participants in the chat for easier identification. These badges are visible next to their names; normal viewers don't have a badge. Here is the list of common badges.

 Twitch Staff:  The people who work for Twitch
 Broadcasters:  The owner of the channel you are visiting
 Moderators:  The moderators of the chat you are currently visiting, they are users selected by the Broadcasters
 Turbo User:

 A paid user of Twitch's monthly premium user service

C. Emotes 

Twitch emoticons or simply known as emotes are a wide range of icons that viewers can use in their chat messages. There are different types of emotes in correspondence with their accessibilities to different types of users. Global emotes are available to everyone, channel emotes are custom emotes that only available to subscribers of that channel, and turbo emotes can only be used by turbo users. To access these emotes, users can either type the emote code (it is the common method) or click the smiley face in the right side of the chat box to access various emotes and choose which to share by clicking it directly. Of course, the global emotes have been used the most, and they have become an integral part of Twitch culture - some even elevated to legendary status.

Global emotes are also called Face emotes, they depict the faces of many Twitch Staff members, admins, and popular e-sports personalities.

  Kappa
PogChamp
Kreygasm
4Head
BibleThump

BrokeBack

 

D. Twitch Partner Program

In July 2011, Twitch launched its Partner Program, which allows popular content producers to share in the advertising revenue generated from their streams. Additionally, Twitch users can subscribe to partnered streamers for US$4.99 a month. Twitch retains US$2.50 of every channel subscription, with the remaining goes directly to the partnered streamer. Channel subscribers are granted access to unique emotes, chat privileges and various other perks. As of 2015, there are 11,000 partnered streamers. 

E. Platform support

Twitch is available as a mobile app for Android and iOS devices. It offers all the key features from Twitch.tv including viewing streams as well as in-app chatting. Twitch also supports streaming from consoles with Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Ouya already having dedicated software. CEO Emmett Shear has stated a desire to support "every platform where people watch videos". 

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