Founded in 2011, Twitch has been around for a while, but it has only really hit the mainstream in the last few years.
To give you a better insight into the online service, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about Twitch.
What is Twitch?
An online platform for watching and live streaming digital content and video broadcasts.
What can I Find on Twitch?
At first, Twitch focused on video games but now you can find streams of everything from artwork creation to music, talk shows, games and even TV series.
How Many Unique Streamers Participate?
There are over 2 million unique streamers on the platform monthly, and more than 17,000 streamers have monetised their streams.
How do Streamers Make Money?
Streamers earn money via the Twitch Partner program that offers features like paid subscriptions and advertising placements.
Who Owns Twitch?
In 2014 Amazon purchased the platform.
How can I Watch Twitch?
You can watch Twitch streams on the official website and on the many available apps that are designed for Android and iOS, Xbox and PlayStation.
Twitch is also available on Roku, NVIDIA Shield, Amazon’s Fire TV and Google Chromecast.
How Much does It Cost?
It is completely free to watch like accessing demo or free mode of casino games at the different sites. You only need an Internet connection that is capable of streaming.
What do I Need to Create an Account?
Account creation is free, but you’ll have to add your favourite channels that you follow and participate in the streamers chat rooms.
How do I Find Streamers to Watch?
Twitch makes recommendations based on your browsing and preferences, much like YouTube. You can also browse the different categories to see what streamers appeal to you or cover things you are interested in.
Often streamers have a good social media presence too, so you may well come across streams you are interested on, on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
Is Twitch the Same as a Social Network?
Over the last few years Twitch has evolved a lot and become more like a social network than ever before.
It has grown from a basic streaming site to one with enhanced features that are a lot like Facebook and Twitter, so the answer to this question has to be yes.
Can you Make a Living on Twitch?
Yes, but it is not easy and requires hard work and dedication, and really good content. A number of streamers make a living from the platform by combining micro donations, paid subscriptions, sponsorships, affiliate programs and even product placements.
Most of those who make a living this way work 6 to 7 days a week and publish new content daily to keep streamers engaged.
How do I Start Streaming?
You’ll need to sign up and follow the prompts and thereafter you can create your own channel and stream content as often as you like.
There is no limit to the amount of content you can stream and you can cover a whole lot more than just gaming.