A few years ago, I felt very strongly towards the development and adoption of Twitch as the ultimate streaming platform. However, once Amazon bought them out, I always had a concern in the back of my mind on how that transition would look. Today, my fears are fully realized and I decided that it’s time to put an end to my viewing days with them.
Okay, there’s no question that Twitch has it’s share of drama. It’s been going on for a while and honestly it’s horribly pathetic. I’m going to go on a pretty gnarly rant AGAINST Twitch and how they’ve created their own monster and all the stupid shit that needs to be addressed.
Many streamers have the goal of getting a subscription button as it represents a sort of holy grail as a status symbol on Twitch. However, one thing I’ve noticed is that there seems to be this underlying desire that by getting a subscription button, people can just sit at home and play games all day, thus avoiding a sucky job, school or other responsibilities. I want to delve into the psychology of this type of streamer and really go into when and why a subscription button is important.
When Twitch started out, the requirement for becoming partnered was pretty high. Those requirements have changed over time and now the barriers to entry is much lower. Still, there is an application and review process in place but I think the terms aren’t that clear for the expectations to become partnered. In addition, another problem exist where people who receive partnership may, for one reason or another, stop streaming for long periods yet retain the subscription button. I believe that the current system in place should be removed in favor of giving everyone a subscription button.
I put the word “Also” in a parenthetical note to imply that Twitch has done a lot for the gaming community. There’s no doubt of all the positive ramifications of turning the online world on its heads by making gamers into mini celebrities and providing some with a nice career. However, the implied “Also” here means for me the dark side of Twitch (and YouTube to a slightly lesser degree).
In a twist that I think has everyone surprised, Amazon has just bought Twitch.tv for nearly $1 billion. Originally, it was heavily suspected that Google would be the ones picking up the livestreaming site as Google desperately wants to get into the livestreaming market. Twitch.tv provides a very interesting vertical because of the insane amount of traffic it receives, making it a huge value proposition.
Here’s a vlog of my thoughts on the Google/YouTube Twitch buyout:
A new vlog on what keeps me playing a grindy game like Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft:
Here’s a video of my first vlog using Twitch to provide my thoughts on public games etiquette for Diablo 3.
I am extremely pleased to announce that for the first time I will be attending Blizzcon 2014! Although I’ve been to other gaming conventions in the past, I never had the opportunity to check out Blizzcon. Only in recent years have I become more emotionally ingrained into the fabric of the gaming community, particularly with Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft. So for me to be able to attend one of these is definitely a major highlight in my life.