Why sport is the next frontier for Twitch

0 Posted by - 4th October 2019 - Technology

Imagine you’re watching a livestream of your favourite sport – a football match, say, or a tennis tournament. But instead of listening to the official commentator, you provide your own play-by-play analysis of the footage – and thousands of people hang on to your every word. This is the vision of Twitch CEO Emmett Shear, who sees a growing future for what he calls “interactive livestreaming” across the entertainment landscape.

Twitch, which was spun out of livestreaming startup Justin.TV in 2011 and is now a subsidiary of Amazon, is best known for its video game content; its top streamers have amassed millions of followers who watch them play games such as League of Legends, Fortnite and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in real time. While gaming is far and away the most popular category on the platform, the company is starting to branch out into other sectors, with sport chief among what it sees as potential areas for growth.

read more at https://www.wired.co.uk/ by Victoria Turk