Twitch is a live streaming video gaming platform with more than 100 million visitors every month.

Its popularity is no surprise with features like video game playthroughs, eSports competition broadcasts, loads of creative content and music broadcasts.

Its video gaming platform has gained a huge following, with pro-streamers earning between $3 000 to $5 000 a month for doing what they love – playing games!

What is Twitch?

The site made its appearance in June 2011 and by February 2014 had established itself as the fourth largest peak traffic internet site in America.

A subsidiary of Amazon.com, Twitch was originally launched in 2007 as Justin.tv by Emmett Shear and Paul Denino.

By May 2017 it was ranked 55 by Alexa.

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How to sign into Twitch

  • Now click the Log In button shown on the top right-hand side of the page
  • You will be taken to the next step

  1. Enter your Username
  2. Enter your Password
  3. Tick the Captcha box
  4. Press the Log in button

You are also given the option of logging in with your Facebook account

How to retrieve your Twitch login details

  1. Enter your Username
  2. Enter your Email address
  3. Tick the Captcha box
  4. Press the Send instructions button
  5. If you have forgotten your Username click “Forgot your username?” below the Email address line
  6. Your account details and reset instructions where necessary will be sent by Twitch via your Email address

Do you want to sign up as a new Twitch user?

  • Copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://www.twitch.tv/
  • The home page will appear on your screen

  • Now press the Sign Up button as illustrated on the top right-hand side of the screen
  • The Log In / Sign Up screen will now appear

  1. Enter a Username
  2. Then enter a Password
  3. Enter your Birthday, using the drop-down menus (as indicated) to fill in the details
  4. Now tick I’m not a robot in the Captcha box
  5. Submit your request by pressing the Sign Up button at the bottom of the page

Why you have to sign up to Twitch

As a Twitch account holder you can:

  • Interact with fellow-users and broadcasters via a chatroom
  • Receive alerts when your favorite broadcasters go live
  • Broadcast your own video games on the Twitch platform

Privacy

As a member, you control your privacy.

The moment you make any content available on the Twitch platform, that information becomes public property so be selective in which you decide to share.

Information is gleaned from:

  • Content you broadcast
  • Comments you make in chat rooms
  • Profile information you post
  • The channels you choose to follow
  • Personal information you share when creating an account

What you get from Twitch

The broadcaster has created an all-encompassing entertainment module for the gaming community by merging video games and live videos together with a participatory experience for its members.

Add to this the fact that the service is by far the most popular e-sports streaming service, with competitors like YouTube and Dailymotion eating its dust, and you get the picture as to why it has such a massive following.

Countries

Apart from the USA, the service is currently available in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Mobile, Android, iPhone and smartphone

Congratulations!

You can now stream live to the channel using your smartphone or tablet.

You can now stream your camera or phone screen directly to your account via an Android app.

This also allows you to keep up-to-date with your followers and subscribers worldwide, using nothing but your smartphone!

The app is available for Android 4 onwards.

Android 5 and up is required for screen streaming.

Remember, to enjoy these privileges you MUST be a member.

Security and privacy issues

You will find a full list of instructions and disclosures at https://www.twitch.tv/p/security

Twitch tries to keep the platform safe for everyone and maintaining the privacy of its users’ data is a top priority.

If, however, your security has become vulnerable on Twitch, send an email to security@twitch.tv

Include the following information:

  • Your email address
  • Your full name
  • A summary of your issue

Cool stuff to do

Well apart from its awesome gaming platform, Twitch chat rooms are very popular.

You are able to create a group chat room from any chat room you are visiting – this can be your channel, a friend’s channel, or your dashboard.

You can also pop out of the chat window and keep all of your group chats going while moving around the site.

How does Twitch make money?

Amazon purchased Twitch in late 2014 for $970 million.

The acquisition was regarded with scepticism by many people who regarded a video game streaming company as a poor investment.

Since then, however, the popularity of the platform has grown to such an extent that it is believed the company will generate a $1billion income stream and be worth $20 billion by 2020.

Video game streamers pay $4.99 a month – half of that goes to Twitch and the other half to the game streamers.

Twitch also earns ad revenue of about $250 for every 100 subscribers, and with 100 million monthly users, two million active streamers and in excess of 240 billion minutes of live video streaming a year, the company has proved that people will pay to play!

Takeaways about Twitch

There are about 14 000 high-profile streamers on the service.

They generate in excess of $60 million annually for the company via advertisement and subscription sales.

Some of the pro-streamers are rumoured to earn more than $300 000 a year playing video games, entrenching the belief that niche programming is the future of entertainment.

Keep your Twitch login details safe

Users have in the past been targeted by hackers, and while the company endeavours to maintain a solid privacy policy in place for its subscribers, keeping login details safe from prying eyes cannot be over-emphasised.

NEVER share your login details with anyone.