Jared Rea is the community manager at the popular livestreaming site Twitch.tv. Rea has held community-related positions at both Ngmoco and PlayStation, and before that, he worked as a game journalist for sites like 1UP, Joystiq, and The Escapist. He knows games, but more importantly, he knows gamers. He is one, first and foremost, but he also understands what appeals to whom and why. GamesBeat recently spoke with Rea about the rise of speedrunning and whether the gaming subculture can ever compete with the mainstream world of e-sports.