This is why people want to watch other people play video games

Amazon agreed to pay just shy of $1 billion for video game streaming site Twitch last night. The service, which originally launched as a spinoff from in 2011, has become so wildly popular that its owner’s major concern has not been how to grow the site, but how to secure sufficient servers to supply the sheer number of streams its users both create and demand. It’s obvious to everyone that millions across the world want to watch other people play video games — more than 55 million people use the service every month. Less obvious is why.

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mhunterjr1515d ago

I never really saw the draw of twitch, until I realized its a decent solution to the lack of demos this gen. Now, I'll watch someone play for a bit before I decided to make a purchase... I probably won't stream much myself, though.

PiNkFaIrYbOi1514d ago

Still don't get the whole streaming or watching the streaming and stuff. We don't really mind the lack of demos as we never did a whole lot with demos and stuff. Hardly ever touch them at all except for an occasional one here and there that gave us some extra weapon/armor or what have you for some other game(s) we owned and stuff.

levian1514d ago

I'm really feeling the lack of demos. I refuse to buy games out of hype anymore, because I've bought way too many that turned out to be crappy IMO. I don't have the cash to blow on games I don't enjoy.

There used to be demos. FF12 had a demo, God of War 3, Uncharted 2, Dragon's Dogma, Terraria, Dungeon Defenders. All games I absolutely love, and I either found them because of a demo, or I was at least able to make sure I liked it because of a demo.

I've said it in other articles, but when games don't release demos, I pirate them first and use that as a demo. If I like it, I buy it. If I don't, I delete it.

The absolute WORST is how recently a lot of games will give you a demo, but there's a catch - you have to pre-order the game first! That COMPLETELY defeats the purpose of a demo!

Reddzfoxx1514d ago

Yes alot of times you can see the game before you purchase it. Also sometimes you can get tips or ideas on how to get better by watching someone else.

Exari1514d ago (Edited 1514d ago )

"YouTube star PewDiePie has 30 million subscribers, and reportedly earns $4 million a year for his game streams and videos"

holy shit! thats $333k every fucking month!! that mofo is living in a dream

Snookies121515d ago

I just like watching/listening to others experiencing a game I really enjoyed. It's fun to see/hear their reactions throughout, especially really intense story-driven games. That's just me personally though.

nX1514d ago

I wish I had time for something like that... I rather spent the free time I have with playing myself. Paying money to watch someone play games is beyond my comprehension.

Snookies121514d ago (Edited 1514d ago )

Paying money to watch someone else? I don't pay any money to use YouTube or Twitch. Sure paying for the internet bill itself, but it's no different than when I use my internet to watch shows/movies. It's just a different form of entertainment really. :]

nX1514d ago

I was referring to this line in the article
"Bonnell dialed his natural personality up for his streams, building a following who would pay $5 for a subscription to his Twitch channel in the process."
It shocked me that people actually do this since like you said, these services always were free.

choujij1514d ago (Edited 1514d ago )

"I rather spent the free time I have with playing myself."

I had to read that twice. I'm sorry. :\

DCfan1514d ago

I only watch fighting games streams, gives me new ideas for combos i never thought i could do, and its just fun.

NatureOfLogic_1514d ago

Watching other people play PT made me realize how important streaming is on the current gen consoles.

KwietStorm1514d ago (Edited 1514d ago )

I laugh every single time I see people say they don't 'get' watching other people play, like it's some complex perspective. It's entertainment. There's a huge community aspect. It's interesting seeing how other people played through the same game differently than you did. There are live tournaments. There are Dev streams. There's walkthroughs. There's dickin around. There are speed runs. If not one of those interests you, fine. Nobody is saying they would rather watch someone's stream than to play it themself. But the option is there, and it's free. I don't watch as much TV as the average American, but I'm guessing all of us here are gamers, and it's not a whole lot different than watching your favorite sport teams play.

iceman061514d ago

Very true. If you have ever sat and watched your friend play a game, then you pretty much should get it. It's entertaining to see someone else play and how they go about navigating a game. Plus, as you said, there are Dev streams, competitive streams, people who take time to teach aspects of new games or just parts of games that you might not understand. It can be fun and really helpful.

mhunterjr1514d ago (Edited 1514d ago )

I understand why someone wouldn't 'get it'. I didn't get it at first.

It IS a different perspective. Until one sees what these services have to offer, he\she might not realize that dev streams, competitions, and walkthroughs are prevalent. They might scoff at the idea of watching random strangers play, when their time could be better spent playing themselves. Until, they see for themselves, they won't see the entertainment value.

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