Twitch is a live video streaming platform used mostly to
stream video games. Since its launched in 2011, over 2 million people have broadcasted onto the platform, with 15 million active users.
Justin.tv was created in 2006 by Justin Kan, Michael Seibel, Kyle Vogt and Emett Shear. It was originally Justian Kan live streaming his life 24/7 through a webcam attached to his baseball cap and a laptop/backpack system designed by Kyle Vogt.
By April of 2008, Justin.tv had over 30000 different broadcasting accounts and nine different categories for people to stream to; featured, people and lifecasting, sports, music and radio, gaming, news and tech, animals, entertainment, divas and dudes.
In 2011, Justin.tv rebranded and rereleased as Twitch Interactive. The site now focused primarily on the video game live streaming, including esports, as the main content, with “real life” streaming not being brought back until March of 2017.
By 2017, US$75 million has been raised for charity organizations: Extra Life (Children's Miracle Network), Saint Jude and multiple different disaster relief funds have had money raised to help millions of people in need.
Different social experiments and unique interactions have been done on Twitch.
Through different streams, communities have formed, both from the games they play and the streamers themselves.
Acquisition by Amazon and after effect.