Twitch actually began back in 2005 as an idea called Justin.tv. Twitch founder Justin Kan wanted to create a site where people could watch 24-hour live video feeds of his life in a Big Brother style website. The reality TV style was not particularly well liked, but users were interested in how they could use the site to upload their own online video streams.
In October 2014, Business Insider ran an article that covered Justin Kan's appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt London in 2014, where Kan spoke about the early days of Twitch. The article ends with the comment that Kan ended his talk with:
"If justin.tv can succeed, then nobody has an excuse. It was a terrible idea."
Twitch is so much more than simply a video game streaming platform, and writer's are starting to make a mark on the platform. While writers do not yet have their own personal category to write in, there is an effort to request that Twitch assign a specific category for writers.
Until Twitch assigns writers a specific category, there are a number of writing related games that writers use as well as the Just Chatting and Art categories. Unfortunately, this makes it extremely difficult for writers to locate one another on the platform.
There are writers using Twitch, however, and below are just some of the many ways that writers have created communities online with Twitch:
[Note that Twitch is not the only streaming platform for writers, it is just the one that this article focuses on.]