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What’s Twitch?

I have been thinking for a few days to write an article that not only explained what Twitch is, but that explained what it can mean for people in this time of self-isolation. Then, as I woke up today thinking I needed to get the article wrote out, I found this question in my Twitter feed.

There were a couple of responses, but can Twitch really be defined in as few characters as Twitter allows?

It’s A Streaming Site

This is perhaps one of the simplist ways to define what Twitch is for someone who has never heard of it.

Yes, Twitch is a streaming site where content creators and gamers can stream videos that others can watch.

What does that mean, exactly?

Oh, Is It For Gamers Who Play Fortnite?????

Yes… and no.

While Fortnite is very huge on Twitch, it would be a huge disservice to Twitch to define is as “A streaming site where gamers play Fornite.” It is so much more than that.

Twitch Is For…

Just Chatting, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Fortnite, FIFA 20, Grand Theft Auto V, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Dota 2, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, Destiny 2, Minecraft, Escape from Tarkov, Rocket League…

Uh… Okay, let me make this easier with a screencapture of just a very FEW of the games that are streamed on Twitch:

I called up the game list and reduced my browser magnification to 25% to get that image. That is a small fraction of “what is Twitch?” and kind of a disservice still to what Twitch could mean right now, during this time when we are seeing hashtags like #StayAtHome and #StaySafeStayHome trending worldwide.

So wait… What’s Twitch?

Just Chatting

Twitch is a place for people to come together and chat about a wide range of topics. This is a great category for those who are in self isolation but want to find others that they can connect with.

If you don’t want to go live you can find people from all around the world ready to chat in the Just Chatting category, stop in and talk with the streamer and others in their chat.

Here is a screenshot I took a few moments ago of those in the Just Chatting category:
(I really want to stop writing and watch that NYC Bike Messenger at the top center.)

Tabletop RPGs

Tabletop RPGs are alive and well in today’s gaming environment and Twitch has become a way for gamers to get together and stream their game sessions to their friends and the world.

Critical Role is one of my personal favorites, but there are a lot of gaming live streams to chose from if you are looking to watch people play good old fashioned tabletop roleplaying games.

And what better way to keep your own campaign going through the COVID-19 pandemic than to set up an online session? Browse some videos in the Tabletop RPG category and interact with groups on social media such as Facebook, Discord, or gaming forums to find out how you can set things up to allow your own group to start meeting up in live streams and play your campaigns while adhering to self isolation.

Music & Performing Arts

Twitch is a great place for small performers to find an audience and share their passion for music and performing arts.

It’s not karaoke or singing along to the radio, although I am sure those are probably in here as well. No, this is big bands and small bands and people who want to learn to play instruments or want to help others learn. This is dancers and performance artists.

This is the small bands that you love to stop and watch on street corners, the people who are trying to share their new songs, dancers trying out new routines, and so much more.

Here is a peek at what I saw when I did a quick browse of the Music & Performing Arts category:


Travel & Outdoors

What do you get when you tell a bunch of travel and outdoor types to sit at home? Well, from what it looked like when I visited the Travel & Outdoors category at Twitch you seem to get a lot of people trying to help others find ways to stay active indoors and keep in shape until COVID-19 has been beat and everyone can get back to their lives out there exploring this wonderful world.

Some of my favorite streams in the Travel & Outdoors category are long distance truckers who stream from a camera aimed out the front of their rigs. You can see one of them (xmasia) in the center of the above screencap.

I am in Alaska, so for me outdoors makes me think of dog mushing. Can you imagine if the Iditarod and Yukon Quest mushers had cameras mounted on their sleds, helmets, or lead dogs? That would be kewl!

Art

Painting, drawing, polymer clay, 3D modeling… whatever art you are intersted in, there is a good chance that someone on Twitch is streaming it. (LOOK! Bob Ross videos!)

Twitch is a great place to watch artists work and learn new skills or tricks. Here are just a few of the art channels that were live a few moments ago on Twitch.

Politics

Wait… what?

That’s right, you heard me. Twitch has a category for politics. Not a lot of people seem to realize this one is there, but it is. It was not too active on the live streams when I visited it, so I hopped into the videos category and grabbed a screencap of recent streams that have been aired in the politics category:

Beauty & Body Art

This is another one that was not that active when I was at it, so I grabbed my sample screencap from the previously aired videos.

Not just about applying makeup, I have seen a lot of different things in the Beauty & Body Art category, including tattoo artists who stream their work as they tattoo people.

So… what is Twitch?

Yeah, not so easy to answer in just a few characters. I can’t even fully answer what it is in my article here.

Twitch is whatever creative minds want to share.

I have barely hit on the possibilities in this article, so I encourage you to check out Twitch and see for yourself what it is and how it might be of interest to you either as a creator or supporter of the creative community.

And the best part?

Twitch Can Be A Small Business

Yes, that is right, while most of the streamers on Twitch are only streaming for their own enjoyment or as a hobby, it is entirely possible to earn a small side income on Twitch.

Most of the people who are on Twitch make only a small amount, maybe enough to buy more art supplies or a new game to play. Most earn nothing at all. But… there are some who approach Twitch streaming as their job and build up a true second income on the streaming channel.

DO NOT quit your job and think you will make it big on Twitch (or any other streaming service), that’s not how it works. But it is possible to make money on Twitch; if the streamer is willing to put in a lot of hard work and years of dedication to making it happen.

Part of what I am doing with my website, Phantascene.com, is creating articles that can help people who want to buckle down and get serious about streaming on Twitch to help pay for art supplies, games, or maybe a single bill a month.

Is more possible? Yes, but start small. Start with just your interests and passions and do not think about the money. If you decide that you want to commit (and it is a commitment), then you can build it into a business.

I’ll do my best to help and share what I do to build a business as a streamer.

Share Your Channels And Thoughts

Share your favorite channels in the comments and let us know what you think about Twitch and how it can help with feeling less alone during social isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As for me, I stream games like Days Gone, Dishonored, The Division, Thief, Uncharted, BioShock, and The Last of Us daily at Twitch.tv/phantascene.

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