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Twitch is constantly growing and gaining new viewers, subscribers and live-streamers. The service has managed to expand so much that it's getting its very own annual convention, starting this year with the inaugural TwitchCon.
All Games Beta has up a press release for the TwitchCon event, which is scheduled to take place between September 25th and the 26th later this year at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.
According to the CEO of Twitch, Emmett Shear, he stated that...
“Twitch broadcasters have the most passionate fans, so we want to create an amazing experience where they can come together in person,” … “TwitchCon will be an opportunity for the entire community – broadcasters, game developers, viewers, and us – to play and learn together.”
Twitch.tv came into operation back in 2011 as a branch from Justin.tv. It was a niche service for people to live-stream and hangout given that it allowed users to stream content, talk via voice-chat and interact with the community with a live chat box on the side.
The service gained a ton of popularity over the short period of time it's been in operation, amassing more than 43 million viewers a month with a healthy subscriber base for the premium, ad-free content.
Twitch really took off with a lot of emerging MOBA and competitive e-sports titles due to players being able to join in on a live-stream with a professional competitor and gain insight, tips and watch and learn how they play to better up their own game. This was especially useful for games like League of Legends, which as an easy barrier-to-entry to start playing but a very high gradient for play-mastery. This resulted in a lot of League of Legends players watching some of the top teams and competitors stream on Twitch and gain insight into the game while also enjoying and becoming part of the community.
Other communities also sprouted up around Twitch, gaining it a lot of popularity with various niche groups, such as the Counter-Strike crowd who gets into competitive play and the FGC, also known as the Fighting Game Community. In the case of the Fighting Game Community, there are a lot of regional tournaments that take place that attracts various groups to the service.
Back in August of 2014 Twitch was acquired by Amazon for nearly $1 billion. The service now plays host to more than just live-streamers and their followers, and has managed to reach beyond just catering to niche audiences. Major conferences like E3, GamesCom and QuakeCon are oftentimes live-streamed through Twitch, giving gamers easy access to major press conferences and the wide scope of gaming culture without ever having to leave home.
It's no surprise that Twitch has managed to grow to a substantial enough degree that they would start an annual convention. I'm curious what all they'll have there and what sort of events or live content gamers can expect? I'm guessing it'll be very similar to BlizzCon or QuakeCon but for Twitch? The only thing is that Twitch is known for live-streaming so if people actually show up it kind of defeats the purpose of live-streaming.
Anyway, you can learn more about the TwitchCon by paying a kind visit to the official website. More details on the event will be made known in the coming months.