Twitch TV and The Rise of Online Gaming

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Twitch TV is an independent platform owned and operated by Amazon.com and is the latest in online video and media streaming. First introduced back in 2011, it has since emerged as a seminal platform that is used primarily by video gamers, and it is part of a wider trend for cross-platform gaming that integrates desktops, laptops and mobile devices within a single network.

While Twitch TV is not alone in this marketplace, its popularity is likely to eclipse many alternatives. By the middle of 2013, the website had amassed an average of 43 million viewers each month, and by February the following year it was rated as the fourth largest source of Internet traffic in the U.S. Its growth has highlighted the rise of media streaming, and also offers a fascinating insight into the future of the market.

In general terms, video streaming has enjoyed huge growth during the last few years. Thanks primarily to the success of VOD (video on demand) resources such as Netflix and Amazon Prime; the growth of online streaming has begun to eclipse television viewing statistics. More specifically, the number of online video streaming viewers grew at a rate of 60% at the end of 2014, while television figures fell by 4%. Even though television remains the dominant medium in terms of hours watched per month, the gap is ...

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