What is Twitch?
Twitch is the number 1 streaming platform for video games and other unique entertainment in the world. This process is very similar to how you watch live video on your TV. One big difference is Twitch allows you to interact with the person showing the content via the chat or through donations.
People on this platform will stream themselves playing video games, eating and crazy enough even sleeping.
Twitch Fun Facts
These facts were pulled from https://muchneeded.com/twitch-statistics/.
- Twitch enables the live coverage of video gaming events.
- 71% of Twitch’s users are millennials.
- 21 years is the average age of Twitch active users.
- Twitch was acquired by Amazon in 2014 for just under $1 Billion.
- Twitch users spend almost 3 hours a day watching videos on the platform.
- The average Twitch user spends about an hour and 45 minutes each day.
How Many People Watch Twitch?
The amount of people that watch Twitch live streams is astounding and the stats are tracked here: https://twitchtracker.com/statistics.
As you can see in one of the images above from twitchtracker.com the number of hours viewed on Twitch for the past year is almost totaling 1 billion. The hours spiked in the last month nearly totaling 2 billion hours watched. This month is seeing a similar trend to last month with quarantine going around worldwide. Not even a third of the way through the month, this month’s hours watched is at half of March 2020’s hours.
There are roughly 140 million unique users that watch Twitch per month.
Why Watch People Play Instead of Actually Playing the Game?
There are tons of reasons to watch a game instead of actually playing it. Being a “gamer” and a very competitive person I am always trying to better myself in whatever that may be. One of these ways is to watch the professionals play through Twitch and take notes off of what they do in each game. The majority of the best players in each video game stream their games and most of them use the Twitch platform.
Watching people play your favorite games is also a lot less effort than actually playing. In order to watch a stream on Twitch is very simple, all you need to do is load up the mobile app or open the web browser and click on the person you would like to watch. Twitch also has a category tab, which you can use to search by the game to find other streamers that you also may have an interest in.
Supporting the Streamer
Once I find a streamer that I enjoy watching there are a few ways to support them. One is just by watching their content and watching the few ads that come up while viewing their live stream.
The next two ways to support the streamer are not necessary but help the streamer out immensely. You can donate money to a streamer and sometimes this may be the best way to communicate with them because sometimes they will have 10s of thousands of people watching them at one time.
The final way and most common paid method to support streamers are through subscribing to their channel. A subscription to a streamer allows you to gain more perks to their channel rather than just watching. You get different emotes to use in their chat and a lot of streamers will do cool giveaways but only if you are subscribed. You can subscribe to them for 4 different levels of payments and perks you get with each tier. The tiers are $5 (tier 1), $10 (tier 2) or $25 (tier 3). The 4th method, which is the most common and pertinent to US Unlocked is called Twitch Prime.
What is Twitch Prime and Why it is Important.
Twitch Prime is the easiest way to support a content creator on Twitch that you enjoy. This is also how US Unlocked will partner with and sponsor Twitch Streamers.
Twitch has partnered with Amazon so that you can support your favorite content creator for free. All you have to do is have an Amazon Prime account ($12.99 a month) and a Twitch account (free) and link them together. You can follow the instructions on how to link your accounts here.
Having a US Unlocked account and using the account details sign up for Amazon Prime will give you all the benefits of having a US Amazon Prime account. This will also allow you to support your favorite Twitch creator for no extra cost!
Start supporting your favorite Twitch streamer and gain access to a US Amazon Prime account today! Start by signing up for a US Unlocked Account. Then follow the instructions outlined in the blog “How to shop on popular US websites from outside the US-The workarounds”. The last step to having access to Twitch Prime is to link your Twitch and Amazon Prime account.