A New Era for Video Game Streaming? Competitors Target Twitch

The growing presence of YouTube, Facebook and Mixer shows the importance of interacting with fans and generating a conversation around shared interests

Twitch, the Amazon-owned streaming service, has long worn the crown when it comes to video game streaming. But its reign is now being increasingly challenged by a number of deep-pocketed competitors, with several of Twitch’s biggest streamers recently leaving the service for its rivals.

It happened again earlier this week, when three popular gamers — Elliot “Muselk” Watkins, Lannan “LazarBeam” Eacott and Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter — left Twitch to exclusively stream on YouTube.

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Sean Burch

Tech reporter • sean.burch@thewrap.com • @SeanB44