Twitch has been steadily increasing the variety of content available on its platform. But as of yet, few creators have taken advantage of one of Twitch’s most valuable resources — it’s community. Konkx Pro, a channel on the Amazon-owned platform, is looking to be the first to take full advantage of audience input. While most channels on the platform interact with fans and often look to their followers for feedback, Konkx Pro wants to put its fans in charge of the action. The channel is launching “LIVE INTERACTIVE WRESTLING” show, that for the first time on Twitch, lets viewers control the action on the mat through the chat room.
“You call it– We execute it! No more screaming at the TV or the computer without being heard. Yes, we can see all your posts live on Twitch chat and the wrestlers will respond from the squared circle,” Konkx Pro explained in a release announcing the show. “If you can’t take it, don’t dish it. You can also help your favorite wrestler win his or her match multiple times a week LIVE.”
The show will consist of Cage Matches, Street Fights, Battle Royals, Ladder Matches, and Turmoils (Royal Rumble). The premiere show, which will debut on Saturday December 2nd at 12:00 pm PST, will feature the Profilers vs Samoan Dynasty consisting of WWE Hall of Famer – Rikishi, Count of California – Black Pearl, and VIP and newest member Sefa Fatu (brother of WWE Tag Team Champions– The Usos).
“While wrestling as a category continues to grow on Twitch, [Konkx Pro’s] approach to the sport represents an innovative first on Twitch,” a spokesman for Twitch told Videoink.
In addition to the interactive wrestling series, KnokX Pro’s Twitch channel will feature other live content, including “In Rikishi’s Life” with KnokX Pro Academy seminars and training, as well as the Wrestle Fair Conventions, and all road tours.
KnokX Pro Entertainment LLC is a full service professional wrestling academy and promotions owned and operated by Reno Anoa’i and WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi Fatu.
As social platforms place more focus on video, interactivity will be a growing trend among creators. Unlike Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, social platforms like Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube offer creators instant feedback from their audience, which can be especially useful in live content. Interactive shows have already emerged on Facebook’s four month old video platform Watch. Buzzfeed, for example, recently released a dating show on the platform, “Relationshipped” that allows the audience to take control of things like who the main contestant dates. Another great example of a show utilizing interactivity is Watch’s recently launched Home Improvement Show “Win This House!” Viewers are able to help make design decisions about a house that they could potentially win and they also have the opportunity to ask questions as the hosts renovate the house.