Tagged With streamers

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Over the weekend, news leaked that Twitch had cut more than 25 jobs, mostly from Twitch Studios, an in-house production group, and the company's community and marketing teams. The laid-off employees - some of whom had been with Twitch since its inception - were reportedly told that the company had overhired and needed to resize as part of what a spokesperson called an "aggressive growth strategy" for 2018.

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Getting Over It's Steam description is brief. "A game I made for a certain kind of person," it reads. "To hurt them." Having watched multiple streamers howl in despair and rage-quit right at the end of it, I think it's safe to declare the game an unmitigated success.

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Viewers who swear in Squirrel's Twitch chat are purged. "The Home of Simulation", Twitch's biggest stream for simulation games like Farming Simulator 17 or Euro Truck Simulator 2, is PG, intended for a Twitch's lesser-known mature audience. It's a gaming channel far removed from the sort of youthful irreverence that is commonplace on the streaming service.

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It's a little bit shocking that you can make real money playing video games all day. For a certain generation, this was the dream: being a "streamer", one of the legion of men and women who live a joyful existence of being likeable while playing games on camera. Against all odds, it's an actual career path, but one that isn't as idyllic as you might think.