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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Over 600,000 people tuned in last night to watch Drake play Fortnite with the streamer Ninja. Watching these two share their love for games was a treat, but it's got me hungry for more. I have some suggestions for some great matches.
This past weekend at IEM Katowice, Counter-Strike pro Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski did an interview on behalf of his team Virtus Pro, since they'd ended up in last place. The interview footage gained attention thanks to a brief cutaway to the stands, which captured an insatiable couple going to town on each other.
Last month, popular PUBG streamer Dr. Disrespect, aka Guy Beahm, took an indefinite leave of absence from Twitch following the revelation he'd been unfaithful to his wife. In two weeks, he'll be back.
Shortly after the release of Steam prison break hit The Escapists 2, players flooded the forums with questions. "Who are these people with weird names and funny coloured hair," they wanted to know, "and why can't I make them go away?"
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.
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.
Streamers rejoice: Skype now hides your IP address by default. The move should cut down on game streamers being harassed and DDOSed by folks resolving their Skype address into an IP.