Technology

Live Streaming as the New Form of Entertainment

Streaming is the new way in which people consume media in the 21 century. The technology has been around since the 90s and has been evolving steadily over time with the help of companies such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and others. Streaming today can be done on any device, from smartphones and tablets to personal computers with the only requirement being a decent internet connection. The most well-known streaming platform is Twitch, which was launched in 2011 and by 2015 it had 1.5 million broadcasters and 100 million viewers per month.

The Gaming Community

The internet has allowed players from all over the world to come together, forming many gaming communities. There are some of these groups who are interested in a particular game or some who just want to have a discussion about a gaming topic.

These communities are found almost everywhere on the internet. There are forums, blogs, websites and YouTube channels dedicated to gaming. There are also major conferences taking place each year. Conferences made by gamers for gamers, and other huge events like E3 and Blizzcon where people get together to witness the release or the announcement of new gaming experiences.

The same can be said for video game live-streaming. It can be seen as a safe haven for gamers from all over the world. A place where they can come together and experience their favorite games.

Live-Streaming

Streaming offer players the chance to virtually get together and enjoy, comment and socialize in a live-stream. This new wave of entertainment has made video games and streaming more aware to the masses.

Some of the most streamed games are League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite and Counter-Strike GO. Many people have been able to make a name for themselves with streaming on Twitch. Richard Tyler Blevins, also known as Ninja, is a well known streamer who has a large following on Twitch. He is mostly known for playing Fortnite which itself is one of the most streamed games ever.

Live Casinos

Other games that have managed to find their way to live-streams are online casinos. Not many people know this, but there is a large community of online casino players who enjoy watching someone play a few slots or trying out a poker game. It can be a good starting point for people who want to know more about casino games in general, such as the different varieties of games, the way in which a particular game is played and so on.

An example of a casino game that people can be seen streaming is Book of Ra, a well-known slot game, available online. Not only the game has beautifully realized graphics but is also entertaining to watch other people play it. Playing slots is way more relaxing than playing a game of poker or other regular video game that requires a lot of focus from the streamer. And so, live-streaming a game of slots allows the player to be more aware of the viewers which make it easier for the person streaming to communicate and socialize with the people that are watching.

Summary

As a final note, streaming is for everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you are a gamer or not. Streaming platforms can be used in other ways, such as listening to music, watching movies, cooking and just chatting. You are able to have all of these experiences with other people who share the same interests and makes the entire viewing much more enjoyable.

Surrey604 Staff
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