Streaming on twitch: fostering participatory communities of play within live mixed media

  title={Streaming on twitch: fostering participatory communities of play within live mixed media},
  author={William A. Hamilton and Oliver Garretson and Andruid Kerne},
  journal={Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
Previously, video streaming sites were at the fringes of online social media. In the past two years, live streams of video games, on sites such as, have become very popular. Live streams serve as meeting grounds for player communities. The Twitch streaming medium combines broadcast video with open IRC chat channels. In conjunction with gameplay, viewer participation and community building gain emphasis. Twitch streams range in size and nature, from intimate communities with fifty… 

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