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The video live streaming service, Twitch, focuses on video game streaming but also includes broadcasts of esports competitions, music broadcasts, and more creative content.

Created by Justin Kan and Emmett Shear in 2011, Twitch was a spinoff of Justin.tv. By 2014, the platform was the fourth-largest internet traffic source, behind Netflix, Google, and Apple. On August 25, 2014, Amazon acquired Twitch for $970 million, and Shear stayed on as CEO.

Following the deal with Amazon, Twitch went on to acquire Curse Inc., ClipMine, and Internet Games Database. In 2019, Twitch unveiled a new logo and updated site design. The streaming service also began signing exclusivity deals with high-profile streamers such as Dr DisRespect and TimtheTatman.

In August 2020, Twitch Prime was renamed Prime Gaming.

Launched: June 6, 2011

Most popular Twitch streamers:

  • Ninja — 16.9M
  • Tfue — 10.7M
  • auronplay — 10.2M
  • Rubius — 9.9M
  • shroud — 9.6M
  • xQcOW —9.3M
  • pokimane — 8.2M
  • TheGrefg —8.2M
  • ibai — 7.9M
  • Myth — 7.3M

How does Twitch make money? Similar to YouTube, Twitch makes money through advertisements integrated into their system. Twitch also makes money through its two subscription options: Twitch Prime and Twitch Turbo.

Does Twitch save streams? According to Twitch, Twitch Partners, Prime, and Twitch Turbo users are able to save their broadcasts for 60 days before being deleted. All other broadcasters will have their broadcasts saved for 14 days before deletion. If you want to save content for longer, there is the option to highlight it.

Twitch Net Worth: $5 billion

Latest Twitch News and Updates

  • twitch
    Gaming

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    When Twitch bans an account from its site, it also bans the account's IP address, preventing users from making a new account. But are they permanent?
    By Sara Belcher
  • Adin Ross
    Gaming

    Adin Ross Was Banned From Twitch (Yet Again) — Here's What Went Down

    Adin Ross has been banned on Twitch for a fifth time in his career as a streamer — here's why the streamer was removed this time.
    By Sara Belcher
  • 'Morbius'
    Gaming

    Twitch Account "Morbius247" Streamed 'Morbius' for 12 Hours Straight Before Being Banned

    Following the flop of Jared Leto's 'Morbius,' the film has become a meme online and has been shared in its entirety. Twitch account "Morbius247" streamed it for 12 hours.
    By Sara Belcher
  • Chica outfit bundle in 'Fortnite'
    Gaming

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    Before Chica's outfit bundle becomes available in the eShop, 'Fortnite' is hosting a Chica Cup to let players earn the outfit bundle.
    By Sara Belcher
  • Snoop Dogg smoking weed on Twitch
    Gaming

    Your Guide to Smoking Weed While Streaming on Twitch

    Weed is becoming more popular recreationally as states have begun legalizing it, but can you smoke on a Twitch stream? Here's what to know.
    By Sara Belcher
  • 'Overwatch 2'
    Gaming

    Link Your Battle.net to Your Twitch While Watching 'Overwatch 2' Beta Streams

    Linking your Battle.net account to your Twitch profile will make you eligible to be selected for the 'Overwatch 2' beta test. Here's how to do it.
    By Sara Belcher
  • Pokimane
    Gaming

    Some People Are Worried that Pokimane Is Preparing to Leave Twitch for YouTube

    Pokimane's exclusive streaming contract with Twitch has ended, sparking rumors that she could be leaving the streaming platform altogether.
    By Joseph Allen
  • Ranboo and Aimsey
    Gaming

    Fans Have Speculated That Twitch Star Ranboo May Be Dating a Fellow Streamer

    Fans have speculated that Twitch streamer Ranboo may be dating fellow streamer Aimsey, but who is the gamer actually dating, if anyone?
    By Joseph Allen
  • Pokimane / Ninja
    Gaming

    The Drama Between Pokimane and Ninja Is Proving to Be Irresistible for Fans

    Online streamer Pokimane recently called out fellow streamer Ninja online, but how did the beef between the two of them actually start?
    By Joseph Allen
  • JiDion
    Gaming

    Here's Why JiDion's 14-Day Twitch Suspension Turned Into a PermaBan

    Creator JiDion was banned from Twitch just one day after getting verified. Here's why he was banned, and how his original 14 day suspension turned into a permaban.
    By Kelly Corbett
  • Jeremy Wang
    Gaming

    Popular Twitch Streamer DisguisedToast Was Banned After He Streamed 'Death Note'

    Popular Twitch streamer DisguisedToast was banned from Twitch, but many want to why he was banned and whether he'll be allowed to come back.
    By Joseph Allen
  • Twitch Logo
    Gaming

    Twitch Is Offering Year-End Recaps to All of Its Streamers and Viewers

    Twitch is offering year-end recaps to streamers and viewers, and some are wondering why they haven't gotten the recap via email yet.
    By Joseph Allen
  • Twitch Recap
    Gaming

    Twitch Recap Is Back for 2021 —Here's How to Get Your Look Back Into a Year of Streaming

    As 2021 comes to a close, it's time to check out all of your streaming habits. Here's how you can view your Twitch Recap for the year.
    By Callie (Carlos) Cadorniga
  • Hasan Piker
    Gaming

    Hasan Piker Disappeared From Twitch Suddenly After He Said the Word "Cracker"

    Twitch streamer Hasan Piker got banned from the platform recently, and many want to know why he got banned and whether he'll return.
    By Joseph Allen
  • Twitch Logo
    FYI

    A Stream Key Is Your Connection Between Twitch and the Outside World

    Twitch has something called stream keys as a part of its platform but what are they? How do they work and what are they for? Here's what we know.
    By Kori Williams
  • Twitch logo
    Gaming

    Over 125 Gigabytes of Sensitive Information Was Just Leaked From Twitch's Servers

    Streaming platform Twitch recently fell victim to a massive data leak that made information regarding streamer's incomes available to the public.
    By Chris Barilla
  • Maya Higa and Mizkif
    Influencers

    The Real Reason Twitch Streamers Mizkif and Maya Called It Quits

    Did Twitch streamers Mizkif and Maya break up? The two made a surprising announcement about the status of their relationship on Twitter.
    By Pretty Honore
  • CallMeCarson
    Entertainment

    YouTuber CallMeCarson Is Returning to Twitch Following Allegations of Grooming Underage Fans

    What happened to CallMeCarson? The Twitch streamer announced his return to the platform following allegations of grooming underage fans.
    By Allison Cacich
  • Mikey Perk and his daughter, Sarah
    Influencers

    Twitch Streamer Mikey Perk Asks Followers to Help Find Missing Daughter With #FINDSARAH

    Twitch streamer Mikey Perk shared online that his daughter, Sarah Perkins, went missing over the weekend of June 26, 2021. Here's what happened to her.
    By Sara Belcher
  • Clix
    Gaming

    'Fortnite' Star Clix Just Got His Third Strike on Twitch, Resulting In an "Indefinite" Ban

    Why did Clix get banned from Twitch? Here's what we know about the 'Fortnite' star's current streaming situation.
    By Chris Barilla
  • Ryan Higa
    Gaming

    The Real Reason Ryan Higa Was Suddenly Banned on Twitch Mid-Stream

    Popular Twitch streamer Ryan Higa was suddenly banned in the middle of a livestream without warning, but why was he banned?
    By Jamie Lerner
  • Sykkuno
    Entertainment

    Twitch Streamer Sykkuno Has Moved out of California to Live on His Own

    Twitch streamer Sykkuno was living in the OfflineTV house, until he suddenly moved out. Find out what happened and where he lives now.
    By Megan Uy
  • ryan haywood
    Gaming

    Ryan Haywood Was Permanently Banned From Twitch Following His Return to the Internet

    Ryan Haywood was let go from Rooster Teeth following multiple sexual assault allegations last October. Now, he has been banned from Twitch, but why now?
    By Sara Belcher
  • After Getting Kicked Off of Twitch, Khanada Also Just Got Banned From YouTube
    Gaming

    After Getting Kicked Off of Twitch, Khanada Also Just Got Banned From YouTube

    After getting banned from Twitch back in September, Khanada tried streaming on YouTube, only to get banned about 20 minutes in. Why did he get banned...again?
    By Gina Vaynshteyn
  • Twitch Banned the PogChamp Emote After the Violence at the Capitol
    Entertainment

    Twitch Banned the PogChamp Emote After the Violence at the Capitol

    Why did Twitch ban Pogchamp? The longtime streamer was removed from the service after posting language regarding violence. Details.
    By Shannon Raphael
  • What's the Reason Behind JustaMinx's First Ever Twitch Ban? Hate Speech
    Gaming

    What's the Reason Behind JustaMinx's First Ever Twitch Ban? Hate Speech

    Popular Twitch Streamer JustaMinx, who is generally known as "wholesome," has been banned on the platform, but why was she?
    By Mustafa Gatollari
  • Twitch Is Facing Backlash for Their New Word Bans — and Not for the Reason You Think
    Gaming

    Twitch Is Facing Backlash for Their New Word Bans — and Not for the Reason You Think

    Twitch just announced during a town hall that they'd be banning specific words from being used from their platform. But many people feel like Twitch is missing the mark here.
    By Gina Vaynshteyn
  • Why did xQc get banned?
    Influencers

    xQc Just Got Banned from Twitch for the Fourth Time

    It was announced that Twitch streamer xQc did get banned from the video streaming platform Twitch in November 2020. Viewers and fans want to know why.
    By Jamie Lerner
  • Popular Twitch Streamer Voyboy Banned From the Platform
    Gaming

    Popular Twitch Streamer Voyboy Banned From the Platform

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    By Devan McGuinness
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has a Twitch Channel Now Because She Wants You to Vote
    Entertainment

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has a Twitch Channel Now Because She Wants You to Vote

    U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (also known as AOC) now has her own Twitch channel where she is playing the viral game, 'Among Us.'
    By Katie Garrity
  • Hashinshin Was Permanently Banned From Twitch for a Really Disgusting Reason
    Gaming

    Hashinshin Was Permanently Banned From Twitch for a Really Disgusting Reason

    What did Twitch streamer Hashinshin do to get permanently banned from the live-streaming platform? Details on the allegations.
    By Mustafa Gatollari
  • Twitch Apologizes for Stereotypical Hispanic Heritage Month Emotes, but Is That Enough?
    Gaming

    Twitch Apologizes for Stereotypical Hispanic Heritage Month Emotes, but Is That Enough?

    As part of its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Twitch rolled out some custom emotes… and then quickly discontinued them and apologized.
    By Abi Travis
  • The Twitch Game Show 'Love or Host' Is the Internet's Newest Obsession
    Entertainment

    The Twitch Game Show 'Love or Host' Is the Internet's Newest Obsession

    If you go on Twitch, then you may have heard of a show called 'Love or Host Rules,' which premiered today. What is 'Love or Host Rules'? Here's how it works.
    By Gina Vaynshteyn
  • 'Fortnite' Streamer Ninja Returns to Twitch After Signing an Exclusive Deal
    Influencers

    'Fortnite' Streamer Ninja Returns to Twitch After Signing an Exclusive Deal

    Professional gamer Ninja will no longer be working with Mixer and has made the move back to Twitch. So, why did he leave Twitch in the first place?
    By Katie Garrity
  • Why Was Forsen Banned From Twitch for a Second Time in 2020?
    Gaming

    Why Was Forsen Banned From Twitch for a Second Time in 2020?

    Why was Forsen banned? While it's no secret why some Twitch personalities were banned, there are still some big question marks surrounding others.
    By Mustafa Gatollari
  • Pokimane
    Entertainment

    Who Is Twitch Star Pokimane Dating Right Now?

    Everyone wants to know who has the heart of Twitch.tv's favorite e-girl. Here is everything you need to know about Pokimane's current boyfriend.
    By Reese Watson
  • Shroud Is Returning to Twitch After Streaming Platform Mixer Goes Under
    Gaming

    Shroud Is Returning to Twitch After Streaming Platform Mixer Goes Under

    After leaving the streaming platform in October for a new deal with Mixer, Shroud reveals he will be coming back to Twitch to stream his content.
    By Sara Belcher
  • Dr Disrespect Is Back to Online Streaming — but Not on Twitch
    Gaming

    Dr Disrespect Is Back to Online Streaming — but Not on Twitch

    We still don’t know exactly why Dr Disrespect was banned from Twitch (he doesn’t either), but he’s back to online streaming, now on YouTube Live.
    By Abi Travis
  • Hongbin Has Quit VIXX Six Months After His Highly Controversial Twitch Stream
    Entertainment

    Hongbin Has Quit VIXX Six Months After His Highly Controversial Twitch Stream

    What happened to Hongbin on Twitch? The VIXX k-pop star took to the outlet to drunkenly say he was quitting the band a few months before doing so.
    By Lizzy Rosenberg
  • Popular Twitch Streamer Sodapoppin Was Banned, but He’ll Probably Be Back Soon
    Gaming

    Popular Twitch Streamer Sodapoppin Was Banned, but He’ll Probably Be Back Soon

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    By Abi Travis
  • Now That Mixer's Folded, Will Shroud Return to Twitch?
    Gaming

    Now That Mixer's Folded, Will Shroud Return to Twitch?

    The fate of Mixer was one that Microsoft probably wanted to avoid, so what's happened with the top stars who migrated there, like Shroud?
    By Mustafa Gatollari
  • Twitch Streamer Blue622 Aka Kenny Tancredi Has Died at the Age of 30
    Gaming

    Twitch Streamer Blue622 Aka Kenny Tancredi Has Died at the Age of 30

    What happened to Blue622 aka Kenny Tancredi? The popular Twitch streamer died unexpectedly at the age of 30. Details on his tragic passing and legacy.
    By Shannon Raphael
  • Twitch Streamer Byron 'Reckful' Bernstein Dies by Suicide at Age 31
    Gaming

    Twitch Streamer Byron 'Reckful' Bernstein Dies by Suicide at Age 31

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    By Brittany Vincent
  • Trump Was Temporarily Banned from the Livestreaming App Twitch — but Why?
    News

    Trump Was Temporarily Banned from the Livestreaming App Twitch — but Why?

    Trump's Twitch Account was banned after the President allegedly posted hateful content. Details on which of his posts got him kicked off the app.
    By Shannon Raphael
  • It Looks Like Dr. Disrespect Is Banned From Twitch Forever — What Happened?
    Entertainment

    It Looks Like Dr. Disrespect Is Banned From Twitch Forever — What Happened?

    Dr. Disrespect was one of Twitch's biggest streamers... until he found himself banned again. And it looks like Dr. Disrespect's 2020 ban is for good.
    By Mustafa Gatollari
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    Entertainment

    Were Twitch Stars Wilbur Soot and Niki Ever Really Dating?

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    By Allison Cacich
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    Entertainment

    Twitch Fans Love Seeing Chadtronic's Wife on His Channel

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    By Mustafa Gatollari
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    Gaming

    What Happened to Twitch Streamer Hamlinz, and When Will He Return?

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    By Sara Belcher
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