Beyond Streaming: Twitch's Economic and Creative Impact in Gaming

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The integration of the internet with digital games has catalyzed significant transformations in the production, distribution, and consumption within the gaming industry. A notable catalyst in this evolution is the advent of live-streaming platforms, particularly Twitch. This study employs qualitative meta-analysis to scrutinize 19 scientific studies, aiming to synthesize a comprehensive interpretation of Twitch's role and influence in the digital gaming arena. Our analysis reveals Twitch's multifaceted impact: it is a driving force in the digital economy, facilitating new job creation, diverse revenue streams for industry participants, and a fertile ground for innovation and ideation. Twitch has revolutionized the landscape for game designers, producers, and developers, fostering independence and enhancing the quality and quantity of independent game productions. Moreover, it extends the lifespan of games in the market, resurrects interest in older titles, and assists consumers in making informed purchasing decisions. Importantly, Twitch serves as an educational platform, offering insights into specialized gaming industry skills, including design and programming. These roles and functions position Twitch as a pivotal player in the dynamic and burgeoning digital gaming industry.
Journal of Cyberspace Studies, Volume:8 Issue: 1, Winter-Spring 2024
59 to 82  
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