Your mom said that you’d never go anyway by playing video games. However given that in 2014 Twitch received more traffic then HBO’s online streaming service, the opposite may be true. It would appear that the future has arrived and it’s all about video games.
Youtube streamers like Pewdiepie have been able to pull down six-figure incomes simply by taking videos of themselves playing popular video games and adding their own commentary.
Simple enough isn’t it?
All you’ll need to do is to play video games whilst talking. Or is it?
What is it about “Let’s Plays” that attracts millions of players at a single time?
The lovable charm of the roguish host? Pretty girls showing playing video games to millions of adoring fans? Is watching video games a refuge from our busy lives?
Well, the reasons are plentiful so join us as we take a look at why the video game streaming industry has become a multi-million-dollar juggernaut.
- Let’s Plays brings us closer to the action
I can remember when I first purchased Dead Space way back in 2008 when it first came out for the PC. I had seen the trailers and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the game.
However, I’m also a real scaredy cat and the constant jump scares and terrifying creatures made me dread playing it. At the same time, I was also dying to know how the story would play out.
So, rather than freaking myself out playing the game, I turned to the internet for help. Instead of tracking down a walkthrough, I discovered the world of Let’s Play videos. I was hooked. I discovered a world where gamers were able to do all of the heavy lifting for me.
Fighting monsters. Done. Dealing with jumpscares. Done. Everything that I couldn’t bear to do was done for me.
So, as you can see, Let’s Plays brings the audience closer to the action without having to get involved. Just like how you’re watching a horror movie, your side-by-side with the hero, but there’s somebody else behind the wheel.
As you’ve seen, huge names like Markplier and Pewdiepie got their start playing creepy games. They were able to attract an audience too afraid to play the game yet curious enough to watch it from behind their own screens.
- The rise of eSports
In the early days, video game competitions were relatively rare. Most were confined to what was known as LAN parties; an event where gamers gathered together to play multiplayer games on their PCs or gaming consoles.
During those days, games such as Counterstrike, Starcraft, Warcraft and Defense of The Ancients (DOTA) were extremely popular. The combination of teamwork, friends and multiplayer games would prove to be a heady mix that would lay down the foundation for competitive gaming tournaments as we know them today.
Fast forward to 2019 and the competitive gaming scene has become an industry all on it’s own. Professional gamers are viewed as elite level athletes who compete on an international level. The International; the most prestigious DOTA 2 championship boasts a prize pool of $30 million. This is a prize that could probably be as profitable as guessing the winner in the Breeders Cup betting challenges.
Just like how fans of football enjoy watching their favorite teams duking it out on television, the same can be said for fans of e sports. From insane plays to lightning-fast reactions, watching the final round in a CS: GO tournament can be just as intense as watching a World Cup final.
- Streaming democratizes video gaming
Advancements in technology has meant that video games have become increasingly realistic and complex with time. In order to run the latest video games, fans will need to upgrade their PCs or buy newer gaming consoles in order to keep up.
Unfortunately, not everyone has an unlimited budget and sometimes it’s simply easier to watch somebody else play. With a smart device and an internet connection, just about anyone can join in on the gaming experience.
Alongside this, there are millions of gamers who’ve grown up, gotten jobs, raised families and can no longer find the time or energy to game. Streamers allow them to become a part of the action by spectating. Thus, allowing them to experience the thrill of gaming without having to commit hours of their lives.
Video games have moved far beyond the comprehension of many folks. Instead of being a respite for nerds, it is slowly becoming a part of mainstream culture.