Almost a third of Twitch viewers watch game streams from their phones
The developers behind popular game streaming service Twitch are turning their focus toward mobile users this year after successfully becoming one of the primary hubs for professional eSports events.
VP of marketing and communications Matt DiPietro, confirmed to Polygon that 30 percent of Twitch viewers are watching streams from their mobile devices and the company aims to reach feature parity across iOS, Android, Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems.
"eSports is a very big piece of this company and it's one thing that catapulted video streaming into the place we are now at today," said DiPietro. "It's very, very important to us. When we launched three years ago at E3 in 2011 we were seeing around 5 million unique viewers per month, and now we're seeing around 35 million."
This increase in viewers has resulted in a difficult road for the company on the technological end, he adds, saying: "It's very tough, very complicated." "There's about 130 people in the office who are mostly engineers. Luckily when we first launched, we were very forward thinking. We built all of our own infrastructure and have 15 data centres globally. Other video streaming sites use third party content delivery sites."