Livestreaming, 2021
Video: Michaela Humpel, 2021


Livestreaming video games brings together millions of people from all over the world. Among the livestreaming portals, Twitch.tv is the leading platform. Presenting and commenting on gaming has been professionalised – huge communities are created between online gamers and their followers – and has evolved from a fringe interest on the net into a mass phenomenon.
The games shown most often include Fortnite, League of Legends, Minecraft and Cyberpunk 2077. The appeal of watching them lies in the chance to experience the game without having to waste a lot of energy, time or attention or needing to afford the latest consoles. Additionally, the live component allows immediate interaction – via live chat, for example – that goes far beyond passive watching and gathers together global communities in one (virtual) place.