Alvaro Martinez Llamojha

twitch and the metadata

Twitch is one of the leading platforms for video games broadcasting. As Timothy mentioned in his blog post (and Luke in his article), Twitch is now playing a huge role for gamers wanting to improve their knowledge by watching others play, or just showing your gaming style to the rest of the world (and even profiting from it).

not only for video games

You may think of Twitch only as a platform to broadcast video games but, to my surprise, it’s also being used for table games and even ‘creative’. Creative grabbed my attention after I found a few channels about coding, which are made even more useful when you’re able to ask the streamer questions in real time.

metadata

In Twitch you search for streams by the name of a game. A common complaint for popular games is that this is not fine grain enough to find a stream to your liking, to which Twitch have replied that they’re going to allow searching by more metadata. Streams will be labelled using data pulled from game APIs, which will then be searchable. MetaBroadcast has already been ingesting metadata in Atlas from the Twitch API.

the future of twitch

In my opinion, I would say that the use of metadata is key to improving Twitch and the next generation of video games (a few of which are now integrating Twitch to ship the metadata). On the other hand, Twitch may expand to other non-video-games broadcasting and probably broadcasting in 360. What is your opinion about Twitch, its use of more metadata, and its future? Please share your ideas on Twitter.

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