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Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category

It may not surprise you that Netflix uses more bandwidth at peak hours than any other company, followed by Google and Apple. No. 4 on the list, though, is Twitch is a company devoted to live interactive broadcasting of people playing video games. It's helping to launch a new type of broadcast professional. "I make a living attempting to beat video games on my show, and people watch," says Jayson Love. His stage name is Man, and his show is Man vs. Game. In each episode, viewers watch Love take on a different game. Most recently, he played Dark Souls II. Love broadcasts his gameplay over Twitch from the basement of his Montana home between midnight and 8 a.m. Most of the show, the live gameplay dominates the screen, and Love's face and shoulders are seen at the bottom corner. The appeal of the show is as much Love's humor and personality as it is his gaming skills. Nearly 170,000 people follow his channel, and Love says he could make six figures this year. Not surprisingly, playing video games wasn't Love's college major — that was Japanese language and culture. He got married and moved to Montana, and his days of travel to Asia were over. He worked at a series of low-paying retail jobs that he describes as soulless. "I just felt directionless and lost," he says. Love asked himself what he liked to do: "I like performing. I like the Internet. And I like video games." Initially, he imagined doing some kind of YouTube video blog of himself playing; then he discovered something called, which let people stream live broadcasts of all kinds. #FullNewsAudioAvailable #NPR


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