Netflix of video games: Twitch coming to PlayStation 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Twitch is another step closer to becoming the Netflix of the video game world.
The popular video game footage streaming service will be available on Sony's next-generation PlayStation 4 when it's released Nov 15 in the United States and Canada. By tapping the new "share" button on the PS4 controller, users will be able to broadcast gameplay directly to Twitch. Microsoft announced similar Twitch integration earlier this year for its upcoming Xbox One.
"We've been clear with all our partners that we love gaming and the gaming industry, and we think our reason for being as a company is to be the ubiquitous platform," said Emmett Shear, co-founder and chief executive of Twitch. "For us, it was really important to be able to work with every platform because Twitch is something that every gamer should have access to."
Twitch, originally part of the streaming video site Justin.tv, was spun off in 2011 and has become one of the most popular ways for gamers to share footage online. Currently, more than 600,000 broadcasters - ranging from everyday Minecraft builders to professional League Of Legends players - are watched by more than 38 million viewers a month.