Faculty Advisor

Claypool, Mark L.

Abstract

YouTube is the most popular community-driven video streaming Website, and thus has been the subject of many studies. Similarly, Twitch is the most popular community driven live-streaming Website, broadcasting gaming content live to millions of people. Despite their similarities, less is known about Twitch's streaming and content characteristics. This project gathers data on Twitch through three tools: A Web crawler, a survey, and a third-party Website. Analysis of the results shows the following: Game popularity changes unpredictably over time, as age increases, the number of people that use Twitch decreases, and there are only two commonly used resolutions between most popular and least popular channels. The results should aid in the development of future live-streaming platforms.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Computer Science

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