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Twitch for parents: five keys to understanding this platform

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What is Twitch?
What are the most famous streamers in Spain?
Is it suitable for children?
Do you have to pay to see it?
Should I be concerned about Twitch?

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Many parents surely already know what Twitch is, the streaming platform aimed at content creators. But many others still do not know what it is about . Today's article is dedicated to them, in which we will break down, in five keys, what Twitch is..

For many it is the television of the future, one created by those who could be the viewers themselves and that, like everything in life, has undergone a great evolution since it began its journey on June 6, 2011.

What is Twitch?

As we have already mentioned, Twitch is a platform, owned by Amazon, that focuses on the broadcasting of audiovisual content through the internet . What we can find if we access its main page is quite varied, although at first the content was focused on video games..

The procedure is simple: a streamer connects his computer and his camera and communicates what he wants. There are people who play live, others who, yes, play video games or who compose music on the spot. There is so much content that it is easy to get lost clicking window after window.

What are the most famous streamers in Spain?

These are the most followed Twitch streamers in Spain according to data from April 2021:

  1. Auronplay . In November 2020, he became the most viewed Twitch streamer in the world. Its content is focused on video games.
  2. TheGrefg . Video game.
  3. Ibai. One of the great revelations of the national audiovisual. He narrates games, celebrates sporting events at home and reacts to videos. In addition, he has a podcast where he has interviewed British musician Ed Sheeran.
  4. Rubius . Video game.
  5. Alexby . Video game.

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Is it suitable for children?

Twitch regulations state that the minimum age to broadcast content is 13 years old and until 18 they must be accompanied by an adult. If this is breached, the account will be canceled. But what about being a spectator? Here things get complicated..

Twitch does not offer parental controls, so it is appropriate for family members to view content with the least amount and decide if it is suitable for them or not. It is the only way to ensure that our children are going to consume a safe and ideal direct for them.

Do you have to pay to see it?

No. Anyone can both broadcast and watch live shows completely free of charge . Subscriptions to channels are paid. In this way, we help content creators. Therefore, it is necessary to differentiate very well between "following" a streamer and "subscribing" to their content on a monthly basis. Part of the money we give for the subscription reaches the streamer's pocket directly.

Should I be concerned about Twitch?

No more than television. Everything will depend on the monitoring we do to the broadcast, so that it is possible to decide what can and cannot be seen.

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