Noah J Nelson on Monday, Feb. 24th
Jason Munkel and his father Bill are 39 years apart in age, but since last year, they’ve been sitting down together to play Call of Duty: Ghosts almost every night.
They also broadcast their gameplay to more than 120,000 followers, who watch the father-son duo pursue and shoot enemies on the screen, and talk to them during the game.
Video games continue to grow as a spectator sport, in a large part thanks to the streaming platform Twitch.tv. Just a year ago streaming game video meant investing in specialized hardware, now the barrier to entry is effectively zero. Sony’s Playstation 4 can stream out of the box and Microsoft swears that it will have Twitch integration “soon.”
What has been interesting is watching community form around game streaming the way that it already has around YouTube stars. Stories like that of the Munkels echo that of John and Hank Green, aka the Vlogbrothers, who turned YouTube popularity into a new media empire.