When Live-streaming first stepped onto the scene, it was mainly reserved for YouTube gamers and people running giveaways. It attracted a small following and was a very niche field of entertainment. Now, streaming is one of the biggest forms of entertainment on the planet.
Twitch has millions of users on their site at all times. Everyone from unknown gamers to high-end celebrities has jumped on the bandwagon and began streaming content to the world. This leads us to our question of the day. Has Live-Streaming become too Commercialized?
The Rise of Streaming
In years gone by, Streaming wasn’t for everyone for one simple reason. It was expensive. You needed a lot of extra techs. A high-quality camera. A strong microphone. Sound mufflers. Capture cards. Not to mention an extremely high-end PC. Just looking at the amount of ram you need to stream properly was enough to make your heart stop back then.
But these days technology has improved in leaps and bounds. The cutting edge tech of yesterday is the rubbish tech of today. But the upside to this is that streaming is now more accessible. As the tech needed becomes cheaper, more people can climb on. And that is fantastic. Any time people have better access to express themselves creatively is a time for celebration.
But like anything that becomes popular, it wasn’t long before capitalism got its hands on it. You have always been able to support your favorite content creators. But now modern streaming is basically a pay-to-view service. Which isn’t bad in and of itself. These creators deserve to get paid for the entertainment they provide.
But alongside that you now have creators getting paid by companies and given merch to wear or use during their stream. This is, of course, nothing …Read More