Fans flock to first-ever video game live-streaming expo

Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:30pm EDT
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By Curtis Skinner

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Video gamers who live-stream their matches online and the throngs of fans who tune in daily to watch them swarmed a first-of-its kind convention in San Francisco on Friday, as interest swells in the medium of online video game broadcasting.

Lyndon Lauder, 23, traveled from Montreal, Canada, in hopes of meeting his favorite player, Jaryd "summit1g" Lazar, who has attracted more than 1 million followers to his game broadcasting page.

"If I see him, I'm just going to tackle him," Lauder joked.

Gaming-focused conventions are nothing new, but TwitchCon 2015 is the first time fans, aspiring broadcasters and the virtual stars they watch will come together for a two-day conference dedicated solely to online game broadcasting.

Twitch, the biggest online home for game live-streams with roughly 100 million unique viewers per month, is hosting the event and expects 15,000 gamers to attend.

Lauder, both fan and broadcaster, goes by "LyndonFPS" online. He said Twitch recently invited him into an exclusive revenue-sharing partnership after he built a large enough following on his own.

By hobnobbing with other fans at the conference, he hopes to raise his profile enough to quit his job as an electrician and focus full-time on live-streaming himself playing the popular zombie survival horror game H1Z1 and other titles.

"It's what I like to watch and what I like to do," he said.   Continued...