We have been saying the game is dead for a number of years now, but I cannot recall ever being as excited as I am right now about poker. Genuinely excited. As in, I haven’t slept well for a few days excited.
I’ve worked in poker for a decade, am closing in on 40 years of age and the last video game I played was Championship Manager 98/99. I am not exactly the target audience for Twitch.tv and it has taken me a few months to really start to understand it. I think the penny has finally dropped for me, just as it is starting to for many of my peers in the poker industry.
The short version is that Twitch is a live streaming video site that allows millions of video gamers to watch other gamers play games. In recent months poker has been included in that list of games. I could go on, but I implore you to have a little browse around the site. It is hard to grasp at first why people would choose to watch a game rather than play one themselves, it really is one of those things you have to see for yourself to understand it. [Read more…]