News struck that the Twitch Internet Gaming Database deal has gone through. This might be a nice and welcome change for anyone looking to enjoy watching smaller indie games. With Twitch’s previous database model, it was difficult finding such niches. Popular games showed up first and you couldn’t even find people streaming some smaller games (as there is no one watching them).
This all should change with the Twitch Internet Gaming Database acquisition.
Twitch Internet Gaming Database Explained
The reason this new development in Twitch’s existence is interesting, is IGDB (Internet Gaming Database). IGDB operates similarly to IMDB; showing a list of games, their genres, ratings, themes, game-beating duration, and reviews. Some digital stores purchase Internet Gaming Database’s API hence how the database itself earns an income.
Up until this point, the Twitch game directory used the ‘Giant Bomb’ model. As I said before, this model doesn’t allow plenty of versatility which proves an issue regarding smaller games.
With the IGDB, you’ll have a much easier time finding content you’re interested in. The games list will also drastically change, with virtually all titles being listed. We are unsure about how this system will play out in actuality, but we’re eager to find out. There’s nothing better on a rainy day than sitting back, finding your favorite obscure game on Twitch and watching some person play it.
Back to topic; Twitch and the gaming community aren’t the only ones excited about this new partnership with Twitch.
Jerome Richer, IGDB owner, had this to say: “First things first: the IGDB API is here to stay. We are merging our free and premium tiers into a single new free tier. Moving forward, that means that you’ll now contribute information to Twitch as well as IGDB and the thousands of apps, services, and websites that are powered by this information.”
I personally am intrigued by all of this and can’t wait to see it play out. Even though Twitch is good as is, seeing improvements and new stuff added on the regular is refreshing. Kudos to Twitch I guess!
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