But there's another way people are connecting via live TV: It's called Twitch, and you've probably never heard of it. But according to a Wall Street Journal infographic, the San Francisco-based video platform and community is the fourth-most trafficked site in the U.S., commanding 1.8% of peak Internet traffic (in comparison, Netflix and Google command 32% and 22%, respectively; Apple, in third place, only commands 4.3% of traffic). That means more people are visiting Twitch.tv than Facebook, Amazon and, Tumblr.
It's not your average streaming site à la Netflix and Hulu; instead, Twitch connects gamers from around the world by allowing them to broadcast, watch, and chat from everywhere they play. Apparently, their services are seriously in demand: The site has over 45 million uniques per month. They also host all kinds of games, super-skilled competitors, large-scale gaming competitions and industry events, and online gaming video shows. Our question: Are they too legit for Pac-Man? Asking for a friend... (Twitch)