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A streaming service that’s disrupting workplaces everywhere

April 16, 2019 - 4:00 am
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By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Twitch is a videogame streaming network owned by Amazon that lets people watch other people playing video games.

Which makes no sense to non-gamers -- other than your little brother begging for his turn to play, who would watch other people play video games?

Well, over fifteen million people -- the number active daily users, who watch it an average of 95 minutes a day. 

According to influencemarketinghub.com, the most popular time for people to tune in is 4 p.m. EST, also known to many as no matter your U.S. time zone as “work time.” 

And so, employers have to create policies about it because in addition to productivity issues, there are other legal issues it can create.

First, it soaks up bandwidth that can slow down a company’s network.

It’s also live—so vulgarity and other images on one worker’s screen seen by coworkers can lead to hostile work environment claims.

For people who install it on a work computer, they can accidentally install older versions with malware.

If that doesn’t make you twitch, you’re not listening.