Why We Watch People Play Games

Rich McCormick, The Verge:

There’s no easy answer, but the most popular streamers offer viewers one or more of three key benefits: buying advice, a community built around a streamer’s personality, or the chance to observe professional grade skill. These elements, coupled with Twitch’s ease of access and gamer-friendly attitude, have contributed to both the company’s billion dollar valuation, and a huge change in the way millions of people play and think about video games.

When we watch people play games we want to experience a drama unfold where their personalities combined with their skills lead to glorious victories.