Just like many other social media platforms, Twitch started out as a small idea with a humble beginning. It was founded on June 6, 2011 by Justin Kan and Emmett Shear, who were then students at the University of California, Berkeley. The two had the idea after Justin broadcast his life every day on Justin.tv for a month. The idea quickly gained traction, and Justin.tv rebranded as Twitch in August of 2011.
The platform took off from there march twitch 2b wildegeekwire, with users streaming everything from video games to cooking shows. In 2014, Amazon acquired Twitch for nearly $1 billion. Today, twitch is the fourth most popular website in the United States.