A platform titled Overcharge is live now and is aiming to improve the way consumers view Twitch and other live tournament streams by putting extensive information all in one place.
Built in Toronto, Canada Overcharge is linking Twitch, Twitter, Youtube, Reddit and more and lumping them all together into one comprehensive esports hub. It is currently available via web browsers but will soon be made available as a native desktop app for Windows and OS.
Whilst Twitch itself has its own live chat facility, Overcharge will provide that chat in addition to a live Twitter feed and others from the many communities in competitive gaming. It has a number of games, from League of Legends to Vainglory, and Overcharge works in the way that a viewer must select their game on the landing page, which then takes them to an information rich hub for that title.
The founder of the company Stew Houston, a former CS:GO professional, believes that it is an evolution of Twitch. He said: “With the explosive growth and increasing mainstream awareness of competitive gaming, building the Overcharge platform has not only been a passion project but a business venture that we expect to pay dividends over the next 5 years.
“Esports tournaments are now selling out major stadiums, attracting over 10,000 attendees for major events, and online viewership is quickly rivaling that of conventional sports. The League of Legends Championship Series, for example, peaked at over 14 million concurrent viewers on Twitch alone.”
Esports Insider says: The Overcharge platform is a great idea and will undoubtedly entice a number of viewers with the integrations of Twitter and Reddit particularly ones that’ll be welcomed. This ‘Twitch evolution’ looks like it’s going places, and we’re excited to see what it has in-store.