FOR THE RECORD
Sept. 28, 11:17 a.m.: An earlier version of the photo caption accompanying this article incorrectly identified Shear. He is on the right.
YouTube has more gaming content than Twitch, but Twitch’s staunchly loyal community and stronger social features have turned into a bigger business in the $3.8-billion global market for video game content, analyst firm SuperData Research reported in July. Most of industry’s cash comes from ads, with smaller contributions from donations to broadcasters and subscriptions.
The TwitchCon event was launched in the same spirit. After top broadcasters visited the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, Shear said he wondered why “should we be the only ones who get to meet them in person?” The sold-out convention, which runs through Saturday, lets fans mingle with online stars, pro gamers and Twitch employees.