The Pokemon GO phenomenon has now taken over Twitch with livestreamers taking their outfits on the road, and even the ‘Twitch Plays’ experiment returning for the mobile hit.
About two years ago the gaming world was enraptured by the Twitch Plays Pokémon phenomenon. It started out simply enough, with a Twitch chat controlling a full game of Pokémon Red, but eventually things grew and grew until rules needed to be put in place. Eventually, though, the Twitch chat had run through every major Pokémon game and the social-experiment-turned-media-frenzy had to be put to rest.
However, with the recent launch of Pokémon GO, a new Twitch Plays opportunity has been found, and of course there is already a livestream to watch and participate in. It was only a matter of time before Twitch Plays Pokémon GO became a thing; with the only surprise being how much time it took for a legitimate option to show up.
Those curious to see how Twitch Plays Pokémon GO works can check it out on the Twitch page, but be aware that this isn’t as legitimate as it might seem. First and foremost, the Twitch Plays Pokémon GO creators are not actually walking around and completing the actions as directed by the Twitch chat. Instead the smartphone is using GPS spoofing software to mimic real world travel, thereby tricking Pokémon GO into thinking the virtual player is moving around.
Everything outside of the GPS spoofing, though, is legitimate, including Pokémon appearances, catch attempts, and “movement” through New York City. The fact that the Twitch chat is able to catch any Pokémon is impressive, but we will see how things go.
Interestingly enough there are already other Twitch streamers who have found other unique ways to stream their Pokémon GO experience. Some have resigned to staying within their Twitch broadcasting “booth” and simply waiting for Pokémon to appear, while others have been proactive. Some have even taken things to unexpected extremes, like Twitch streamer Reckful, who attached a Go Pro to his head and is wandering around playing Pokémon GO live.
Clearly, with the advent of new streaming technology and software, someone streaming Pokémon GO is actually possible, and that’s where the eyes are gravitating right now. Sure, Twitch Plays Pokémon GO has its appeals, but it’s also not really of the same Twitch Plays spirit. There is a clear distinction between Twitch successfully beating a boss in Dark Souls and the chat moving through a GPS spoofed environment.
Pokémon GO is just the latest phenomenon to take the gaming world by storm, and thus far it doesn’t seem to be letting up. Gamers (and even non-gamers) are engaging with the mobile title on unprecedented levels, to the point that the game has already made $14 million in less than a week. In other words, look for more weird spin-offs like Twitch Plays Pokémon GO in the near future.