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About Twitch APIs
From the early days of video games, people have enjoyed watching talented players as well as playing the games themselves. Online video games create the possibility of watching a top-rated gamer from a remote location. When applications seek the video streams of specific players or games, they will reach out to the Twitch API.
What is Twitch?
Twitch is a premier video streaming platform. While it started with a focus on video games, it has become a digital stage for everything from musical performances to cooking demonstrations. Supporting the video game industry is still its primary area of interest, and the platform hosts and streams several high-level video game competitions.
How does the Twitch API work?
The Twitch API is a digital structure that connects third-party apps and websites to Twitch’s servers. With this resource, users can see who is actively streaming on the platform at any given time. They can limit their searches to specific games or favorite gamers by adding query language to their GET requests.
Who is the Twitch API for?
Developers working on game-related sites or apps may want to use the Twitch API as a resource. For example, a site related to a video game might provide links to gamers engaged in active play. The site could include windows with video streams of a favorite player that open automatically whenever the gamer is online.
Why is Twitch important?
The video game industry continues to grow every year. In addition to fans watching players take on the latest games, there is also nostalgia for classic games. People love to watch as pro gamers reveal hidden secrets or perform speed runs of older games. Twitch provides a forum where these fans can watch, connect with and support their gaming heroes.
What can a developer expect from Twitch APIs?
Twitch APIs are well-documented and easy to implement for experienced developers. The main API is dedicated to helping users determine who is active. When an app makes a GET request, the API returns information about relevant video streams in JSON format.
Are there free Twitch APIs?
Twitch encourages third-party access to the platform. Because of this, developers can use the API at no charge. However, Twitch does set limits on the number of requests an account can make in a minute and will block requests if the traffic is too heavy.
Twitch API SDKs
All Twitch APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:
- Java (Android)
- C# (.NET)
Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.
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