Amazon-owned Twitch is diversifying from its usual fare of videogame broadcasts. Starting April 5, the company will live-stream three Amazon pilots. Sci-fi drama “Oasis,” and half-hour comedies “The Legend of Master Legend” and “Budding Prospects” will stream in back-to-back two-hour blocks over a 24-hour period at Twitch’s programmatic TV content site. Following this, Twitch Studios will premiere its first original documentary, the 22-minute “Ironsights,” about a female Twitch streamer who plays “Big Buck HD.”
Variety reports that “Ironsights” will debut on April 7, at the close of “Twitch Weekly,” the show that “spotlights Twitch creators and news about the platform.” Twitch also just completed a 17-day marathon of live-streaming 831 “Power Rangers” TV episodes. Debuting in February, “Fanboys,” a weekly interactive talk show is another Twitch Studios project. Twitch partner Geoff “iNcontroL” Robinson hosts the show, which “features guests discussing movies, TV and comics with users.”
“There are a lot of amazing stories to tell about the Twitch community which rarely get the attention they deserve,” said Twitch Studios director Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham. “With Twitch Studios, we are looking to shine a light on these stories and celebrate our community.”
The company says it is “testing the waters” of original content with mini-doc “Ironsights,” which follows “Big Buck” gamer Sara Erlandson “as she travels from her hometown of Beldenville, Wisconsin, to the game’s world championship in Austin, Texas.”
The doc follows on the heels of “positive community feedback and the impressive viewership numbers” earned by two Amazon pilots, “Jean Claude Van Johnson” and “The Tick” that Twitch streamed last year.
“Speaking more broadly, we’ve now witnessed several marathons and single-episode experiments involving television content where it has been proven time and again that this form of entertainment combined with the interactive nature of Twitch works,” said Graham. “Given what we’ve learned, Amazon Pilots are ideal for airing on our platform for amassing valuable viewer feedback.”