One of the more interesting things to come out of streaming in the past few years is the “Twitch Plays” system, where an entire Twitch chat would control a single character. Now, Twitch Plays Battlegrounds has become a thing, with the whole chat playing a game of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Surprisingly enough, the attempt wasn’t a complete wash. You would expect that with hundreds or thousands of people controlling a single character in an environment where death could come for you at any moment, that death would quickly follow. However, the Twitch Plays Battlegrounds experiment actually did extremely well, placing third out of a hundred-player group.
Even then, the chat wasn’t killed due to being shot; instead, they were crawling along the ground and got hit by a car, which is a rarer death than what a lot of players that try PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds can hope for.
Twitch playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds isn’t the first time that Twitch has played a game. The “Twitch Plays Pokemon” phenomenon still isn’t done yet, and right now is playing one of the Pokemon Stadium games after going through what appears to be every mainline Pokemon game possible. The phenomenon also extended to Dark Souls.
Twitch has also previously played multiple chess games, which ended up with the chat managing to defeat a Grandmasterat the game. So, getting third place in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds isn’t really that impossible either, in retrospect.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is one of the most successful and most-played games on Twitch at the moment, after having sold over four million units in just three months, and the game is still in early access besides. When it first came out it even briefly beat the two most-streamed games on Twitch, DOTA 2 and League of Legends.
With the success of this Twitch Plays Battlegrounds experiment, we can likely expect to see more games of it sometime in the future.