Twitch.tv is one of the most popular websites offering video content in the West. Not so in South Korea, however. Azubu, a streaming platform geared more towards professional players, had contracts with most South Korean professional teams, leading us to have to leave Twitch and head to Azubu in order to watch the best League of Legends players in the world play. Well, no more, at least in the case of the three time World Champions, SK Telecom T1.
Immediately after their contract to stream exclusively on Azubu ended, SK Telecom T1 started streaming on Twitch.tv, to the excitement of thousands of fans. Bae “Bang” Jun-sik, Han “Peanut” Wang-ho, Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon, Kang “Blank” Sun-gu and Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan have started streaming on Twitch already. One notable exception is the most famous League of Legends player in the world, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. Could it be that he’s not streaming on Twitch in order to give streamers like Michael “Imaqtpie” Santana a month or two to make his moneyz before pushing him out of the business? Of course not. iT’s more likely that Twitch couldn’t agree on a payout that would satisfy a player of Faker’s calibre. Or he’s simply too busy actually practicing to bother turning on the stream. Another possibility could be that Faker’s new contract with SK Telecom T1 is big enough for him to not bother making extra money because it’s not needed.
Whatever the case may be, it has to be said that the SKT streams on Twitch aren’t permanent, they are just trying out the website, trying to see how they like it. If they enjoy the experience, we might have some of the best players in the world occasionally playing a game or two of League where we can easily watch and try to learn something. If not, they will go somewhere else and nothing will change. We would honestly be fine with that, more or less, unless Faker actually started streaming regularly, but left once the team decided not to stay on Twitch. THAT would be a huge bummer.
That scenario would not be such a humongous loss to Twitch itself, however. Yes, they would lose a lot of viewers from Korea, however, the Westerners would still watch someone. At this point in Twitch.tv’s story, getting SK Telecom T1 to stream regularly on their website is like having 120% Critical Strike Chance instead of 100%. More is better, but at some point it becomes just win more. Twitch has reached that point.