You may have trouble tuning into the finals of the Evo fighting game tournament this evening because the Twitch livestreaming service is down for a significant number of people. This is preventing broadcasters from publishing new streams, and it is also keeping viewers from tuning into their favorite channels.
The outage is not affecting everyone, but many (including me) cannot get the Twitch front page or any individual channel to load. I also attempted to start a stream, but my broadcast software gave me an “internal server error” message.
Twitch has acknowledged the issues in a post on social media. The company first noted that viewer lists were not loading earlier in the day. More recently, however, the company said it is looking into broader errors.
We are investigating sitewide loading issues. ^DM
— Twitch Support (@TwitchSupport) July 16, 2017
Twitch is the go-to site for live gaming-related video. It has expanded its content recently to include a number of other categories including vlogging, makeup tutorials, and more. Many broadcasters enjoy the Amazon-owned platform because it is typically reliable, and it has a number of crucial social features — like an active chat community.