Twitch has officially closed down Justin.tv, the video-streaming platform that led to its creation.
Justin.tv was created in March 2007 by Justin Kan, who initially started the service as a way of livestreaming footage from a camera attached to his head. The platform would open up to other users later in the year, but the Justin.tv team realized one category in particular was finding the most views. This category was spun off into its own service called Twitch and, after its quick growth in popularity, the company rebranded itself Twitch Interactive.
“Twitch is now the focus of the company’s resources,” the company announced in a statement on the Justin.tv website. “Unfortunately that means we need to shut down Justin.tv. We thank all of our broadcasters and viewers for seven years of live video memories.”
“If you are interested in broadcasting any video game, or gaming-related content, please check out www.Twitch.tv. For other types of content, there are a number of live sites still out there who support live video broadcasting: YouTube, Ustream and Livestream, for instance.”