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Shift - The YouTube for gamers

Video games are now a mainstream industry, with almost a fifth of the global population playing on one device or another. Among the most successful new businesses is videogame streaming service, which allows users to watch others at play.

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In Germany alone the gaming industry had a turnover of 2.65 billion euros in 2013. Most gaming takes place online. A very popular venue is, which serves as a kind of live TV for gamers. The US streaming service sees some 6 million videos uploaded per month. The website is interactive and includes a live-chat option. P2P strategy games such as Defense of the Ancients and League of Legends are especially popular.