You Can Now Watch People Eat On Twitch

I'll take a side of LoL with my spaghetti and greasy garlic bread fingers, please. 

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I guess we're eating on Twitch while streaming now, guys.

Previously you kinda had to do it on the DL while you were gaming because it's kind of an important function for daily life, but now Twitch has deemed it dire enough that it demands its own special section: Social Eating.

It no doubt refers to the "muk-bang" fad from South Korea where streamers consume mass quantities while conversing with the audience. Both men and women partake in the streams, but I can't help but wonder if it's more than just "haha, look at me eating all this food, let's chat" and a little bit of a fetish. If that's your thing, more power to you -- but seems bizarre on a site that discourages anything overtly sexual. Just sayin'. Some of those streamers can definitely put away impressive amounts of food, though!

This is apparently in line with Twitch's move to bring "creative" streams to the site with the Creative category, letting those who'd like to share music composition, painting and other types of creative pursuits. But it's a whole lot weirder, I'd say. If you genuinely love watching others eat, well...I guess you've got a haven on Twitch now. Or a place to have fun with your "watching people eat" fetish. On Twitch. Where certain sexual games are banned. Or something...?

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    June 30, 2016 11:30 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, You Can Now Watch People Eat On Twitch

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      June 30, 2016 11:32 AM

      Hasn't that always been possible?

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        June 30, 2016 11:33 AM

        Oh I see... a whole channel of eating streams. Good job internet

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          June 30, 2016 1:09 PM

          You have to be Asian to understand the appeal.

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            June 30, 2016 1:23 PM

            I am! And I don't get it

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              June 30, 2016 1:46 PM

              You and me both. I'm guessing it's a culture thing. We'll see if it gets popular on Twitch with American and European viewers.

              I have to admit, I wouldn't mind watching Kate Upton eat cake and pastries in slow motion ...

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      June 30, 2016 1:01 PM

      I'm looking forward to Snacknews's coverage of EAT3.

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        June 30, 2016 1:04 PM

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          June 30, 2016 1:05 PM

          #EatItForSnacknews

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            June 30, 2016 2:06 PM

            live Hot pepper challenges, but with actual fresh
            quality peppers instead of whatever junk the challenge sends by mail

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        June 30, 2016 1:22 PM

        With respect to the writer, but a thumbs down on this story. I see no reason why it's on the front page, has nothing to do with gaming

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          June 30, 2016 1:23 PM

          Probably because it's news about Twitch

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          June 30, 2016 1:31 PM

          It's the gamification of dinner. Get your cheevos eating cheetos

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          June 30, 2016 2:09 PM

          Because publishers are still hibernating/hungover from E3, and there's not much happening in the way of news.

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            June 30, 2016 2:19 PM

            Doesn't really warrant posting stuff like this...

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          June 30, 2016 4:25 PM

          Twitch is primarily a games streaming service so whatever it does it relevant to games in some ways. Stories like "Netflix now available on Xbox1" fall into the same category and are all over gaming sites.

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      June 30, 2016 1:04 PM

      Thanks a lot Korea

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      June 30, 2016 2:13 PM

      It's apparently a big thing in Korea.

      http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/24/392430233/koreans-have-an-insatiable-appetite-for-watching-strangers-binge-eat

      At dinnertime hours, 45,000 Korean viewers watch mukbang at the same time, a threefold growth since this emerged in 2013. The top-ranked stars make as much as $10,000 a month, and that's not counting sponsorships from food and drink brands.

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      June 30, 2016 2:17 PM

      DansGaming has been eating on stream for years

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      June 30, 2016 2:45 PM

      this has been going on for a while
      when conan went to korea he ate with a big stream eater

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