Streaming video service Twitch says that the text-game being played out in its chat system, "Twitch Plays Pokémon," has broken the chat system a bit. In a blog post today, it says that the millions of unique viewers and over 100,000 peak concurrent viewers related to the "Pokémon Red playing in real-time" social experiment has proven to be too much for its chat system. Twitch Plays Pokemon is so popular and is putting such a load on its servers (because users are inputting commands into the chat window at a furious pace) that it has moved it to its own dedicated server.
"TwitchPlaysPokemon is a bonafide phenomenon," a Twitch rep. wrote on the blog. "The unique nature and huge chat participation in the TwitchPlaysPokemon experiment has put enormous (and unforeseen) stress on our chat system. We're always working on improving the QoS of our chat system, and this has been a wonderful learning experience for us."
But despite the problems it is causing Twitch, the company is doing everything it can to embrace it because Twitch users are in love with it and it is driving a lot of traffic.
"We LOVE TwitchPlaysPokemon and we want to see where this grand experiment leads us all. While it plays itself out, we'll continue to hammer away at our chat system and make sure it holds up to the load."
You can read the entire blog post here.