In my day, kids used to actually play videogames, you know. Now they just sit around watching other people play them. Disgraceful, it is. They'll never develop life-long RSI and lower back problems that way. They'll probably still get the limited attention span thing, of course.
It's going to get even worse now that Twitch, market leader of such inactivity, has officially gotten into bed with Steam, market leader of selling the games that people gawp at on Twitch. Now those kids don't even have to load up two seperate services. They can just sit there, staring at the same webpage forever. Down the mines with them all, I say.
So far, this new union relates only to Dota 2 streams on Twitch, in order that Tournament Drops may be earned that way, rather than purely from watching in-game via Steam. I don't doubt for one second that this won't expand however, given that Steam is gradually becoming one giant gotta catch 'em all meta-game.
"You can now link your Steam account to their service," says the Dota 2 blog. It's true, I just did it. No-one stopped me. No-one tried to stop me. No-one dared to try to stop me. "This link makes you eligible for tournament item drops while watching Twitch streams as long you own the ticket for that tournament. We realize that people have different reasons why they prefer to watch in game or via streams and wanted to bridge the gap of features they were missing out on by choosing the service that works for them the most. We hope to expand on the features available via this system and would love to hear what you think we should work on next."