Watching live streams of people coding is now officially a thing

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Now comes a second live stream coding site from a small team based in Berlin and London. The site just became available as a beta 10 days ago, according to one of the cofounders, Jamie Green.

That led Amazon to acquire Twitch for almost $1 billion last year.

Internet video in general is exploding. But this latest, and seemingly unlikely, phenomenon comes on the heels of Twitchs big success. The San Francisco-based company proved that there was a massive audience of people who were eager to spend hours each day watching and learning from other peoples game play.

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Can coding live streaming produce the next Twitch? Right now, that seems unlikely.

One of the Redditors is evenhosting an online conferencein two days that will feature coders talking about live streaming.

If youre looking for coding live streams, you can start with the subreddit of/r/WatchPeopleCode. People have been posting notices of their live streams there for a while now. Indeed, that led someone else to , a site that aggregates the Reddit coding live streams.

We are more an educational product, making learning to code fun, he said. We hope that the interactive nature of Livecoding.tv makes learning to code a more engaging, social experience. We see people of all ages and abilities sharing their skills and helping each other out.

While watching someone code might seem only slightly more exciting than watching paint dry for most people, there is a growing number of folks who believe theres enough interest to start investing time and money in targeting them.

Watching live streams of people coding is now officially a thing

Green said that the goal of the site was in part to entertain, but mostly to educate. He said that he and his cofounder, Dr. Michael J. Garbade, had trouble finding resources when they wanted to improve on their basic coding skills.

If youre still reeling from shock that people would spend hours watching live streams of other people playing video games on Twitch, well, then you better have a seat.

Across the Internet, sites are popping up that let people watch other people code for hours and hours. Indeed, live streams of coding are gaining enough momentum that theres even avirtual conference being organizedthis weekend by some folks via Reddit.

Not surprisingly, some of these folks are doing theirstreaming via Twitch. But theres enough emerging interest that earlier this year,Coders TVwas launched to focus more narrowly on this new niche.

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But with a growing hunger for programming resources and education, it certainly seems like its not impossible to imagine that there will be some tremendous growth, even if it remains a niche interest.

In addition, he points out that live streaming is a way for programmers to build their reputation and gain their own following.

The company has received some small backing fromEuropean Pioneers, a Berlin-based accelerator that is a public-private partnership with the European Union. While Green didnt specify the size of the investment, Pioneers website says it typically invests between $52,000 and $264,000 in its companies.

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