Twitch, the video platform and community for gamers, has opened a new office in Austin with six employees and plans to hire more this year.
Twitch’s office is located on South Congress. Ken Demarest, director of product development for Twitch’s Developer Success team, will lead the new office. The company is also hiring front and back end developers, user experience and product management employees for its new office.
Twitch was attracted to Austin’s creative culture and engineering and developer talent.
“Some of the best and brightest engineers are based in Austin, and they have the ability to create cutting edge products that benefit from game broadcasting,” Demarest said in a news release. “Our goal is to help developers understand and utilize Twitch’s platform to strengthen their connections with their communities. This initiative also includes building out our product development teams to work closely with the local talent.”
Demarest has worked on classic games including Wing Commander, Ultima Online, BioForge, and Netstorm. He also worked at Accenture and PayPal.
Twitch has more than 100 million members and 1.7 million broadcasters. The company also has offices in the United Kingdom and New York City.