Twitch is the home of live video streaming, and sees millions of people flock to their favorite streamers on a regular basis. But there is another type of streaming that has proven to be very popular on the service: interactive gameplay experiences, with the likes of Pokemon and Dark Souls is played with the help of the viewers.
The latest interactive experience, there is no question of the play of a game, though. Instead, Twitch users are playing the stock market with $50,000 of real money.
The experiment is called Stock Flow, and it is the idea of a software engineer named Mike. Mike took the time to code a user interface and stable platform on top of a real stock trading service called Robinhood.
When the Twitch stream is active (during NYSE trading hours), the viewers can vote in the comments for which shares they want to buy or sell. A round lasts 5 minutes before Mike system calculates which trades to make on the basis of the most votes. Voters win points or lose points based on whether their vote resulted in a positive outcome. Mike wants to continue with the execution of the Stock Stream to the value of the investment falls below $25,000.
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According to Polygon, Mike was initially worried about the loss of the $50,000 he and the investment very quickly. However, it turns out the Twitch voters are doing a good job and he believes Stock Stream will be good enough for at least the next few months.
What will be most fascinating to see if whether a fully automated system that trading of shares on the basis of thousands of people’s voices can grow the investments, rather than to lose. Would this make Mike a rich man?
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.