Kevin Lin, co-founder of Twitch, announced in a Medium post that he leaves the company. With Lin’s departure, the only co-founder left on the platform is its CEO, Emmet Shear.
The other co-founders Justin Kan, Kyle Vogt and Michael Seibel are no longer with the company, so practically nothing remains of that initial formula. Lin also served as Chief Operating Officer of Twitch from April 2008 to January 2018, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Regarding his future plans, Lin only indicated that he wants to enjoy his time: “I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and loved ones, sleeping and relaxing, exercising and, of course, playing lots of video games. He added, “I am very excited to expand my curiosity and continue to explore a world where technology is a positive amplifier in our lives. I will build again.”
Twitch CEO Emmet Shear said of Kevin Lin’s departure, “Kevin has been an incredible partner to me and the Twitch leadership team during his 12.5 years in office and has been instrumental in building our culture and business. We are grateful for all the hard work and passion he put into making Twitch what it is today, and we look forward to his continued contributions to the industry,” he said in a statement.
Remember that Twitch was acquired by Amazon in 2014 for nearly $1 billion. Despite being absorbed by a corporate giant, Twitch continues to be very influential in the culture of players, breaking new records of views and subscribers year after year.