Twitch Live-Streamers Say Playing Games Is Hard Work

After 12 hours of playing and chatting about videogames in front of an online audience, Jamie Brausen could barely move a muscle.

“I woke up the next day with no voice, puffy eyes and my whole body was sore,” said the 29-year-old, who was trying to grow her fan base last year as a live-streamer on the popular app and website Twitch Interactive. She now limits her four broadcasts a week to no more than six hours each.