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A day in the life of a Twitch executive in Australia, who takes breaks to play Frisbee with his dog and sets aside an hour of ‘old man time’ with no screens before bed

Lewis Mitchell is the head of content for the Asia-Pacific region at Twitch, the live-streaming platform that draws more than 30 million visitors every day, according to the company.



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Based in Sydney, Australia, he oversees a team of three people.

Mitchell — who’s in his mid-30s and moved to Australia from England when he was 15 — took a somewhat roundabout journey to working at

Twitch
. He originally wanted to be an animator but decided to go into coding instead, spending a few years as a developer before changing gears and going into radio broadcasting. 

As a gamer himself, Mitchell had been aware of Twitch, which was launched in 2011. But it was when he discovered Twitch Plays Pokémon — a social experiment on the live-streaming platform where more than a million players controlled a single character — that he knew he had to try and get a job there.

“It was the first time I’d seen a digital platform that was content-based around video games, and I’m just like, I have to work here,” Mitchell said.

He joined Twitch in May 2016 and started his current role as head of content while Sydney was in lockdown this spring.

Mitchell works from his home in the Wollongong area, about an hour south of Sydney. Here’s a look at his daily routine.

9 a.m. to 11 a.m: His work day kicks off with meetings with Twitch employees in the US.

twitch exec lewis mitchell sits at home desk with headphones on

Mitchell, who’s been at Twitch for five years, works from home in the Wollongong area, about an hour south of Sydney.

Lewis Mitchell


“I’ll grab insights of high-level decisions during these meetings, then take them back to the APAC teams,” he said.

During the pandemic, Twitch has seen record numbers. In June 2020, the number of people streaming on Twitch in the Asia-Pacific region was double the year prior, according to the company. Last year, the total minutes viewed on Twitch grew to 1 trillion minutes.

2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m: In the afternoon, he takes a break to take his Goldendoodle for a walk. Her name is Old Bean, but he and his wife just call her Beanie.

a hand holds a purple frisbee with a white dog in the background



Lewis Mitchell


“She loves a Frisbee, but hasn’t mastered the art of dropping it yet, so we take two Frisbee’s for the bribery,” Mitchell said.

3 p.m. to 5 p.m: He has more meetings in the afternoon, this time with the heads of departments in Asia Pacific to talk about how to improve the region for Twitch creators.

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Lewis Mitchell


During these meetings, Mitchell stands and does some stretches.

Working from home in the pandemic, Mitchell said he’s learned the importance of investing in a good chair: He used to use gaming chairs but recently splurged on a Herman Miller office chair.

“I will say so far, it’s felt amazing,” he said. “My back is not hurting anywhere near as much.”

7:30 p.m: For dinner, he makes some burritos.

view of meat cooking on a stove with a bowl of vegetables on the side



Lewis Mitchell


After dinner, Mitchell spends time with his wife and they watch TV together. “Highly recommend ‘The Hour,'” he said.

From about 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m, he finishes going through some emails and does any reading he needs to do for the rest of the week. 

11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m: Mitchell calls this his “old man time,” when he avoids looking at screens for the last hour before bed.

twitch exec lewis mitchell sits in chair reading while wearing bathrobe and sweats



Lewis Mitchell


“I’ll get into my slippers and dressing gown, and sit in my old man chair,” he said.

He recently finished the works of fantasy writer Robin Hobb and has also been reading about stoic philosophy.

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