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Twitch introduces stories and streamer discovery feed

What To Know

  • The company plans to launch a Discovery Feed in the coming months, aimed at helping creators expand their audiences even when they are not live streaming.
  • These Stories will be housed on the following page of the company mobile app and will be subject to Twitch’s Community Guidelines and automated safety systems.
  • Similar to Stories, the Discovery Feed will be available on the Twitch mobile app and will showcase a mix of live and recorded content.
  • A chat countdown timer will indicate when an ad is about to play, giving streamers the option to delay an ad if it would interrupt….

In a surprising turn of events, LinkedIn has beaten Twitch to the punch by introducing Stories on its platform. It’s been almost eight years since Instagram copied the feature from Snapchat, and now the company has finally announced that its users will also be able to create Stories starting later this year.

During the TwitchCon Paris event, it was revealed that the ephemeral media format will be rolled out in October. Once launched, Stories will be available on the Following page of the Twitch mobile app, subject to Twitch’s Community Guidelines and automated safety systems. Moreover, creators will have the option to limit the visibility of their Stories to their followers only.

The introduction of Stories is just one of several features that the company announced during the event. The company plans to launch a Discovery Feed in the coming months, aimed at helping creators expand their audiences even when they are not live streaming.

Similar to Stories, the Discovery Feed will be accessible on the Twitch mobile app and will include both live and recorded content.

Twitch’s Latest Announcements: Stories, Discovery Feed, and Enhanced Ad Control

The company clarified that its focus is on live and interactive channels, so they don’t want viewers spending hours in a Clips feed. The Clips feature is intended to help viewers discover channels and encourage them to join the communities when the creators are streaming.

The Discovery Feed will undergo limited testing before being made available to the wider Twitch user base in late 2023. Additionally, the company is working on improving its built-in clip editor, allowing creators to export vertical videos directly to TikTok, which will be possible starting next month.

Another significant update revealed by the Company is that creators will have more control over when ad breaks are played during their streams. A chat countdown timer will display the exact timing of an upcoming ad.

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Streamers will have the ability to delay an advertisement if it disrupts an exciting gameplay moment or a conversation with their community. This feature comes after the Company received feedback and reversed a proposed ad policy that would have limited the inclusion of certain branded content in creators’ streams.

To everyone’s surprise, LinkedIn has beaten Twitch to the punch by introducing Stories on its platform. While Instagram first copied the feature from Snapchat nearly eight years ago, the company has now announced that its users will also be able to create Stories later this year.

During the recent TwitchCon Paris event, it was revealed that the Stories feature will be launched in October. These Stories will be housed on the following page of the company mobile app and will be subject to Twitch’s Community Guidelines and automated safety systems. Creators will also have the option to restrict the visibility of their Stories to their followers only.

The Stories feature is just one of several upcoming features that Twitch announced. Shortly, the company plans to introduce a Discovery Feed, which aims to help creators grow their audiences even when they are not actively streaming.

Similar to Stories, the Discovery Feed will be available on the Twitch mobile app and will showcase a mix of live and recorded content.

Twitch clarified that its primary focus is on live and interactive channels. The introduction of the Clips feature was not intended for viewers to spend hours scrolling through Clips feeds. Instead, the Clips feature aims to help viewers discover new channels and communities, encouraging them to join live streams.

The Discovery Feed will undergo limited testing before being made available to all Twitch users in late 2023. Twitch is also working on improving its built-in clip editor, which will soon allow creators to export vertical videos directly to TikTok.

In addition to these updates, Twitch announced that creators will soon have more control over ad breaks during their streams. A chat countdown timer will indicate when an ad is about to play, giving streamers the option to delay an ad if it would interrupt an exciting moment or a community interaction. This new feature follows Twitch’s decision to reconsider a proposed ad policy that would have restricted certain branded content within creators’ streams.

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