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Streaming has become an essential part of running a digital content creation business online, and Twitch’s platform is at the forefront of the broadcasting world. Traditionally, Twitch has been geared towards gamers, but it’s very quickly becoming a platform for a wide range of broadcasters. At this year’s TwitchCon, they took to the stage and announced some exciting new features that will be available by the end of this year. Here are a few of the highlights.
- Stream summary: Creators want to know how their stream went after it ends and starting in November, Stream Summary makes that a reality. This summary will include the most relevant stats around viewers, follows, and chat activity, surface top clips, and show how their last stream impacted progress towards becoming an Affiliate or Partner. Timing: November, 2017
- Achievements: Achievements help creators trace the path to Affiliate and Partner status by showing them their progress toward each requirement. Achievements also help creators learn Twitch streaming basics, improve their channel, connect with their community, and more! Timing: November, 2017
- Raids: Raids–a way that creators help each other grow by sharing their community with another channel–are now easier than ever. A new /raid feature allows streamers to seamlessly let their viewers join a raid and then drive traffic to another streamer. This new feature also includes tracking to see who raided your channel and improved moderation features, such as the ability to choose who can raid your channel through new settings. Timing: November, 2017
- Rituals: Rituals make it easier for creators to celebrate special moments that bring their community together. The initial Ritual enables creators to signal to their community in chat that a visitor is new to the channel and to welcome them. Timing: November, 2017
- Premieres: Premieres allow creators to maximize the excitement, anticipation, and viewership around new uploaded content by creating live first-viewing events. Similar to how people gather around the TV for the debut of a favorite show, fans can now do the same virtually for a creator’s new uploaded content. Creators can watch along with their community to provide insights, commentary, or just enjoy the show with their community. Timing: Q4 2017
- Rooms: With Rooms, creators can develop smaller, parallel chat groups for users with shared interests, including moderators, subscribers, followers, and other community members. Timing: Q4 2017
- Subscription gifting: Subscription Gifting allows anyone to gift 1-month subscriptions to any streamer’s channel to anyone on Twitch. Timing: Pre-holiday, Q4 2017
- In-Extension purchases: Enables partners and affiliates to earn revenue from developer-created digital items that viewers buy within Extensions. Timing: Beta in November, 2017