Popular gaming platform Twitch, has launched a slew of new features that include karaoke and Squad Stream. The features were announced at the ongoing TwitchCon celebrations.
Squad Stream is a new feature that allows you to stream along with other users from a single page. Everyone within the squad will have their streams visible in small panels, with one “main” streamer taking up the regular video space. Viewers will get the chance to cycle through the squad besides being able to take part in each of their chats.
Twitch is also partnering with Rock Band develop Harmonix to bring karaoke-style game to users. Called Twitch Sings, the new game will allow users to request songs through chat.
“With Twitch Sings, you can sing your heart out, share your performances across Twitch, or perform duets with your community. And being in the crowd is just as much fun as holding the mic — and just as important. In chat you can request songs, give your favorite streamers crazy challenges to tackle, and when you cheer you will see Bits will rain down on the crowd,” a portion of the keynote at the ongoing TwitchCon celebrations read.
Twitch Sings is still at its beta stage, and is not yet open to everyone. That said, you can register here if you are interested in trying it out. Invitation, however, will only be according to available space.
Twitch has big plans and will be rolling out new featured sections before the end of the year to help smaller streamers gather audiences by highlighting on newbie creators, new partners and affiliates.
Twitch is also rolling out cumulative subs that will allow consistent subscribers retain their unique status even if they are unable to subscribe. What that means is that old subscribers can take a break and still retain their status.
New moderator tools in chat is also being launched. When you click on someone’s username, mods will be able to see how long he has been on the platform and details of his activities in the channel. A new comment tool that lets mods work together by leaving notes for each other is also being added. That said, these set of tools won’t be available until January 2018.
All new features are still in developmental stages, but could soon be generally available any time before the year runs to an end.
Twitch was officially blocked in China last month when the app was removed in Apple’s App Store in that country. Prior to the removal of the app, Twitch’s website was no longer accessible inside mainland China. Earlier on, some users attributed their inability to access the site to a glitch, but the sudden disappearance of the app from the App Store in China all but confirmed their fears.