New Conversations on Twitch

New features coming to everyone’s favorite streaming platform, Twitch.

Twitch announced that they would be launching a new chat room feature which they are calling, Rooms. It will be a service that allows the streamers and their moderators to create chat rooms with different requirements. Those requirements can offer a large number of options like a spoiler room, a moderator room, or even just a subscriber chat room.

Rooms can be left open 24 hours a day so that you can communicate with your community even after the cameras stop rolling. All of you emotes you have on Twitch will carry over so your chats will feel just like they do on stream. They also feature notifications based on your username so that you do not miss any of the conversations. Twitch says that the service has launched on web and mobile with the desktop client to come shortly.

Twitch is synonymous with video games and the gaming community that surrounds it can benefit from these new features. Opening a chat room to talk to your friends about that cutscene at the end of that game you streamed last night is an exciting idea. Being able to have control of the chat room itself is what the streaming world is looking for in all of the chat apps out there.

Initially announced at TwitchCon 2017, the rooms service seems to be working similarly to other services like Discord and Slack. Both apps provide users with the ability to have chat rooms with specific people in regards to work or gaming. Twitch is right to capitalize on the communities that have already been established on their platform by offering these features. Twitch claims that Rooms is a direct response to services that their users have wanted. It is nice to see companies following through on immediate feedback from their fans. Twitch also says that the community guidelines that were set in place earlier this month will be in full effect.

What’s New at E3 and Twitch

It’s that time of year for E3, the most important gaming convention in circulation today. Sony has began selling gold Playstation 4 consoles — no, not real gold, silly — for only $249 at E3. This models are identical to existing ones and are only available at E3.

 

Bethesda Softworks recently made public that Skyrim will soon be available on the Nintendo Switch. Bethesda also stated that Fallout 4 and DOOM will be available on existing consoles in virtual reality form. Dishonored will also be getting new downloadable content, recently announced on Monday, June 12, at E3.

 

Fortunately for Xbox fans, Microsoft has announced as of June 11 that their new Xbox One X will have backwards compatibility all the way back to original Xbox games. Backwards compatibility is the ability to play games on current, advanced consoles that were designed for previous, outdated consoles.

 

Ubisoft made it known that they will soon release several games, including The Crew 2, Assissin’s Creed Origins, and Skull and Bones. The Crew 2 includes fast-paced Formula 1 racing, speed boats, and other fast, thrilling vehicles. Assassin’s Creed Origins is the newest installment in the Assassins Creed series, with roots reaching back to Assassin’s Brotherhood: Age of Ancient Egypt. Skull and Bones is a pirate ship battle simulation game that allows up to five players on each side. Maps will be totally explorable and have customizable ships.

 

Twitch has made it possible for their partners to sell games directly to consumers. Only large-scale, official partners with thousands of viewers are able to distribute their games directly. Streamers will be able to showcase their upcoming games directly to gamers, then sell games on conveniently on their respective sites. Twitch affiliates are also authorized to now advertise games sold by Partners, in which they keep a 5 percent commission.