Final Twitch update for 2023 unpacked: Here’s what to expect
Here’s a detailed look at what’s new:
Discovery Feed Experiment
Twitch is testing a new Feed tab in its mobile app, designed to help users discover content from streamers tailored to their interests.
The feature, currently available to a limited user base, offers an easy way to scroll through live streams and Clips. This experimental feature is set to expand its reach in the coming year.
New Features for Stories
- Mentions: Streamers can now mention other channels in their stories, fostering community engagement.
- Access through Channel Pages: Viewers can access stories directly from mobile channel pages, indicated by a halo around the channel avatar.
- Improved Reactions Insights: Android users, and soon iOS users, can see usernames that reacted to their stories.
Twitch Recap Shelf
In celebration of streamers and their yearly achievements, Twitch introduces the Twitch Recap Shelf on its homepage. Streamers can participate by going live with a Recap stream, using the tag #TwitchRecap, and sharing their recaps on social media.
Deprecating Squad Stream
Twitch has decided to discontinue Squad Stream from 17 January 2024. The decision comes after feedback from partners about the feature’s limitations.
In its place, Twitch introduced Stream Together, currently in beta, which promises more collaborative features like merged chat and combined viewership.
Updates to Featured Clips
Twitch has removed the default “Featured Clips Only” toggle, allowing for a mix of featured and other clips. A new feature icon in the Clips Manager simplifies the process of featuring clips.
Enhancements for Emotes
- Twitch has doubled the Animated Emote Slots for Affiliates and Partners.
- Partners receive additional slots for Tier 2 & 3 Subs.
- Twitch Alert users gain two more slots, with unique features like animated emotes in alert texts.