Twitch announces a big change since October for all streamers

Twitch announces a big change since October for all streamers

Twitch logo. (photo: Diario As)

Twitterone of the most used platforms to broadcast live via the Internethas decided to abolish the function of host. The developers of this route, pioneer of the diffusion and a solid choice for content creators in cyberspace, they will withdraw “accommodation” as a means of renewing their proposal.

“We have made the decision to deprecate this feature (host) because the experience it provides to viewers does not match their expectations when visiting Twitch. Viewers want to interact with the streamer when they are live and the host mode blocks this. explains the platform from its official blog.

Certainly, the streaming platform is right. While this feature allows users to view a live stream from a person’s offline channel, they cannot interact in the chat unless they visit the hosted stream. So the function RAIDwhich allows content creators to transfer all their viewers to another channel, has become much more popular.

However, the reasons for this decision do not seem to have completely convinced the community and they are waiting for new features.

What is the host feature on Twitch and how is it different from Raid

Twitch, the American platform owned by the company Amazon, allows you to make live broadcasts. Since 2014, it allows host and raid. Both allow streamers to send their viewers to another channel.

It’s a way for content creators to help each other out and show different content to their audience. In other words, the most famous streamers with the most followers, such as Ibai Llanos, TheGrefg or AuronPlay, redirect their viewers to smaller channels once they have finished their life.

Host role on Twitch.  (photo: Twitch Help)
Host role on Twitch. (photo: Twitch Help)

Although these two functions are very similar, there are some differences between a RAID and one host from Twitch. What makes the first one special is that all viewers currently watching the channel are automatically moved to the new streamer’s channel and become part of the chat.

Raids are a more efficient way to bring other streamers to new viewers, since potential subscribers don’t have to do anything. Unlike the host, with the raid no need to click on the new channel to meet the content creator.

How the public reacted to the news on social networks

Chris Gamble, a former Twitch developer, shared his opinion and said that this feature stopped being really useful a long time ago. “Host Mode was a great and important feature for the time, but it hasn’t been relevant for years,” he commented on Twitter.

Even so, the decision generated mixed reviews. Dozens of users and content creators have already expressed their dissatisfaction and concern on social networks over the closure of the function, which has been active since 2014.

It should be noted that Twitch will replace “Autohosting” with a system called Suggested Channels, which will allow streamers to share a list of recommended channels.

Twitter users unhappy with the removal of the home feature on Twitch.  (picture: Twitter)
Twitter users unhappy with the removal of the home feature on Twitch. (picture: Twitter)
Twitter users unhappy with the removal of the home feature on Twitch.  (picture: Twitter)
Twitter users unhappy with the removal of the home feature on Twitch. (picture: Twitter)

Options to support other creators

Even so, from Twitch they wanted to help the creators, and for that they showed the ways to help other streamers that can be used even if they don’t have the host. Among them stands out a new function, the list of Suggested channels. These are a number of creator names that appear on the channel when the streamer is not live. In addition, if applicable, the list will be displayed, in a ‘carousel’.

Also add a command called ‘/to yell’, which allows creators to show a follow button in their own live chat to streamers they think deserve it. But of course, do not forget this raids (/raid), are still active.

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