Prepare to say farewell to Twitch’s communities. Twitch is making a big change by removing the Communities and Creative Communities features despite only being launched for a year. Due to an influx of live viewership on the game streaming platform, Twitch will introduce a tag and category systems in hopes to make it easier for users to discover new channels and find the sort of streams they would like.
The Communities and Creative Communities features were initially designed to accommodate the variety of unique interests for game-streaming platform users. These sections cover a wide range of aspects from specific gaming topics such as retro games or speedrunning, to other non-gaming topics such as music, painting, drawing and many more.
In a statement, Twitch came about this big shift, because it all boils down to skyrocketing live streams viewership, by citing the fact that there are 18,000 different channels on air playing Fortnite in May 2018, which is not surprising at all since Fortnite is the most-watched game on Twitch. With that numerous amounts of live channels being visible in a directory, Twitch will apply Tags that “lets viewers create filters and learn more about each stream in a consistent, easy to see way.”
The upcoming tagging system in place will go hand-in-hand with ‘Categories’, which they will add 10 new categories that streamers can use to describe the content of their streams. Rather than dividing the interests into two different avenues, Categories will combine both gaming and non-gaming under one roof in ‘Browse’ page. As of now, they are looking to add new streaming categories ranging from tabletop RPGs to special events.
In a way, the new tagging implementation will prevent overlapping confusion for viewers to explore the Browse page in between different directories of games, Communities, Creative Communities and channels. These will help to identify a stream across the website’s directory pages, the homepage, search, channel pages and others.
The tags will also appear alongside the video thumbnail, stream title, and the game or streaming category. Moreover, these features are not exactly a hit for both viewers and streamers as it contributes less than 3 percent of Twitch viewership from users who found streams using Communities.
The company is aiming to add tags to Twitch in mid-September and it will be made available for website first. They’ll be also working closely with the community and you can help to suggest more tags and categories for Twitch as well.
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