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Twitch is officially rolling out its new TikTok-like discovery feed to all users this week, the company announced on Tuesday. The new feed, which is launching as a tab within…

Twitch’s TikTok-like discovery feed is rolling out to all users

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What’s next for Twitch? A big app redesign and more social sharing

In an open letter published on Wednesday, Twitch CEO Dan Clancy outlined the livestreaming company’s plans for 2024, with a focus on helping streamers grow their audiences even when they aren’t live. This year, Twitch plans to overhaul its app for the first time in five years, ditching its long-standing design to focus on a…

11:33 am PST • March 6, 2024
What’s next for Twitch? A big app redesign and more social sharing

Update, 1/31/23 at 1:15 PM ET: Pokimane has now confirmed she left Twitch to stream on YouTube. One of the most popular streamers on Twitch, Pokimane announced today that she…

Iconic streamer Pokimane is leaving Twitch for YouTube

Twitch is introducing a new tier to its premium revenue share program — currently known as the “Partner Plus Program” — that would grant a 60/40 revenue split and has…

Twitch announces 60/40 revenue split in expanded Plus Program

Another round of layoffs is hitting Twitch. The Amazon-owned livestreaming platform will cut 35% of its staff, or roughly 500 employees, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Twitch publicly confirmed the layoffs in…

Twitch is laying off another 500 employees

Twitch is effectively banning the “topless meta” and other implied nudity streams with another update to its attire policy. Under the new policy, announced on Wednesday, streamers are no longer…

Twitch attire policy update shuts down the viral topless meta

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The first annual VTuber Awards was a win for VR

On stream, Filian took the stage at the center of a colossal arena, lit with violet spotlights and surrounded by crowds of fans holding lightsticks. The streamer opened the show dressed in a vivid purple skirt, magenta bow tie and high white boots that matched her jacket — a ritzy version of her avatar’s usual…

2:34 pm PST • December 20, 2023
The first annual VTuber Awards was a win for VR

Days after freeing the (fictionalized) nipple, Twitch is backtracking on its “artistic nudity” policy that allowed streamers to show illustrated, animated or sculpted renderings of breasts, butts and genitals. The…

Twitch cracks down on boobs again by rolling back its ‘artistic nudity’ policy

Twitch announced sweeping updates to its sexual content policy and content classification system, which now allows previously prohibited content like illustrated nipples and “erotic dances,” in addition to clarifying what…

Twitch’s new nudity policy allows illustrated nipples, but not human underboob

This year at the Game Awards, the coveted Content Creator of the Year award went to Ironmouse, a fan-favorite VTuber. It marks the first time that an animated character has…

The animated VTuber Ironmouse won Content Creator of the Year at the Game Awards

Twitch, the popular video streaming service, plans to shut down its business in South Korea on February 27 after finding that operating in one of the world’s largest esports markets…

Twitch to shut down in Korea over ‘prohibitively expensive’ network fees

Emmett Shear, the interim CEO of OpenAI, may be out of a job by the end of the hour, day or week given how fast and unexpectedly things are moving…

Emmett Shear, the ex-Twitch CEO tasked with stabilizing OpenAI, has some spicy social history

In the name of transparency and accessibility, Twitch launched its new Privacy Center to educate users, after conducting “extensive research” and finding that many of its users had no idea…

Twitch launches Privacy Center to educate users about their personal data

Amazon announced another cluster of layoffs this week along with plans to discontinue the Crown channel, a flashy Amazon-run Twitch channel that featured television-like programming. Amazon will also shutter its…

Amazon Games will close its Crown channel on Twitch and cut 180 jobs

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Obskur’s Character Creator and marketplace streamlines VTubing

To stream as their ethereal alter ego, Mai, a VTuber known as M41H41, typically had to juggle at least four to seven different programs. Running all of them at once, however, was both mentally exhausting and a burden on their computer, which could overheat mid-stream. If a program crashed, they’d have to break character to…

2:22 pm PST • November 13, 2023
Obskur’s Character Creator and marketplace streamlines VTubing

Though attendees grumbled about Las Vegas as a city, the community sentiment at this year’s TwitchCon was notably more optimistic than it was at last year’s convention. TwitchCon 2023 closed…

Twitch’s CMO says competition from rival platforms is good for creators

Twitch has had a tense year, in part due to community backlash over policy changes that affect the way creators can monetize their content.  Last year, the company announced that…

Twitch’s money guy talks about the revenue split controversy and its monetization long game

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TwitchCon 2023 was better than last year, but everyone hated Las Vegas

Compared to the shitshow that went down last year, TwitchCon Las Vegas was largely a success. The problem? Nobody liked Las Vegas.  This year’s TwitchCon appeared to mitigate last year’s crowding issues and concluded without any foam pit tragedies. The fraught relationship between Twitch and its streamers is on the mend after the company opened…

5:15 pm PDT • October 25, 2023
TwitchCon 2023 was better than last year, but everyone hated Las Vegas

Ahead of TwitchCon Las Vegas, Twitch is launching stories for streamers to connect with their audience even when they aren’t live. Partners and Affiliates who have streamed at least once…

Twitch launches stories for streamers

Twitch streamers can finally block banned users from watching their streams, thanks to a recent update to the platform’s anti-harassment features. Twitch first announced the feature in August. Though tools…

Twitch adds anti-harassment features to stop banned users from watching streams

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Kick streamers consider leaving over CEO’s comments in a sex worker ‘prank’ stream

Streamers are leaving Kick en masse in protest of the platform’s lack of safety guidelines, after a prominent creator streamed an encounter with a sex worker without informing her that there were other people present. She was briefly prevented from leaving after she expressed discomfort, while Kick’s CEO posted laughing emotes in the stream chat. …

5:13 pm PDT • September 29, 2023
Kick streamers consider leaving over CEO’s comments in a sex worker ‘prank’ stream

Earlier this summer, Twitch offered some good news to streamers frustrated with the platform’s default revenue share, which splits earnings between the company and the creator 50/50. With the launch…

Twitch just made it a little easier to qualify for the Partner Plus program

Twitch’s previously announced Discovery Feed is now out in the wild as a live test following the feature’s announcement back in July. The new feed will surface short clips from…

Twitch starts testing a TikTok-like clips feed to boost discovery

Twitch’s chat ban tools have been around for ages, but the platform is about to hand streamers a way to control who can watch a stream to begin with. In…

Twitch will let streamers block banned users from watching streams

Twitch streamers Kai Cenat and Fanum invited fans to Union Square on Friday for a real-life stream and giveaway. They promised to hand out gift cards, gaming PC equipment and…

Twitch streamer’s PS5 giveaway sparks Union Square ‘riot’

Three years after her big streaming moment, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will make her return to Twitch. The lawmaker and cultural icon turned occasional Twitch personality announced on Twitter that she…

AOC will stream on Twitch again this weekend

Twitch is finally rolling out a Discovery Feed, after years of complaints from its creators about the lack of growth opportunities for smaller streamers. The company announced the Discovery Feed,…

Twitch is launching a discovery feed and other short-form video features

Twitch is rethinking the way it flags mature content, swapping its existing toggle for a more granular set of topic-specific labels. The company announced Tuesday that it would introduce a…

Twitch will require new labels for streams with sexual themes, gambling and M-rated games

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Twitch’s new Partner Plus tier strains an already tense relationship with creators

Twitch’s new Partner Plus tier, which will grant qualifying streamers a 70/30 revenue split, has been hailed as a win for the platform’s community. But the program’s lofty requirements exclude the vast majority of Twitch Partners, and compounds the already tense relationship between Twitch and its creators.  “A lot of people are looking for reasons…

10:49 am PDT • June 20, 2023
Twitch’s new Partner Plus tier strains an already tense relationship with creators

Twitch announced a new creator tier on Thursday that would restore a more favorable subscription revenue split to streamers who qualify, with some strings attached. Last September, Twitch announced plans…

Twitch’s new Partner Plus program offers some streamers a 70/30 revenue split