TWITCH.TV EXPANDS FUNCTIONALITY TO INCLUDE PERFORMANCE ART

Since its launch in 2001, Twitch.tv has exploded in popularity and is now viewed by many gamers, artists and talented individuals as the pinnacle in online video-streaming. With the use of a webcam, Twitch users stream their interests online for other Twitch users to see, follow or subscribe for a small fee, which goes to the streamer. Some Twitch streamers offer additional perks to subscribers, or “subs,” such as access to private chats or shout-outs on streams. 

Each month, more than 100 million community members gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 1.7 million broadcasters. – Twitch

Most people know of Twitch.tv in regards to gaming and people who stream live video of playing popular video games while narrating and providing commentary over top.  This extends to game development, events and larger e-sports spectacles, such as the 2016 Evolution Championship Series (EVO). 

In October of 2015, Twitch launched Twitch Creative, a platform to expand their functionality to all kinds of broadcasters, not just gamers. This opened the floor for almost any type of creative arts, allowing for things like tutorials, live-creation, interaction with fans and live-streams of the development of popular projects.

To name a few, of the many, things users can broadcast on Twitch Creative: Photo Editing, Model Making, Brewing, Construction, Cooking, Video Editing, Programming, Jewelry Making, etc. The list goes on and on, and is really limited only by imagination (within the Twitch broadcast guidelines of course).

Now, Twitch.tv is expanding Twitch Creative to include performance art.  Up until this point Twitch Creative focused primarily on the creation of art, not the demonstration. With this addition streamers will have a new way to share and perform their art.

We are evolving Twitch Creative to become a central place for these acts of creation, including performance and music. – Twitch

According to Twitch, this addition includes the ability to stream live Magic tricks, Comedy performances, Theatre, Music, Voice Acting and Dramatic Readings.

Performers, and people broadcasting within the Twitch Creative platform, have the option to join a “Community,” which is a group of other streamers with similar interests. Users also have the option to create their own Community for others to be a part of.

As a way to commemorate the addition of performance art streaming capabilities, TwitchCon is hosting an online talent show. 

We are looking for the best acts in theatre, comedy, dance, music, poetry, magic, and art. Think you got what it takes? – Twitch

For more information check out the audition page. 

Featured Image Source – Twitter, @TwitchCreates