Streaming website Twitch announces new features

At TwitchCon 2015, Twitch announced features that would be coming to the platform in the future. Twitch will be implementing video uploads, an HTML5 video player, customizable thumbnails, 24/7 playlists, and changes to whisper functionality among other things.

TwitchCon 2015 took place on the weekend of September 25 and was hosted in San Francisco, Calif. It was the first official convention for the streaming website.

The convention was not only a place for Twitch to make announcements, but also an opportunity for broadcasters and viewers to meet one another and interact outside of the scope of streams.

Video uploads will allow users of the Twitch web interface to upload their videos without the need of streaming them live first.
  Presently, all uploads to Twitch must be streamed live and then they are added to archives that may be available on demand.
The video upload feature is expected to come in early 2016.

In October, the whisper system is expected to receive an update.  Whisper is the personal or direct messaging system featured in Twitch’s chat.
Instead of whisper messages being contained within the body of the standard stream chat, they will have their own area complete with a persistent history.
The new whisper interface will also be available on mobile devices.

The new 24/7 playlists provide broadcasters the opportunity to stream custom playlists to their channels.
These playlists may be comprised of archived live broadcasts or highlights. This functionality will
allow broadcasters to keep their stream active even when they are not actually present and provide new viewers with a glimpse of content from the channel. 24/7 playlist support is expected to be added this fall.

In addition to the above features, Twitch is launching an official Playstation app.        The Playstation app will provide Playstation users a simpler and more convenient method of watching game streams and following broadcasters.
Playstation users can already stream to Twitch and watch other PS4 Twitch streams, but the app is expected to expand that functionality. The Twitch Playstation app will support Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, and Playstation TV.

Twitch is a streaming website that focuses on live broadcasts of gaming.
The website is used for players across gaming communities to interact in real-time and is a major resource for many gamers.
Streams provide gamers with the opportunity to see things that they may not otherwise encounter in their own gameplay.

Although Twitch is a major website for game streaming, it is not the only streaming site around for gamers.
Youtube Gaming launched in August as an alternative, and hitbox is another common streaming service.

With esports on the rise, many gamers tune in to streams to view the latest tournaments, competitions, and even practice sessions.
Major esports competitions around the world can often be viewed on streams coming from sources such as Electronic Sports League (ESL) and Major League Gaming (MLG).

Myron Jones
Tech Columnist

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