A big part of creating a successful media empire is keeping your viewers engaged. That applies whether you’re a TV network or just a Twitch streamer trying to make a living playing video games. A feature announced this week will help Twitch users do just that.
Host mode, which is currently scheduled to go live this weekend, will let a channel owner select other users’ streams to broadcast on their channel, leaving the channel owner’s chatroom active.
The host can use this feature to keep users engaged when he/she is not broadcasting and simultaneously promote other streams they like. Hosted views count toward the original stream’s viewer count, and you can subscribe to the hosted stream directly from the hosting channel.
“We want to help our community discover new broadcasters and give users new and better ways of communicating with each other. Host Mode is a significant step in this direction with other new social features just around the corner,” said Senior Product Engineer Yoh Suzuki in a press release announcing the feature.
I could see this feature used by people who don’t even wish to stream themselves. Instead, this could be used to create channels catering to interest in a particular game, genre, or broadcaster style.