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Twitch to ditch Flash for HTML5 in 2016

by Killian Bell | September 27, 2015September 27, 2015 1:00 pm PST

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Popular gameplay streaming service Twitch has announced that it will be ditching Flash during the second quarter of 2016 and adopting HTML5 instead. The change with allow Twitch to support a greater number of platforms, the company said.

Twitch announced the change at TwitchCon, its very first community conference, which was held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center on September 25 and 26 — and it’s not the only improving coming to the Twitch platform.

Twitch will also be improving its private messaging program, Whisper, to provide pop-out notifications that aren’t so easy to miss. What’s more, Whisper conversations will transfer from the web to mobile devices, and vice-versa.

Finally, Twitch is adopting a YouTube feature and giving streamers the ability to apply custom thumbnails to past broadcasts and highlights. This will allow them to promote their video-on-demand content in new ways, so videos from the same game don’t all appear identical.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...