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Twitch Adds Videoconferencing to Platform


December 12, 2016

Over the past several years, Twitch has become an incredibly popular live streaming service. Back then, it was the first of its kind and was used by many for entertainment, allowing people around the world to tune in live as they played video games or hosted other events.

Now, however, Twitch is no longer the only name in the live streaming game. Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter have added live streaming to their profiles. Twitch felt the need to diversify what it could offer users, and now has done just that.

Earlier this week, Twitch announced the addition of desktop support for voice and video calling as well as screen sharing. These can be used in conjunction with live streaming so that gamers can continue to live stream their competitions while at the same time having face to face conversations with the people they are playing with.

Currently, the platform is compatible on desktop Macs, PCs and Chomebooks. At the current moment there is no mobile application, but that is rumored to be in the works. It is likely that Twitch opted to roll out the platform now, rather than wait for mobile compatibility, in order to get this new expansion to their customers as soon as possible.

While some users may have some trepidation about video chatting directly with strangers, Twitch’s platform is designed to be safe and secure. It is not a peer to peer system, meaning there is no direct connection between the computers of the users who are conversing. Instead, the connection is server based, adding an extra layer of security and separation.

Twitch experienced success early after its inception because it offered something that was not offered by any other entity at the time: free and open live streaming services. As other companies have joined them in that niche, they have pivoted and looked for other technologies they can leverage. Their newly launched video calling and screen sharing service should serve to keep users loyal to their platform and perhaps even attract new ones.



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