The functionality will allow gamers to stream to subscribers only, requiring viewers to sign-up and pay for access to their channel.
“If a viewer subscribes to a channel at any tier, including a Twitch Prime subscription, they’ll have access to that creator’s Subscriber Streams,” states the Twitch team. “If they’re not a subscriber and they arrive on a channel that’s running a Subscriber Stream, they’ll see a preview of what’s going on and, if they’d like, they’ll be able to join the party immediately by subscribing.”
This feature is a welcomed addition to the streamer community, especially those who are balancing the income from streaming and competitive gaming.
As we previously reported, TSM’s Ali “Myth” Kabbani, one of the world’s most famous esports and streaming personalities, recently revealed that his Twitch streaming success has ultimately hurt his competitive career.
Myth explained that the popularity of his stream, which sees around 100,000 viewers on average, results in teammates playing Fortnite differently, hurting his competitive edge. However, further commercialization of his channel would likely help to lessen the tedious nature of this gameplay.
“We could definitely see competitive streamers taking requests on heroes or champions to play, tabletop streamers running a weekly campaign for Subs, music streamers making all-request set lists, and a whole lot more,” Twitch asserts.
Time will tell how the larger gaming and streaming community leverages this new feature.