Twitch recently created an easy way to help new-to-broadcasting and new system users stream — Twitch Studio.
What even is Twitch?
If you are new to broadcasting or not a gamer, it’s fair to assume that what Twitch even is exactly is kind of vague.
In the simplest terms, Twitch.tv is a live streaming video platform that allows players to stream their games for others to watch. First introduced in June of 2011, Twitch focuses on music broadcasts, esports competition broadcasts, creative content and video game playthroughs (playing a game from start to finish). So whereas people may watch you get ready to go out or make breakfast on cam, they watch you play games on Twitch.
Also, FYI: Amazon owns Twitch. They bought it in 2014 for nearly one billion — as in billion-with-a-B — dollars.
What is Twitch Studio?
According to Engadget, Twitch recently released “Twitch Studio,” a streaming app that’s “designed to help gamers go live for the first time.” Twitch Studio is said to help new users operate “with minimal fuss” or “to up their game if they’re” new.
- Guided setup: “Mics, webcams, monitor resolution, and bitrates are detected automatically for the best sound and display,” Engadget reported. Also, Twitch Studio provides customizable templates.
- Integrated alerts: These alerts make “it easy to monitor and interact with communities using Twitch’s built-in activity feed and chat,” Engadget reports.
TechCrunch added that Twitch is adding this service because “many people have thought about streaming but gave up on doing so because the process was too difficult.”
The Twitch Studio app launched in open beta for PC users with Windows 7 or above on November 12.
The service is not available on Mac, iOS or Android. “In the near-term, Twitch is working to better integrate the software with other Twitch functionality, as well as roll out tools that make it easier to chat and engage viewers,” TechCrunch added.
What this means for you
So it’s easier to get started on Twitch now — what does this mean for you? Honestly, not much if you’re already an experienced model or content producer and are more aware of platforms that are more friendly towards adult entertainers.
Twitch states in its Community Guidelines regarding “Nudity, Pornography and Other Sexual Content” that: “We restrict content that involves nudity or is sexual in nature, and are committed to ensuring that Twitch is not used for sexual exploitation or violence.” They go on to offer “more clarity” around these policies, including how the platform reviews reports of such content or activity.
This “clarity” all well and good, but, as we know, you could be playing the most innocent game in footie pajamas and still be banned or restricted in some way by Twitch if you already have an established brand (even a tiny one) in the adult entertainment industry. If wider precedent is to be used as a predictor, just being associated with porn in another quadrant of the internet is enough to get you labeled as “pornographic” overall.
If you’re new to camming however and have little to no broadcasting experience, this easy set-up could serve as a helpful foot-in-the-door crash-course.
Twitch Studio creators are aware that this service isn’t for experienced streamers. Further, as new streamers become more seasoned, they may not need the service. “The goal is to get them involved with Twitch streaming in the first place, not necessarily keep them on the platform longer-term,” TechCrunch reported.