In celebration of Twitch’s 10th anniversary, Emotes, their very own version of emojis, will have stepped up their game.
Twitch announced today, June 5, that they would launch many Emotes updates this month for their 10th-anniversary celebration. Along with these features include a Library for Emotes, Animated Emotes, and Follower Emotes.
The go-to live streaming platform for game streamers, Twitch, has confirmed to upgrade Emotes, their version of emojis. Emotes are micro memes and images like TriHard, PogChamp, and Kappa. These terms became famous on Twitch and outside the platform; they have been a significant component of Twitch culture.
“Emotes are a language that transcends countries,” described Ivan Santana, the senior director of Twitch’s Community Product. “Anywhere you are in the world, they mean the same thing for us,” he added.
The famous gaming social media platform introduces new global Emotes. Users can enjoy these emotes on any of their favorite streamer’s platforms. To add, creators can customize their Emotes for their audience. However, only paying subscribers can only use these customized emotes. Furthermore, GIFs can be transformed into Emotes, finally granting the wishes of the community since Santana can recall.
“I’ve been at Twitch for four years, and it’s something people have been asking for since before I joined,” Santana said. “It’s certainly been a very, very long time.”
For those who lack animation skills, Twitch got you covered. They will provide six templates to choose from, which will animate their existing ones. The animations include Rave, Shake, Spin, Roll, Slide In, and Slide Out. There is also an option to turn it off to accommodate sensitive viewers.
Follower Emotes Beta Testing
There will also be beta testing for Follower Emotes that allows Partners and Affiliates. It is a fun and free-incentive feature that will engage viewers to follow a channel they checked out the first time. Fans will be notified when the creator is streaming, increasing the chance of an eventual subscription. The strategy boosts Twitch’s profit since they take 50% of the streamers subscription money.
In the first quarter of 2021, Twitch viewership increased to 16.5%, acquiring 6.34 billion hours of content and 72.3% share.
“For a long time, creators have been asking for better ways to attract and welcome new viewers into their channel,” explained Santana. “The idea is generally to create a lot of excitement around that community, and more feelings ultimately of the community.”
Streamers with beta access can upload up to five Emotes. However, Subscriber Emotes followers can’t use these across other channels. Santana added that there is no assurance that Follower Emotes will stay. It is experimental, so if all goes well, the feature will be accessed more later in the year.
Twitch is the leading platform for gamers. Adding new features like upgraded Emotes will surely make their watching experience enjoyable. Visit Twitch and other streamers’ live videos now on PC and macOS.