The times of Twitch companion exclusivity are over. Twitch instructed partnered streamers in an electronic mail this morning that the platform was lifting its long-standing exclusivity settlement that denied partners the power to stream on different providers. Partners will now have the ability to stream on YouTube, Facebook Stay, and different platforms — although in some circumstances, Twitch nonetheless limits what they’re in a position to do.
“Beginning right this moment, you’re now allowed to create dwell content material on different platforms,” Twitch wrote to streamers.
Within the electronic mail, Twitch acknowledged that streamers use a number of platforms to attach with their communities and mentioned this transfer would grant them larger flexibility to develop these audiences off-platform. Content material creators can now go dwell on different platforms so long as they’re not additionally dwell on Twitch. This enables them to succeed in a larger breadth of individuals and doubtlessly convey them to observe on Twitch.
Nonetheless, Twitch does put limits on simulcasting dwell broadcasts to a number of “Twitch-like” platforms. Streamers aren’t allowed to broadcast their Twitch streams over to YouTube or Facebook for “prolonged intervals of time.” Twitch says that simulcasting to cellular providers like TikTok and Instagram Stay is allowed, although.
“We imagine participating with two streams directly can result in a sub-optimal expertise in your neighborhood,” the e-mail learn. Twitch went into larger depth into what this implies for partners with a brand new FAQ web page right here.
The transfer acknowledges the times of reliance on a single platform are over. This additionally could possibly be a approach to preserve the platform’s higher-profile content material creators from being wooed away by YouTube, as has been the case with streamers like DrLupo and others.