The popular streaming platform Twitch has recently announced an update to its Partner program. According to the change, partners will now be allowed to stream on other platforms as well as Twitch. Although simultaneous streams on “Twitch-like” services will still be allowed, other mobile services like TikTok or IG Live are fair game for users.
What Does This Twitch Partners Update Mean For Me?
According to the new updates to Twitch’s Partner Program, Twitch Partners and Affiliates will now be allowed to create live content on other platforms as well as Twitch. This, according to the FAQ page, will allow them to have “more flexibility to explore how to use different, off-platform features to further build your community.”
In terms of who this update will mainly apply to, the vast majority of Partners on Twitch are the main target of this change, which as of this year, includes about 27,000 of the 2 million people who use Twitch regularly. Those included can view their Partner Agreement on their dashboard.
This change does impact Twitch Affiliates whatsoever, and Partners will be able to seamlessly turn off their Twitch stream and immediately start it up again somewhere else with no need to wait.
However, Twitch will still not allow simulcasting on web-based, Twitch-like services that support streaming for extended periods of time, namely YouTube and Facebook.
“We believe engaging with two streams at once can lead to a sub-optimal experience for your community. However, we know many of you want to use other services to grow your community, so simulcasting on short form, mobile services, such as TikTok or Instagram Live, is allowed,” they said.
Users will still be able to advertise other channels on their Twitch panels and streams, however, and the service encourages users to continue to promote their Twitch live streams on as many other platforms and services as possible.