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Twitch Introduces Extensions: The Next Evolution in Live Streaming

During the Twitch Dev conference, Twitch introduced Extensions. A brand new suite of tools that empowers you to make your channel more interactive than ever before. Built by the community, for the community, Twitch Extensions bring a new world of live apps to live streaming.

Introducing Extensions from Twitch on Vimeo.

Extensions are interactive video overlays and panels that are directly integrated with your live stream. With Extensions, your viewers can interact with you, each other, or the game you’re playing in ways that were never thought possible.

For example, you can add Extensions that allow viewers to mouse over Hearthstone cards directly on the game board to see card details, collectively vote for your next move in real-time, check out the gear you’re sporting, or even take care of virtual pets all from your channel page. And this is only the beginning of what Extensions can do. Third party developers are already hard at work on all kinds of fun Extensions so you can expect to see more and more available over the coming months from names you already know and trust.

Sevadus Uses Heatmap from Twitch on Vimeo.

We’ve already seen unprecedented levels of engagement with Extensions. Earlier in May, we started to test a few of them, and the response from streamers and viewers was incredible, confirming that Extensions are a great way to engage your audience and keep them coming back for more.

Coming soon: Extension Manager

Check out the full list of Extensions coming soon — and soon you’ll be able to install and activate these directly from the Extension Manager in your broadcaster dashboard.

A few Extensions on the way

  • Destiny Armory Overlay by Grab Games: Dive into Destiny gear, view details on perks, get class info, and more — all seamlessly incorporated into the stream.
  • Gear on Amazon: This panel highlights Partners and Affiliates’ favorite products on Amazon, making it easy for viewers to find and purchase them. It also helps fans support their favorite creators, since members of the Amazon Associates program earn commissions.
  • Hearthstone Match Ticker by Battlefy: Live ticker for Hearthstone tournaments on Battlefy.
  • Innkeeper: Interactive Hearth Overlay by Curse: Interactive deck overlay and card tooltips.
  • Isaac Tracker by Pretzel Tech: Allows viewers to view the level seed and details on items picked up while playing Binding of Isaac.
  • Kappa Pet by Porcupine: A virtual pet that lives on the channel page, which responds to viewers, evolves as the stream runs, and goes to sleep when the creator is offline.
  • Leaderboard by Muxy: Automatically displays the channel’s top five cheerers.
  • Live Emote Reactions by Porcupine: Allows viewers to react by sharing emotes live.
  • Loyalty, Music, Polls & Games by Streamlabs: Shows loyalty points, displays polls, lets viewers enter giveaways, and host mini-games.
  • MasterOverwatch by Master Network: On-screen statistics overlay for Overwatch broadcasters.
  • OP.GG For League of Legends by OP.GG: Provides in-game statistics for creators, including summoner spells, runes, and masteries.
  • Overlay by Muxy: One stream overlay with many interactive apps.
  • Schedule by Layer One: Keep your community up to date on your scheduled Twitch events in their local timezone.
  • Smart Click Maps by ExMachima: Shows a “heatmap” of clicks, allowing viewers to suggest the creator’s next move, card, or weapon by clicking directly on the video.
  • StreamLegends by Proletariat Inc: Fight monsters, loot treasure, build your channel’s town and raid together.
  • Summoner Info by Legendary Builds: A summary of the creator’s League of Legends player info with runes, masteries, most played champions, and recent ranked games.
  • Teams by GameWisp: Promote a Twitch team you belong to with the Teams panel
  • TRN Battlegrounds (PUBG) Live Tracker by Tracker Network: Shows live updates of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS stats. Both Overlay and Panel options available.
  • TRN Destiny Live Tracker by Tracker Network : Tracks Destiny progress and loadout.
  • TRN Rocket League Live Tracker by Tracker Network : Tracks Rocket League skill ratings.
  • What’s Playing by Pretzel Tech: Shows what music from Pretzel is currently playing on stream.

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