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Twitch Introduces Communities Beta: A New Way To Discover And Connect

Twitch Communities was first announced during the Twitch Town Hall at PAX South 2017. There were positive and negative reactions from the community about the new product.

It’s a feature that we will have to test out ourselves to see if it will be beneficial or create issues.

Today, Twitch introduced the beta release of Communities. Communities are a new discovery tool to help streamers connect to the most relevant audiences and help viewers discover streams that fit their interests easier and faster than ever.

Using self-organizing, public groups centered around specific activities (e.g. a type of gameplay like speedrunning, or an activity such as painting) Communities puts more power to discover, share, and connect with new content, friends, and followers in your hands.

Beginning today, you can find a Communities directory alongside the Games directory. When you open this directory, you’ll be able to view the most popular Communities. If you can’t find a Community that matches your interests, just create one!

Keep in mind Communities is in beta, in the coming weeks and months Twitch will be looking for feedback to help add features to make the discovery experience easier and more relevant.

There will be two ways to share feedback, first on the Twitch Product Forum, where you will find ideas submitted and voted by users.

Second, you can join the Twitch Curse Server to have a more in-depth conversation with Twitch streamers or viewers.

via Twitch Blog

FAQs about Communities:

As a streamer, how many Communities can I participate in?

In order to best connect you to the audience most relevant to the content you are producing you can only stream to one Community at a time. Selecting a Community is done in addition to selecting a Game.

What happens to the Games Directory and Creative Directory?

They’re not going away! Communities is a separate, more targeted way to discover new broadcasts and stream to the most relevant audience.

Why are some translations missing in my local language?

In our initial launch of the Communities beta, we do not have full support for non-English language Communities. We are working to change this, and translations will become available as soon as possible.

Why can’t I select a Community name that uses non-English characters? And why can’t I filter the list of Communities by language?

In our initial launch of the Communities beta, we do not have full support for non-English language Communities. We are working to change this, and we support both non-English characters in Community titles and language filtering options as soon as we can.

How can I find Communities in the Twitch mobile apps?

Currently, we do not support Communities in our mobile apps. We plan to do so soon!

How is Twitch planning to handle Communities that violate our Terms of Service?

Communities must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines without exception. As Communities evolves, we’ll look into whether we need to expand our moderation tools.

I’m a developer, is there an API for Communities?

Yes! See our developer blog post for more information on what endpoints are available and how to get started.

For more details, including how to set up a Community, take a look at our how-to article.

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Chris

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