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YouTube borrows three more features from Twitch



YouTube borrows three more features from Twitch

YouTube adds a . please three new features for live streaming today, that’s all standbys for streamers on Twitch. Streamers can now limit their chats to subscribers only, they can create polls in their chats, and they and their viewers can now create clips from popular game streams.

These features have been around on Twitch for a while and they are all important tools for helping streamers interact with their community. Restricting chats to subscribers only can help as a moderation tool by removing people who are just passing by, and it gives streamers another tool to encourage their viewers to start paying. And polls are useful for joining the often chaotic chat rooms, providing an easy way for streamers to ask for input on what to do next.

YouTube borrows three more features from Twitch

Polls are now supported in live chat on YouTube.
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Clips are also a crucial tool for discovery. Since most people aren’t going to watch a multi-hour live stream, Twitch’s clipping tool allows fans to capture and share highlights, which can help bring new people to a streamer. YouTube still restricts clips to game makers with over 1,000 followers, though it says the feature will roll out to everyone eventually. Clips, like the chat features, had been testing with a limited number of creators to date.

While Twitch is still the dominant name in live streaming, Facebook Gaming and YouTube Gaming have grown. According to Streamlabs and Stream HatchetYouTube had about a quarter of the market in terms of watch hours at the end of 2020, with Twitch representing about two-thirds of all viewers. YouTube still has a long way to go to catch up, but adding basic features like these can go a long way in supporting streamers and helping them grow.

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