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Twitch Reveals ‘Next Evolution in Livestreaming’ With Extensions

People like watching other people play games, and because of that livestreaming continues to grow in popularity. But interaction between livestreamer and audience remains quite limited. Twitch intends to fix that by turning livestreaming into its own fully-interactive platform.

Today, Twitch announced the introduction of Extensions aimed at developers, but for the benefit of livestreamers. Basically, Twitch will allow livestreamers to add interactive overlays to their streams. What that interaction consists of is up to developers who choose to create overlays and panels for the platform.

The aim of Extensions is to increase the level of interaction a livestreamer has with their audience, and opens up the potential for new ways to monetize streams. Watching a Twitch livestream will no longer be a case of just watching and commenting, there will be things to do in overlays on the video while you watch.

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As the video above shows, there's many possibilities for different ways such overlays could be used. Live stats tracking, new ways to give instant feedback, easier ways to share content on other networks, voting, progress trackers, even playing overlaid games while you watch.

Extensions form part of a larger overhaul Twitch is currently carrying out, which also saw the announcement of a new Twitch API. The API is available now, where as the "development of Extensions begins soon." I doubt we'll miss them when they do appear on livestreams as it's such a major shift in viewer participation.

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