Twitch is expanding its much-popular Just Chatting category with the addition of a feature tailor-made for such streamers, a new initiative dubbed Guest Star.
Twitch streamers will be able to pull guests from their live-viewing audience and provide full voice and video appearances on their broadcast. The screen will split into sections depending on the number of newly introduced participants in the livestream.
Once the multi-camera setup is fully implemented, the system is still in its early testing phases. However, it will be compatible with popular streaming programs such as OBS or OBS Streamlabs. Creators will be able to add custom-branded overlays and graphics to the system.
Twitch''s Just Chatting section has been a popular feature for the websites in the past year, and the website has even increased the number of hours it counts to the second highest viewed category, according to Stream Charts.
Talk show style content has quickly taken over the platform, only being enthused by the addition of this new feature. Instead of using a third-party app such as Discord, Guest Star may seamlessly integrate a multi-cam viewing experience and provide a greater level of security to broadcasters whenever they bring audience members on stream.
Several people told us that they discourage from distributing [talk show-like content] because they worried about bringing something or someone onto the stream that was inappropriate for their communities, according to Twitch''s VP of Product Jeremy Forrester in an interview with The Washington Post. This is why we are building features that make it easier to pre-vet guests, or screening them before they are living.
As an additional security measure, Guest Star will highlight audience members Twitch accounts before they''ve been added or while they''re live. This information will show how long their account has been active, if they are verified, and how long they have been active in or following the streamers channel.
On the platform, The Guest Star is expected to continue with a rapid rise, but creators will have to wait until the feature is released to the general public. For the time being, the feature is limited to a few select content creators.