More Developers Need To Embrace Twitch.TV Interaction
Twitch.TV’s popularity continues to snowball as it becomes the fourth in percentage for the most U.S peak Internet traffic falling behind only Netflix, Google and Apple. It’s popularity has proven a huge benefit for many of today’s most competitive genres but very few developers have captured the Twitch.TV community like Daylight did.
Daylight may have been met with mixed reviews from critics and the gaming community but one aspect of the game proved incredibly popular, the ability for players to interact directly with the streamer and the game. During my recent stream of Daylight I had dozens of visitors join the channel to use the unique interactions that Daylight has to offer, allowing viewers to choose from a variety of sound effects that really messed with my head. It creates a far more immersive experience and it allowed my Twitch.TV audience to interact with my gameplay like never before.
There’s a massive audience of players just waiting to get more involved with their favorite streamers yet very few developers have attempted to embrace this opportunity. Obviously some developers and genres will face problems with interaction options but for the majority, there’s at least a few ways they can include this exciting element of Twitch.TV.
The benefits offered to the horror genre have been made obvious by Daylight’s execution of the Twitch.TV interactions but could other genres also stand to benefit? If this feature was implemented into genres like FPS, RPG or MMO titles, what kind of mechanics would you see as being viable? Leave your ideas in the comment section below.