The new ‘Twitch Partner Exclusivity policy’ has raised quite the storm among the streaming community, primarily streamers and content creators on Twitch. The updated policies allow multi-platform streaming but restrict simultaneous streaming for an extended period of time. This puts to question the intention of Twitch over their new policy.
Twitch acknowledged that streamers engage with their communities on many platforms, and it stated in the email that this change in ‘Twitch’s Partner Exclusivity policy’ will provide them more freedom to expand their audiences off-platform. “When we think of our creators and wanting to be creators first, it was important to give you the opportunity to experiment, explore, and look for opportunities that you think are right for you,” Dan Clancy, President of Twitch, said during Twitch’s most recent edition of Patch Notes.
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Twitch defends its updated ‘Twitch Partner Exclusivity policy’ amidst backlash from the streaming community
With the update in its streaming policies, Twitch makes it clear that connecting with two streams at once can result in a less-than-ideal experience for the streaming community on web-based, Twitch-like networks that support streaming for extended periods of time, such as YouTube and Facebook. Simulcasting on short-form, mobile services like TikTok or Instagram Live is permitted because it will provide streamers with the opportunity of using other platforms to expand their community.
Many streamers including Dr Disrespect have criticized this step taken by Twitch and highlighted flaws in it. Speaking about the updated policy, Former YouTube Head of Gaming, Ryan ‘Fwiz’ Wyatt claimed, “this is still bad for creators.” According to him, video platforms should serve the creator, not the other way around. To counter his claims, Dan Clancy, reiterated the company’s stance and defended it as being “creators first”. “We still think that it’s best to focus on one primary platform for live streaming. “We think that’s an important part of building a community.” he continued.