Streamers will be able to offer them in a few weeks
Twitch is announcing some big updates to Emotions on Friday, with animated Emotions soon available on the live-streaming platform.
Emotions are a huge part of the twitch experience. They are everywhere in Twitch Chat, and Twitch partners and affiliates can offer customers custom emotions that can be used in chat on other channels. Each user on Twitch also has access to a set of passes. global sentiments, such as the wide-mouthed Komodo dragon “pogchamp” that is often spammed in chat to express hype.
Right now, though, all expressions are static, so animated expressions can give streamers new ways to make their chats more lively (or chaotic, depending on the chat). Twitch partners will be able to offer up to five animated emotes to their subscribers as perks. If streamers don’t want to create brand new expressions, they can choose to apply one of the existing six different animated effects, such as shake, rotate, or a multicolor effect like a rave.
Twitch plans to offer animated sentiments to partners in a few weeks, and expects partners to be able to do so by the end of this year. And if you as a viewer don’t want to see animated expressions at all, you’ll be able to turn them off.
Twitch streamers are also getting a new way to present custom emotions to more people. Instead of making custom emotes available exclusively to paid subscribers, Twitch is going to offer streamers five custom emotes to followers. (Following a channel, as opposed to subscribing, is free.) Those feelings can be a nice benefit to encourage viewers to hit that follow button, but not the emotions you get as a subscriber. Unlike, which you can use in any other chat on Twitch, a streamer’s follower sentiments can only be used in that streamer’s chat.
Follower Emotions will be available to select partners and affiliates in beta at the end of June, Twitch states ledge, and the company expects to start rolling out follower sentiment more widely later this year.
Twitch is also introducing a new way for streamers to better manage their emotions, even those who aren’t active, with what Twitch calls a library. The company says Twitch plans to roll out the library in phases, with all partners and some affiliates getting to the end of June. According to Twitch, all partners and all affiliates should have access within a few months.