With its biggest product launch in years, Twitch is betting on a near future of the platform with more dynamic conversations, pushing its current focus beyond mostly solo streamers. Through a new tool called Guest Star, which launched in limited beta earlier this year, streamers can now easily attract other creators and fans to their streams for a talk show-like experience.
Guest Star makes it possible for anyone to stream up to five speakers simultaneously. Creators can host and manage guests from Twitch Studio and OBS, the streaming software of choice for many of the app’s more advanced creators. Guest star can be enabled from the creator dashboard, where it is now available to everyone.
Guest Star allows streamers to invite guests directly or tap chat members to join. Viewers in the chat can also request to be featured in the stream, which is another way for creators to encourage and reward their supporters. To jump into someone else’s stream, all you need to do is click a pop-up notification and guests can join with video or audio only enabled, a setting the host can decide and toggle on and off.
Moderation tools give hosts a number of ways to manage what guests do, including controlling their audio levels, turning off video as we mentioned, and finally giving them a chance to start if they misbehave. Twitch’s suspicious user detection feature adds a layer of security for hosts who want to choose chat members to stream. As an added layer of security, only phone-verified Twitch users can appear as guests, and a digital “backstage” space allows ground rules to be established and coordinated before
Twitch sees Guest Star as a natural evolution of success in the ‘Just Chat’ category, which has exploded since 2020. If we compare the first five months of 2022 with the first half of that year, the viewing hours in the category have increased by 151. % and Just Chat creators’ revenue grew 169%.