TwitchCon 2018 keynote features
TwichCon 2018 officially kicked off today with a keynote presentation by CEO Emmett Shear. During the presentation, the company revealed a bunch of neat little statistics. More importantly, however, is the fact that they also revealed a bunch of new features coming "soon" to the Twitch platform.

Let's just get the statistic stuff out of the way first.

Yay, stats. Everyone loves those. And now it's time to look at some of the newly announced tools and features that aims to benefit many users. Buckle up, because you're about to be hit with a lot of text.
To help streamers grow, Twitch announced tools and updates that make it easier for streamers to get discovered:

Squad Stream: With Squad Stream, up to four creators will be able to stream together in a single view on Twitch. Viewers can watch on desktop and mobile as well as easily follow and subscribe to all channels. Chat is linked to whichever channel a viewer selects as their main view, so they can hang out with their friends or jump over to another community with just a click or a tap. Select streamers will be testing out Squad Stream later this year.

Highlight Editor updates:New featured sections on the Twitch homepage: A range of new featured sections on the Twitch homepage will begin to roll out later this year, such as highlighting up-and-coming streamers, new Partners and Affiliates, or streamers local to the viewer.

Tools and updates to help streamers build stronger communities and strengthen relationships with their viewers:

Snap Camera and custom Extension for Twitch:ExtensionSnap desktop app and custom Twitch Extension are available today.

VIP Badges: These new chat badges provide streamers with the ability to recognize important community members in addition to moderators and subscribers. Streamers earn additional badges to distribute as their community grows. VIP Badges will launch in a few weeks.

New moderator tools in chat:Roles management page:Subscriptions badges now reflect the total number of months: Fans are now rewarded with subscription badges for their total number of months subscribed, even if they miss a month. Fans on an amazing multi-month streak can still choose to share it when they re-subscribe. Availability: January 2019.

To help streamers thrive, Twitch announced the expansion of Bounty BoardTwitch Rivals:Twitch Sings: Twitch Sings is a brand new karaoke-style game designed for streamers on Twitch. Built from the ground up for live streaming, it has hundreds of songs and features that streamers and their communities can use to make amazing, one-of-a-kind performances together. In chat, viewers can request songs, cheer to activate light shows on stage, and give their favorite streamers challenges to tackle. TwitchCon attendees will be able to test the game on the expo floor, with a closed Beta starting later in 2018 on PC, iOS and coming soon on Android. Twitch streamers can register at link.twitch.tv/sings to be notified as more space opens on the closed Beta list.

You can check out some screenshots below or see them in context with the same information as above by visiting the Twitch blog.

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