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Twitch’s “Stream First” initiative integrates chat with a new wave of games

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Streamline: The multiplayer game in which chat makes your life harder. BibleThump.
Streamline: The multiplayer game in which chat makes your life harder. BibleThump.

Whether you think Twitch chat is a bold new frontier in terms of how the young folk communicate, or just a den of villainy and dank memes, there’s no doubt it’s an increasingly core part of the gaming landscape. Now Twitch is seeking to cement that position with a new initiative called Stream First. The idea is to build on the success of the “Twitch Plays…” format, which sees people in the chat channel controlling what’s happening in-game by spamming simple commands. Fairly incredibly, that limited form of interaction hasn’t stopped the hivemind from crushing Dark Souls bosses or completing Punch Club in two days.

The new games that are part of the Stream First programme are being built from the ground up with Twitch chat in mind, which means they’re able to feature more complex commands. Three were showcased at Twitch HQ in San Francisco earlier today, starting with Superfight. Based on the physical card game, it’s an absurd argument played out for comedic effect between characters created from combinations of cards. So you might have a “college A cappela group”, “armed with dynamite”, who “can’t stop sobbing” up against a “sasquatch”, that “can turn invisible while singing showtunes”, and “armed with a crowbar”.