Twitch Introduces Discovery Tags and New Categories
In an effort to make it easier for viewers to discover new streamers and content creators, Twitch has announced a new “Tags” feature and new categories for streamers to label their content with. Announcing the changes in a recent blog post, the streaming site stated: “Today, we’re releasing Tags, which are a new way for streamers to describe their live stream in more detail, as well as new Categories that replace and expand on IRL and Creative to make non-gaming streams easier to find.” The blog post goes on to state that users will also be able to drill down into more granular filters, such as specific heroes in Overwatch. Some of the new tags include terms like Art, Sports and Fitness, Tabletop RPG, Travel & Outdoors, ASMR, and more.
While Twitch’s goal is to create a more open and intuitive way to find new content creators, communities on Twitch were quick to address the fact that several key tags were missing from the list. According to Polygon:
“Rolling out tags hasn’t gone as smoothly as the team may have hoped, though. Streamers and users have pointed out there are a number of tags missing for important content types, most notably Variety streaming, which is quickly becoming one of the most popular broadcast forms on the platform. Other important game categories, like independent and horror, are also notably absent.”
Twitch has made it clear they are listening to viewers and broadcasters, and has started asking for Tag suggestions via a Google Request Form. They’ve stated that they will continue to expand Tags and Categories to be more inclusive and open to all types of streamers and consumers.