Live-streaming, esports, and gaming news highlights for the week of August 31, 2020

Twitch to drop Twitch Sings by year’s end

TL;DR - Twitch announced this week it will discontinue its karaoke sing-along game, Twitch Sings, by the end of this year. The streaming platform didn’t give a clear reason why it made the decision, but it did mention it was focusing on “broader tools and music services” instead. Videos and Clips of the game will start coming down on December 1, but in the meantime they’ll be opening up the game’s full catalog of over 400 songs for everyone to use until the game is officially done. Many think the decision came in no small part because of the DMCA issues the platform and its content creators have been facing these past several months.

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Amazon Music and Twitch have finally come together

TL;DR - Amazon has finally brought its music and live-streaming services together in a partnership that will integrate Twitch’s live-streaming capabilities into the Amazon Music app. The update is live on both iOS and Android as of this week, and Amazon claims over 1K artists have already linked their accounts. The two divisions have plans to provide musicians with tools to aid them in connecting with fans virtually, including virtual stages, charity events, and artist Q&A sessions. Fans will receive push notifications from artists they follow on Amazon Music when they go live on Twitch, and they’ll be able to discover new talent through a live browse page in the app.

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WWE bars its talent from live-streaming on third-party platforms

TL;DR - Last week, the WWE issued a directive to its roster of contracted performers barring them from streaming on third-party platforms like Twitch and Cameo. The order came directly from WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, citing what he referred to as “detrimental” activities to the WWE brand. Performers have a 30-day window to comply with the directive, but it’s not sitting well with some. Former WWE talent have taken to Twitter to criticize the order, arguing that the performers should be allowed to capitalize on their fame outside of the wrestling platform itself.

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Twitch Watch Parties rolls out for all streamers

TL;DR - Watch Parties officially became available to all streamers on Twitch this week. With Watch Parties, streamers can host a viewing session of content from Amazon’s catalog of movies and television shows. The feature isn’t available yet on mobile devices, but Twitch has committed to adding the feature on that platform as well. Watch Parties originally rolled out in October of last year, to a select group of streamers. Since that roll out, Twitch has gradually pushed the feature to more streamers, but this latest update marks the first time it’s broadly available on the platform.

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