The announcement that Tyler ‘Ninja‘ Blevins would be moving to Mixer brought a lot of new eyes to Microsoft’s streaming platform.
Mixer is still pretty far behind Twitch in terms of features for the platform, but they are trying to make up ground as quickly as possible and have announced a plethora of new features.
On August 26, the platform released a community update announcing the new Streamer Review, which will improve validation and monitoring of new Mixer streamers.
It will make a streamer wait 24 hours before streaming with a camera, likely a way to improve quality and security on the platform. All streamers will need to do this in order to get a new stream key so they can start broadcasting again.
More importantly, a higher level of moderation will be available. Streamers will have the option to block chatters who don’t reach a certain Mixer level, which will help cut back on trolls.
For example, you could set the requirement to Level 30 which would automatically mute messages from anyone who doesn’t meet that threshold.
Currently, Twitch has a followers-only mode or sub-only mode that will restrict the chatting experience. They can also make it so a viewer has to be following for a certain amount of time before they can chat so it’s not like Twitch is devoid of options.
Levels of moderation like this are needed if Mixer is ever going to truly rival Twitch.
These chat moderation and restriction tools go live on August 26 while the Streamer Review system will roll out on September 4, but streamers will able to get into an early opt-in period starting August 28.