Twitch reportedly testing subscriber-only broadcasts and people aren’t happy

Published: 27/May/2019 20:04 Updated: 27/May/2019 21:24

by Eli Becht


Twitch is reportedly testing out subscriber-only streams that would give non-subs a preview of the stream before forcing them to subscribe to watch the rest.

If you’re a streamer on Twitch, it looks like you’ll soon have to the ability to gate off non-subscribers from viewing your stream.

This new feature would give viewers a short preview of the stream before being forced to either subscribe to the channel or find one that doesn’t have the same restrictions.

It’s too early to tell what effect this will have on the overall viewing experience on Twitch but if enough streamers use this feature, it could create some issues.

One positive is it will help streamers bring in more income if viewers are required to sub, however, it could also turn viewers away who don’t want to subscribe.

Looks like you have to subscribe to watch more.

It’s worth mentioning that doing this will be completely optional so it’s not like viewers will have to worry about shelling out $4.99 a month to watch their favorite streamer once this feature goes live.

Twitch already gives broadcasters several ways to make the viewing experience better for subscribers. Streamers can enable subscribers-only chat which means simply being a follower won’t allow you to chat. Subscribers also get to skip ads, which streamers are also able to run at their own discretion. 

Responses have been very negative

Many viewers think this a step in the wrong direction for Twitch and it opens the door for the streaming giant to become a “cam-girl” website.

“Oh hell yeah, private cam shows,” wrote Reddit user Twitteri in a comment.

TWITCH - NINJANinja has done a great job bringing Twitch to a wider audience.

“Yikes, that’s gonna suck,” wrote user Kwoui, in a comment that has over 500 upvotes.

It’s hard to argue with the fact that the viewing experience wouldn’t be hurt with this change, of course, that all depends on how many streamers actually use it.

Nothing is confirmed yet

It’s worth mentioning nothing has been confirmed yet by Twitch so viewers might be getting worked up about nothing.

If Twitch does implement a feature like this, look for them to do it in a more public setting versus just doing it on a random stream.

Esports journalist Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau said he believes this feature is being tested for the Overwatch League.

While that could be true, the Overwatch League’s All Access Pass has worked like this for over a year now, so the feature could soon be expanding to be more widely available on Twitch.

We’ve reached out for comment from Twitch and will update if we hear anything back.


Twitch streamer mortified after showing his embarrassing search history

Published: 20/Jan/2021 18:47

by Michael Gwilliam


A small Twitch streamer was left embarrassed out of his mind after he accidentally revealed his search history during a recent broadcast.

Anyone who has ever streamed on Twitch is probably aware of how easy it can be to leak personal information. Direct messages, emails, files – anything on your computer screen can potentially be seen if you’re not careful.

While most experienced streamers take precautions to prevent sensitive content from being broadcast to the masses, others have to learn the hard way. Such was the case with ‘TisParker’ who revealed some awkward search history.

During a January 19 broadcast, the 20-year-old streamer clicked on the search bar in his web browser before taking a sip of his caffeinated beverage and cleaning his glasses.

Streamer shows search history
Your search history is showing!

As this was going on, the seemingly oblivious streamer didn’t realize his search history was showing up, with the first query being “can you have sex in your car without breaking the law.”

The embarrassing search was spotted by viewers in TisParker’s chat who alerted the streamer.

“Search history, Parker!” he read before realizing what he had done.

He let out a soft gasp, closed the tab, and covered his mouth, clearly mortified by what he had allowed everyone watching to see.

For his part, however, the streamer was a good sport and laughed at his own misfortune. “MonkaS,” he said, referencing the sweaty pepe emote. “This is why we don’t Google stuff.”

Unfortunately, Parker deleted the rest of the VOD so we don’t know what else he had to say about revealing the search history, but judging by his reaction, he will be extra careful from this point on.

TisParker laughing on stream
The streamer laughed off the awkwardness.

Of course, he is hardly the first streamer to show of their search history on stream. As Dexerto previously reported, Overwatch streamer ToxikLlama accidentally showed some awkward YouTube anime searches.

Given the content of both searches, it’s safe to say that although Parker’s was awkward, it could have been a lot worse. Just something to keep in mind for any aspiring streamers out there.