Twitch have rolled out new intelligent tools and filters for users watching streams of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), allowing them to tailor their viewing experience.
Some of the most popular games on Twitch are of course the battle royale genre, with games like H1Z1, PUBG and Fortnite leading the way.
PUBG of course was one of the first battle royale games to become majorly popular for streaming, and often held the number one spot on the site for most concurrent viewers.
It has been dethroned to an extent but its main rival, Fortnite, but still attracts hundreds of thousands of viewers everyday, and some of the biggest names on Twitch still consistently stream PUBG over its counterpart.
And it is not difficult to understand why PUBG and similar games are so popular for spectators, with a single match typically taking no longer than 20 minutes, and can be particularly intense as it reaches the final few players.
Amazon owned Twitch have obviously taken note of the growth of BR, which now often surpasses major esports events in viewership, and so are putting some work into improving the viewing experience.
New tools and filters have been implemented so that viewers of PUBG can now sort streams by a two variables; the mode (solo, duo or squad) and the number of players remaining.
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This allows viewers to make switch between matches as they near completion, tuning in at the most intense moments and cutting out all the boring bits.
The filters are akin to the map filters used for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive streams, which allow users to only view streams playing a certain map.
Given the information needed for these filters, it is likely that it is only possible with PC based PUBG streams, and may not be possible with console streams playing on Xbox.