YouTube has made available three more Twitch-like features to its available features for gamers and live-streamers. The Verge reports that all streamers will be able to limit chats to subscribers only and create polls inside of their chats. In addition, streamers with 1,000 subscribers or more will be able to allow viewers to share clips.
Today we’re sharing three highly requested product updates that we know streamers and gaming creators have been waiting for. With these features we’re making interacting with your live audience and sharing memorable moments from your content even easier.
- Clips – allow your viewers to share the best moments of your content with new audiences, now fully rolled out to all gaming creators with 1000 subscribers or more, with plans to expand to all creators in the future.
- Subscribers-only chat – live chat with just your subscribers, now available to all streamers.
- Polls – try a new way to interact with your live stream viewers, now available to all streamers.
The subscriber-only chat feature had been available to popular streamers since back in May, but it is now available to all users. The feature allows users to moderate and control a chat. The polls feature allows YouTubers to engage with and survey their viewers.
Clips allow viewers to share a streamer’s content to allow viewers to get a good idea of what a streamer’s content offers before opting to view the entire video. While it’s currently limited to streamers with 1,000+ followers, YouTube said it will eventually roll out to all streamers.
As noted by The Verge, Twitch currently dominates the live-streaming industry, with two-thirds of all viewers. Meanwhile, YouTube owned a quarter of the market at the end of 2020.