Previously known as Curse Voice, a voice chat application started in 2006 and acquired by Twitch in Aug 2016. The Twitch Desktop app is an all in one (community, dashboard, chat, voice chat) app designed for gamers and Twitch broadcasters alike.
But why is it useful for streamers?
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The Twitch desktop app acts as the website merged with a messaging application like Discord.
Messaging (making social, social again)
Just like Skype, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Teamspeak or Discord… Twitch offers the ability to message and create group chats with your Twitch friends.
Making streamer-friends is something that is usually done offline with Twitch so this is a way to stay in touch with those that are active on Twitch itself. You could also use it to stay in contact with Mods and active subscribers/followers.
The Twitch Desktop App also allows voice calls and video calls (but you are probably going to struggle to get your family to stop using Skype for this…).
Community servers are a fantastic way of communicating with your audience, with the ability to create multiple channels within a single server. They are one of the reasons why Discord is so big.
These can be incredibly popular…
Mods, Addons and Overlays
A legacy part of the Curse Voice project, but continued by Twitch. Twich Mods allows you to easily find, install, and manage all your game addons/mods. Eventually Twitch will be implementing the option to buy games from within the Twitch App (this has already arrived on Twitch’s website).
How are you using the desktop app? Any tips that would be useful for viewers and broadcasters alike? Let us know by tweeting: twitter.com/emergencegg