Twitch has launched a new feature called Squad Stream. This allows up to four Twitch streamers to broadcast live together. Streamers get to collaborate with other streamers, and viewers get to see multiple angles of the latest battle royale game being played.
How Twitch’s New Squad Stream Feature Works
Squad Stream is a new feature that lets Twitch streamers go live together for the first time. Up to four streamers can broadcast live together in one window, sharing viewers. Streamers can either start a Squad Stream or join an existing one from their dashboard.
Squad Stream has several benefits. It should help foster new communities who all enjoy watching the same creators, enable popular streamers to help smaller streamers find an audience, and add an extra element (or three) for viewers.
The next way to watch and play together is now on Twitch.
Squad stream is available today. Use the “Squad Stream” tag to see who’s live now. If you’re a Partner, you can squad up right from the dashboard. Learn more: https://t.co/HdB373Ayb5 pic.twitter.com/FxNhw70pq8
— Twitch (@Twitch) March 27, 2019
Twitch is initially limiting Squad Stream to Partners, with plans to offer the feature to Affiliates and then other streamers over time. This is due to “the need for video quality options,” which only Partners currently receive by default.
In a nutshell, video quality options (or transcodes) enable Twitch to adjust the streams in certain slots. Without this option, Twitch would try to deliver four 720p+ streams at once. Twitch goes into more detail in this Medium post all about Squad Stream.
Hosting and Raiding Are So Passe
Twitch already offers a couple of ways for streamers to help each other out. There’s Host mode, which allows one Twitch streamer to host another channel’s live broadcast. And Raids, which allows one Twitch streamer to send their viewers to another channel.
Twitch streamers have actually been collaborating in this way for a while now using tools like MultiTwitch, which help you run a better Twitch stream. However, making Squad Stream part of the core Twitch experience should make it more popular.