In-line with the reported Google acquisition, game streaming service Twitch is changing its rules to be more... YouTubey. The change that many shirtless, death-metal Hearthstone streamers will run afoul of is the newly implemented tech that'll mute archived videos that contain "unauthorized third-party audio." Also, past broadcasts will only be saved for a limited time (14-60 days), with highlights running under two hours "saved indefinitely" (for now).

"In order to create a system that supports live and [video on demand] across the globe and on multiple platforms, we need to make significant changes to the way we're currently storing video," said Twitch CEO Emmet Shear.

If you're a Twitch streamer, it's pretty much imperative you read both the posts from the Twitch CEO and General Counsel. It covers a lot of ground that'll change the service moving forward.The grand takeaway here is if you want viewers to have an optimal experience it's best to shut off music.

Yes, all music. Trust us, we've had YouTube copyright claims put against us here at Joystiq - utilizing the tech Twitch is implementing - on official publisher videos sent directly to us for distribution.

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