"One of the things we heard loud and clear was that there are many other ways streamers would like to share their passion, which is why we are expanding the Twitch Creative category to allow streamers to not only create but perform their art," a post on the Twitch blog reads. Basically, the platform has turned into a gigantic open-mic night.
And if you want, you could even land a gig performing at this year's TwitchCon in San Diego. To do so, you need to have streamed for at least four hours with material related to your act and then submit an audition video that's not to exceed five minutes in length. If picked, you'll have to figure out your own way to SoCal. Twitch will waive the cost of getting in the door and hook you up with a badge. On the FAQ page, the company stresses that this is a talent show -- not a contest.
Between this, live-streaming eating, hosting the Democrat and Republican National Conventions, in addition to all of the service's music activities, Twitch's game-only streams are becoming a distant memory. Is this a good thing? That's up to the viewers to decide.