Twitch’s first-ever video game is a free karaoke title built for live streaming

Since becoming the de facto gaming platform of the modern generation, Twitch is finally ready to design its own video games, starting with a karaoke title created specifically to take advantage of the Twitch platform. The news, announced this morning on the first day of TwitchCon Europe, marks the first foray of the live streaming platform owned by Amazon in the development of games. The game is called Twitch Sings and is available for free on Windows at sings.twitch.tv.

Twitch started as a life streaming platform, then switched to a more game-oriented, but it has also been a place to find experimental efforts that take advantage of the live nature of the platform, along with its variety of competitive shooters and others. – sports rate. The Pokémon of Twitch Plays was the most outstanding example, in which a programmer set up a live version of the classic RPG game that could be controlled through tickets provided by the public of the Twitch chat system. In later years, party and puzzle titles from companies such as Jackbox Games have incorporated spectator-like features that take live streaming and audience participation into account.

But although it could be considered that something like Twitch Plays Pokémon is a unique game that can not be played on any other platform, Twitch has resisted to create own games that can take advantage of that type of characteristics. That changes with Twitch Sings.

"Twitch Sings joins the fun and energy of being in a live show with the unlimited creativity of the streamers to create incredible performance interactive sharing, "says a statement. by Joel Wade, executive producer of the game. "Many games are improved on Twitch, but we believe that there is a great opportunity for those who are designed with transmission and participation of the audience at its core."

The company says Twitch Sings has a live "to immediately begin broadcasting a game session. There are characteristics of the audience such as animating with emotes, virtual ovations and the ability to vote to determine the next song in the queue, as well as ways for the audience to challenge a player, such as removing the lyrics of a song or singing with funny voices. . If you prefer, you can have customizable avatars or a live camera feed, and there are solo and duo options for players to sing with friends, other transmitters or even members of the live audience. We have not had the opportunity to try the game ourselves, but here are some images that we captured of the streamers that played it last night:

Interestingly, it says Twitch will release the game with "a library of thousands of popular karaoke classics, and each week will be added more to the catalog". It is not clear how Twitch is authorizing this music, but it may be similar to the way halls, bars and karaoke rooms other live venues do, which is usually through licensing organizations such as the American Society of Composers. , Authors and Editors (ASCAP) and the IMC. Twitch was not immediately available to comment on how he gained access to these tracks.

In many cases, Twitch broadcasters have run into issues of copyrighted music streaming, which has led some of them to even partner with record labels, such as Fortnite pro Tyler " Ninja "Blevins made with the electronic music label Astralwerks. Twitch has tried to help users of this process by launching free music libraries and clarifying their rules about copyrighted content. But it's still a thorny area for streamers. It seems that with Twitch Sings however, the company has acquired the right licenses for you to make copyrighted music yourself.