In a rare move, streaming platform Twitch is scaling back its offerings. According to an email sent to users, Twitch’s desktop app will be shut down on April 30, leaving the streaming service’s website, Twitch.tv, the only way to watch episodes. stream on its platform for PC users.
Twitch’s email to users of the Twitch Desktop app made it clear that the decision was made “based on usage and community feedback.” We’ve reached out to Twitch about how many people have used the Desktop App and how it collects feedback from this community and will update the article when we have feedback.
On a Page As for how the desktop app is detailed, Twitch says that the decision to pull it all together “allows us to invest more in enhancing and adding new ways to interact with people.” creativity and communities you care about”.
Later in the email, Twitch urged users of the desktop app to start watching streams through a browser, though it’s clear why some people avoid that option in the first place. Browsers typically use more RAM in a computer (especially for Google Chrome users) than standalone applications.
While Twitch shutting down its desktop app might not be some sort of bad omen for the company, Twitch has recently found itself bleeding talent. Some of its top streamers, including Ludwig, TimTheTatman, DrLupo, Valkyrae and others have left the platform to live exclusively on YouTube. Despite the loss of so many big names, users still flock to Twitch to watch the stream. In 2021, the platform saw a 45% increase in hours watched, for a total of 24 billion views.