A new Twitch.tv directory will be dedicated to the famed “Twitch Plays” streams.
Twitch Plays really took off in 2014 with “Twitch Plays Pokemon,” which used an emulator that let users in the Twitch chat input commands. That meant that the entire chatroom of thousands was playing the game simultaneously, a chaotic process that took 16 days to complete.
Since then, more Pokemon games have been played collectively on Twitch, and the phenomenon has branched out too. Current Twitch Plays events include Twitch Plays Dark Souls and the Punch Club promo event–if Twitch can successfully beat Punch Club this month, TinyBuild will release the game early. And, of course, Twitch Plays Pokemon is still ongoing.
“The Twitch community has consistently rallied behind organically created Twitch Plays games, with the trend growing rather than subsiding,” Twitch Developer Success executive Kathy Astromoff announced in a press release. “Making it easier for prospective players to find Twitch Plays games drives developer success, and encourages new developers to begin experimenting.”
To qualify for the Twitch Plays directory, a stream can’t put a cap on the number of participating players, and must deliver the majority of its content via Twitch. And of course, it must be an autonomously running game which takes commands from chat, rather than from an individual.