Social video platform Twitch announced yesterday that it will be rebranding the Curse App as the Twitch Desktop App as a communication tool designed to function as a natural extension of Twitch's main platform. The Desktop App will feature community servers, voice/video messaging, and game content distribution. So it's basically taken all of Twitch's social features alongside the Curse App and bound them into holy techno matrimony.
This new update will go live on March 16 with a public beta and should be a benefit to streamers as well as their followers since it allows the fans to communicate even when the streamers aren't live. Like a Discord channel for Twitch streamers' fans.
"Since the Twitch community thrives on building solid and meaningful connections with each other, we have been hard at work building products that address this need," said Emmett Shear, CEO, Twitch. "The Twitch Desktop App – which features all of the elements people love about the Curse app, such as screen sharing, voice and video calling, and community server creation – is now bolstered by Twitch features. This includes Friends, Whispers, activity sharing, and will soon serve as a game library for purchases fulfilled by Twitch. The result is a one-stop shop for connecting members of our community."
Existing Curse App users worldwide will receive the newly-branded Twitch Desktop App while those not already on Curse can sign up here. The full details of the app include:
- Servers: as the home base of the community, and they'll be complete with streams and chat funcitons.
- Friends: easy ways to connect with gaming friends all over the world
- Whispers: which is Twitch's private chat messaging will also be run seamlessly out of the Desktop App
- Voice and Video calls
- Powerful game add-ons and mods which will automatically update
- Game commerce: where you can download games purchases fulfilled by Twitch when the sales program launches this spring
- Activity sharing: so you can see when your friends are streaming, watching a stream, or playing a game on both platforms