Twitch Squad Streams lets you watch four streamers at once in a single window. Viewers can open up a single Twitch page and easily swap between streams.
This was first announced back at TwitchCon last year, and the details are basically the same. Streamers will have an option to invite others to stream alongside them on the dashboard. Up to four people can stream as part of a squad, and Twitch is confident this will be a good option for cooperative streams in titles ranging from Fortnite to GTA.
The Squad Stream builds on existing discoverability features, like raiding and hosting, that have let large creators spotlight others by either sending a wave of viewers directly to their channel of choice or by directly mirroring someone else’s stream so that it gets broadcasted to a larger follower and subscriber base. Twitch says the focus is to let “streamers actively team up with other creators to benefit everyone in a channel,” according to Hubert Thieblot, Twitch’s vice president of creator experience, who penned a Medium post on the new feature.
If you tune into an individual streamer who’s broadcasting with a squad, you can hit a button to switch to a view that shows the whole team – or you can search for squads directly in the browse view. Once there, you can click any member of the squad to switch focus to them while each of the others plays in a smaller window down below. You’ll see chat for whichever stream you’re currently focused on.
It’s not a fundamentally different way of viewing streams, but it does present some fun new angles on viewing cooperative gameplay – and even competitive things like speedrun races and the like could benefit.
Twitch says it’s starting the roll out with Partners, its top-tier creator platform, with Twitch Affiliates to follow.