Jul 1, 2016 - By Annie Berrones

Eat, stream, and be merry

As you may have noticed we recently started experimenting with Social Eating on Twitch. Today, we’d like to acknowledge that this is indeed an officially sanctioned content category, and give everyone more details about what inspired it, and how it can help streamers to further connect with their communities.

What is Social Eating?

Ever get hungry while on a long cast or after cooking something great in Food (duh)? You were having such a great conversation with your community and now you lose that momentum to take break when you could simply change categories and keep your audience engaged…

Social Eating is a new category that allows streamers to interact with their communities while eating a meal, whether it’s taking a break from gaming or having a pizza party with subscribers. For viewers, Social Eating is another opportunity to chat with streamers they love — kind of like eating with your friends.

The unique content that you see everyday on Twitch is inspired by community feedback, and Social Eating is no different. In South Korea, eating broadcasts (muk-bang) are very popular, and many of our Korean streamers have requested to make it a part of their content. Likewise, our Food streamers have expressed interest in not only cooking on Twitch, but being able to share meal time with their community afterwards. Who doesn’t love family dinner?

Because Streamers Need To Eat, Too

Although Social Eating has been inspired by our Korean and Food broadcasters, we do believe that it can be valuable to our wider community. Now, when you need to eat after hours of streaming, you can continue engaging with your community instead of going offline. All you need to do is switch your game to Social Eating and proceed to digging into your delicious meal. To help you along, we’ve put together a FAQ for Social Eating, outlining some best practices.

Have Lunch With GunRun, On Us

Yes, your stream dreams have come true! To officially kick off Social Eating, everyone is invited to lunch with GunRun on his channel at noon PT today. GunRun will be live at Anime Expo and looking to you to help him decide what food trucks he should try.

If that’s not your flavor, you can also tune into Vieparlafoi from noon till 5 pm for an afternoon of food and friends. Finally, you can end your day by joining JummyChu and his community for a late night meal at 8 pm PT.

Social Eating is still very experimental. As the community grows, we expect to learn a whole lot and will be updating our Rules of Conduct and FAQ to reflect those changes. Like many other features or content on Twitch, your feedback will help determine how it evolves. With that said, we can’t wait to see the new content you create with your community.

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