May 4, 2017 - By Noreen T. M.

The Twitch chat experience is coming to uploads

UPDATE: As of May 11, 2017 at 12 pm PT, the chat experience is available for uploads on all channels!

Twitch fans, we’re giving you the power to change the past, shape the future, and other movie-ready taglines.

Since we launched the uploads open beta at TwitchCon 2016, we’ve made tons of improvements based on your feedback, like adding Collections which let you show off your best moments in style. But today, we’re launching our biggest update yet.

The chat experience is coming to uploads! Yes, you can now leave messages, reply, and add emotes (including sub-only) to uploaded videos, influencing them for all eternity. Here’s how it works:

When you watch an uploaded video on Twitch, your interactions will be timestamped and baked into the experience for all future viewers to see. Whether you want to reply to other viewers, leave commentary on your own videos (do we smell a Director’s Cut?), or make that great joke you just thought of in the shower, you now have the power.

If you’re a streamer or a mod, don’t worry, you’ll have the full arsenal of chat moderation tools available to keep your uploads clean. Some chat settings will carry over automatically, and there’s a new Moderation tab on your Dashboard that Channel owners and Moderators can use to review messages, track replies, and respond to viewers as they discuss your videos.

Uploads are an evolving feature, and we want to know what you think. You can share and vote for ideas in the Uploads Product Forum or head to the Twitch Server to talk to other users about how you’ll use the feature. To learn more, visit our Guide to Chat on Videos.

The new chat experience on uploads will begin rolling out today on select channels, but all channels will have access in the coming weeks. People like to say “you just had to be there,” but there’s no reason the best Twitch moments can’t live on, or even get better in time. With chat for uploads, they finally can.

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