Twitch Announces ‘Twitch Plays’ Category

A new category in  the Twitch.tv directory will focus on “Twitch Plays” channels, where viewers can directly participate in the completion of a game using the chat.

Both “Twitch Plays Pokémon” and “Twitch Plays Dark Souls” were huge hits when they took place back in 2014 and now Twitch wants to facilitate more of these endeavors. Their official blog announced a few of the “Twitch Plays” that will start taking inputs very soon.

“The cascading creation of ideas inspired by TwitchPlaysPokemon has been the most rewarding part of having created the experience,” said the still-anonymous creator of TwitchPlaysPokémon. “Since the addition of a ‘TwitchPlays’ category will greatly improve their discoverability, I hope this further encourages people to make their own streams inspired by my channel.”

The games playable now include TwitchPlaysPokémon, Twitch Plays Dark Souls, TwitchPlaysClawMachine, Twitch Plays Robot, and TwitchPlaysPunchClub. The first two have chat participants saying “left” or “A” to command the character in game, while Twitch Plays Robot controls an actual robot that you can watch moving around a room.

They also announced four new games that will be coming to Twitch Plays, which include City Stream, TwitchPlaysZombidle, Kid Mech, TwitchVersusZombies.

There are a few new rules to go along with the feature, which are that all Twitch Plays are required to give full control of the game to the audience, and that inputs for the game have to be software based, meaning that it’s not a Twitch Play if you’re just looking at the chat and pushing all the right buttons for them.