It would appear that Nintendo Switch users will be losing access to the Twitch app in the months ahead. Twitch announced today that starting next week, it will delist the Twitch app from the Nintendo Switch eShop. Moreover, support for and access to the app on the Switch will eventually end altogether in January 2024.
Twitch shared details about this ending of service on the Nintendo Switch in an alert on its support website this week. According to the alert, Twitch has scheduled dates in order to delist the app and cease new downloads on the Nintendo Switch, and then ending service for all users on Switch later:
It’s a strange move to say the least. There’s no word if a licensing agreement had come to an end (which is most likely the case) or if some other issue made Twitch service incompatible with Switch’s current hardware and firmware. There has been no lack of rumor of Nintendo preparing a new console, even during this last week when patents were discovered, but it has also said that it still intends to continue supporting the Nintendo Switch through March 2025. With that in mind, it’s a little more confusing that Twitch would outright end service on a platform that still has a lot of life left.
Nonetheless, users utilizing Twitch on Switch should switch where they scratch their Twitch-viewing itch before January when service on the platform is officially discontinued.
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