Twitch announces friends list support; Friends Beta kicks off today

Twitch is about 20 years late with its Friends list feature, but we're sure many users will be happy with today's announcement.


Twitch is announcing a new social feature for its live-streaming service: Friends.

Yes -- Twitch will soon support a friends list that will allow users to add up to 500 users, which they’ll be able to see who is online to chat, send whispers, and have one more convenient way to stay in touch with other Twitch users. The Friends Beta will start with select community members starting today, including those who have attended the Twitch Town Hall at PAX East.

“Friends is the latest social feature in Twitch’s ongoing effort to help gamers connect with one another. While Twitch has always been a great platform for broadcasters to connect with viewers, now viewers will be able to connect with each other too,” said Marcus Graham, Twitch’s director of programming. “Other social features include the recently launched Channel Feed, as well as Whispers and Party Chat. Because the community continues to flock to features that help create real connections, as exemplified by the 300 million whispers sent just since launch, we are continuing to make this a key focus.”

For those interested in participating in the Friends Beta, sign-ups will begin on April 23 at the Twitch booth (#9044). For those not at PAX East, we’re sure Twitch will open the Friends Beta up to more users in the near future.

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    April 22, 2016 1:30 PM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Twitch announces friends list support; Friends Beta kicks off today

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      April 22, 2016 4:42 PM

      Unless it has Steam/Origin/ integration built in, yes, 20 years too late.

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        April 22, 2016 5:19 PM

        You do not realize how many kids spend more time watching twitch than playing games. If people weren't using the /whisper function enough to justify more investment in chat, they probably wouldnt. Additionally, their backend is ircd, so the technology the are building on top of is almost completely already there.

        This is to keep people on twitch instead of spending their casual watching time on youtube. It is not meant to compete with steam.

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      April 22, 2016 5:30 PM

      20 years too late? They beat youtube to it and that's all that matters.

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