Do not deprecate hosts.
There was a notice put out about hosts becoming deprecated next month.
This is an awful idea. Do not do this.
The reason given for doing it is clear and obvious deflection; it's false. No one with average viewership under like 6000 uses twitch chats as a community server; when someone is offline, that's it. Their attention is off the chat and elsewhere. The idea that hosts prevent interactions with streamers is complete bull.
Moreover, raids are not a direct replacement for hosts (most people don't even -know- this because this fact has been so thoroughly obfuscated,) because of the referral ID causing a viewer to not count to the raided channel for ad or partnership metrics. Hosting was an incredibly useful -community building tool- on twitch; you host into another channel, that user notes you down, they host into you and share their audience in a way that actually contributes useful numbers beyond "was a viewer". Raiding does not do this. Raiding is an anti-growth tool. Viewers might follow and check someone out again following a raid, but many are there primarily just because a streamer raided them over and have no interest in staying; hosts, because they required active interaction with the hosted channel were more likely to stay because it tested viewer interest.
Hosting was and still is an invaluable community tool. To remove it and not provide its actual functionality to raids is extremely anti-user.
Hello everyone! Thank you for coming together to bring us your feedback on Hosts. We made the decision to remove this feature because it consistently confuses viewers–particularly new viewers or those who are less familiar with Twitch–because they don’t realize the channel they visited is hosting another stream and also they cannot interact with the hosted streamer in chat.
We also hear your feedback and acknowledge the need for community building tools that help promote other streamers. We’ve recently introduced the following features that help you do that:
- We recently released a feature called shoutout that lets you promote another streamer’s channel in your chat and makes it easy for your viewers to follow that channel without leaving your stream. To initiate the shoutout during your stream, use the chat command “/shoutout [channel]” - viewers who do not follow the channel will see a pop-up with a follow button for that channel. If the streamer has an upcoming stream in their schedule, the shoutout will also highlight their next scheduled stream with a button to set a reminder to watch.
- Recommend another stream to viewers when you are offline by adding them to your Suggested Channels list in your channel settings (formerly known as your “Autohost list”). When their channel is live, their stream will appear in the carousel at the top of the page. You can also display your suggested streamers list in your streamer shelf.
We appreciate the feedback you’ve shared, and look forward to new suggestions that help your communities connect with one another.
For the amount of money Twitch would be making considering the revenue split, shouldn't they be adding more features instead of taking them away? This is going to impact the smaller streamers who could become larger ones so it's very unfair
Hosting drives traffic to the hosted channel, which is crucial not only for the streamers themselves, but for veiwers to find out where communities have moved to after raids. It's ridiculous to take that feature away.
I cant even host my own partner's channel now? Even when I'm on the decks streaming from their channel? Or the people I mod for? Or when we visit another streamer and stream from their channel? That's ridiculous and it's complete greed on the part of twitch to remove the hosting fearture! If hosting wasn't a huge help why does EVERY single channel have a command suggesting viewers host? And I'm supposed to "suggest" 5 or 6 streamers when I mod for something like, 26 channels? How do the friends I have know where I am and what I'm listening to (the friend feature was also taken away to dismantle the community-building element)? Twitch, your greed has gotten out of control and it's only a matter of time before a new and better platform takes your place or we create a new space to be in where a sense of community is supported. I mod for partners who I host and want me to host them. I have watched and witnessed 3 communities merge together via hosting, alone! Twitch, you sit on a throne of lies and I can't wait to see you reap what you've sewn and watch the thorns of your greed grow and choke you to death - the same way you choke out good and healthy communities that thrive on your own platform. When I think of all the revenue you've tapped from my own bank account via the labor of streamers alone - that coming to an end (and it will if you take hosting away), creates a staggering loss to you over time. And I'm not the only one who has these sentiments. So many streamers are already planning to move to themselves elsewhere. You are doing a great job at making your clients and most avid users completely despise you, not to mention your own employees, I'm sure. Snort glass and die in a fire. It's no wonder you have to block a certain name from being used in commands...nobody has anything nice to say about that name - and it sits at the center of every good joke about greed and comical villainy. Omg, grow tf up and get therapy for that damage you can't seem to get over because you aren't one of the "cool kids" anymore, and you're just a well-known "bully". Nobody likes you and we all interact with you and give you dollars because we've been forced to, at this point. Stop being so rapey. It might buy you forgiveness and stop you from going the way of the dodo...
Hosting is what we do to support each other
We need to host for us small guys
Hosting is the reason why I've been able to find other personalities on twitch. Taking this away is gonna kill alot of things for not only discoverability but also it's gonna hurt smaller streamers trying to make their way in the community. This needs to stay.
Following the removal of "Friends" hosting has been the only way to see what channel another community member is actually watching. "Suggested Channels" does not show where someone is actively participating in chat. If you remove both of these functions please replace it with something useful to help with discoverability. I have found many channels by seeing where someone I follow is active in chat.
I agree! Please keep hosting! In addition to what other fellow streamers have mentioned, and within my experience as both steamer and viewer, hosting also helps viewers have another way to provide support to their streamers while they're live (not just streamers hosting other channels offline). In a way it's a great interaction tool, where viewers can show that extra support live and streamers have an opportunity to say thanks when it happens.
I would prefer to keep hosting. Where twitch staff may suggest that it removes or distracts streamers from interacting with their chat, I disagree. Some streamers have a large audience and the host help them to become aware when another person they like is present.
It should be great to give us more discoverability tools before to remove the only ones we have even if there are not perfect. I discovered a lot of channels because my fellow streamers hosted them, some of my followers joined me in some other chats because of hosting and followed channels where I spent time...
i found so many great streamers thru hosting, please let us have it
Please keep hosts, losing the friends list was bad enough, really don't want to lose hosts too, the friends list and hosting are a great way of finding where friends are and who they are watching, it encourages you to join a stream that you may otherwise never discover.
Keep Hosts!! They help small creators and viewers like it as a way to find new creators.
This is a detrimental decision to remove the host feature. I am a family friendly streamer. My audience expects specific rules to be applied to my content when they join my channel. When I host someone it is because they have like a like minded community and rules set in place. I do not use the raid feature because it forces my viewers to join the receivers channel and then if that person raids out then it moves the viewers along to the next one and the next one. Eventually it has the potential to place my viewers in an very Not family friendly environment. This has happened enough times for me to discontinue the raid function on my channel. When I host a channel and they are done streaming then the channel simply shuts off instead of herding people along into unintended channels.
in the history of ideas that made absolutely No sense whatsoever, this one has to come near the top. Yes I understand the 'reasoning' that hosting might not be acting as intended however, firstly - no streamer is going to be hanging out in their own chat without streaming - that's why most (especially the larger streamers) have discord. Secondly - this DIRECTLY impacts the engagement of a streamer when live with their own chat whom choose to host. A chance to thank them personally and engage creates and maintains a connection which enables returning viewers. Without that engagement and connection - it's a simple audience mode and less interactivity directly. I mention pretty much the same thing a while ago on the other stupid idea to prevent host alerts happening. Twitch Execs need to understand that this directly impacts the streamers, and the ability to have audiences returning - thus earning potential - therefore their own salaries. I don't expect them to care - especially the impact of smaller streamers, and this only proves yet again just how out of touch the decision makers are.
I understand that it's easier to get rid of features you somehow can't fix, but ignoring growing creators only hurts them and deters them from wanting to continue to grow by taking away features that can help them grow. Hosting is a fine way to do this, when monetary support is not possible for some viewers, plus it introduces viewers to new streamers via association! Please do not remove this underrated feature!
Getting rid of Hosting and Auto-Hosting is NOT a good idea. People use the Host option with streamers they believe their viewers would enjoy or find interesting, which is one of the best ways to find new people to watch that AREN'T on the main page or huge streamers.
When you raid someone else, most viewers might leave before or AS you finish the raid, making it harder to experience the content the other person may or may not provide.
Removing hosts is a way to hurt smaller streamers and creators directly and indirectly, especially if there is no way to provide a proper substitute system for it. Leave it as an option, and people can CHOOSE whether they want to use it or not; that's the best way to let people feel like they have some freedom.
I've found countless channels through hosting, I've learned of games I would have never tried through hosting, hosting is only beneficial to have and makes no reasonable sense to get rid of. Keep hosting, and make improvements to it. Also, return the host button!
And let people choose whether or not they are notified by hosts and by what threshold they get that notification. A lot of people actually *appreciate* when small streamers host, believe it or not.
Please keep the host feature! It's still a great way to help support a streamer through direct interaction
Please keep the host/hosting feature. Us baby streamers are being found because of it! The viewers also feel they are helping our channels out when they host us. It's another form of interaction and helps our communities continue to grow.