Twitch viewers can subscribe to streamers on iOS
Twitch users on iOS can now subscribe to their favorite streamers directly from the app. It'll offer the same benefits of subscribing on desktop, including ad-free viewing, sub badges, channel emotes and sub-only chat, as well as supporting the partner or affiliate monetarily. Subscriptions work differently on iOS than other platforms on which Twitch is available. You'll need to buy an iOS Sub Token through the app, which is good for a Tier 1 subscription for a month. You can redeem up to 12 at a time per streamer to keep a subscription to them going for a year.The tokens cost a little more than desktop subscriptions to account for Apple's App Store fees. They're $5.
Guy Beahm IV, a popular Twitch streamer known for his alter ego DrDisRespect, is developing a narrative scripted series about the character he created. According to, he's working on the project under a deal with Skybound Entertainment, the multi-platform production company founded by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. The WWE-inspired persona has followers on Twitch and is known for playing video games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in his streams with over-the-top production values.
The series will focus on "how the doctor became the doctor" and will explore the character's backstory. Skybound co-founder and CEO David Alpert said in a statement: "There are lots of incredibly talented streamers, but there's something special about what Guy has done in creating this character. We really believe there's a unique world around the doctor."
Facebook's latest big Twitch steal is 'Smash Bros.' streamer ZeRo
You can add Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios, one of the most popular Smash Bros. players, to the list of high-profile Twitch streamers who recently jumped ship. ZeRo has entered an exclusive streaming rights deal with Facebook Gaming, which now also serves as the home of former Twitch streamer Jeremy "Disguised Toast" Wang, known for League of Legends among other games. According to ESPN, he will continue posting videos on YouTube, but he'll no longer beBarrios previously retired from pro-gaming until he returned in October 2018 to play in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate competitions. He even set a world record after a 56-event win streak from 2014 to 2015.
The project is still in its very early stages, however, so it doesn't have a network yet. Its format also remains up in the air, though Beahm told THR that there were "some early discussions around animation." He's also hoping that the project will "have an effect that reverberates and legitimizes the world of streaming."
Beahm is far from the only high-profile Twitch streamer who's recently taken on something new. Unlikeor who both switched platforms for potentially lucrative deals, though, he's still staying with Twitch. He said the Amazon-owned website has been "extremely flexible" in providing the chances for him to work on the series.
Donald Trump joins Twitch, Amazon's game-streaming service .
The move is odd in that the president has been critical of video games, and then there's the matter of who owns Twitch.Trump's account, which has a verification check mark, counts about 7,000 followers but hasn't posted any content as of this writing, but the move suggests the president will use the platform to livestream videos to his supporters as part of his 2020 re-election bid. Other candidates to launch Twitch accounts include Democrats Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang.