The days are numbered for Twitch Sings, which is the streaming platform’s live karaoke game. Twitch says it has decided to end the game on 1st January 2021 in order to “invest in broader tools and services that will help support and grow the entire music community on Twitch.”
Whether those ‘broader tools’ will include a brand new channel or larger improvements across the platform as a whole remain to be seen. But one thing is for sure, if Twitch is removing Twitch Sings, fans will want something just as fun to take its place.
Launched in April 2019, Twitch Sings let streamers choose a song from its library to perform, opting for either solo or duets with friends. Bearing in mind how many followers the channel had, it will probably come as no surprise that Twitch has chosen to turn its back on it. While Twitch’s overall Music category has more than 3 million followers, Twitch Sings only accounted for 161,000 of those followers.
“Looking ahead, we’re excited to share more about the future of music on Twitch and how we’re working to make Twitch the best place to bring you closer to the artists and music you love,” the company said when they announced the shutdown.
The streaming platform plans to release the entire backlog of around 400 new songs so those looking to become a mic champion can step up for one last rap-battle or tear-jerking duet before Twitch Sings is over for good.
While music remains a small category for Twitch in general, the music category has been growing since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. About 17.6 million hours were streamed in July.
Twitch Sings will begin removing videos and clips on December 1st, and by January 1st any remaining on-demand videos, including past broadcasts, clips, and highlights, will be removed as well.