As reported by Dextero, Twitch revealed its reasons for the change in its FAQ section.
"The experience [hosting] delivers to viewers doesn’t match their expectations when they come to Twitch. Viewers want to interact with a streamer when they’re live and host mode blocks this from happening. Preventing viewers from interacting with the streamer they’re watching also limits a streamer’s growth potential because they’re not able to build meaningful connections with those new viewers."
We asked @Twitch to fix Host's after breaking them months ago when they updated their API. What are they doing? Removing it as a feature.— ❄️Cryo Prince Lumi 👑 (@Lumetric) September 6, 2022
I like hosted mode, everyone I know likes hosted mode, so I'm not really sure where you're getting that info from. :) pic.twitter.com/3Eth6ctrD1
Rather than, I don't know, changing the feature so that viewers can interact with another channel's chat while watching via a host, Twitch is scrapping the feature altogether - a move that's proved unpopular with many.
Twitch has some recommendations for how streamers can help each other grow following the removal of this feature. "Give [channels] a shoutout to help them gain more followers," raids, and using the incoming suggested channels feature.
The problem with raids is that there's a cap on the number of viewers you can have. This is done to protect small streamers from hate raids, but also has the knock-on effect of preventing big streamers from giving smaller ones a boost.
In other Twitch news, Samuel "AceGamerSam" Girard has crowned himself the king of N64 after beating all the system's 296 games live on stream.
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