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This article was published on December 15, 2016

Twitch launches IRL category for everyday lifestreaming

Twitch launches IRL category for everyday lifestreaming
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Twitch is getting into the lifestreaming business with a new category, called IRL.

IRL is an acronym that stands for ‘in real life’, and it’ll show exactly that. Twitch’s constituency of streamers will broadcast their everyday happenings, allowing them to engage with their audience without it being centered around video games.

Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch, said “We’re amazed by our creators who build thriving communities and create compelling content for millions of viewers. While gaming is their core identity, what we’ve heard repeatedly from them is that they are interested in sharing their everyday lives, thoughts, and opinions with their communities. IRL is designed to help our creators foster that kind of community interaction.”

Twitch is already working on a mobile application that’ll allow anyone to broadcast to the site while they’re away from their computers. This will be released at some point in 2017. It’s also updated its terms of use, perhaps to avoid any future headaches.

You can check out the current lineup of IRL content right now. To kick the category off, Twitch will be doing a livestreamed product announcement under the IRL category at 2:00pm PT today.

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