Today’s announcement began two years ago. In February 2014, a stream began called TwitchPlaysPokemon went live. It gave complete control to the viewers. And sparked a new subgenre of Twitch channels. Some sadistic bastard even created a Twitch Plays Dark Souls.

For days, the Twitch community couldn’t get past the first area. The creator had to change things up and used a turn-based format (pausing the game after every command) so the audience could make some progress. 43 days later, the notoriously difficult Dark Souls was beaten. Head on over to the channel to give Demon’s Souls a go.

Now, Twitch has added a Twitch Plays game category. The streaming company is encouraging game developers to create their own Twitch Play games. Several are live right now including City Stream, TwitchVersusZombies, TwitchPlaysZombidle and more.

The TwitchPlaysPokemon creator encouraged the move by Twitch. “The cascading creation of ideas inspired by TwitchPlaysPokemon has been the most rewarding part of having created the experience,” said the anonymous creator. “Since the addition of a Twitch Plays category will greatly improve their discoverability, I hope this further encourages people to make their own streams inspired by my channel.”

Twitch VP of Developer Success Kathy Astromoff focused on the developer side.

“The Twitch community has consistently rallied behind organically created Twitch Plays games, with the trend growing rather than subsiding,” said Astromoff. “Making it easier for prospective players to find Twitch Plays games drives developer success, and encourages new developers to begin experimenting. Twitch Plays are just one of the myriad ways developers can discover new users and build stronger engagement with the Twitch community.”

Get ready for a deluge of TwitchPlays games as developers eye Twitch fame.

What exactly is a Twitch Plays game?

Here are the qualifications.

Autonomously running games that utilize Twitch live streams as the primary mode of content delivery.

Interactive experiences that gives the Twitch audience control over “player” actions in the game.

Uncapped number of simultaneous participants. No picking and choosing.

What game would you like to see get the TwitchPlays treatment? Me? I want to see TwitchPlays on a multiplayer shooter. Give me a 5v5 Rainbow Six: Siege match controlled by Twitch viewers.

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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