February 23, 2017 | by Rose
Twitch Is Implementing a New “Drops” Feature

Have you ever been worried that you’re wasting your time watching someone else stream a game on twitch? Have you ever thought that you’d better spend your time actually playing those games instead, to try and get your chance at some in-game goodies? Well Twitch has an answer to your time-management woes with their new “Drops” system.

Much like how you would have a chance at a random drop in a video game, “Drops” will allow developers to implement a new feature into their games that will track both streamers and viewers alike as they’re using Twitch. Using this tracking, developers will be able to randomly award users with in-game rewards like skins or loot boxes without having to bother with things like giveaway codes.

Developers are able to opt into the “Drops” service right now via the Twitch dev portal, and can learn more about it at Twitch’s product page for the service.

All in all this is a great idea that’s been used before, but very sparingly. Dota 2 most famously uses this strategy for their competitive tournaments like The International, so it’s nice to see this branch out across a service, rather than one individual developer. Twitch talks about how they saw increases in both viewers and time spent watching streams among games like SMITE and Paladins over the past few months, and it seems easy enough to believe.

Just how deep this feature will go, and how many games will actually end up using it, remains to be seen, but hopefully some interesting stuff will come out of this all before the inevitable cold grips of corporate greed stomp it out.

Rose is a video games player, video games writer, and video games thinker from MA. She has a lot of opinions.

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