Recently, Twitch added a new feature in which you can favorite games to follow. Essentially, it’s the game directory, customized by you, for you. It’s a feature that only adds to the experience, and at the same time, feels lacking and sort of like an afterthought. How can Twitch improve this? Here’s how:
Add a tab that separates streamers that you are subscribed to and following from other streamers playing a favorite game. Currently, when you favorite a game, if there are any live channels playing the game selected, it only sorts the streams from most viewers to least. The “Videos” tab follows the same rule, displaying both highlights and past broadcasts together and sorting them from most viewed to least. Yes, you can view all of the streamers you have subscribed to and followed from the “Follow” tab, but you can’t sort them by which game they are playing. Make this a feature for favoriting games!
Add a feature that tracks the last played game a streamer you have subscribed to or followed and add that to the favorite games directory in an offline section. When a streamer goes offline, the only way to tell the last game they played is by entering their channel and reading the title of their last stream or checking an external source such as social media outlets. It seems like a redundant thing to do, but for broadcasters, it can be a huge help to further connect them with the people that subscribe and follow by having their broadcast listed in a user’s favorited game directory when offline.
Granted, the “Follows” tab still doesn’t display an offline broadcaster’s last game played, so hopefully that gets added soon. Those are a couple of things I hope Twitch adds in the future. I can see the feature of favoriting games being useful when expanded and improved upon, but as it stands now, it’s not refined enough to be considered worthwhile.