Twitch announced the imminent closure of its streaming platform, the karaoke live game Twitch Sings,media the Verge reported. The company said it decided to close the game from January 1, 2021 to “invest in a wider range of tools and services to help support and develop the entire music community on Twitch.”
Twitch Sings was launched in April 2019, allowing players to select a song from their library to perform. Singers can sing a solo song or have friends join in for a ret rap. However, the channel doesn’t seem to have attracted a large audience, and while Twitch’s overall music category has more than 3 million followers, Twitch Sings has only 161,000 of them.
“Looking ahead, we’re excited to share more about the future of music on Twitch and how we’re trying to make Twitch the best place to bring you closer to your favorite artists and music,” the company said in a closed post. The Amazon-owned streaming platform says it is releasing a backlog of 400 new songs so fans can stand in front of the microphone and sing the last song before the game is turned off forever.
Twitch’s music category has been growing since the new crown pop began. Although music as a whole remains a small category for Twitch, in July, about 17.6 million hours of music were streamed live.
Twitch Sings will remove videos and clips from December 1st, and the remaining on-demand videos, including past broadcasts, clips and tidbits, will also be deleted by January 1st. To archive their past Twitch Sings broadcasts, users can view the instructions in Twitch’s video-on-demand section. If they have clips on their channel, you can get more information about managing them here.