Content creators will soon be able give their emotes a bit more oomph on Twitch. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the company plans on launching a few changes to emotes, including the option to make them animated.
According to a post on Twitch’s blog, these animated emotes will first be available to Twitch Partners “in a few weeks.” Affiliates will likely get access to the emotes after Partners, with Twitch stating they would be available by the end of 2021. When they launch, creators can upload a total of five animated emotes for their tier one subscribers to use.
Twitch is also adding a function that disables these emotes for those “who may be sensitive to animations.”
Steamers won’t have to hire someone to make animated emotes or do it themselves either. When the emotes launch, creators will be able to apply one of six pre-made animations of their emotes.
Twitch also announced that its thinking about giving small, personalized pictures to followers. The platform called these an opportunity for creators to “grow their communities by offering viewers a fun, free benefit to hitting the ‘Follow’ button.” This feature will only be released to a small group of Twitch Partners and Affiliates, and will be in beta form.
Creators will soon have access to an emotes library, as an easy way to manage all these emotes. The library allows for easier decisions regarding what emotes to use or retire, as well as what subscription tier those emotes become available at.
While the idea of animated emotes is new and exciting, Twitch streamers have a more pressing issue, A new wave of DMCA claims recently hit the platform, forcing creators to once again delete portions of their content.