You’re on Twitch because you want to connect with other gamers. (Otherwise, you’d just play at home alone, right?) But your comments seem to zip right past your favorite streamer. And when you’ve got the console, you don’t have time to read all the snappy notes.
Enter games with Twitch integration.
Twitch integrated games have interactivity built right in. As a viewer, you can influence what happens on the screen. As a gamer, they let you play with your fans.
It’s almost impossible to create a list of all the games with Twitch integration. New ones are added every day (and some go away too). But these are a few of our favorites you can play now.
Party Hard II
This sequel came out in late 2018, and it’s still going strong with fans. Twitch integration is a big part of that success.
At the beginning of play, viewers have two minutes to scatter the set with helpful (or harmful) items for the gamer to tinker with. Set up the right props as a viewer, and you’ll get points for the interactions that happen during the game. That’s something few developers have done within a Twitch integration, and it’s pretty clever.
As the game progresses, you can also set tasks for the gamer. Some are easy, but others are hard. If you’re a helper, you’ll make the tasks easy. If you’re a hater, you’ll throw up obstacles.
This game integrated with Twitch in 2018, and developers say that the move helped them to double all-time watched minutes in just one month. That speaks volumes about how much people really enjoy playing along with gamers on Twitch.
Viewers can tap out commands in chat and see them come to life within the game. You can also vote on problems or rewards for the gamer during play.
The most interesting part of this game: You can be named a special person within the game. Your “Captain Chicken” can help you win rewards, play the game better, and face off challenges.
This game offers several different ways for viewers to connect with gamers and influence what’s happening on the screen.
As a viewer, you can vote for a variety of modifiers that change up the rules before the next match begins. You can vote for:
- Shrinking. The “Tiny Characters” command makes all the people very small.
- Growing. The “Huge Weapons” command is self-explanatory (and it’s awfully funny too.)
- Falling. Vote for “Slippery Floor,” and that’s just what happens.
- Speed. A ping for “One Shot, One Kill” raises the stakes of the game.
Chat commands also allow viewers to do things like throw tomatoes (or flowers) or join the audience.
This game was originally made in 2017, and since it was developed by Amazon, you know the engineers had Twitch in mind as they worked. The game is, reporters say, built with streaming in mind. And integration with Twitch is key.
Gamers can choose a “Stream+” setting that allows for polling. Gamers can ask what they should do next, or the polls can change what happens during the next round of play. Viewers who interact can collect points they can redeem later for in-game rewards.
Gamers who want to connect even more can select “Broadcaster Match Builder,” and their visitors can join in when a match starts.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Like many of the other games we’ve told you about so far, this one contains a voting feature. But it’s a little different in this particular game.
Viewers within Warhammer have a chance to vote every 30, 60, or 90 seconds. That gives the gamer time to focus on what’s happening during play, but it keeps the pacing interesting for viewers too.
Experts say that Warhammer is already incredibly difficult, and the voting doesn’t make things easier. But people love the ability to have a hand in what’s happening on the screen.
How Can You Use Twitch Integration?
Unless you’re a game developer, you don’t have a lot of choices in which games are integrated and which are not. That’s predetermined for you. But there are plenty of good reasons to seek out integration.
As a viewer, playing an integrated game helps you to:
- Connect with a player. When you’re part of the action, you’re harder to ignore. If you’re looking for new friends in the gaming space, this is a great place to start.
- Hone your skills. If you also play one of these integrated games, tossing up challenges can help you understand how the experts respond.
- Have more fun. Sure, watching a game is interesting. But playing is always better.
As a player, choosing an integrated game is smart, due to:
- Enhanced popularity. Viewers love integration, and they might be more likely to look for channels playing a game with that feature.
- Audience connection. Make a bond with viewers, and they’re more likely to come back. Play along and that comes easily.
- The added challenge. You want to show off a bit. Overcoming these obstacles can help you do that.
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