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Twitch desktop app to shut down at the end of April

Newsroom Apr 2, 2022
Twitch announced that its desktop version would be closing down on April 30.
Twitch has been losing talent recently.
Twitch encourages desktop app users to start watching streams through their browsers.

Twitch announced that its desktop version would be closing down on April 30, providing a message on its website and also an email containing guidelines on how to properly deactivate the software. Many of the sites' users may be perplexed by this revelation, as they may not have been aware of the existence of a desktop version of the service. The corporation made an official announcement on its website beginning with the answer to the question so many were attempting to find.

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Twitch stated that dropping it entirely allows us to concentrate more heavily on upgrading and creating new opportunities to engage with the creators and communities you value later in the email. Twitch encourages desktop app users to start watching streams through their browsers, but it is evident why some did not do so in the first place. While browsers often consume more RAM on computers than standalone applications, Twitch's closing down its desktop app is unlikely to be a bad sign for the company.

On their support page, it says: “It’s true: the Twitch Desktop App will be shut down on April 30th. We‘ve made the difficult decision to say goodbye to the Twitch Desktop App on April 30th. This decision was not made lightly and came from a combination of usage and user feedback."

“This move allows us to invest more heavily in enhancing and adding new ways to engage with the creators and communities you care about. If you’re used to using the Twitch Desktop App, we recommend bookmarking Twitch.tv in your browser of choice for easy access.”

Twitch has been losing talent recently, with some of its most popular streamers, such as Ludwig Timthetatman, Drlupo Valkyrae, and others, abandoning the platform to focus solely on YouTube. Despite the loss of so many high-profile users, users continue to flock to Twitch to watch live streams, with the platform seeing a 45 percent increase in hours watched in 2021, with a total of 24 billion views.

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