Amazon’s live-video service Twitch is trying a new way to persuade people to stump up cash to support their favourite broadcasters: subscriber streams. Those would be exclusive streams for subscribers only, although casual visitors to a channel will see previews, as a way to persuade them to upgrade.

“We could definitely see competitive streamers taking requests on heroes or champions to play, tabletop streamers running a weekly campaign for Subs, music streamers making all-request set lists, and a whole lot more,” explained Twitch in a blog post. It warned that these are NOT ‘private’ streams – anyone can get access immediately by signing up – and that there are some rules attached to the feature for Twitch broadcasters.

Key among those: “The streamer must not have violated the Twitch Community Guidelines in their last 90 unique broadcast days”. A topical point: one popular gaming streamer, Dr Disrespect, was recently suspended for streaming live video from a public bathroom, seemingly without the consent of the other people there.

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