Twitch on Tuesday announced the beta-launch of its new service ‘Twitch Charity’, a set of built-in tools to let users host fundraising streams in an easier and more charitable way.
The company said that it aims to make hosting a charity stream as hassle-free as possible by automating tasks like tracking donations, converting Bits and subs, and juggling different apps at the same time.
Streamers will get access to the new service in the new Charity section located in the Creator Dashboard section. From there, they will be able to choose a charity and set their fundraising goal. When they go live, users will be able to make donations via the new ‘’Donate to Charity’’ button. Twitch said that it won’t take any cut of the donations raised which will be directly transferred to charities through PayPal Giving Fund.
Launched in 2011, Twitch has now nearly 10 million active streamers who host content ranging from gaming to creative categories such as music, art, chat and outdoor. Global consumer spending on the platform surpassed $1 billion earlier this year.
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Most of the streamers on the platform already host charity streams for various good causes and the new ‘Twitch Charity’ tools aim to make the process much easier and faster.
The company said that it’s rolling out the service to a limited-number of users for now and the selected participants have been contacted via email.