Twitch, the popular live streaming service, has officially confirmed that it will be shutting down its app support on Nintendo Switch. The decision comes after Twitch partnered up with Nintendo to provide users with a flexible streaming experience on the portable console. The Twitch app was first launched back in November 2021 and exactly two years later it will pulled back from the eShop.
While there are a lot of reasons considering the app needed better stability and browsing experience according to many users, Twitch has yet to confirm the main reason behind it. Not to mention, there are certain features that the Twitch App on Nintendo Switch lacked compared to other console-based platforms. With that being said, there are a lot of things that you will need to know if you are using the streaming service on the portable console.
Twitch Shutting Down its App Support on Nintendo Switch
According to the Twitch Help Page for Nintendo Switch, the streaming service will be ending its support on November 6th, 2023. Without it, no new users would be able to download the Twitch App from the Nintendo eShop effectively. For existing users, the streaming service will be continued till the end of January 2024. After this, the existing users will lose access to the Twitch App on their Nintendo Switch Consoles. This was confirmed by the devs on the help page in a single notice box without any dedicated reason.
In an interview with The Verge, Twitch’s Spokesperson Gabriella Raila stated that the live streaming service has made the the difficult decision to remove the Twitch app from the Nintendo Switch console and that Nintendo remains a valued partner and collaborator to Twitch. She went on to appreciate the support the Switch Community has provided to the platform and its streamers.
While the reason was not specified on why Twitch pulled out its app from Switch, many have speculated the reason to be an increase in competition with other live streaming services. Twitch has recently lost a range of its big bucks streamers starting from xQc to Ninja to even Pokimane to either YouTube or Kick.
Having said that, there are a range of areas that the Twitch App on Nintendo Switch lacked like being able to live stream directly from the console or chat option. And these technical things can also be the reasons for Twitch to pull out of the eShop. However, these are mere speculations and it’s yet to be confirmed officially by the streaming giant.
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