Twitch has announced during its TwitchCon event that it will be introducing a new feature that allows up to four streamers to be watched in a single stream. It’s called Squad Stream, and the service announced that it will be available sometime in 2019.
This new feature will allow up to four streamers to stream together in a single window. This will be especially useful if your favourite streamers are friends and they tend to stream together often. Rather than having to move back and forth or open multiple tabs or windows to watch them all, you can have all of them in a single page.
Go live on Twitch with up to three other streamers, all in a single view.
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— Twitch (@Twitch) October 26, 2018
There will be one stream that’s highlighted, and up to three more just below the main one. Whenever you decide you want to see the game from a different player’s perspective, all you need to do is to click on their stream instead, and it will take over as the main stream on the page. Chat is tied to the main stream as well, so engaging with a different chatroom is as simple as changing the main’s stream.
Twitch says that the feature will roll out in 2019, but it also says that select streamers will be testing the feature out later this year. If your favourite streamer is lucky, you might see Squad Stream in action a lot earlier than others. That said, chances are that Twitch will choose streamers that are close-knit and often stream together anyway.