Twitch streamers can now broadcast using Snapchat filters, also known as Lenses. The update was one of several announcements made at TwitchCon, which kicked off Friday at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.
After downloading the Snap Camera app on its desktop device, Twitch streamers can overlay the filter while streaming. Fans watching the stream will then be able to unlock the Lens themselves via Snapchat QR codes. Snapchat’s library of Lenses and custom Lenses for the Twitch community — including a purple, Super Saiyan power-up filter –are available now.
In addition to the integration of Lenses, Twitch unveiled new tools intended to help creators improve their discoverability and grow their channel, which is a key focus for many of the 2.2 million users streaming monthly on the platform.
To help streamers stand out, the Amazon-owned company added a new featured section on its homepage that will highlight up-and-coming streamers, new Partners and Affiliates, or streamers local to the viewer. Twitch also announced updates to its Highlight Editor, a feature that lets streamers curate past broadcasts to engage existing fans when the creator is not live streaming. Starting January, Highlight Editor will allow streamers and editors to stitch together moments from across a video into a single highlight.
Also: Starting later this year Twitch users will be able group stream using ‘Squad Stream,’ which lets up to four creators stream together on one screen, allowing them to combine their audiences.
Twitch also introduced a new way for creators to engage fans with Twitch Sings, a brand new karaoke-style game. Designed for live streaming, the game has hundreds of songs that streamers and their communities can choose from. TwitchCon attendees can test the game on the expo floor, with a closed Beta starting later in 2018 on PC, iOS and coming soon on Android.
15 Stars Whose Blackface Blunders Backfired, From Ted Danson to Jimmy Kimmel (Photos)
Don't even think of mimicking these celebrities.
The singer posed in blackface on the cover of her album "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter" in 1977, and later went on to justify it by saying, "I have experienced being a Black guy."
The "Cheers" star appeared at a New York Friars Club Roast in 1993 with then-girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg wearing blackface makeup to perform an offensive N-word-filled comedy routine.
The Oscar-winning actor came under fire in 2012 when video surfaced of a 2004 school fundraiser featuring Hanks and another man wearing blackface and stereotypical African clothing. Hanks later condemned the bit as "horribly offensive."
The actress appeared in blackface in two episodes of the 2006-13 sitcom "30 Rock," in one case dressing as a Black man while co-star Tracy Morgan, who is African American, appeared as a white woman. Series creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock pulled the episodes from circulation in 2020.
The host of "America's Next Top Model" took heat, as did her show, for a photo shoot in 2009 in which competing models were made to look "biracial." Styling techniques included the darkening of contestants' skin.
Following the epicure's ouster from the Food Network in the wake of her infamous N-word controversy, Deen posted a photo on Twitter from her show's 2011 Halloween episode featuring her son, Bobby, dressed as Ricky Ricardo, complete with brownface makeup.
The diva took heat for a 2011 L'Officiel Paris cover with an "African Queen" theme for which the pop star's skin was darkened.
In a 2012 episode of "30 Rock," Hamm teamed with Tracy Morgan to re-create a parody version of a dated old TV show modeled on the stereotype-laden "Amos and Andy." Hamm doesn't so much blacken his face as dirty it, but the episode proved so problematic that creator Tina Fey pulled it from circulation in 2020.
The singer/dancer/actress drew criticism over a 2013 Halloween costume for which she donned dark makeup to masquerade as Uzo Aduba's "Orange Is the New Black" character Crazy Eyes.
The YouTuber known for his outrageous characters in 2014 was forced to apologize for the use of blackface in some of his videos, including a parody of talk show host Wendy Williams.
Fans of the reality star jumped all over a photo she posted to her Instagram account from a 2015 shoot, outraged that her skin appeared to be darkened. "This is a black light and neon lights people lets all calm down," Jenner responded.
Luann de Lesseps
The former countess and "Real Housewives of New York" star apologized for her 2017 Halloween costume as Diana Ross -- even though she insisted that she didn't actually do blackface. "I had bronzer on that I wear normally like the rest of my skin," she later told Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live." "So I didn’t add anything to or would ever, ever dream of doing a blackface. Ever."
The longtime "Inkmasters" star announced he was departing the show in 2020 after an old photo resurfaced of him wearing blackface while portraying an NBA player.
The late-night host came under fire for a 2000 "Saturday Night Live" sketch in which he impersonated former "SNL" cast member Chris Rock -- in full makeup.
In June 2020, ABC late-night host apologized for a series of sketches from earlier in his career when he darkened his skin to impersonate Black stars such as NBA player Karl Malone and Oprah Winfrey. "I apologize to those who were genuinely hurt or offended by the makeup I wore or the words I spoke,” he said of the sketches from "The Man Show" which he co-hosted from 1999-2003.
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These celebrities offer a timely reminder that it’s never OK — so don’t try it