Twitch has always been a place where communities come together and interact live. Over the years, many game developers have recognized and leaned into community interactivity; creating functionality that allows an audience to affect gameplay, collaborate, and even participate.
To encourage more interactive game elements, we’ve been building new tools in collaboration with DataWisp. After an extended closed beta period, we are pleased to announce that the official Twitch game engine plugins are now publicly available for all game developers.
Game development itself is not an easy task. The plugins are designed to simplify the integration of Twitch functionality, allowing developers to build unique experiences on Twitch without dedicating an extraordinary amount of time learning how to build such interactions from scratch. Experimenting with Twitch interactivity can happen at a more rapid pace without the burden of building or understanding how the underlying web technology works. Independent developers in particular will benefit from the game engine plugins as it allows them to utilize functionality which is usually prohibitively expensive to implement.
Hosting a backend service should also not be a requirement for building Twitch integrations. The plugins alleviate this need by handling everything inside of the client from EventSub subscriptions to calling Twitch API endpoints. Connections are actively maintained for you, freeing up your time to focus on the broader Twitch experience. Device Code flow (DCF) was also recently released in preparation for the plugins; it provides an authentication method for applications with limited input methods like set-top boxes, Electron apps, and of course games.
During the closed beta for the game engine plugins, we worked with a number of developers for feedback and testing. To get an idea of what’s possible, check out Happy Volcano’s Chaos Mode for You Suck at Parking and Glossbird’s streamer edition for Fitment: Move With Me!
There are a number of additional features we are considering for future versions. For example, the addition of Twitch Drops support, which would allow developers of all sizes to add Twitch Drops support to their games without an account linking system.
We provide a guide for both Unity and Unreal developers. Head over to our overview page and select which engine suits your needs.
If you do not use a game engine that our plugins currently support, you can wrap your own version. You are welcome to submit a request through this form and we will provide the base C++ version. Note that additional support is not provided for the base SDK.
We would love to hear your feedback on UserVoice regarding how we can continue to improve the plugins and answer any of your initial questions in the thread below.