Twitch announces an event called TwitchUnity which will celebrate diversity and inclusivity. The event will be a “site-wide holiday,” says the popular livestreaming website, explaining that viewers and broadcasters can take part in “a variety of ways.”
This is not the first time that Twitch has voiced its support for diversity, having held diversity and inclusion panels at TwitchCon.
TwitchUnity Event to Celebrate Diversity
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On May 26, the TwitchUnity event will begin and allow viewers and broadcasters to celebrate inclusivity and diversity in streams, chats and apps. Twitch will ‘encourage’ streamers to spend some time on your stream or in uploads talking to your community about what TwitchUnity means to you.”
This may include discussing times the Twitch community made them feel included and answering “Why is including everyone important?” as well as “Why do you care about diversity? How do we benefit when our community is diverse?” Twitch has enlisted the likes of DeafGamersTV, SeriouslyClara, OddishPlayGames and more for a video (above) that can provide a little inspiration.
Other than just discussions, though, Twitch has also revealed a TwitchUnity shirt, from which the proceeds will go to Amnesty International. There is also new global TwitchUnity emote, as pictured below, and there’s also a special graphics package (via DropBox) for broadcasters who want to get their channels looking snazzy for the event.
In the past, Twitch has built up a reputation as a place of toxicity and the fact that those TwitchCon streams about diversity were flooded with racist abuse isn’t a good sign. Notably, a Hearthstone pro was also faced with waves of abuse on the platform, leading Hearthstone developer Blizzard to step in and try to work with Twitch to combat it.
What is a good sign though is that Twitch itself is doing plenty to try and establish channels as, what Twitch Studios’ lead producer Anna Prosser Robinson, calls “safe spaces” for those who tune in. Robinson notes that the company has “even written “Welcome everyone” into our company values” and that it is “We’re incredibly proud that our users have adopted this mentality, building acceptance as a key part of what it means to bleedPurple.”
Previously, the company also introduced an automated anti-abuse feature called AutoMod which also help to make Twitch an inclusive site for all. And although this feature, talks at TwitchCon and the TwitchUnity event may not entirely make that a reality, they certainly go a long way on that front.