Twitch taps Steam's metadata to make streams more searchable
Twitch is working to make its library of livestreams more searchable using metadata gleaned from games, starting with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Twitch viewers looking to watch someone play CS:GO
can now filter the game's Twitch stream directory
by both the map currently being played and the Skill (Valve's CS:GO
player-ranking system) of the streamer.
The data is pulled from a Steam API that feeds data to Twitch when a broadcaster chooses to link their Steam account to their Twitch account. The two companies announced the feature
last summer, though at the time they highlighted it as a means whereby viewers could earn items in Steam while watching Dota 2
tournaments on Twitch.
The company later added support for CS:GO
tournament rewards, and has been testing these advanced CS:GO
directory filters for some time. Today, Twitch rolled the metadata filters out to all users alongside a blog post
with more details on how the system works.