Twitch Adds A New “Animal” Category For Streaming

by in Entertainment | Nov, 2nd 2021

As of November 1st, the Animal Category was added to Twitch! That’s right, you can see Animals, Aquariums, & Zoos on Twitch if you go searching. After all, animals are cute! A great way to destress is to look at pictures of adorable animals, but why not do it on a live stream? It’s showing up right in time for Animal Week, so that’s a net positive for everyone. What led to our animal pals getting their own category though?

The Power of Hot Tub Streams

Hot Tub streams? That’s right, in a way, this has helped create the Twitch Animal category. The success of the ASMR, Travel & Outdoors, Just Chatting, Hot Tubs, and other IRL streams led to giving Animals their own spot on the Twitch category list. Animal-themed streams get a lot of overlap across these categories, so why not narrow it down? Twitch feels there is enough interest to warrant an Animal category, and we don’t disagree.

Twitch revealed this on Twitter:

“Big mews! Paws what you’re doing because Animal Week on Twitch starts now. To celebrate, we launched an Animals, Aquariums, and Zoos category! All of your Very Good fluffy, feathery, or fin-covered friends, all in one otterly adorable place.”

Twitch plans to work with a variety of zoos, aquariums, and non-profits to help elevate animals. They want to highlight restoration, conservation, and the environment animals need desperately. They also want to any of these who are interested in getting started on Twitch to reach out. Hopefully, this leads to relaxing, adorable animal-filled streams.

This also means there are new emotes themed around animals you can unlock through Hype Trains. They are, quite frankly, adorable. Twitch also highlighted a series of animal-friendly streams to go and take a look at, which is available on their blog. Another feature that came from this, is channels can set up bit/channel point donations to feed these animals live on stream.

Twitch’s blog also shows a number of animal-themed charity that streamers can host/highlight, which is also a nice thing to do. Ultimately, Twitch wants to help bring awareness and education, and this is the first step towards it. It’s important to help our animal friends, and you can check these streams out as of yesterday. Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to look at and feed some adorable bunnies/fishes.


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