Twitch adds new sortable feature for Hearthstone and Overwatch streams

Twitch will make Overwatch streams sortable by hero played.
Twitch will make Overwatch streams sortable by hero played. Photo courtesy of Twitch.

Twitch announced Thursday a new feature for Hearthstone and Overwatch streams that will assist viewers to filter channels by hero played in Overwatch or by game mode, player rank, number of wins, and hero class in Hearthstone. The new feature will be added at the top of the Overwatch and Hearthstone directories on Twitch, with filter options.

“When we recently introduced metadata filtering options for one of our top esports games, we not only received positive reception from its fans, but demand from the greater community to have access to similar discovery tools for other titles,” JT Gleason, director of integration success at Twitch, said in a news release. “Since Overwatch and Hearthstone are also among our most popular competitive games whose players take to Twitch to improve their skills by watching others play, we focused on how we can improve discovery for them. Our new metadata filters now make it easy to find more granular aspects of gameplay that previously required a lot more searching.”

The feature was implemented in April for League of Legends streams, which could be searched by player rank and champions played. The filters were designed by ClipMine, a recent acquisition by Twitch for its video indexing platform, which can “translate visual information, including objects, text, logos, and scenes, into frame-level metadata.” The feature is aimed to assist Twitch viewers to discover streams that are most suited for what they’re looking for.

“Video game streams have a very rich structure that has been difficult to exploit for the purpose of enabling content discovery,” said Zia Syed, director of engineering for Twitch and founder of ClipMine. “By employing computer vision and machine learning developed at ClipMine, we have been able to recreate that structure in a reliable, scalable and cost effective way. This enables us to match creators and viewers in a very precise manner opening up new ways of content discovery on Twitch.”

There is no announcement yet if these features will be extended in some form to some of the other popular games on Twitch’s platform such as Counter Strike:Global Offensive. Twitch is currently the go-to streaming platform for many esports events, and for professional gaming streams.

Cover photo courtesy of Twitch

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