Twitch Adds A New Directory Feature Making It Easier Than Ever To Find Esports

Twitch Adds A New Directory Feature Making It Easier Than Ever To Find Esports
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Incremental development is a bizarre phenomenon that occurs typically in software development, and it’s a double-edged sword for companies that employ developers to continue to tune their programs. It’s the reason why modern iTunes has arguably become borderline unusable in comparison to its late 2000’s version, and why Microsoft continues to make outlandish changes to Windows 10 that does little more than change things.

The problem stems from developers being on payroll after a project is complete. THere’s only so much polish you can add to a project before you need to start dreaming up new ideas and mechanics. If you fail to develop, you could be risking your job; so developers eagerly continue to add and change various parts and parcels of applications typically to the chagrin of the users because they need to keep food on the table.

While this incremental development can be an absolute thorn in the side of users, it can also bring about fantastic changes, bridging parts of the software, or filling holes that users may not have even realized that were there.

Thankfully, Twitch accomplished the latter rather than the former with its new Directory feature that aggregates all sports into one home on the popular streaming platform owned by Amazon.

Users can find active tournaments, live matches, pro player streams, and even top matches that they may have missed all in one place, without needing to scour thirty different channels to stay on top of everything. Granted, this is directly encroaching on the territory of other services such as Juked.GG, which has built a name for itself solely from organizing the smorgasbord of matches and streams that s4eem to occur in every corner of Twitch.

Further, users can customize what sports show up in their Twitch feeds by selected various titles and informing Twitch that they aren’t interested in them. Twitch will then, obviously, stop showing you alerts on those titles.

Further, you can also find live professional players from sports that you actively follow, such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or Rocket League. It’s a smart move, but it’s likely to annoy multiple other online organizations that have their entire income focused on Twitch being a frankly unorganized mess.

The greatest thorn in the system currently is that you’ll need to opt out of every title that you’re uninterested in following the professional scene of, rather than opting into the titles that you are interested in. Opting out of every title is an absolute pain, as you’ll need to scroll past PUBG Mobile and Chess, to Brawl Stars and FIFA 20, opting out of every title individually to get a clean dashboard that highlights precisely what you’re interested in. Still, it’s worth the annoyance to get a cleaner UI that allows you to closely follow pros without needing to follow 600 channels.