Twitch Sings, the streaming platform's karaoke game, will close on January 1, 2021 after just over two years since it was announced at TwitchCon 2018.
In Twitch Sings, streamers sang alone or with a partner to a song of their choice, with viewers cheering and challenging. However, the feature won't be part of Twitch's future.
We made the tough decision to close Twitch Sings on January 1st, 2021 in order to invest in more comprehensive tools and music services on Twitch. Thank you for shaking our world. For more information: https://t.co/ItImv3u75v pic.twitter.com/jJqICzp8Ul
– Twitch Sings (@TwitchSings) September 4, 2020
In a blog post, Twitch said that starting December 1, Twitch Sings videos and clips will be removed from the platform and the game will stop working a month later.
Twitch Sings fans have about four months left with the game, however, and they will be busy as Twitch released its backlog of more than 400 new songs.
The decision to “invest in more comprehensive tools and music services” does not provide a clear explanation as to why Twitch Sings is closing, but it may be linked to the recently announced partnership between Twitch and Amazon Music, which will bring the capabilities of the live streaming platform into the Program includes the latter app.
"Looking to the future, we're excited to share more about the future of music on Twitch and how we're working to make Twitch the best place to bring you the artists and the music you love "said Twitch, suggesting that something else is planned for music lovers on the platform.
There is speculation that the Twitch Sings shutdown was related to the influx of DMCA deactivation requests Twitch received in June due to the background music used by streamers. Digital Trends reached out to Twitch for more information on the Twitch Sings closure and whether this had anything to do with the requests from the DMCA. We'll update this article as soon as we hear something.