Twitch has been one of the most influential platforms ever built for the gaming industry. Not only did it bring together gaming communities and allows content creators to play games for a living, but it became the benchmark for game popularity and trend-setting. With the rise of blockchain gaming, the question comes of how it will interact with streaming. Now, one company is putting together a plugin for Twitch streamers centered around just that.
PlayNFT’s Twitch Plugin
PlayNFT, created by Enigma Games, is a platform that has been created with the express intention of increasing the value of NFTs for blockchain gamers. One product the company is working on has caught my eye, however, and that’s their plugin for Twitch.
The PlayNFT will allow users to mint NFTs using Enjin’s Efinity parachain, use the marketplace (as well as the Enjin X Marketplace), but also to add utility to the NFTs, making them usable in applicable games. What is most interesting is the way in which the PlayNFT plugin will work within Twitch. This is another string to Enjin’s bow as they aim to cultivate a formidable blockchain gaming ecosystem.
The plugin will enable streamers to reward their viewers with game NFTs and utilize blockchain to interact with their viewership. If you have watched any blockchain games streamed — and I do many times per week — you will see the need for this tool; any mention of an NFT giveaway has the viewer numbers spike instantly.
The Future of Twitch
If executed properly, I can’t see how the PlayNFT plugin isn’t a success. Enabling blockchain functionality for streamers ought to be paramount to streaming platforms like Twitch. As blockchain gaming grows and bleeds into traditional gaming, the desire for being able to reward viewers with more than vanity channel coins will rise.
This is the first step along that path — an important path — and I hope to see more functionality added in the future. It would be great to see some cross-chain functionality, for example.
Mark my words, it won’t be long before we can scarcely remember a time when streamers didn’t reward their audience with NFTs.