Twitch streamers are now seeing the streaming platform move away from the old pay-for-play model.
Twitch said Tuesday that it is changing its approach to monetization, shifting to a paid-for subscription model for users who want to watch live events.
Twitch, which makes Twitch TV, announced its move in February with a new feature called Spectacular Events, which lets users stream live broadcasts and tournaments that have been recorded on Twitch.
It also added more tools to let its users create custom spectacles, like a live stream of an event on TwitchTV, for other users.
Twitch also launched a new app, Spectacular, which brings viewers a list of upcoming spectacles.
The company also has a new paid subscription option for users, which allows users to pay $5 a month for access to premium features like Twitch livestreaming and streaming games.
“With Spectacular you’ll be able to watch and watch live streamed events, as well as watch and stream in-game events, from your Twitch account,” Twitch said in a blog post.
“As we’ve said from the beginning, we want to make Spectacular available to everyone, not just a select few.”
For now, Spectacle’s focus is on events streamed by users in their homes and businesses.
“The new Spectacular will provide a richer experience for the vast majority of people,” the company wrote in a statement.
“We want Spectacular to be a truly global, free service that everyone can enjoy.”
The company is also moving away to a “streamer-centric” model, with a “vibrant community of users and content creators who create for you.”
This will allow Twitch to focus more on attracting more casual users and advertisers, and will allow the company to focus on adding new features and content, like new esports streams.