Twitch is invading your desktop

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Twitch desktop
Twitch on desktops has all web features and more.
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Game streaming platform Twitch today unveiled its new desktop app for Windows and Mac.

It will offer all the features you expect from the service, including voice and video calling, and you’ll be able to get your hands on the beta later this month.

Twitch already runs well in a web browser, but some of us prefer a dedicated app that can make better use of system resources. The new Twitch client will actually be a rebranded version of Curse, the gaming chat application the Amazon-owned company acquired last year.

The app will feature everything that was available in Curse — including voice and video calling, screen sharing, community servers, and moderator tools — plus all the functionality you expect from Twitch, like addons for your favorite games.

In addition, the Twitch app will support the company’s upcoming game store and Steam competitor, which is scheduled to launch this spring.

You’ll be able to get your hands on the open beta on March 16.