It's a new year and what better way to celebrate than to showcase the new features we added to GameOn Tournament Organizer (GOTO). If you are unfamiliar, GameOn Tournament Organizer is a Twitch extension that allows you to turn Twitch viewers into players, allows your community to create tournaments directly from their Twitch dashboard, and connects you with the Twitch creator audience. To learn more about GOTO, see our full overview here.
In the three months since our launch at TwitchCon, we have been listening to your feedback and today we are launching a new set of features to make the experience even better. Let's dive into what we've added to GameOn Tournament Organizer in January:
Admin console and tournament controls: This feature allows game developers to view active GOTO tournaments from the GameOn console, ban players and/or streamers from a leaderboard, and manage tournament limits -- specifically, whitelist streamers, set limits for tournament durations, and limit the number of players and the number of attempts per player. This also allows you get to create and control tournament parameters, adding more flexibility and customization to determine how GOTO fits within your game.
Deep linking: Introducing deep linking into GOTO means our extension acts as a launcher for your game. From the extension, viewers can click on a link added to the extension to open up your game on Steam. This will prompt a new player to purchase your game or a returning player to launch the title screen. There is no additional integration required for you to reap these benefits.
Streamers' Twitch username provided in API: Game Developers can now pull the streamers' Twitch usernames, their Twitch display image, and their tournament information into your game. This improves tournament discoverability and creates a deeper connection between the Twitch community and your title by showcasing Twitch integration in your game.
Extension testing: Before going live with GOTO, you can test the extension using any Twitch account that you whitelist in the admin console. Only that account can access the game from the extension, letting you launch GOTO in your game at your own pace with confidence.
We also made significant improvements to the Twitch Creator and player experience:
Improved tournament pinning CX: This feature introduces a first-time user experience to educate streamers on clicking our 'pinning' feature when creating their tournament from their dashboard. This update ensures the viewers looking to participate don't have to search for the tournament on their favorite streamers' page, but rather they will see live tournaments below the fold that the content creator “pinned” to their channel.
Updated time picker: This will allow Twitch content creators to easily select tournament start and end dates and times, creating a user-friendly experience for anyone using GOTO.
Cursor effects, tool tips, and auto-refresh: The cursor will change when a field on the extension is actionable and tool tips will provide additional detail for various fields. The auto-refresh allows you and your players to see how many players are entered into a tournament in real time.
We are happy to say that this is just the beginning of what's to come. If you're ready to dive deeper, please find our tech documentation here. We can't wait to see more Twitch creators unleash some friendly competition within their communities while playing your games.