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Karaoke livestream game Twitch Sings faces the final curtain

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Twitch Sings has sung its last: Twitch announced today that the livestream karaoke platform co-developed by Rock Band studio Harmoix will be closed down at the end of the year.

"As we look to the future, we have decided to invest in broader tools and services that will help support and grow the entire music community on Twitch," it said in the closure announcement. "Because of this, we have made the difficult decision to close Twitch Sings on January 1, 2021. This community has inspired us with their talent and passion, and we thank you all for what you’ve given to Twitch Sings over the years."

Twitch has a general Music category with 3.6 million followers, and Twitch Sings represents a very small percentage of that, with just 161,000 followers. Friday afternoon may not be primo karaoke time, but it's not exactly banging right now either: The game currently has roughly 1800 viewers, good enough for second place in the Rhythm and Music Game category, ahead of Beat Saber but behind osu!. The top Twitch Sings stream currently has 157 viewers.

To wrap things up with something approximating a bang, Twitch is releasing its backlog of more than 400 new songs, although it will start pulling videos and clips on December 1, "per our contractual obligations." The whole thing, including VODs, past broadcasts, clips, and highlights, will disappear on January 1, 2021. Full details on the closure are available in the Twitch Sings FAQ.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.