Twitch has always hosted animals, be they furry, fishy or otherwise. But until now there was no specific category to visit if you just wanted to watch some creatures hang out for a bit. This week, the streaming site rectified this tragic omission with the creation of a new Animals, Aquariums, and Zoos category.
Kicking off the site's Animal Week with a blog post (opens in new tab) on Monday, Twitch announced that it had created a new home for all animal content on the site—whether it's an aquarium hosting educational streams or just your pal filming their pet cat sleeping for a few hours.
"Historically, animal streams run across a variety of categories: ASMR, Travel & Outdoors, Just Chatting, Science & Technology, Music and Pools, and Hot Tubs & Beaches," Twitch wrote. "The time has come to give our animal friends, and the people who—literally—love to see them, a good home."
That does, unfortunately, mean that these delightful otters (opens in new tab) will no longer be the best channel in the Hot Tubs category. But Twitch also says its working directly with zoos, aquariums, and other animal non-profits to help give them a platform on the site—giving them an audience even as real-world venues remain shut due to covid regulations. Some of these institutions have taken to online streaming with ferocious energy, too, and I can't help but recommend Monterey Bay Aquarium's Lo-Fi Squid-hop videos (opens in new tab) if you're having a slow work day.
The blog post links to several channels to get started with if you're looking for chill animal vibes. Some channels will also have interactive elements if you want to, say, feed the ducks or change the lights in a turtle enclosure, and there's a fresh batch of cutesy critter emotes to get your hands on.
Thanks, Polygon (opens in new tab).