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Twitch Sings is a livestream karaoke game set to begin beta testing later this year

Twitch announced a new feature today at its convention: Twitch Sings, a community karaoke game that's going into closed beta soon. 

"Built from the ground up for live streaming, [Twitch Sings] has hundreds of songs and features that streamers and their communities can use to make amazing, one-of-a-kind performances together," Twitch said. "In chat, viewers can request songs, cheer to activate light shows on stage, and give their favorite streamers challenges to tackle." 

Cheer integration means that Twitch Sings is also a good opportunity to make some extra money. Cheering, in Twitch terms, is done via "bits" which can be purchased in varying amounts. Revenue from those purchases are shared with streamers at a rate of one cent per bit. That's not likely to pay for your vacation to the tropics but it can add up, especially for skilled performers who are able to attract (and impress) an audience. 

Twitch Sings is set to begin closed beta testing later this year, so, within the next couple of months. If you want to rock out with your webcam out, you can sign up to get in at twitch.tv, and you can see it in action down below.

Andy Chalk

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.