Twitch said transgender, bisexual, black and disabled tags (tags that players can add to their videos) will give a more inclusive experience to its 30 million daily users.
The world’s largest game streaming service, Twitch, said Wednesday that players will be able to add a transgender tag to their videos, a move the company said would help inclusion among its 30 million players daily.
Twitch, which allows users to stream games by playing video games, introduced “transgender,” “bisexual,” “black” and “disabled” among more than 350 new tags, tags that users can add to their videos.
“This has been one of the most popular requests we’ve heard and the truth is we should have done it sooner,” Amazon-owned Twitch said in a blog post last week.
He then spread the news to users on Wednesday.
Technology companies have been under pressure to make their products more inclusive of trans people, as Instagram and LinkedIn allow users to add their pronouns to profiles, amid a fierce debate about what it means to be male or female.
A number of U.S. states want to ban young Americans from practicing school sports or getting medical help, with a record 18 “anti-LGBTQ” state bills signed into law this year, according to the human rights group.
“Adding this trans tag makes it very, very easy for us to find and connect,” Casey told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which transmits under the username CaseyExplosion and did not want to give its full name.
“That’s vital because in a lot of gaming spaces, if you’re LGBT, there’s kind of not saying, ‘Don’t ask, don’t explain.'”
The existing “LGBTQIA” tag wasn’t specific enough to help trans people connect easily, especially because it included the “allies” of the “A” community, said Laura Dale, who plays herself by playing Pokémon and Zelda as LauraKBuzz.
“LGBT is a pretty wide range of identities,” he said.
Twitch says about 70 percent of its users are between 13 and 34 years old. They collectively watch 68 to 73 million hours of play every day, according to the unofficial data site Twitch Tracker.