More than 2,000 people watched someone read a book in Twitch’s ‘Silent Reading’ category

More than 2,400 people watched somebody read a book on Twitch. This hour-long stream came thanks to one of Twitch’s new April 1st categories: silent reading.

Outside of the alert notifications, Twitch’s Merry Kish read Lovesickness, a collection of stories by Junji Ito, and said nothing for an hour. The chat was in emote-only mode and went on like any other popular stream, except they had nothing to react to other than a woman silently reading a book and themselves.

Twitch introduced four other categories of jokes today: Pizza Time, Character Creation, Tasks, Odd Jobs, Errands, and Literally Just Chatting. Outside of the Twitch stream itself, Literally Just Chatting seems to be the most popular joke category, but many of the streamers are treating it like normal Just Chatting streams where they chat with viewers. The joke they’re missing is that Literally Just Chatting should be purely the chat chatting between them with no comments from the streamer, like turning Twitch into an IRC chatroom.

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girl_dm, who usually broadcasts with a Vtuber avatar while playing, did a Literally Just Chatting broadcast where she didn’t say a word but was clearly there to put on a show. She had the most-watched stream of the section – before returning to her regular playthrough of Elden Ring – that really committed to the part. It was like a 24/7 undertone stream when the streamer is sleeping and the chat has full control of what happens on the screen. His stream has gone from a ‘back now’ screen with nothing but his own chat displayed on the screen, to a fan art collage with Never Gonna Give You Up playing in the background. She even did a typing speed test where only her keyboard click came.

In the Pizza Time category, PizzaPrincessG is making pies at his restaurant in New York. Chores, Odd Jobs, and Errands only have a few streams at the time of writing, and people are definitely not doing chores unless they’re playing games. New world bill. And unfortunately, Character Creation has only one streamer making various characters, like Tifa, in Code Vein. If there was any category that I think could last, it’s Character Creation. The category logo is a reference to the tremendously popular Monster Factory video series. How is this a flop?

Twitch didn’t make it very clear that these categories were real in their announcement tweets, so maybe more people will come until April Fools’ Day continues. Right now, there are a lot of opportunistic streamers looking for easy views without actually making a stream that fits the category. A fun joke that becomes the same old battleground for views is classic Twitch, but we expect to see more commitment to these jokes as the day goes on.

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