In 2018, we introduced the Twitch Developer Rig with RFC0004 and launched the beta version in the same year. This native application provided an alternative approach for getting started with an Extension by providing templates, view testing, configuration service management, and Bits-product management. The Developer Rig has helped many developers begin their Extensions journey by centralizing these aspects of development.
Due to portions of the Developer Rig being powered by deprecated internal services and Bits product management becoming available in the developer console, we have made the decision to end support for this application on or soon after January 31, 2023.
What to expect when support ends
Any developer who continues to use the Developer Rig after the above date can expect the following behaviors.
New projects will no longer be able to be created for an existing Twitch Extension.
There should be no noticeable change. Existing projects will be able to test their Extension views.
The monetization tab in the Developer Rig will no longer be available to manage Bits-in-Extensions. Bits product management is now available in the developer console and is the recommended alternative to the Rig. In conjunction with this announcement, Bits product management in the developer console is now considered generally available (promoted from its open beta launch in December). It is also possible to manage Bits products directly with Twitch API endpoints.
There should be no noticeable change. Existing projects can continue to use this tab to manage configuration service segments. It is also possible to use the configuration service Twitch API endpoints.
Documentation on the developer website will be updated today to indicate the end of support timeline. Resources will be updated to remove mention of the Developer Rig on or soon after the date above.
What action needs to be taken?
Review the behaviors above to consider any changes to your current Extension development workflow. We are also aware that members of the community have built alternative tools and services for Extension developers, and we encourage the sharing of additional resources below if they are helpful to others.