The signs of October are all around us. The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, and cosplayers everywhere are dusting off their finest threads because New York Comic-Con is right around the corner. And as is now tradition, Twitch will be right in the middle of the action, broadcasting live from the show floor. So if you can’t make it to New York for this explosion of pop-culture, we’ve got you covered.
In a flip flop for the first time since June, Hearthstone brawled back into 3rd ahead of Dota 2. Must have been that
epic stoic battle for bragging rights between Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. Emmett with the meta play. He’s bringing bow ties back.
September saw a healthy dose of AAA titles new or with new content shake up the ranks.
- Destiny’s expansion, The Taken King, forcibly pushed the game into the highly coveted #5 slot behind the Usual 4.
- The latest in the Metal Gear Solid series, MGSV: The Phantom Pain (almost reminds me of what that “first” Star Wars movie made me feel), stealthily debuted at #6.
- Diablo III continued it’s leap up the ranks by bashing it’s way another 10 spots to #10. New content is good. (See: Destiny: The Taken King)
- Super Mario Maker, debuting at #11, turned something old into gold, as many of you accepted the challenge of your friends’ inventive levels.
- Fifa 16 relegated Fifa 15.
- Mad Max grumbled “Hey” as it debuted at #19.
Not be left out of all the fun, Poker put together a nice run and flopped into the Top 20 at #16.
Marvel in the splendor that is this ordered list.
Amazon friends, we’ve got a awesome news to share with you. Starting today, you’ll be able to download a newer, shinier, fuller version of the Twitch app on the latest Amazon Fire TV devices.
Our app update gives you a more personal viewing experience on the new Amazon Fire TV, including the ability to login and follow content you love, an integrated chat experience and improved search. Here’s the full breakdown of features you can expect:
- View live and recorded video of top games, players & esports events.
- Follow channels and games you want to keep tabs on.
- Use our unique emote selector to easily interact with other viewers in chat.
- New profile pages to learn about broadcasters you’re interested, including the ability to check out their VODs.
- Hi-res video (1080p) support for new Fire TV devices.
In partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twitch is taking home a Gold at the IABB Mixx Awards, held in New York City as part of Ad Week 2015. The IABB Mixx Awards honors groundbreaking creativity and technical innovation in Digital Marketing. This Gold award under the Games category is recognition for the unique campaign that the Twitch Media Group executed last March and also saw the inauguration of 2Ks game Evolve in its first gaming tournament.
TwitchCon 2015 was, in one word: Unbelievable. Amazing. Epic. Family. More magnificent than we could have hoped. But maybe the one word that sums it up best is PASSION. That’s what we put in, that’s what you put in. And that passion made this kind of show possible. We love you all, so a big thank you to those who attended in person and watched online, and to those that just kept grinding by broadcasting and watching during the weekend because you love your Twitch community.
More than 20,000 of you attended and over 1.9 million of you watched online. Over 600 Twitch Partners were in attendance. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you ALL for making the inaugural TwitchCon a success!
Who wants to do this again next year? What was great and what could we have done better? Let us know in the comments!
Missed Emmett Shear’s TwitchCon 2015 keynote address? We’ve got you covered.
These are the upcoming features, products, and improvements that were announced today.
Amazon and Twitch have a shared passion for community-driven gaming. Be sure to attend a special Tech Talk segment from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. to hear speakers from Amazon Games discuss what community-driven gaming is and why they are so passionate about it.
Mike Frazzini, VP of Amazon Games, and Patrick Gilmore, Studio Head at Double Helix, take the stage with moderator Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham to delve into community-driven gaming. Make sure to tune in live at twitch.tv/twitch!
TwitchCon is only three days away! And whether you’re going to the show in person, or watching from your couch, we think everyone should be taking home some TwitchCon swag.
So, we’re teaming up with Xbox to give anyone attending the show or watching online some exclusive goodies for their Xbox One avatars.
For registered TwitchCon attendees, your avatar will receive a special edition TwitchCon hoodie. If you have a TwitchCon badge, you don’t need to do anything else to get your redemption code. We’ll email you with details the week after TwitchCon.
For those of you who can’t make it in person, we’ve got you covered as well. All you have to do is watch at least 15 minutes of TwitchCon content on your Xbox One and you’ll receive a TwitchCon T-shirt for your avatar.
That includes content on any of the following channels:
Don’t forget to log into your Twitch account while watching so we can verify your viewing status.
Codes will be sent out after TwitchCon is over, so keep an eye on those inboxes!
Here’s your chance to be one of the first broadcasters to access the upcoming playlist beta.
Turn your channel into a 24/7 viewing experience and create a playlist that will run when you’re offline. Select your favorite past broadcasts and highlights to showcase on your channel while your community keeps the conversation going in chat.
Can’t get enough Heroes of the Storm? You’re in luck. We’re happy to announce that Twitch and Blizzard are teaming up to reward those who not only love to play Heroes of the Storm, but love to watch it as well.
For a limited time, anyone who watches a Heroes of the Storm regional championship while logged into Twitch with a linked Battle.net account (more on that below) will receive a special “Storm Watcher” portrait in Heroes of the Storm. It’s super cool and will make all your friends jealous.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive continues to be a juggernaut in the esports scene, as well as with the general community. CS:GO has maintained a solid grip on the #2 spot for the last seven months and has defused any notion of being a flash [bang] in the pan. Case closed. Have a knife day.
Meanwhile, in a post-apocalyptic alternate reality, H1Z1 is the survival game du jour, clawing it’s way up the chart with many a survivalist enjoying the Battle Royale mode. We’re looking forward to the “H1Z1 Invitational” live from TwitchCon! #ShamelessPlug
How about them Gaming Talk Shows? RocketBeansTV, Dropped Frames (hosted by itmeJP, CohhCarnage, and Ezekiel_III), and Kinda Funny Games – among others – have helped to grow and solidify this category, which has settled into a regular Top 10 position.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III spawned in the #12 spot during its brief Beta period.
The most notable jumps in the Top 20 were by DayZ (#16, up from #22) and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (#20, up from #35). Kudos.
In an alternate ending to this blog, Until Dawn debuted at 21.
Now memorize the Top 20 for August 2015. There might be a quiz later.
Welcome to the September Indie Spotlight! This month we’re inviting you to check out Seriously Digital Entertainment’s Best Fiends. No, that is not a typo.
In Best Fiends, a game designed for mobile first, you’ll enter the world of Minutia, a land packed with cute characters, evil Slug invaders, single and versus gameplay, and over 300 levels of puzzle action.
As is the tradition with our Indie Spotlights, we’re partnering with top Twitch broadcasters to show you the ins and outs of this award winning game. And you won’t have to wait long because the first broadcast is going down TODAY with SuushiSam. Here’s the complete schedule:
And here you thought the TwitchCon 2015 information train was over. Well it ain’t over!
Here’s the latest on some of the awesome spectacle you can expect to see in person and online:
- Battle of the CEOs. Twitch’s Shear vs Blizzard’s Morhaime. Two men enter, one man leaves. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. You get the point. An event like this is so Rare, you could say it’s Legendary. Plus, you can’t have a match this Epic without commentators and coaches, so be prepared for special guests.
- VGCW (Video Game Championship Wrestling): VGCW is preparing a special customized character wrestling match, so expect some familiar looking competitors.
- Super Smash Bros. Exhibition featuring Twitch versus Red Bull: Twitch and Red Bull love Smash and want to throw a competition together, but are having trouble agreeing where to throw the event. To settle the score, SF-based Twitch will battle LA-based Red Bull in a Super Smash Bros. Exhibition Match where the winning office chooses the location of a $10,000 prize-pool Super Smash Bros. event (NorCal v SoCal).
We’re happy to deliver a long-awaited feature for our Android fans: push notifications.
Starting today, you can receive live alerts for any broadcasters you follow. If you already have our Android app, make sure you enable notifications. This can be done via your device’s settings. New users downloading our app for the first time won’t need to do anything at all to get notifications for followed broadcasters.
Change your mind about getting a mobile alert for a specific channel? We’ve made that easier to change in your notification settings on your mobile device. Manage your notifications by tapping the Options cog in the video player.
And, that’s not all. With this release, you can find other improvements as well:
- If you have a tablet, you can chat in landscape mode.
- The search bar is now visible across devices of all size.
And, if you’re an engineer who would like to make our Android app even better, come join us!
The TwitchCon Purple Ticket Contest is over and we have our winner!
We’d like to extend a truly heartfelt thank you to everyone who wore their Twitch passion on their sleeves and put their heart out there with a submission. As the number of entrants rose, so did the monumental difficulty of picking just one. It was nail bitingly close, but we have our Purple Ticket winner: MikeHazeGaming!