We all did more than ever in 2014. There were more broadcasters, more viewers, more events, more charity, and more, well, chaos (remember that whole TwitchPlaysPokemon thing?).
We took a look back and captured some of the best moments from 2014 so the story of this amazing year could be shared with all of you. Thank you for making Twitch what it is today. Let’s do it again in 2015!
Miss out on PAX South? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Every segment recorded on both the official PAX channel (live panel feeds from the Main and Falcon Theatres) and the official Twitch channel (live from the Twitch booth) are now highlighted for your viewing convenience.
Here are some of our favorite highlights:
Twitch Town Hall featuring djWHEAT, Soma (Community Manager), Cyrus (Senior Video Engineer), Aaron (Product Manager).
Inside Gearbox Software – behind-the-scenes look at Gearbox Software and get the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.
Penny Arcade – Make a Strip featuring PA’s Gabe and Tycho.
What were your favorite moments? Let us know in the comments!
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We’re so very excited for PAX South 2015. How excited?
So much going on, let’s jump right in an break this epic event down:
Where can I watch all this great content?
Check out all the live content from the Twitch booth and panel rooms here: http://www.twitch.tv/event/pax. More detailed content blog to come!
First, do you have to be present to win? NO! We’ve got multiple HP Omen laptops and a few hundred game codes (H1Z1, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Sunset Overdrive, Halo: MCC, Forza Horizon 2, and a bunch of Devolver Digital games) for our fans whether you’re in person or at home! We’re gonna drop codes into our chat on twitch.tv/twitch during the event, and we’re also going to run a social media contest all week. We’re talking more than $10,000 in prizes and swag. We could drop the mic there, but we got MOAR!
Join the Twitch #PAXPort Challenge for your chance to win one of 3 HP Omen gaming laptop bundles. Start here: http://splur.gy/r/nDydY
If you’re attending the show, you’re in luck: We’ll have 3 HP Omen gaming laptop bundles to be given away each day LIVE! Attend the Twitch Town Hall or play Hearthstone at the booth in the HP Omen Broadcaster Zone for a raffle ticket. You just might win!
Play Hearthstone and Vainglory at the Twitch Booth
Thanks to our partners at HP and Blizzard, you can come play Hearthstone at the Twitch booth on HP Omen gaming laptops, just like the ones we’re giving away. In our Mobile zone, you can play the smash hit Vainglory, a mobile MOBA by Super Evil Megacorp. First 50 people in line each day get an exclusive Twitch swag bag with gear and Kappa Card Starter Pack!
Maybe the hottest new panel series going at PAX, we’ve got another awesome Twitch Town Hall live on Friday, January 23, from 2p-3p CST. Whether you’re at the event or watching from home, tune in for another exclusive look into how we make Twitch go. We may even have some swag for guests! More info here.
We’ve got a new collectible! Our awesome Design team delivers unto you Kappa Cards. (Insert your Kreygasm face here.) Each person in line for the Meet & Greets will receive a Kappa Card Starter Pack (while supplies lasts). You can pick up additional cards from our featured broadcasters themselves and get ‘em signed by. What are they and what do they look like? Here’s a sneak peek, but you’ll have to be at the show to know for sure!
We had the second 2015 episode of Twitch Weekly this week, talking about topics ranging from the new Twitch Music Initiative to PAX South plans to much, much more! If you want to know more about the all of topics we discussed – the super duper crazy awesome /r/Twitch user Jikkircraft (@Jikkir on Twitter) has put together a run down of all subjects + timestamp links to each of those sections! Check it out below:
Update: On today’s (16-JAN-2015) Twitch Weekly at 1pm PST, our Chief Strategy Officer, Colin Carrier, will talk about Music and we’ll have a live Q&A.
Today we’re announcing two important music initiatives: the Twitch Music Library and the beta Music category.
Twitch Music Library
The Twitch Music Library (hosted at music.twitch.tv), is a library of songs pre-cleared for Twitch broadcasters to use live and with VODs (past broadcasts/highlights). As you may recall, we implemented an audio recognition system last year out of respect for copyright holders and to protect both our broadcasters and our brand. We knew it was equally important to ensure broadcasters had music options. Thus, the Twitch Music Library was born to offer safe passage through the less-than-clear legal landscape when it comes to audio rights.
The Twitch Music Library features more than 500 songs provided by established and burgeoning labels, including Mad Decent, Dim Mak, Spinnin’ Records, OWSLA, Monstercat, Fool’s Gold, and many more.
Music Category Beta
We are also announcing an experiment with music content creators: our beta Music category. The Music category—listed among the game titles you can designate for a broadcast—is for musicians to use for creating, performing, and presenting original music.
Duracell presents the “Longest Lasting” tournament, a 26-hour non-stop Madden NFL 15 marathon hosted on Twitch.
Basically, Duracell has these awesome new rechargeable batteries. They’re going to put these batteries to the ultimate test by putting them into the game controllers used on the stage and NEVER CHANGING THEM for 26 hours. This show of power has us positively charged. (Hold for laughter.)
This tournament invites gamers like you to compete against “Team Duracell”, which will be comprised of NFL pros – such as Arian Foster (Houston Texans), Maurice Jones-Drew (Oakland Raiders), and Patrick Willis (San Francisco 49ers) – and eight pro gamers.
We’re pleased to announce the Twitch Partner Spotlight program, aimed at shining a light on the massive array of awesome Twitch partners, regardless of size, and giving them a chance to showcase their broadcasting talents with a wider audience!
We had the first awesome 2015 episode of Twitch Weekly this week! If you want to know more about the topics we discussed the super duper crazy awesome /r/Twitch user Jikkircraft (@Jikkir on Twitter) has put together a run down of all subjects + timestamp links to each of those sections! Check it out below:
Join Twitch for six gaming movie premieres over the next seven weeks!
Every Friday (until February 20th) after Twitch Weekly we’ll showcase a new film or documentary (on our main Twitch channel) from Devolver Digital celebrating and exploring different aspects of video game culture.
If you’d like to support Devolver please use the coupon code TWITCHLIVE at http://devolverdigital.vhx.tv/ for 50% off all of Devolver’s films!
Click here to read more and see the schedule of upcoming films!
From Twitch HQ to wherever you are, have a great end to your 2014, and let’s all do it bigger in 2015! (ProTip: Scroll all the way down.)
Big thanks to illustrator Timothy Reynolds!
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