This Saturday, a happy horde of heroes will take up their controllers, mice, dice and keyboards in what has become one of the largest gamer-fueled online efforts yet.
Extra Life is a 24-hour gaming marathon that works a lot like a run, walk, or bike fundraiser, without all of that pesky sweat and having to go somewhere. Play any game from video games to board games, and do it to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All of the funds you raise will go to a children’s hospital of your choosing! Find out more at http://extra-life.org.
Tune in this Saturday, October 25th, for 24+ hours of gaming for a great cause. To all the viewers who want to watch Extra Life content you need look no further than the Extra Life Twitch Directory.
Catch the John Wick CS:GO Invitational Finals TODAY at 5pm PDT, and watch the nation’s best teams collide in a flurry of headshots, grenades, and molotov cocktails to find out who will take the $20,000 prize from the pot!
All of the action will be broadcasted by FACEIT on Twitch.
* This is a sponsored event.
When we launched Host Mode Notifications in chat and in the Broadcaster Dashboard, you told us you wanted even more data about how your channel performed in Host Mode.
- Concurrent viewers by channel
- Video plays by channel
- Follows by channel
Twitch Announces Sponsorship of Apex World Circuit
Today, Twitch is proud to announce collaboration with the Apex World Circuit, the largest international tournament series for Super Smash Bros. and one of North America’s premier competitive gaming events.
Twitch is proud to sponsor Apex for the fourth consecutive year. Esports and competitive gaming have exploded over this time, and the meteoric rise of the Smash Bros. community during the last 18 months has been something truly special to behold. The authenticity and raw passion exhibited by Smashers around the globe is palpable, and Apex embodies this passion.
What does Twitch’s sponsorship of Apex mean for the Smash community? Twitch has committed $14,000 in pot bonuses for the Smash Bros. Melee events at all 14 Apex World Circuit qualifying events, awarding $1000 to the overall payout. But that’s not all! Twitch will accommodate travel and lodging for all 14 qualified players to the Apex grand finale this January 30-February 1 in Secaucus, New Jersey. Note: some qualifier dates may be subject to change.
As Twitch’s mobile presence continues to grow, today we are massively multi-pleased to announce that Order & Chaos Online is the first mobile MMORPG with Twitch Integration (or MMMORPGWTI for short-ish).
Thanks to a new update that just arrived for the iOS version of Order & Chaos Online, players can broadcast their gameplay directly to Twitch from their iOS devices. You can also interact with your viewers through built-in support for camera, microphone, and chat.
Beyond Twitch, the update brings iOS 8 support and a load of fresh content. This includes a new dungeon and bosses, the ability to transform the look of your armor, a new PvP arena with contested zones, and new unlockable wolf, bear and leopard mounts (oh my!).
The Twitch-enabled version of Order & Chaos Online is available for free on the App Store.
On October 22 at 8am PDT/11am EDT/4pm BST, we will perform site maintenance for approximately 5-15 minutes. During this maintenance window, note the following experience:
- If you’re already connected to the site and broadcasting or viewing, your experience should not be affected. However, navigating away from the page you’re on will result in seeing the maintenance page.
- If you’re not connected or attempt to navigate around the site, you’ll see the maintenance page. Connections include logins, broadcast attempts, and API requests.
We’ll send reminders before the maintenance at ~48 hours and ~24 hours, respectively. Follow @TwitchSupport on Twitter for the latest updates.
London POP Upgraded 1500%!
We’d like to take this chance to inform you that we’ve upgraded our London Point of Presence (POP) a full 1500% of previous capacity. (Yes, 1500%!) We hope you’ll set your phasers to fun and turn up your flux capacitors to 1.21 jigawatts.
Star Admiral is a new mobile game that lets you collect 3D spaceships and lead them into epic battles against other players. With the latest update, you can broadcast your tactical genius directly to Twitch!
Our integration with Star Admiral has the same mobile goodness you’ve come to expect:
- Support for iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPhone 5 or later.
- Broadcast your space conquests to Twitch with no extra hardware.
- View broadcasts from other players from within Star Admiral.
If you broadcast tomorrow, Hardscore Games will even reward you with a free epic ship called The OneShot. It’s that easy and awesome to get started!
To learn more about Star Admiral or chat with the devs, watch http://www.twitch.tv/hardscoregames tomorrow morn at 6 AM PST (aka 3 PM CEST if you’re in Germany). Or blast on over to the App Store to get the game right now.
Over the years, Twitch has been a huge supporter of broadcasted charity gaming marathons. One in particular, Extra Life, has been a massive success. During Extra Life’s organized National Game Day, thousands of gamers simultaneously partake in gaming for up to 25 hours straight, benefitting sick and injured kids treated at the 170 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals across the United States and Canada.
This year, Extra Life is at it again. On October 25 (and again going for 24+ hours), gamers will play in efforts to raise money for the specific CMN hospital of their choice, and Twitch is ready to help #ForTheKids! Twitch’s goal is to be able to track all of the amazing work the community does to benefit Extra Life.
Hey broadcasters and partners! Now that we’ve built out our internal statistics pipeline, broadcaster and partner dashboards will see some changes over the coming months. Next up for improvement are subscriber and per-broadcast stats, which will give the broadcaster (you!) more insight into how individual broadcasts are performing; we’ll be tracking when you change broadcast details and pairing up your stats with them.
Before we get to the improvements, we’ve moved over some resource-intensive charts to our internal stats system:
- Concurrent Viewers
- Max Concurrent Viewers
- Time Watched
- Time Broadcast
Today, we’re expanding buying power to $4.99 channel subscriptions. Now you can pay for your favorite channel subscriptions with everything from Bitcoin to gift cards. Plus, you can now buy channel subscriptions in 1, 3, or 6 month packages!
Click here for more info and links from this week’s show.
[Edit for clarity: this policy pertains specifically to Twitch driven campaigns.]
[Edit 2: For sponsor relationships outside of Twitch driven campaigns, we encourage all broadcasters to follow FTC guidelines, as per section 11.g of our Terms of Service.]
We launched Twitch over three years ago, when the video ecosystem was a different industry than it is today. We’ve seen the continuing rise of gaming content on Web video platforms, a host of media companies which cater to that industry, and the increasingly big-dollar deals with major consumer brands who leverage gaming personalities to market their products and games.
All the while, the Twitch community has grown fast as more and more gamers embrace live video and the community it supports.
An increasingly large part of the Gamer/Platform/Media/Advertiser equation, particularly in the video game industry, is what we commonly call “Influencer Campaigns.” Influencer campaigns are one way for an advertiser to leverage the celebrity of a content creator on various video platforms to drive awareness and purchase intent for the advertiser’s brand or product.
September. Felt like just yesterday. Or the day before yesterday. Yeah. September. Prepare thyself for the puns games of the month.
League of Legends. We should make a foam finger for this title.
September was a big month for new releases. Bungie’s Destiny and EA’s The Sims 4 both debuted in the Top 10. The popularity of Destiny seemed inevitable, and gamers all over the galaxy enjoyed the stellar experience. The Sims 4 marveled viewers who enjoyed watching gamers simulate their lives as…gamers. Next up in the queue is ArcheAge coming in at #16, FIFA 15 headed its way to #17, and I can’t leave out Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS at #18 lest I be knee’d by BobbyScar.
And now I present unto thee the Top 20.
Click here for more info and links from this week’s show.
Two men enter, one man ragequit, or whatever someone does when they lose a live streamed Street Fighter competition. This Sunday, dance floor titans Steve Aoki and Borgore will face off in Capcom’s Ultra Street Fighter IV with the victor determined by the best of five matches.
Why are they doing this? According to the tale of the Tweet, Aoki called out Borgore to take him on in a fighting game, and we, of course, egged them both on to settle it on Twitch.
This showdown will be hosted by our own Mike Ross, partnership lead for Twitch’s fighting game community, as well as a veteran competitor, host, and commentator. Because Steve and Borgore are both stars in the EDM scene, Ross will be heavily focused on the event’s BPMs (beatings per minute).
Steve made his bones on Twitch with his live concert and the mesmerizing dance party emotes that took over his chat, while Borgore regularly showcases his love for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Both love music and both love games, but do they love each other? Only time will tell…and that time is listed below.
Date: Sunday, September 28th
Time: 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET