Warm up those fingers and let the DMs flow, because Whispers 2.0 is now fully available across your favorite iOS devices. Simply update your Twitch app to take advantage of our newly revised Whispers UI.
And when you take a break from whispering, be sure to let us know what you think of the update by filling out a feedback report. Our Android beta is still going strong, keep your eyes on our blog for new updates coming soon!
Go on, start sending those private Kappa and RitzMitz messages to your friends; we won’t tell.
Twitch and Blizzard have put their heads together and worked as one to bring you something pretty special. For everyone unable to attend Dreamhack Winter in person this year, Twitch remains the place to be for all your event coverage. However, that’s not all; anyone that watches the Heroes of the Storm finals on Friday, November 27th using a Battle.net linked Twitch account will unlock the first cooperative hero, Cho’gall!
Today we’ve releasing an update to the Twitch Rules of Conduct (RoC) and the User Reporting Tool. As these policies affect everyone that uses our services, we wanted to be as clear as possible with our reasons for the update.
Over the past two years, we’ve scaled up our efforts for site moderation, and throughout this process, we learned a lot about the most common and harmful issues our community faces. Based on this level of understanding, we’ve comprehensively reviewed our moderation policies to provide more detail on the specific actions and content that are considered RoC violations.
Today’s update features additions based on our current policies for the most severe issues and recent changes to our platform, such as the launch of Creative. Wherever we have made changes to existing policies, we’ve done so to more clearly spell them out. Although the changes to the document itself are extensive, our core principles have not changed: please treat others with respect and don’t abuse the site.
Here is a detailed list of the most significant changes, including those made for the launch of the Creative content category:
As we mentioned at TwitchCon, we know that you care about how your content looks. Today, we’re excited to take the first step towards improving how your VODs are presented and discovered on Twitch.
When you edit the details for your video, you’ll now be able to choose from four, random, auto-generated thumbnails. Initially, you will be able to select different thumbnails for past broadcasts only. We will continue to iterate on the feature and providing you with more customization options.
Thumbnails provide viewers with a glimpse into what your videos and channel are all about. When done well, these tiny pictures can impact whether new or existing viewers clicks to watch a video — and can ultimately be a powerful tool to help grow an audience for the entire lifecycle of your content.
To select a new thumbnail:
- Go to your Video Manager.
- Click Edit on any past broadcast.
- Select between four auto-generated thumbnails.
- Edit the remaining details for your past broadcast.
- Click Done.
Have an Editor helping with the management of your past broadcasts? No probs — they can select a different thumbnail, too! If you need further support about how this feature works, check out our FAQ.
Note: For clarity, we updated some of the language in the blog post at 5:22PM.
Slide into your friends’ DMs on the go with our first phase of whispers on your mobile device! Starting today, a small sample size of Android users will automatically gain access to our updated whispers functionality. We will continue to roll this out to more and more users until we have gathered enough feedback for a full launch. After we collect enough feedback from our Android users during this soft launch, we will follow things up by getting our iOS friends in on the fun.
If your device is selected, you will automatically be able to update the app to have access to the new functionality. Check back each day this week to see if you have access! Keep in mind that this feature is still in beta. Please submit all your feedback about our whispers update by filling out a feedback report.
At TwitchCon, we shared with you our vision for whispers. Today, we wanted to give you a preview of Whispers 2.0, what’s to come over the next few weeks, and how some of you may even play a part in shaping the final product.
Chat is an incredibly powerful force on Twitch — it enables amazing community and friendships to form. When we introduced whispers earlier this year, we wanted to make it even easier for you to connect with others one on one. As you’ve continued to whisper, we’ve also seen opportunities to make the experience better: ensuring that critical messages get to you, reducing spam, and increasing cross-platform usability.
One whole week has passed since Call of Duty: Black Ops III was released. Well, Totino’s has decided that was more than enough practice time for the pros. It’s time for a COD Pro Player Invitational featuring the newest Duty. Oh, and there’s $50,000 on the line.
Be the invisible hand of fate…or maybe just mess with your favorite Twitch broadcasters as they work their way through the new Rise of the Tomb Raider. Together with Crystal Dynamics and Xbox, we’re adding two interactive features to this Xbox One title, which launched today.
If you’re a broadcaster, select Expedition Mode to give viewers the ability to impact your game play through voting. At various points of the game, viewers can choose between one of two Expedition cards — the card with the most votes will be activated for five minutes. This can cause the game play to become more challenging, a little easier, or unpredictably wild!
Voting is cool and all, but getting rewarded for watching your favorite broadcasters play the game is even better. Viewers that watch Rise of the Tomb Raider broadcasts via the Twitch Xbox One app will be rewarded with gifts. These gifts are unlocked when certain events occur in the game like:
- Side Missions
- Challenge Tombs
- Specific Achievements
Once a gift is received, it can be redeemed within the Gift section of the Rise of the Tomb Raider in-game marketplace. Gifts are only redeemable within 30 days of each event that granted them so be sure to claim them as fast as you can. For these rewards to work, broadcasters will need to be streaming through the Xbox One Twitch App.
To learn more about how our interactive features on Rise of The Tomb Raider on Xbox One, please visit the FAQ.
Get in on the action right now!
The post-Blizzcon StarCraft 2: Legacy Of The Void hype is real, and we’ve got just the thing to celebrate. Head over to the official StarCraft Legacy of the Void Team page right now to take part in the Legacy of the Void Celebration Event Giveaway.
3,600 StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty product keys
360 StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void product keys
A Signed Collector’s Edition of Legacy of the Void
Exclusive StarCraft Merchandise
A Razer Blackwidow Chroma Stealth keyboard
A Razer Mamba wireless gaming mouse
A Razer Kraken Classic gaming headset
That’s not all, some of your favorite broadcasters will be hosted from the official StarCraft page as well. Until 10PM PT, watch LiviBee, MaximusBlack, BasetradeTV, HuK, Nathanias, RotterdaM, iNcontroL, Fenner, and Destiny for all the expansion excitement.
Update: We’ve changed the schedule so that people in Europe can more easily catch Bob on Mondays. For more info, click here.
Life is full of happy accidents.
When we first discussed the idea of running an all-episodes marathon of “The Joy of Painting” with the Bob Ross folks, we weren’t entirely sure what would happen. We knew it would bring attention to Twitch Creative and give the internet some enjoyment and inspiration for a few days. We had no idea it would grow into the phenomenon we’ve seen it become.
Bob has taught us a lot in the past few days, I think we can all say that.
The reactions people have had to seeing Bob again and in some cases, for the first time, have been truly amazing. From across the internet and all over the world, we’ve been moved by the responses. Here’s one particular note that got us right in the feels:
Well, all good things come to an end eventually. #RUINED! We’ve been as sad as you have, knowing the end of our marathon was approaching. Bob’s voice sends many of us to sleep at night, and calms and inspires us throughout the day. Bob has reminded us of what’s important in life, reminded us of our childhoods, time with family, and the days we’ve spent creating something. WE DIDN’T WANT THE END TO BE REAL.
Beef up your account security by enabling two-factor authentication.
Two-factor authentication (2FA) requires two different methods of verification to log in to your Twitch account: your password and your mobile phone. Each time you log in, you’ll enter your password and a unique code that we’ll send to your mobile phone. If your password is somehow compromised, your account will be inaccessible without the code we send your phone.
2FA is 100% voluntary – if you don’t enable it, you’ll still be able to log in with your password as usual. However, if you’d like some additional protection, we encourage you to enable 2FA.
Last year, Extra Life raised more than a record-breaking $4 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, much of that made via broadcasts and donations from our amazing Twitch community. Starting this Saturday, November 7, Extra Life kicks off its annual Game Day once again, with hopes to bump that record up to $6 million!
We anticipate many broadcasters participating, and thousands of viewers tuning in, so we’ve gathered some helpful tips and tools for you:
Happiness is a little tree. Maybe a fluffy cloud. And sometimes an almighty mountain. At the end of October, we fully launched the Creative category, and did so with a bang by presenting an entire 403-episode marathon of Bob Ross’s “The Joy of Painting”. (Still going strong!) This has brought our new Creative community joy, as well as our vast gaming community who took to the chat and have made gamerspeak part of the new lore. (The Joy of Memeing?) Creative checks in this month at lucky #13. #KappaRoss
When not telling Bob Ross he has “RUINED” another painting, viewers have taken to:
- League of Legends – (Duh.) The 2015 World Championship culminated with SKTelecom T1 taking the Summoner’s Cup home with a resounding 3-1 victory over KOO Tigers. #MingLee
- Fifa 16 – People around the world love soccer (aka ‘futbol’). Who knew. #KevinTurtle
- Overwatch – Blizzard’s much anticipated FPS offering arrived at the end of October and has been all the rave, for those lucky few that actually have access. Unlike this guy. #PJSalt
- Minecraft – In addition to the Build Guild getting back to the block, the German sensation Rewinside brought his talents to Twitch, and helped boost Minecraft to #9. #SSSsss
- Star Wars Battlefront – A brief Beta window saw just about everyone check out the new Hothness. #PogChamp
Bob Ross paints. I do lists. Enjoy.
Recently watched came up a couple of times in the past as a “nice to have” project, a.k.a. another one for the “maybe never” pile. After all, recency is everywhere. Netflix makes finishing all of House of Cards the default experience through recency. Sony sorts my game library by last played. I’ve been happily opening recent documents since Office 95. Recency can be built entirely client-side, so it’s way simpler and cheaper than most discovery improvements. But it wasn’t clear it’d be valuable for Twitch until I asked our data the right question. How much of our viewership is already on recently watched channels?
Recently watched channels get more viewership than all our existing discovery mechanisms! We launched recency experimentally and the treatment group watched 1.1% more minutes than the control group. Boom, one of Twitch’s most successful experiments ever! Twitch has moved the needle more with huge projects, like launching an iOS app. But we only get to do that once. I’m Danny Hernandez, a data scientist at Twitch, and this is the story of my biggest win in 2015.