Can you hear that? That’s the sound of the hype train moving at top speed. Because PAX Prime 2015 from Seattle, WA, is nearly upon us. Whether you’re attending the show or watching from home, Twitch has you covered with all the PAX goodness you can handle with the help of our event sponsors HP Omen, Daybreak Game Company, Super Evil MegaCorp, Corsair, and Turtle Beach.
For those of you getting in on the fun in Seattle, we’ll have Super Evil MegaCorp’s Vainglory and Daybreak Game’s H1Z1 playable at the booth, Partner Meet & Greets (with brand spanking new Kappa Cards), a Twitch Town Hall, the insanity of PJSaltan of Stream II, and enough swag to fill a really big swag bag (including a new addition to the Twitch Pinny Pin collection, more on that after the break).
Watching from home? No problem. You can watch all the content from the Twitch booth and the two main panel rooms (Main and Hydra) on the official PAX Event Page. The full schedule is below the fold, so you can start planning your weekend now.
Here’s a rundown of a few highlights:
The final countdown to TwitchCon 2015 has begun! We’re just over a month away and today we’re happy to announce full schedules for the Intel Gaming Lab, Razer Broadcaster Zone, Meet & Greet sessions, and Education Zone!
We’re bringing together a who’s who of Twitch broadcasters and exhibitors and we want you to have every opportunity to watch, meet, compete with, and learn from them at the show. Here’s an overview of what’s going down, but if you just can’t wait to see all the details (like which broadcasters will be participating where), they’re available right now at twitchcon.com.
What electronic sport is newly popular with the cyber athlete you ask? I present to you cars playing soccer. Rocket League, the sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars (kinda bummed that they didn’t go with 2 Supersonic, 2 Acrobatic), crashed the party and double jumped into the 5th spot of our Top 20. Added play bonus: If you grind enough, you may soon sport the Twitch Glitch flag like Jericho.
A newcomer to the Top 20, Terraria sprouted up in the #16 spot thanks to the release of Terraria 1.3.
Not just surviving but thriving: ArmA III battled back from a brief hiatus to reappear at #17. Path of Exile also reemerged at #20 with the release of The Awakening.
Oh, and League of Legends is still #1 since like 5ever.
Feast thine eyes upon the Top 20.
Are you ready for more indie gaming goodness? Of course you are.
In this month’s Indie Spotlight, we’re giving you an in-depth look at Space Ape’s Rival Kingdoms: Age of Ruin. It’s a new take on the mobile real-time strategy genre with plenty of action, intriguing backstory, and collaborative guild-based gameplay to go around.
gamescom 2015 is right around the corner and with gamescom comes a ridiculous amount of gaming content you won’t want to miss. From gaming press conferences, to global esports championships, to the official Twitch booth [A-060 in Hall 9] stream (and much more), we’re featuring a little something for everyone. And with so much going down, we’ve made it our mission to help you cut through the noise and find what you really want to watch live from Cologne, Germany.
First off, would you kindly direct your attention to the official Twitch event page for gamescom 2015? This is where you’ll find all the live streams from Europe’s biggest gaming festival. If you bookmark one link, make it this one.
Next, let’s break down the schedule for your viewing pleasure:
Another Evo has come and gone, and with it, all previous records for fighting game viewership have been destroyed.
Evo has grown consistently year after year on Twitch, but the growth from 2014 to 2015 was so massive that we felt it cause to celebrate. Without further ado, the Evolution 2015 viewership metrics:
- Total views: 18,854,340 (+112.8% YoY)
- Unique viewers: 3,888,620 (+66.7% YoY)
- Minutes watched: 350,687,100 (+63.8% YoY)
- Peak concurrent viewership: 248,000 (+75.2% YoY)
This year more than ever fans were able to follow the action and catch every single frame as Evo 2015 was broadcasted live across eight official channels, all discoverable on Twitch’s Evolution 2015 event page.
Since our start, we’ve been hard at work connecting gamers around the world, and we continue to deliver on that mission. Today we’re excited to announce three new points of presence (POPs) in Asia, as well as the expansion of our event presence to more international gaming shows.
3 New POPs: Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea
After widening our presence and strengthening our quality of service in the US and Europe over the past few years, we made a concerted effort to provide the best Twitch experience to our many broadcasters and viewers in Asia. We’re proud to announce completion of three new POPs in Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea!
This is in addition to recent upgrades in Europe (London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, and Amsterdam) and new or upgraded POPs in the U.S. (Seattle, Chicago, Miami, and San Jose, California).
Expanded International Event Presence
In addition to our continued presence at gamescom 2015 from Cologne, Germany, this year we’ll be dropping booths for the first time at PAX Australia, Electronic Game Show in Mexico, and Tokyo Game Show in Japan. All of these events will feature a stage for publishers and developers to showcase their games to audiences around the world and feature hosts from Twitch and the broader broadcasting community.
Today we’re proud to announce what’s going down in the interactive areas and exhibits at TwitchCon 2015. We’re especially thankful to Intel RealSense Technology, ArenaNet, and Wargaming for joining as presenting sponsors for our inaugural event!
Besides the great Panels and Meet & Greets already announced, here are some of the many things you can watch, learn about, and play with at TwitchCon:
- The Intel Gaming Lab: Get your game on by going back to the lab in our Intel-powered gaming LAN featuring 144 gaming rigs where you’ll be able to interact and play with dozens of popular Twitch broadcasters in games such as H1Z1, League of Legends, Minecraft, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, World of Warships, Guild Wars 2, and more.
- The Education Zone: We’ve dedicated an entire floor to a variety of products a broadcaster needs to create a professional channel. Brands include Antlion Audio, Skreens, Esport.us, TwitchAlerts, Teespring, Elgato Gaming, GameWisp, Skype, Flood Gaming, HoneyLedger, and more. Making its debut at TwitchCon will be Gameshow, a new brand and product designed specifically for Twitch community. Amazon and Amazon Associates will also present product showcases.
In order to give our international and multilingual users a more cohesive chat experience, we’ve launched Broadcaster Language Mode.
Turn on Broadcaster Language Mode to let your community chat exclusively in your preferred language with other native language speakers.
Studio Wildcard, the creator of ARK: Survival Evolved, today revealed “Survival of the Fittest”, a brand new PVP deathmatch mode for ARK! To get the blood flowing, Twitch and Studio Wildcard are teaming up to bring you a 35-team “Survival of the Fittest” tournament live from Twitch HQ! Join Studio Wildcard’s Kayd Hendricks and Twitch’s Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez as they break down this new mode, tournament carnage, and interviews with the players.
What’s at stake? The winning tribe will receive a $20,000 Grand Prize, as well extra goodies from Logitech and Gunnar Optiks.
Hey, did we tell you that viewers can participate during the event?! While the teams battle it out, you can vote on Evolution Events–powerful world-altering sequences–that will occur every 30 minutes (Freak Weather, Dino Assault, Supply Drop).
So make sure to tune into on August 1, 2015, at 12:00pm PT, on SurviveTheARK. The action promises to be dino-mite!
Twitch is offering to fly out one special fan (and their friend) to San Francisco with an all-access pass (that means VIP party access, meet and greets with top broadcasters, tour of the event with Twitch staff, & more!) for TwitchCon, but we want to learn more about you before we pick somebody. Here’s the challenge:
Make a 30-90 second highlight on your Twitch channel explaining why you love Twitch and/or why Twitch should send you to TwitchCon. Then, tweet it to us @Twitch using the hashtags #TwitchCon and #PurpleTicketContest.
Before you run off and make another Avatar, we’ve got a few rules and regulations. Here are the major guidelines:
- This must be your video, created and filmed by you for this contest! No re-using cool movie clips, stunt footage or anything.
- Submissions must not exceed 90 seconds in length.
- Submissions must be cut as a Twitch highlight.
- The title of the video must include “TwitchCon Purple Ticket”
- The video can include other people, but only the person who submits the video will have the chance to win.
- The video should be in English and the submitter must be over the age of 18 and reside in the United States
- Your video must adhere to our Rules of Conduct and Terms of Service.
We’ll select the best, brightest, most exciting and heartfelt videos and send one lucky broadcaster and a friend to San Francisco to attend TwitchCon from September 25th-26th! Twitch will supply travel, accommodations and an all-access pass to enjoy the ultimate TwitchCon experience.
As you may have already heard, we’re beginning to roll out a redesign of our video player on web.
Choice Chamber is finally upon us! The first game designed from the ground-up to be played live on Twitch is officially launching TODAY. And it’s going to be cray.
As Choice Chamber is broadcast on your channel, anyone watching can use the chat to participate in the game. As the player navigates one dangerous chamber after the next, you can choose to be helpful, or you can choose to be evil. You can band together to help the broadcaster reach higher levels (fun!), or you can be the instrument of their demise (even more fun?). Or let anarchy reign, if that’s what you’re into.
The Evolution Championship Series is the largest and longest-running fighting game tournament series on Earth. Evo brings together the world’s best in a dazzling exhibition of skill and competitive spirit with over $300,000 in prize money on the line. It’s an atmosphere unlike any other for players and fans alike.
WHEN: Friday, July 17th – Sunday, July 19th
WHERE: EVO Event Page
This just in: E3 2015 was huge (pronounced yooooge). All of the great content we scheduled along with all of you who rebroadcasted the content and commented over it sent the viewership numbers out of this galaxy. “E3 2015″ as a game category warped through space and time and popped out of a black hole into #6. (We promise that will be the last space-related pun for E3 2015.) Onto the games…
A flip-flop near the top saw Hearthstone put Dota 2 in a handlock to take over the #3 slot. The survival game du jour, ARK: Survival Evolved, streaked up the list to debut at #5, making it seem as easy as riding a dinosaur.
In the movers and [earth]shakers category, World of Tanks cleared a path of destruction up the list, rolling five spots into #10. Not to be outdone, Heroes of the Storm had a pretty hot(s) month as well, storming six spots into #12.
And now the Top 20.