It’s almost here! MINECON is arriving this weekend and from July 4-5, players of all ages and from all corners of the globe will gather in London to celebrate Minecraft and its community. MINECON 2015 is shaping up to be the biggest MINECON yet with Minecraft-related discussion panels, gameplay sessions, keynote speeches from members of the community, building contests, costume contests, and many more exhibits. The team at Mojang invites you to tune in to the show throughout the weekend via the official livestream, which will be hosted on Xbox One and Xbox 360 through the Twitch app and on Twitch.tv.
Three streams will be live at twitch.tv/minecon throughout the weekend:
· twitch.tv/mojang – The main MINECON stream, from the Studio in the Expo Hall (North Halls)
· twitch.tv/mineconstage – Dedicated Main Stage Stream (South Halls)
· twitch.tv/mineconpanel – Dedicated Panel Room 1 Stream (S1 & S2)
Since the dawn of the time, our users have yearned to connect to chat using HTML5 instead of Flash – we’re pleased to announce this is now a reality. HTML5 chat is rolling out today.
With our shiny new WebSockets chat implementation, you’ll experience:
- Speed: Chat loads nearly 4x faster on average
- Efficiency: Chat uses fewer CPU resources, especially in busy chat rooms
- The Future: This is a big step towards a complete HTML5 Twitch experience
Thank you one and all for making E3 2015 amazing. Thank you game publishers for making the games we love. Thank you viewers for tuning in. And thank you partners for taking part in this E3 like never before. See below for a handy infographic we drew up to highlight all the goodness.
We’ll see you all next year!
It’s a wide world of gaming out there. We would know. And keeping up with new releases can be overwhelming. Especially those from smaller developers. Well, prepare to be overwhelmed no more.
Introducing the Twitch Indie Spotlight, a special promotions program designed to help smaller game publishers and developers build an indie community on Twitch, and to help viewers discover something new.
Starting this July, Twitch will give an indie developer the chance to highlight a game every month. You’ll be able to watch featured streams, hear from the developers, and check out the game in action right here on Twitch.
The first game in the Indie Spotlight is Vainglory. A new MOBA designed specifically for touch interfaces like iOS and Android. In fact, it was so well designed it received an Apple Design Award at WWDC 2015.
We’ll be celebrating it’s global release LIVE on July 1st with a 24 hour stream. The first two hours will be broadcast directly from Twitch HQ where the developers will take on players from across the globe. We’ll continue the spotlight throughout the month with exclusive streams showcasing the game and all it’s innovative touchy features.
Vainglory Indie Spotlight schedule:
Catch everything at twitch.tv/vainglory
July 1st at 2PM PDT – 24 Hour Global Launch Celebration
July 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 2pm PDT– MOBA pro Zekent hosts a weekly stream introducing newcomers to Vainglory
Since the creation of Twitch in June 2011 (and for a select few back with the launch of JTV in August 2009), thousands of broadcasters have fired up their webcams, logged into their favorite game, and started broadcasting. In that time, we’ve seen the success of thousands of broadcasters, witnessed many record-breaking events, been a part of some of the most epic game launches in history, and have become the go-to place for charities to raise millions of dollars through online gaming.
While we’ve always taken pride in our broadcasters, supporting them throughout their journeys, we’ve decided to make a more public appreciation in those who have spent hundreds (and to some, thousands) of hours dedicating time and energy to putting the best live gaming content on Twitch. After months of planning, we’re really excited to announce the new Twitch Top Broadcaster Program.
You may be asking, “What does a top broadcaster actually look like?”
In order to make the subscription process seamless for Twitch users around the globe, we’re revamping our payment system, giving you a much-improved user experience and an easier way to subscribe to your favorite channels.
Once again, Twitch has partnered with Humble Bundle to bring you the E3 2015 Digital Ticket, packed to the gills with the best of the best in digital swag. Proceeds support the ESA Foundation (ESAF). We’re proud to further ESAF’s mission to improve the lives of children through video games.
It’s that time again. E3 is right around the corner, and we’ve got it all on Twitch. Check out all the press conferences you know and love, including the all-new PC Gaming Show (exclusive on Twitch).
Attention Twitch Broadcasters!
New this year, we’re encouraging you to “co-stream” all of the E3 content from twitch.tv/twitch. We’ve got all the content, now all it needs is your commentary and opinions. Make E3 your own and personalize it for your community.
*Note – When the time comes, please set your game to “E3 2015″ and only re-stream the official twitch.tv/twitch channel. Restreaming channels other than /twitch will be subject to DMCA as per usual.
Over the last several months, we’ve been working more and more with our friends in the entertainment world—specifically those in the television and music industries—to provide new content experiences on Twitch.
For example, we partnered with Ultra, one of the biggest Electronic Music festivals in the world, to bring their live concerts straight to Twitch. We also worked with HBO to broadcast the season 1 pilot of Silicon Valley with an exclusive clip from season 2, and USA to debut their pilot episode of Mr. Robot.
We understand that for long-term members of the Twitch community, this can be a bit confusing. After all, Twitch is a site for gamers. It’s been our policy, with few exceptions, that Twitch is for games only. So you may be asking “Why?”
Now you can send private chat messages without leaving your current chat.
Whisper to friends, followers, and subscribers to chat privately one-on-one across all of Twitch. Your whisper will show up in-line with the rest of chat on web and mobile apps no matter what channel you’re on. If you’re watching Lirik and your friend is watching MANvsGAME, you can still whisper to him/her as long as you are both online. But only you and the user you’re whispering to will be able to see the conversation.
My name is Bazza and for the past 3 years I have been streaming a weekly show on Twitch. That show is called Video Game Championship Wrestling or VGCW for short.
Don’t miss out on Bazza’s last VGCW show taking place June 9th at 11PM UK/6PM ET at Twitch.TV/bazza87. And don’t fret wrestling fans, VGCW will continue on under new management!
VGCW takes both famous and obscure video game characters from various different games and throws them all into a wrestling ring together as the A.I. takes control of them while they fight for our amusement. Just like “real” wrestling, the characters have the opportunity to fight over various championship belts and other titles. There are also multiple storylines and feuds going on between the characters which brings a huge amount of personality and life to the VGCW universe. Because of the nature of this show, VGCW is able to have completely off the wall storylines which wouldn’t be possible in a real wrestling promotion, such as stories involving stopping an evil antagonist from taking over the world or even a story involving time travel.
We made an awesome website! Yay us. TwitchCon.com is all shiny and new with cool graphics and tons of info on our upcoming community extravaganza. Let’s not waste any time and get to the good stuff!
Tickets are still available, so get yours now, while you still can. Due to popular demand, we’ve made more tickets available for our epic after party, so if you were worried about getting in, be sure to pull the trigger today so you can reserve your spot.
Both days of TwitchCon will be jam packed with panels led by various experts from our amazing community. Here’s a taste of some of the awesome content:
- Your Brand on Twitch – by the Twitch Design team!
- Building Communities on Twitch
- Level Up: Developing the Framework for Success
- Taking Teams to the Next Level
- Can We Just Play? The Legality of Let’s Play Video and Streams
- Getting Games for Free: PR and New Media
- Colin & Greg Live! Twitch’s Morning Show @ TwitchCon
We’ve been announcing guests for the past several weeks, and now our Featured Guests list is finally complete! Only at TwitchCon can you expect to meet the likes of Lirik, CaptainSparklez, Towelliee, Imaqtpie, Trick2G, MANvsGAME, Kripp, LethalFrag, and Sodapoppin! And so many more!
People still like watching other people play video games live, so that’s like totally awesome. And what did people watching other people play video games live watch the most? Well…
People all around the world love soccer/football/futbol, and what better way to kick it on Twitch than to watch some caliente Fifa 15 action, which jumped four places to finish at #6. Destiny, behind two huge content reveal shows, launched it’s way into the Top 10 to land at #8.
As for new hotness, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt did a little hack-n-slash thing through the ranks to debut in the #7 slot.
Now feast your eyes upon the complete Top 20.
For the second year in a row, we have partnered with ESL and ReedPOP to bring you ESL One from Madison Square Garden during New York Super Week. Spanning October 3-4, ESL One features eight of the world’s best Dota 2 teams battling for over US$250,000 in prize money!
As with last year’s event, all games will be broadcast on Twitch, with joinDOTA hosting the event. This year’s event will offer attendees unparalleled access to professional players, including autograph sessions, exclusive strategy sessions, and opportunities to play with some of the best gamers.
Attending in Person
Tickets range from US$59 for day passes to US$269 for Premium tickets. Pre-sale tickets for last years’ attendees will be from June 5 at 12:00pm EDT until June 7. Starting June 8, tickets will be available to the general public and can be purchased on the ESL One ticket page.
Edit for Clarity:
If a game’s US version is rated Adults Only by the ESRB, you should not broadcast that game on Twitch. However, ESRB rated Mature versions of Adults Only titles are permitted for streaming, such as Mature versions of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy.
Games rated 18+ by other rating systems are fine to stream, so long as they are not rated AO by the ESRB, and they don’t violate the standard language of our RoC and ToS.
Our goal at Twitch is to create a safe, welcoming, inclusive community platform where everyone can feel comfortable and have fun. From time to time, we update our Rules of Conduct (RoC) in pursuit of this goal and to match emerging issues in the video game industry.
Previously, we made game-specific decisions about which games would and would not be available for broadcast – sometimes due to overtly sexual content, sometimes due to gratuitous violence. This is unsustainable and unclear, generating only further confusion among Twitch broadcasters. We would like to make this policy as transparent as possible.
Today, we’re updating the RoC with regard to Adult Only (AO) games. Simply put, AO games are not welcome on Twitch. Please refer to the ESRB’s Ratings Guide and list of Adults Only games for more information.
While the ESRB ratings apply exclusively to US titles, our policy extends to versions of these games in all territories. Generally, if the US version is rated for Adults Only (18+) or has an equivalent rating in your territory, you should not broadcast that game on Twitch.
The RoC is a living document that we update regularly based on community feedback and industry developments. We would appreciate your feedback, too.