for August, 2014
PAX Prime 2014 is this weekend and features an insane amount of awesome content starting Friday straight through to Monday. If you’re a fan of PAX but not able to attend the event, you’ll be pleased to know that you can find everything from PAX – the highly coveted PAX Main Stage and Hedgehog Theatre panels, the Twitch Booth stream, and the premium esports events and game reveals – all right here on the PAX Prime 2014 Event Portal.
Let’s go into a little more detail on exactly what you can expect as a viewer this weekend.
As announced 20 days ago, at 2pm PDT today, August 27th, the next steps in our VOD storage system will begin to take place.
Past broadcasts will begin to be removed from Twitch servers. This also marks the beginning of the new VOD storage system:
- Past broadcasts will now be saved for 14 days for all broadcasters,
- And 60 days for Twitch Turbo subscribers and members of the Twitch Partner Program.
If you would like to keep your past broadcasts, you can easily export them to YouTube or create highlights with our new Video Manager. Additionally, you can save locally right when you start broadcasting.
These changes take us one step closer to our ultimate goal: to deliver the highest quality video across multiple platforms.
We’re excited to announce our latest iOS broadcasting integration, Gameloft’s Heroes of Order & Chaos, the world’s first ever mobile MOBA.
State of Play, a feature documentary about the competitive world of South Korean professional gamers, will have its North American festival premiere at the Portland Film Festival on August 27, 2014.
To reach the global gaming community, State of Play will be simultaneously screened live on Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers with 55 million viewers per month. The first online screening will coincide with the first screening at the Portland Film Festival. It will commence at 5pm PDT (UTC-07:00) and will loop continuously for 24 hours via the channel twitch.tv/stateofplaydoc.
It’s almost unbelievable that slightly more than 3 years ago, Twitch didn’t exist. The moment we launched, we knew we had stumbled across something special. But what followed surprised us as much as anyone else, and the impact it’s had on both the community and us has been truly profound.
Your talent, your passion, your dedication to gaming, your memes, your brilliance – these have made Twitch what it is today. Every day, we strive to live up to the standard set by you, the community. We want to create the very best place to share your gaming and life online, and that mission continues to guide us.
Together with you, we’ve found new ways of connecting developers and publishers with their fans. We’ve created a whole new kind of career that lets people make a living sharing their love of games. We’ve brought billions of hours of entertainment, laughter, joy and the occasional ragequit. I think we can all call that a pretty good start.
Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon.
As previously announced , we’re committed to making Twitch a great place for people to connect over the games they love, no matter what language they speak. Last month, we added language support for our iOS app and today we’re excited to roll out improvements to localization (i.e., translations) for our site.
It began with Host Mode.
Then came Host Mode Broadcaster Notifications in chat.
And today, we launched a new way to see who’s hosting your channel: Host Mode Dashboard Notifications.
Visit the Live section of your Dashboard to see how many channels are currently hosting you, then click the drop-down for a detailed list of those channels.
Keep an eye out for even more updates to Host Mode soon!
Our base belong to Lirik. Thanks to the expert URL decryption techniques of He Who Just Could Not Wait to Show You His Shirt, our super secret second underground lair of t-shirts has been discovered. Set 2 of Twitch Partner Merchandise t-shirt is now LIVE!
Head over to twitch.tv/store to check out the fine apparel from none other than:
PAX Prime is less than a week away, and – as promised on Twitch Weekly – we’ve been working on some awesome events for the community! We want to make sure to call out our awesome booth partners Gildan, a leading supplier of quality branded apparel; KIXEYE, the popular online gaming company and publisher of TOME: Immortal Arena; ReedPOP, the largest producer of pop culture events; and Turtle Beach, Twitch’s Official Audio partner; for being part of the Twitch at PAX Prime 2014 experience.
We love our fans, broadcasters, and communities, so we wanted to go all out with this year’s activities. We’ve got multiple Twitch-specific educational panels, partner signings, esports events, a huge party, great live content, awesome prizes, and so much more.
In The Booth
Here’s what we have scheduled throughout the show in our booth (#3403):
- TOME: Immortal Arena (Friday 8/29 -Monday 9/1): Each day, the first 250 visitors to the booth who check out TOME: Immortal Arena will receive an exclusive Twitch swag bag with a commemorative Twitch PAX 2014 Pin and a limited edition Gildan shirt featuring TOME. TOME will also be playable at the booth with high-performance professional audio provided by Turtle Beach.
- Broadcaster Meet & Greets (Friday 8/29 -Monday 9/1) 2:00-6:00 pm PT: Some of Twitch’s most popular casters will be at the booth doing signings (including limited, special edition Twitch posters, available ONLY during these sessions!), taking photos, and meeting viewers. (Head’s up on a chance to win one of five epic swag bags: be one of the first five on Monday to show us our Exclusive Twitch PAX Prime Meet & Greet poster signed by ALL of the participating broadcasters and walk away with one of these awesome prizes.) The first hour is sponsored by Gildan and features TheJustinFlynn and MANvsGAME. See the comprehensive schedule below:
Immunity Project is an “Until There’s A Cure” and “Y Combinator” backed nonprofit initiative focused on developing a HIV vaccine to give away to the world for free! The team of Berkeley, Stanford, and Northwestern scientists has completed animal studies with the help of a grant from Microsoft Research. Following successful completion of these studies, a groundbreaking crowdfunding campaign allowed the team to successfully vaccinate human blood in vitro (in a test tube), and they are now preparing for Phase I/II human clinical trials.
Because Immunity Project is a nonprofit, donations help keep the lab conducting research and prepping for the clinical trials to begin. That’s where the awesome Twitch community comes in! $75,000 helps keep the team in the lab testing and improving the vaccine formulation until human clinical trials can begin, at which point we’ll begin raising funds for the 2,500 vaccine doses needed to successfully complete this world-changing clinical trial.
That’s why, this weekend (August 22-24), the Minecraft community is pulling together to help raise the $75k needed to keep this amazing organization going. We have a great group of casters dedicated to streaming for Immunity Project during the times outlined below:
We’re back with another Community Spotlight! It’s a smaller community in the broadcasting world, but with Nintendo’s upcoming Smash 4 title being so close to release, Super Smash Bros. fever has never been higher. We think it’s a great idea to shine a light on some of the phenomenal Smash broadcasters who have been putting out great work in this community to engage and entertain viewers. From the tireless dedication of broadcasters who cover entire tournaments, to the interactive teaching streams that help newcomers get a handle on some of Smash’s more complex mechanics, to the friendly and fun household broadcasts that just show friends who love the game, we have some of the best of all those worlds represented in this week’s spotlight.
T-shirts. They’re the uniform of the gamer. We know because you’ve asked time and again for us to offer Twitch apparel and have happily snapped up said swag with glee. Once again we’ve got some awesome new t-shirts for you, but this time with a wrinkle (‘cause cotton..).
Starting today, in partnership with Teespring, we’re bringing you a selection of t-shirts made by some of your very favorite Twitch broadcasters! And, not just one batch – we’re going to be releasing six shirts every Monday for the next four weeks so you won’t need to do any laundry until October! (But seriously, do your laundry.)
The Geekie Awards are coming to Twitch this weekend. Yes, that’s right – time to let your geek flag fly.
Made by geeks for geeks, this award show celebrates the best in indie gaming, entertainment, comics and art. At this year’s Geekies, you’ll be able to get an exclusive look at the opening scene of Wasteland 2, celebrate Batman’s 75th birthday and hang with your favorite geek celebs.
I recently watched the Hohokum trailer and thought to myself, “what the heck did I just see?!” Of course, I also said to myself, I have to see more. No, that’s not true. I needed to see more. If you’re thinking the same thing, then you are in luck.
Tonights live performances from the The Hohokum Music Spectacular will air live on PlayStation and Ghostly International‘s Twitch channels. This event showcases the convergence of music and gaming by celebrating this week’s launch of the PlayStation exclusive video game, Hohokum, and its soundtrack.