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UPDATE (4/17): Choice Chamber is now funded! Thanks to the Twitch community for giving the final push. You all made the right choice.
UPDATE (4/16): Click this link for the Reddit AMA.
Today, we’re very excited to announce our intent to match the funds needed for Studio Bean to launch Choice Chamber, the first game built specifically for Twitch. Studio Bean currently has a Kickstarter that needs to reach $30,000 in pledges by 7:00pm PT on Sunday, April 20th. We’ve offered to match the remaining amount at the time of this announcement to help turn this concept into a reality! This means we’re covering half of what remains to be raised and are looking to our community to assist with the rest.
Choice Chamber was specifically designed from the ground-up for use with Twitch. In the game, the player fights off a never-ending horde of enemies in dangerous chambers. However, it’s the viewers who decide the player’s fate, as they constantly give input via chat to change the game in real time.
To get the Twitch community involved in Choice Chamber, we’ve recruited some of your favorite Twitch broadcasters to play the game. Here is today’s schedule for the Twitch channels that will broadcast Choice Chamber (all times Pacific):
As the exclusive streaming partner of ReedPOP and in partnership with Newegg, the official PAX East E-tailer, Twitch is excited to bring the PAX East 2014 experience to you. We’ll have a booth (#936), live broadcasts, demos, giveaways, and so much more. In addition to broadcasting from our booth, we’ll also have live broadcasts from two key stages at PAX East on the Twitch/PAX East Event Portal. (<— Click that link now!) This portal is the primary destination to view all PAX programming.
Our booth offers severals ways for fans to experience Twitch. We’ve got a bunch of Twitch-enabled next-gen consoles with headsets from Turtle Beach, Twitch’s official audio partner. The first 250 visitors a day to the booth who try their hand at broadcasting from one of these interactive stations will get a Twitch swag bag with a limited edition t-shirt and commemorative pin!
With these two simple words, thousands of Xbox One owners have made the leap from their living rooms to the vast reaches of the World Wide Web shouting, “Look at me world, [I think] I’m good at video games!”
To help Twitch users consume this yummy goodness, we’ve dedicated a directory solely to Xbox One broadcasts so all of our new Xboxcasters (need to copyright that™) will be easy to find. So whether your game of choice is Titanfall, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Forza, FIFA 14, or any other Xbox One title, you can find the action here.
We’ve got an exciting new first today as Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne for iOS will be the first ever mobile game to feature Twitch’s live broadcasting functionality. The game will debut its broadcasting capabilities during the week of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) with a 24-hour live stream event on Twitch.
Today we announced that Twitch will be the official live streaming partner of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The partnership with the tradeshow’s owner, Entertainment Software Association (ESA), is a three year agreement beginning with E3 2014 that will heighten the global presence for the leading video game event. As the official streaming partner of PAX East, PAX Prime, C2E2, New York Comic Con, BAFTA, EGX London, and others, this news further establishes Twitch as the premier way to attend gaming conventions remotely.
NOTE: For the full press release, click here.
Today we announced the Twitch Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK). This new game developer tool will enable the live broadcasting, capturing and archiving of mobile games. This latest innovation will help mobile gaming companies reach the Twitch community directly from their devices and across other platforms as well.
WE DID IT! TwitchPlaysPokemon was victorious in just 16 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes and 30 seconds. With only 122 million chat messages. When can we do this again? (Oh, tomorrow, awesome!)
This note was slipped surreptitiously under the door at Twitch HQ:
All praise helix!
TwitchPlaysPokemon has captured everyone’s attention (and an occasional Pokémon) by letting you play a hand in the adventure. While it’s definitely a rough proof of concept as the first of its kind, we’re excited to see the high level of engagement it has received and that others are tapping into Twitch as a platform that lets viewers interact on a whole new level.
Many of the top video game critics in New York will be coming together next Tuesday for the 3rd Annual New York Videogame Critics Circle Awards ceremony. This is a festive event where game developers from around the world will be in attendance in hopes of hearing their games selected as winner of one of many illustrious awards as voted on by the Circle. Can’t make it to Brooklyn? No problem, the event will be exclusively streamed on Twitch.
Gamers are a giving bunch! We’re happy to help announce the 6th Annual Gamers for Giving event brought to you by the Gamers Outreach Foundation. Taking place this February 8th and 9th, you can get in on the action at www.Twitch.tv/GamersOutreach. The event raises funds to help provide gaming kiosks for children’s hospitals and for military care packages.
GamesBeat 2013 is a two-day conference happening on October 29-30, and we’re teaming up to bring selected content exclusively to Twitch. This marks the first time the conference has been available via live broadcast, giving audiences worldwide an opportunity to hear directly from game industry luminaries as they address the business of gaming and what lies in the future for this growing pastime.
Today we’re pleased to announce that a future GeForce Experience update will introduce Twitch streaming, enabling those ShadowPlay users to stream their captured gameplay direct to Twitch!
If you failed to book a flight to London for the inaugural D.I.C.E. Europe sessions, then toast up some crumpets and tune into Twitch on Wednesday, September 25. Thanks to our collaboration with event organizers, The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and Video Games Intelligence (VGI), we will be streaming this day full of industry luminaries who will be addressing the dynamic changes and growth of the games industry.
One of the spotlight titles from Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal at E3 2013 was Project Spark, a game about making games, from Team Dakota (rather than having me describe it in detail, just check out the trailer). If you liked what you saw then (or just now), be prepared to learn even more about this creating, sharing, and playing experience during their upcoming demo on Twitch.
Sony Online Entertainment is expecting a.. wait for it.. full house at SOE Live, a fan-focused event being held at Planet Hollywood in Vegas from today through August 4th. The good news is they’re also streaming some of the festivities on Twitch for those who can make the trip. Formerly known as SOE Fan Faire, SOE Live is Sony Online Entertainment’s fan fest where they’re be making announcements about current and future SOE games, hosting panel discussions and conducting game-themed live events with the full Twitch schedule below. For more details about the event, visit www.soe.com/soelive/.