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Remember when y’all went crazy like Sander Cohen for TwitchPlaysPokemon (still going strong!), and then helped Choice Chamber make its Kickstarter goal, and soon after started dropping chat commands into streams of Daylight and Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition? Well, the Twitch Play Game genre is about to get its latest chatsourced challenge thanks to CrowdPlay from Overwolf.
CrowdPlay is a toolset that lets all of you play games together by entering commands into the chat (sound eerily familiar?). But the difference is Overwolf plans to simplify the process by building tools to enable any of you with a basic level of tech savvy to set up your own CrowdPlay events.
If you hop on over to Overwolf’s TwitchCrowdPlay channel, they are previewing this feature with Final Fantasy VI as an example of what you can soon construct with Overwolf’s tools. (Be sure to scroll below the video player for more info.) Will it be chat-astrophic or chat-tastic? Whatever it is, let’s hope you have better play on words to describe it.
Today we’re proud to announce that we’ve signed a multi-year, extensive partnership agreement with ESL, the world’s biggest independent esports brand. Twitch will be the exclusive streaming partner for ESL One Frankfurt 2014, the biggest European Dota 2 event. ESL One Frankfurt will be held at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. That’s right, a World Cup stadium.
Way back in the year 2011, the goodly people at TechCrunch visited the offices of then Justin.tv/Socialcam for an episode of TechCrunch Cribs. We use the term “office” loosely. You have to watch that one first. (You can’t watch The Empire Strikes Back without first watching Star Wars.) Go ahead, we’ll wait..
Did you hear? “We’re working a lot on video game broadcasting.” I wonder how that turned out? #Kappa
Flashforward 3 years, and…We’re all growns up! Check out our current digs and see for yourself.
Today, Dreamhack announced their commitment to be Twitch’s broadcasting BFF through 2014. Twitch will be the exclusive English esports broadcast platform for all DreamHack 2014 events, and DreamHack will also host Twitch’s popular player lounges at both DreamHack Summer and DreamHack Winter. In 2014 alone, DreamHack will expand to 160 broadcast days!
This year marks five years of platonic bliss between Twitch and DreamHack!
If they gave frequent flyer miles for playing a game, I could fly to Pandora and back for the amount of time I spent playing Borderlands, its sequel and the (seemingly) hundreds of DLC releases. Needless to say, anything Borderlands-related, I go all Psycho, especially when it’s happening on Twitch. Which leads me to ‘The Art of the Game’.
On May 8th at 1:00pm PT (and again at 6:00pm PT), 2K will premiere ‘The Art of the Game’ on Machinima’s Twitch channel. According to 2K’s press release, this film “documents a cultural shift in the entertainment people enjoy by following a group of students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, as they compete for a job in the increasingly influential video game industry. Through a series of interwoven stories, the film explores the passion, creativity, and change taking place in interactive entertainment, and its often misunderstood artistic culture.”
Twitch is proud to announce our participation in military gaming charity Operation Supply Drop’s third-annual “8-Bit Salute,” a 24-hour gaming marathon to be held May 17-18, 2014. Donations raised during this charity event will fund video game filled care packages, offering much needed diversion and stress relief to combat-zone deployed troops and those recovering in military hospitals.
Any streamer that registers and raises over $200 in donations for the troops on their stream will be eligible for a Twitch t-shirt, while one lucky registered streamer will win their very own exclusive purple Twitch hoodie!
To register your stream to take part in this year’s 8-Bit Salute, go here.
TwinGalaxies.com announced a new 24/7 interactive, live streaming, original programming channel called TWIN GALAXIES LIVE (TGL), powered by Twitch. The channel launched on April, 28th 2014, featuring state-of-the-art Skype and Twitch integration.
We’re proud to announce our support of High School Starleague (HSL), North America’s premier esports organization for high schools. With the financial support from Twitch, Newegg, and other companies, HSL has announced today that the top talent in this season’s HSL League system will be competing for over $20,000 in college scholarships! Twitch and NewEgg are each contributing $10,000 toward the scholarship. (I guess you could say the ‘e’ in ‘esports’ means ‘education’.)
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!