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Twitch and Mountain Dew have partnered to bring you the #SummerofBaja Contest here on Twitch!If showing off your mobile gaming skills and winning some cool Twitch swag (official Twitch branded t-shirts, water bottles, and drawstring bags) sounds like a good combination to you, then dive right in. All you have to do is tweet us a picture of your best score in the Baja or Bust mobile game using the hashtags #SummerofBaja and #TwitchBajaorBust and you could be randomly chosen to win!
Today I’m happy to announce that, in partnership with Machinima, we have a first-of-its-kind live airing for you this Friday, May 23rd. Starting at 9AM PDT, we will broadcast the highly anticipated upcoming live action Street Fighter series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist live on Twitch in its entirety, simultaneous with its world-wide release on Machinima’s main YouTube channel.
That’s right, fans of Street Fighter and gaming will be able to tune in together to hang out in chat and enjoy a live viewing party for the series which takes us back to the formative years of the iconic characters, Ryu and Ken. Training under their master, Gōken, the boys are unknowingly the last descendants/practitioners of the ancient style known as Ansatsuken (Assassin’s Fist).
Can Master Gōken liberate himself and the Ansatsuken style from the dark shackles of tradition? Or will past demons return to consume him? Can Ryu and Ken’s destiny be changed? Or will history repeat itself once more? Find out this Friday at 9AM PDT LIVE on Machinima’s Twitch channel.
Note: there will be a second live airing at 4PM PDT.
We’re happy to announce on behalf of PVP Live that the very first Tavern Takeover Hearthstone tournament takes place this weekend, May 10th, 2014 at 1PM PDT! This isn’t a one-time-deal – these 8 Player Invitational Hearthstone competitions are happening twice a month, every month, with $3,000 in cold hard cash on the line.
PVP Live has brought together some of the best players in Hearthstone to battle it out. These competitors will have to beat some big names at the tavern to even stand a chance at winning a dime. What big names, you might ask? Kungen, ek0p, Savjz, Realz, Puffin, ThatsAdmirable, Reynad, and Trump. Yeah, we thought you’d recognize them.
Tavern Takeover offers a Hearthstone community experience that ensures that viewers of the tournament will see top-notch shoutcasting from Isaac Cummings-Bentley, better known in the gaming world as Azael. Tune in this Saturday 1PM PDT at twitch.tv/pvplive and look for more on upcoming Tavern Takeover events!
Following the success of the the official “Free to Play” viewing party we hosted last month, we are happy to announce that, in conjunction with Devolver Digital, we will be running a live airing of the StarCraft 2 documentary “Good Game” on Tuesday, April 29th at 10AM PDT / 1PM EDT / 1700 CET. The documentary will be followed directly by a live chat room Q&A with director Mary Ratliff and various casts and personalities from film. The live airing will take place on Devolver’s Twitch channel.
Good Game follows team Evil Geniuses in the early days of competitive SC2 when the game was at the forefront of the developing esports scene. Make sure to tune in this Tuesday to participate in this special live airing event! Click here for more information on Good Game.
As you may or may not know, we launched a new show five weeks ago titled “Twitch Weekly.” The goal of this show is to deliver our global audience a bite-sized piece of video content which covers upcoming events, community content, and generally all things Twitch, this week.
After one solid month of airing 3-5 minute post-produced shows each Friday, we’d like to try a new format by actually using our own platform as it was initially intended by airing Twitch Weekly for the week of 4/25 LIVE from the Twitch HQ.
That’s right, Twitch Weekly will be aired this Friday April 25th at 12PM PDT / 3PM EDT / 1900 CET live on the official Twitch channel with hosts djWHEAT, FishStix, and Atrioc!
This show will deviate from the previous format. Instead of 3-5 minutes, we are shooting for a 30 minute – 1 hour (depend on how things pan out!) longer format show. This should allow us to spend time discussing this week’s content, take questions for chat and Twitter, and talk about Twitch in a much broader, unrestricted sense. As part of the new show, we will be giving away one exclusive grey Twitch hoodie and three free months of Turbo to our favorite questions of the show. You may start asking questions right now by Tweeting @Twitch and using the hashtag #TwitchWeekly! We may dive into some stats at your request.
So, make sure to head on over to the official Twitch channel now and click the Follow button so you can catch us LIVE tomorrow.
Today we’re proud to announce our official sponsorship of Lone Star Clash 3 (LSC3), an up-and-coming, grassroots esports event taking place on May 3rd & 4th live from Austin, Texas.
The event includes two $15,000 tournaments across League of Legends and StarCraft II. The contestants come from both the world’s premier esports professionals and teams, as well as the strongest collegiate esports hopefuls. League of Legends fans will be able to catch the final four teams in the IvyLoL collegiate finals, while StarCraft fans will get a chance to see one Collegiate StarLeague qualified player go up against the likes of Jaedong and Polt in the main StarCraft 2 tournament.
Alongside sponsoring Lone Star Clash 3, we’re also supporting the two LSC3 StarCraft II qualification tournaments this week by covering 100% of the flights and hotel accommodations for the finalists. The qualifier winners will get a free ride all the way to Austin to participate in this awesome event!
We’re proud to support grassroots events like LSC3 that cater to the professional and collegiate esports communities. If you would like to support Lone Star Clash 3, you can do so by contributing to their indiegogo campaign.
Photo credit: Helena Kristiansson, esportphoto.com
ESL released some pretty incredible stats today summarizing the Intel Extreme Masters World Finals which took place March 14th-16th in Katowice, Poland. Among those stats were various shattered records not just for ESL, but for esports as a whole making IEM Katowice one of the most watched esports events of all time. Some of those amazing stats include…
- 643,362 concurrent viewers across all Twitch streams, 168.97% growth from the IEM World Championship last year.
- Over 23 million video plays resulted in 12.6 million hours watched. That’s about 1,444 years of viewer-time and 108.15% larger than ESL’s previous record.
- 12,000 human beings filled the stands live, in person, at Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland.
More after the break…
Today, Twitch is happy to announce a new partnership with a long standing pillar in European esports, TCM-Gaming. UK-based TCM boasts nearly a decade of experience in the esports space and is the current home for some of Europe’s strongest players in Call of Duty: Ghosts, World of Tanks, and FIFA.
TCM has a special CoD: Ghosts stream planned to kick off the partnership. More info after the break.
Twitch and Valve have come together to present a unique online viewing party for the highly anticipated documentary Free to Play, which follows three professional gamers in their pursuit of the first Dota 2 International Championship. Tune in to the official Twitch channel starting on March 19th at 9AM PDT or 17:00 CET, and running throughout the day (~12 hours) to join the chat room and catch the documentary aired LIVE in front of a digital audience of thousands of Dota 2 fans! Later in the day, Twitch will be the first place to catch the online playback of the Q&A session with Dendi, Fear, and representatives from Valve’s documentary team which will be recorded Tuesday, March 18 in front of a live audience at the film’s press screening in San Francisco.
The viewing party will run all day on Wednesday, so make sure to partake in the fun in a one-of-a-kind live airing event (at your convenience)!
The most celebrated fighting game franchise of all time is coming together with the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. Announced today, Capcom and Twitch are collaborating to deliver the Capcom Pro Tour, the first ever Street Fighter-focused fighting game league. Comprised of a combination of premier events, ranking tournaments, and online tournaments, the Capcom Pro Tour establishes a year-long foundation for the fighting game community, culminating with the grand finals at the Capcom Cup this December.
Winter Brawl 8, one of the East Coast’s biggest fighting game tournaments, takes place this weekend and includes competitions across many of the world’s top fighting games. Today I’m happy to announce that Twitch is on board as an official sponsor.
The Ender’s Game on Blu-ray Tournament is an unique promotional esports event held in collaboration with Twitch and MLG featuring an epic StarCraft II tournament for over $20,000 in prizes being held in advance of the February 11th on Demand and Pay-Per-View release of Ender’s Game.
Ender’s Game, a film about a boy being groomed for a commanding role in an epic space battle, is perfectly suited to a StarCraft II competition led by the two gaming titans. StarCraft II, set in space, is a military science fiction real-time strategy online game. Just as Ender rose above his fellow students to become Commander of the International Fleet, one StarCraft II player will rise above his or her competition to become the Ender’s Game on Blu-ray Tournament Champion.
Twitch and Apex are proud to bring you Apex 2014 – powered by Twitch.
Apex is one of the strongest events in the world for the ever-growing Smash Bros community, and last year broke out as an incredibly well rounded Fighting Game Community (FGC) event as well. Twitch is excited to support an event which stays so true to its community roots, which is why it was a no brainer for us to officially sponsor Apex for the third year in a row.
When we asked the community how our sponsorship could be most effective this year, we quickly heard that several top players were having trouble raising funds to travel to Apex 2014. So, on top of our general sponsorship of Apex 2014 and in collaboration with the Apex organizers, together we subsidized the travel costs of three of the best players from the West Coast, who we’re proud to report are now able to attend Apex and increase the hype!
- Zac Cordoni – Sfat
- Kevin Toy – PewPew U
- DaJuan Jefferson McDaniel – Shroomed
In December of 2011, Matthew McKnight, aka LethalFrag, posted on his blog that he’d soon embark on an epic quest to stream every single day for two years straight and at least two hours per session, starting on Janurary 5th, 2012.
The concept was beyond novel, but was met with a fair amount of skepticism. Lethal at the time had a fairly modest following. But as the days rolled into weeks, months, and eventually years, the LethalFrag stream began to pick up steam. Today, LethalFrag is a staple of the Twitch community and regularly achieves many thousands of viewers for his nightly streams.
Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 is nearly upon us!
Speed Demos Archive presents Awesome Games Done Quick 2014, a 7 day (January 5-11) video game speedrunning marathon benefiting the Prevent Cancer Foundation. See over 150 hours of new and old games done quick as they get obliterated by top players from all across the world. Donate for chances to win prizes, name characters, have the runners complete challenges, or even add whole games to the schedule. AGDQ2013 raised over $400,000 for a good cause – join in this year so we can smash this record and show the world the power of the gaming community!
Twitch is also thrilled to be supporting AGDQ2014 with a donation incentive. For every 1000 viewers at the stream’s maximum concurrent viewership, we will donate $50. That means if the stream tops out at 25,000 max concurrent viewers, it equals a $1,250 donation. 50,000 max ccu = $2,500 donation. And a max donation of $5k if 100,000 concurrent viewers are achieved.