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Every time the communities behind Speed Demos Archive and Speed Runs Live get together for their twice-annual Games Done Quick charity marathons, we always expect it to be bigger and better than the last. However, Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 blew all of our expectations out of the water by raising more than $1,000,000 USD for the Prevent Cancer Foundation in only a week’s time. How did they manage this incredible feat? By performing some of the best speedruns ever captured on Twitch.
We polled the office and collected some of our favorite runs that have occurred over the past week. For more information and to donate to their cause (There’s still time!), check out GamesDoneQuick.com. Don’t see your favorite clip below? Drop it in the comments!
Video games are weird.
We used to fret over whether or not to slap $5 bucks down on the counter and reserve a copy of a game. Now we fund game development based on what we’d read on the back of the box. In the final telltale sign that we’re living in the age of video games as a service, you can now pay in full for access to a game that’s knee-deep in development.
Or maybe you don’t pull the trigger just yet. As the Twitch community is discovering, Early Access titles are some of the most compelling to watch, especially if you’re not quite sure whether or not to spend your heard earned cash. Here are three of them that are making waves.
As part of their Twitch swag contest, the fine folks at PlayStation have supplied us all with Killzone Shadow Fall emoticons. Now, let’s all work together to ween ourselves off of Kappa and over to our new favorite emoticon, “Killzone guy.” The emoticon codes are listed below. Enjoy!
Hot on the heels of our Minecraft integration, CCP Games has introduced Twitch broadcasting to EVE Online, allowing players to stream their gameplay direct to their Twitch channel with just the click of a mouse. For a full breakdown of this feature, visit the EVE Online community blog where their developers have detailed how to get started with Twitch for EVE Online.
We’re thrilled to be part of EVE Online, and to be in such good company alongside CCP Games. Together with the EVE Online community, CCP helped raise $190,890 for Typhoon Haiyan Relief over the course of a few weeks. Congratulations to CCP for both the huge round of charity, as well as the integration. As always, be sure to let us know what you think and what we can do to improve this feature.
Following a brief open beta period, we’re pleased to report that Minecraft 1.7.4 is now available and features integrated Twitch broadcasting baked right into the game itself. As we’ve covered previously, Twitch for Minecraft features one-click streaming to your Twitch channel, with support for a microphone and integrated Twitch chat.
When Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, many of us here at Twitch were quick to express interest in organizing a charitable campaign. We also knew that, much like Twitch itself, we couldn’t do it without your help. On November 19 we reopened the Twitch store with a special selection of merchandise, the proceeds of which went towards the Red Cross’ efforts. By December 2, the Twitch community had helped raise $90,000 for Typhoon Haiyan Relief.
The next generation of gaming is here, but it’s the cross-gen titles that are getting all the love. As always, we sort this list by the overall number of minutes watched per game. This allows us to give you a more accurate view of the Twitch community, as it helps negate the influence of front page and other promotions. Actual numbers can be found by finding the two Warp Whistles and using them back-to-back.
At MINECON 2013, we announced that integrated Twitch broadcasting was coming soon to one of the most popular games in the world, Minecraft. Today, we’re pleased to report that Mojang has released this feature into open beta as part of its experimental snapshots program. All Minecraft owners have access to this open beta, but you’ll need to setup a few things before you can try it out.
Update #2: Currently, Twitch for Minecraft only supports Windows (Vista and later) and Mac OS X (10.8, 10.9). Linux support is currently not planned due to licensing issues surrounding the encoding software. Apologies for not including this information in the original post.
With the impending release of the Xbox One here in the States, the next generation of gaming will be fully ushered in and you may still be wondering which Twitch experience you’ll be receiving on which console. To that end, our designers have whipped up a handy infographic that lays out the streaming capabilities of the PlayStation 4, and the advanced viewing app found on the Xbox One. While all of this can change and expand in the coming months and years, for now, this is the future we’re living in.
You already knew that Twitch is coming to the all-new Xbox One, and today Microsoft has unveiled its day one plans for Twitch over on its Xbox Wire. With one of the most robust viewing applications to date, Xbox Live Gold members will be able to experience all the content they love from the Twitch network of gamers and you’ll even be rewarded for it. Yes, you’ll be earning achievements for watching others play video games for you. The next generation of gaming has truly arrived.
We’re currently exiting the PlayStation 4 launch hype delirium and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. While some nay-sayers were anticipating our global infrastructure to be brought to its knees, we’re pleased to report that this post is not coming at you from the Twitch rapture thanks to the hard work and due diligence of our awesome engineering staff. Here’s a recap of everything you may have missed from the past week of PlayStation-induced insanity.
We’re kicking off a week of awesome product news with the long awaited 2.0 update of the Twitch App for Android. Why is it so hotly anticipated, you ask? Oh, you didn’t? Huh.. Well.. This is awkward. Seeing as how I didn’t really have a back-up plan for this blog I’m just going to go ahead and tell you anyway.
The Twitch App for Android 2.0 brings the full chat experience to your mobile device.
Coming off the success of our Dota 2 integration, allowing Twitch viewers to earn in-game item drops for watching ticketed events, Valve has extended this awesome service to their hit online shooter, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Your first chance to earn CS:GO drops on Twitch is coming in just a few weeks at DreamHack Winter 2013.
It’s the final crop of top Twitch games before the next generation arrives. Soon, there’ll be all kinds of Killzone’s, and Dead Rising’s, and newfangled next-gen experiences to be had. Will Twitch streaming integration in these consoles be enough to crack the top five? We’ll find out next month!
Mojang’s annual fan appreciation event, MINECON, is going down this weekend in Florida and you can tune in to the festivities all weekend long by visiting http://twitch.tv/mojang. We can’t imagine a better place to announce our partnership with Mojang, as Twitch integration is coming soon to the PC and MAC versions of Minecraft.