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Update: Order adjusted based on correct data.
While League of Legends and Dota 2 continue to MOBAlize strong viewership, something called “TwitchPlaysPokemon” drove a massive, half-fanatical, half-bewildered crowd to the now “ledgendary” Pokémon Red. This isn’t the time to use that, Red. This isn’t the time to…you get the point.
Meanwhile, Titanfall debuted to a very strong broadcast and viewership numbers within a relatively small windows. Finally, Hearthstone appears to be here to stay in the Top 10, you could say “like a rock”. Disclaimer: No Murlocs were hurt in the writing of this blog. These jokes, gotta catch them all. I’ll let myself out.
A couple of weeks back, we completed an upgrade of the Twitch London Point of Presence (POP). As a result, we can serve you with an additional 200% of capacity and accept more ingests (broadcast) through LHR.
We’ve got more infrastructure upgrades and additions on the way, so stay tuned for the future.
It’s official. On March 11th, Twitch broadcasting comes to Xbox One. “Wait, that’s the same day as Titanfall!” you say. Yes, yes it is. But that’s not all!
Along with broadcasting functionality, the updated Twitch app for Xbox One gets an enhanced viewing experience as well – Chat, Following, and Notifications are all coming in the update. With so much new stuff, let’s jump right into the particulars. See below for a video overview and feature set. And you can read more on Xbox Wire and in the news.
UPDATE: I wanted to update as I buried the lead. We did find and fix a “fundamental issue” with our redis servers, as noted here. During the week, we also updated some networking configurations in relation to our chat servers that should have smoothed out service in general.
TwitchPlaysPokemon is a bonafide phenomenon. So far we’ve seen millions of unique viewers and over 100k peak concurrent viewers. It has captured the attention of the gaming community and even made its way into the mainstream press.
The unique nature and huge chat participation in the TwitchPlaysPokemon experiment has put enormous (and unforeseen) stress on our chat system. We’re always working on improving the QoS of our chat system, and this has been a wonderful learning experience for us.
By now you probably know about this simplistically awesome phenomenon: Twitch chatters controlling the outcome of a game of Pokémon Red/Blue. It reached the eyes and instant admiration of Twitch staff Thursday evening, and after a quick Friday morning blast, this intriguing test of the infinite monkey theorem has shot into the stratosphere of most watched and most interactive on Twitch. While the stream has crossed more than 75,000 concurrent spectators, the total number of unique Twitch members who have participated via chat is more than quadruple that amount.
We recently upgraded our Twitch Los Angeles Point of Presence (POP), increasing its serving capacity by roughly 400%. This upgrade also increased ingest (broadcast) capacity.
We may also have installed a Sound Blaster 16 sound card, a vintage Anderson-Jacobson acoustic modem for backwards compatibility, and a cutting edge Courier External 56K* V.92 Global Dial-up Business Modem.
We continue to work on capacity additions and upgrades, so keep an eye out for future announcements.
We’ve updated the look of your Twitch Settings pages to better match the rest of the site. You can check out this makeover at http://twitch.tv/settings.
As we made some changes in organization, we’ve provided a brief outline of what you can do under each Settings tab.
Do you play video games and like free stuff? Ever worn a t-shirt? Want to ditch your current backpack (Do you rock one strap or two?)? Tired of drinking water from faucets? If you said yes or are tired of these questions, have we got a contest for you!
For over a year, we’ve been building a new in-house video system that will allow us to scale to the rapid growth of our platform. Part of this process involves updating the current video player. The update to the video player affects anyone out there that embeds the Twitch player on your websites.
If you embed Twitch content on your site, make sure to check your embed code. If you use:
You’ll notice this is basically a change from Justin.tv to Twitch.tv. (The latter player is already live!) With this one simple change, your embed experience will be seamless when the new player goes live and the old player is decommissioned.
We’ll have more to tell you very soon, so thanks for tuning in and utilizing all Twitch has to offer!
On November 25, 2013, we removed the Access Code and Hide from Directory features from Privacy settings options. We previously messaged this via site-wide alert to all broadcasters, blog, and Twitter.
To add some color as to how we came to this decision:
- As we spread to more platforms (iOS, Android, Xbox, etc) and updated development technology, this older code wasn’t easily portable.
- Access Codes were stored and shared in plain text, which is not a security practice we wanted to continue.
- We found that far less than 1% of our broadcasters used this feature, and often it was not used as intended.
Since November 25, we’ve received a number of support requests from users who had set these features and were still hidden from the directory. We found the settings hadn’t been entirely cleared on our end. As of December 5, 2013, we have cleared all stored Access Codes and resurfaced the Hide from Directory option for those of you who had this set prior to the feature removal. If you disable the Hide from Directory option, you will not be able to use it again in the future.
You can still block private messages from channels that you do not follow via Privacy settings.
We know that for those of you who used this feature, it was very important. We’ll be looking for better ways to bring private streaming back in the future.
Thanks for understanding!
If you’re using the PS4-to-Twitch broadcasting integration, you have a chance to appear on the Twitch front page!
If you are currently or have in the past used XSplit to stream to Twitch, please read this carefully.
It has come to our attention that various data on XSplit’s servers have been compromised. In particular, your XSplit credentials (account name and password), as well as your Twitch account name and stream key may have been exposed. Such exposure might allow an external party to broadcast to your Twitch channel.
Please see this XSplit announcement for more details.
You’ve been wandering this cold world for too long. You’ve sought warmth in other shirts, worn other hoodies. But they just weren’t you. They just didn’t do.
Well take your wardrobe outside and burn it in the yard: the Twitch Store is here!
Twitch is coming to New York Comic Con! If you’ll be at the show, swing by Booth #722 and say “Hi’.
tldr; Archiving changing to opt-in feature (opted out by default) for new broadcasters; all older broadcasters who have created highlights since 2012 are automatically opted in.
As we continue to grow, we face a variety of challenges in terms of cost and scale. As we are first and foremost a live video service, we’ve regularly deleted past broadcasts that are not “saved forever” or highlighted to control storage resources and costs. As the number of broadcasters has grown, so has the space and costs of archiving VODs. You may not know this but Twitch and Justin.tv combine to ingest and save as much as or more video each day than any other video site. At the current rate at which we are storing broadcasts, we can’t even order storage fast enough to keep up with demand.