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To better define our Moderation teams, notably roles and responsibilities, we updated Chat with a new role: Global Moderator. A Global Moderator is basically a Super Channel Moderator: all the privileges of a Channel Moderator across all channels on the site. Global Moderators are volunteers who have extensive experience and knowledge of all things Twitch. We hope you’ll say hi to them and look to them for advice and support. That icon is pretty bad axe.
A reminder that Administrators, or “Admins” for short, are paid personnel who review grief reports and enforce our Terms of Service. In short, they help us keep Twitch safe and fun.
For more on chat badges and what they represent, read this.
First, a big thank you to everyone who participated in Extra Life 2014! This year, we specifically added Extra Life as a “Game” and numerous participating broadcasters set this as their game during the event. For its limited run, Extra Life finished at #14 in our Top 20. We’ll have more on all things Extra Life in an upcoming blog.
While the Top 5 remained the same as September, we welcomed the release of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, which debuted at #6. The most notable move belonged to Fifa 15, which went on a run to #11, jumping six spots in the process. Magic: The Gathering also shuffled its way up six spots to land back in the Top 20 at #17.
October/Spooktober/Shocktober wouldn’t be complete without some horror games. Two highly anticipated games, Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within, released at #12 and #13, respectively. Much shock. So spooky. WoW. (Speaking of doge, we take DogeCoin!)
Gaze now upon the Top 20.
On October 22 at 8am PDT/11am EDT/4pm BST, we will perform site maintenance for approximately 5-15 minutes. During this maintenance window, note the following experience:
- If you’re already connected to the site and broadcasting or viewing, your experience should not be affected. However, navigating away from the page you’re on will result in seeing the maintenance page.
- If you’re not connected or attempt to navigate around the site, you’ll see the maintenance page. Connections include logins, broadcast attempts, and API requests.
We’ll send reminders before the maintenance at ~48 hours and ~24 hours, respectively. Follow @TwitchSupport on Twitter for the latest updates.
London POP Upgraded 1500%!
We’d like to take this chance to inform you that we’ve upgraded our London Point of Presence (POP) a full 1500% of previous capacity. (Yes, 1500%!) We hope you’ll set your phasers to fun and turn up your flux capacitors to 1.21 jigawatts.
September. Felt like just yesterday. Or the day before yesterday. Yeah. September. Prepare thyself for the puns games of the month.
League of Legends. We should make a foam finger for this title.
September was a big month for new releases. Bungie’s Destiny and EA’s The Sims 4 both debuted in the Top 10. The popularity of Destiny seemed inevitable, and gamers all over the galaxy enjoyed the stellar experience. The Sims 4 marveled viewers who enjoyed watching gamers simulate their lives as…gamers. Next up in the queue is ArcheAge coming in at #16, FIFA 15 headed its way to #17, and I can’t leave out Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS at #18 lest I be knee’d by BobbyScar.
And now I present unto thee the Top 20.
The last month of Summer 2014 saw 60 million users take their eyeballs to the games on Twitch. 60 Million! And what did they watch?
League of Legends remains on top of the mountain without a Challenger. After the smoke cleared at gamescom 2014, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive had knifed it’s way to #2. Hearthstone continues to smolder with Naxxramas questing and a budding esports career.
As for the biggest movers, Arma III threw it’s hat into the minutes-watched Battle Royale and jumped up 7 slots. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls saw the biggest move leaping 8 spots with the release of the Ultimate Evil edition.
Without further ado (and puns), we present the Top 20.
Our base belong to Lirik. Thanks to the expert URL decryption techniques of He Who Just Could Not Wait to Show You His Shirt, our super secret second underground lair of t-shirts has been discovered. Set 2 of Twitch Partner Merchandise t-shirt is now LIVE!
Head over to twitch.tv/store to check out the fine apparel from none other than:
As we continue to deliver on our promise to add server capacity in Europe to keep up with growing demand, we recently upgraded several of our Points of Presence (POPs) in Europe. Now we can sit back, throw on some Sandstorm, and hold on to our butts while we serve the best gaming action to the world.
Here are the upgrades by location:
- Frankfurt: 2,450% server capacity (yes, two thousand four hundred fifty percent)
- Amsterdam: 400% server capacity
- Prague: 200% server capacity
- Stockholm: 200% server capacity
We’ll continue to update after every infrastructure upgrade/addition. Thanks again for using Twitch!
While the Top 7 were relatively unchanged, E3* jumped into the Top 10 picture with record numbers. The real “stars” of the show were Wildstar with a huge jump from #18 in May to #10 in June, and Mario Kart 8 jumping 19 positions to #11. Not to be outdone, Ultra Street Fighter IV summoned its focus and charged up the charts 104 spots to land at #16.
* Yes, E3 is not a “game”. #Deal
Disclaimer: 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.
TPP broke the Guinness World Record for most participants on a single-player online videogame with 1,165,140 Twitch community members playing via chat from February 12 – March 1, 2014. This record is so REDiculous we decided to immortalize it through the power of t-shirt.
STARTing Thursday, June 19, take your hands off that D-pad and get on DOWN to store.twitch.tv and SELECT this one-of-A-kind, limited edition swag. Don’t B LEFT behind, it’s the RIGHT thing to do.
Shut UP and Take My $$
How Much: $19.99 USD
How Long: June 19 at 10:00am PDT to June 30 at 12:00a PDT
Twitchites! We’re excited to announce updates to our Twitch Community program. We want to bring more open and useful community programs to all of you who make Twitch possible. Because, well, you make Twitch… Twitch!
First, let’s kick things off with the news that we have not one but two new members on our Community team: Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham (pretty much the Godfather of Video Game Broadcasting) and Jordan “Soma” Tayer (pretty much a younger dead ringer for Joel from “The Last of Us”). Together, they bring years of experience in video game broadcasting, and most importantly, they’re fanatic Twitch users just like you. You can read about both of these fine folks below.
Today Xbox Wire announced that coming this June, Xbox Live Gold will no longer be required for popular entertainment apps like Twitch. That’s right, the Twitch app will be available on Xbox One and the Xbox 360 for all!
We will be performing site maintenance on May 15 starting at 12:00am PT. This maintenance should end by 1:00am PT. During the maintenance window, we will attempt to keep viewing and broadcasting up, but we cannot guarantee predictable service. Chat and other site features will be down for the duration.
One rainy April day, we opened the gates in front of HQ and grabbed a few people on the street to ask them what new things they’d like to see from Twitch. Most shrieked, “Why are you touching me?!” We got sad and ran back inside vowing to never venture into the outside world again.
To spare yourself this elaborate story and cut to the chase, click here.
Later that day, the rain slowed and the sun appeared full and bright. And there appeared a rainbow. Then it hit us: Rainbow Kappa. That would make the people happy and free them from their black and white
You may have noticed store.twitch.tv with a countdown timer that started on April 1st. It wasn’t an April Fool’s joke, only because we have no sense of humor/humour. Obviously.
We’re pleased to announce that the Twitch Store is back in business on Monday, April 7th, 2014, at 6p PT. This time, we’re playing for keeps. We’re opening up this eStorefront to brand you in fine linens 24 hours a day, 7 days week, to infinity and…
HOLD EVERYTHING! You said 2000 Purple Hoodies?!?!
To give this store a proper open (I’m told using “proper” makes things more proper), we’re making available 2000 purple hoodies, as well as a selection of t-shirts and another hoodie option. And then that’s it. Maybe we’ll add more in the future. Or maybe we won’t. I’ll never tell.
Spring is here and love is in the air. So we flew to Paris with some servers, a few cables, and our dreams. Ah, Paris.
We’re proud to announce our newest infrastructure addition in Paris, France. We’ve been hard at work delivering on a promise to bring more capacity to Europe. More capacity means more Twitch, and we want you to Twitch all day and night. In a good way of course.
Our Paris point of presence (POP) follows four POP updates and the addition of Prague in just over 3 months. We’re so proud of what our infrastructure and video teams have been up to, we wanted to recap recent activity: