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The Top 4…the Top 4 never changes. [Pause for effect.] Beyond the Top 4, November saw lots of changes. Lots you ask? Yes. Lots.
November was a highly anticipated month as two huge titles saw their full debuts: Fallout 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops III. When the dust settled, Fallout vaulted into the coveted fifth spot. It’s no secret that “gamers went crazy for Fallout 4,” as Fallout set a new Twitch record for most viewed game launch of the year. One could say that Fallout made dogmeat of the competition. (One sec, they’re taking my keyboard aw…)
Call of Duty: Black Ops III also enjoyed amazing viewership numbers thanks to the #TheRace and the many other awesome prestige marathons and Oh, ah, ah, ah, ah action. Even better news: #TheRace raised over $450,000 dollars for the Call of Duty Endowment. Big congrats to the team of TmarTn, Jericho, GoldGlove, VernNotice, and Hutch!
- World of Warcraft had a Legion of viewers opt-in to check out this new beta content.
- Our Creative category kept up its brisk pace with the culmination of the full Bob Ross marathon, and the recently announced Bob Ross Mondays marathons.
- StarCraft 2 saw a big leap thanks to a great WCS tournament at BlizzCon.
- The Binding of Isaac can’t biblethump too hard after creeping into the 12th spot behind the Afterbirth expansion.
- RuneScape jumped five spots with a little help from the new Deadman Mode.
Remember, remember this list for November.
Happiness is a little tree. Maybe a fluffy cloud. And sometimes an almighty mountain. At the end of October, we fully launched the Creative category, and did so with a bang by presenting an entire 403-episode marathon of Bob Ross’s “The Joy of Painting”. (Still going strong!) This has brought our new Creative community joy, as well as our vast gaming community who took to the chat and have made gamerspeak part of the new lore. (The Joy of Memeing?) Creative checks in this month at lucky #13. #KappaRoss
When not telling Bob Ross he has “RUINED” another painting, viewers have taken to:
- League of Legends – (Duh.) The 2015 World Championship culminated with SKTelecom T1 taking the Summoner’s Cup home with a resounding 3-1 victory over KOO Tigers. #MingLee
- Fifa 16 – People around the world love soccer (aka ‘futbol’). Who knew. #KevinTurtle
- Overwatch – Blizzard’s much anticipated FPS offering arrived at the end of October and has been all the rave, for those lucky few that actually have access. Unlike this guy. #PJSalt
- Minecraft – In addition to the Build Guild getting back to the block, the German sensation Rewinside brought his talents to Twitch, and helped boost Minecraft to #9. #SSSsss
- Star Wars Battlefront – A brief Beta window saw just about everyone check out the new Hothness. #PogChamp
Bob Ross paints. I do lists. Enjoy.
In a flip flop for the first time since June, Hearthstone brawled back into 3rd ahead of Dota 2. Must have been that
epic stoic battle for bragging rights between Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. Emmett with the meta play. He’s bringing bow ties back.
September saw a healthy dose of AAA titles new or with new content shake up the ranks.
- Destiny’s expansion, The Taken King, forcibly pushed the game into the highly coveted #5 slot behind the Usual 4.
- The latest in the Metal Gear Solid series, MGSV: The Phantom Pain (almost reminds me of what that “first” Star Wars movie made me feel), stealthily debuted at #6.
- Diablo III continued it’s leap up the ranks by bashing it’s way another 10 spots to #10. New content is good. (See: Destiny: The Taken King)
- Super Mario Maker, debuting at #11, turned something old into gold, as many of you accepted the challenge of your friends’ inventive levels.
- Fifa 16 relegated Fifa 15.
- Mad Max grumbled “Hey” as it debuted at #19.
Not be left out of all the fun, Poker put together a nice run and flopped into the Top 20 at #16.
Marvel in the splendor that is this ordered list.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive continues to be a juggernaut in the esports scene, as well as with the general community. CS:GO has maintained a solid grip on the #2 spot for the last seven months and has defused any notion of being a flash [bang] in the pan. Case closed. Have a knife day.
Meanwhile, in a post-apocalyptic alternate reality, H1Z1 is the survival game du jour, clawing it’s way up the chart with many a survivalist enjoying the Battle Royale mode. We’re looking forward to the “H1Z1 Invitational” live from TwitchCon! #ShamelessPlug
How about them Gaming Talk Shows? RocketBeansTV, Dropped Frames (hosted by itmeJP, CohhCarnage, and Ezekiel_III), and Kinda Funny Games – among others – have helped to grow and solidify this category, which has settled into a regular Top 10 position.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III spawned in the #12 spot during its brief Beta period.
The most notable jumps in the Top 20 were by DayZ (#16, up from #22) and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (#20, up from #35). Kudos.
In an alternate ending to this blog, Until Dawn debuted at 21.
Now memorize the Top 20 for August 2015. There might be a quiz later.
What electronic sport is newly popular with the cyber athlete you ask? I present to you cars playing soccer. Rocket League, the sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars (kinda bummed that they didn’t go with 2 Supersonic, 2 Acrobatic), crashed the party and double jumped into the 5th spot of our Top 20. Added play bonus: If you grind enough, you may soon sport the Twitch Glitch flag like Jericho.
A newcomer to the Top 20, Terraria sprouted up in the #16 spot thanks to the release of Terraria 1.3.
Not just surviving but thriving: ArmA III battled back from a brief hiatus to reappear at #17. Path of Exile also reemerged at #20 with the release of The Awakening.
Oh, and League of Legends is still #1 since like 5ever.
Feast thine eyes upon the Top 20.
Since our start, we’ve been hard at work connecting gamers around the world, and we continue to deliver on that mission. Today we’re excited to announce three new points of presence (POPs) in Asia, as well as the expansion of our event presence to more international gaming shows.
3 New POPs: Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea
After widening our presence and strengthening our quality of service in the US and Europe over the past few years, we made a concerted effort to provide the best Twitch experience to our many broadcasters and viewers in Asia. We’re proud to announce completion of three new POPs in Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea!
This is in addition to recent upgrades in Europe (London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, and Amsterdam) and new or upgraded POPs in the U.S. (Seattle, Chicago, Miami, and San Jose, California).
Expanded International Event Presence
In addition to our continued presence at gamescom 2015 from Cologne, Germany, this year we’ll be dropping booths for the first time at PAX Australia, Electronic Game Show in Mexico, and Tokyo Game Show in Japan. All of these events will feature a stage for publishers and developers to showcase their games to audiences around the world and feature hosts from Twitch and the broader broadcasting community.
Today we’re proud to announce what’s going down in the interactive areas and exhibits at TwitchCon 2015. We’re especially thankful to Intel RealSense Technology, ArenaNet, and Wargaming for joining as presenting sponsors for our inaugural event!
Besides the great Panels and Meet & Greets already announced, here are some of the many things you can watch, learn about, and play with at TwitchCon:
- The Intel Gaming Lab: Get your game on by going back to the lab in our Intel-powered gaming LAN featuring 144 gaming rigs where you’ll be able to interact and play with dozens of popular Twitch broadcasters in games such as H1Z1, League of Legends, Minecraft, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, World of Warships, Guild Wars 2, and more.
- The Education Zone: We’ve dedicated an entire floor to a variety of products a broadcaster needs to create a professional channel. Brands include Antlion Audio, Skreens, Esport.us, TwitchAlerts, Teespring, Elgato Gaming, GameWisp, Skype, Flood Gaming, HoneyLedger, and more. Making its debut at TwitchCon will be Gameshow, a new brand and product designed specifically for Twitch community. Amazon and Amazon Associates will also present product showcases.
Studio Wildcard, the creator of ARK: Survival Evolved, today revealed “Survival of the Fittest”, a brand new PVP deathmatch mode for ARK! To get the blood flowing, Twitch and Studio Wildcard are teaming up to bring you a 35-team “Survival of the Fittest” tournament live from Twitch HQ! Join Studio Wildcard’s Kayd Hendricks and Twitch’s Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez as they break down this new mode, tournament carnage, and interviews with the players.
What’s at stake? The winning tribe will receive a $20,000 Grand Prize, as well extra goodies from Logitech and Gunnar Optiks.
Hey, did we tell you that viewers can participate during the event?! While the teams battle it out, you can vote on Evolution Events–powerful world-altering sequences–that will occur every 30 minutes (Freak Weather, Dino Assault, Supply Drop).
So make sure to tune into on August 1, 2015, at 12:00pm PT, on SurviveTheARK. The action promises to be dino-mite!
This just in: E3 2015 was huge (pronounced yooooge). All of the great content we scheduled along with all of you who rebroadcasted the content and commented over it sent the viewership numbers out of this galaxy. “E3 2015” as a game category warped through space and time and popped out of a black hole into #6. (We promise that will be the last space-related pun for E3 2015.) Onto the games…
A flip-flop near the top saw Hearthstone put Dota 2 in a handlock to take over the #3 slot. The survival game du jour, ARK: Survival Evolved, streaked up the list to debut at #5, making it seem as easy as riding a dinosaur.
In the movers and [earth]shakers category, World of Tanks cleared a path of destruction up the list, rolling five spots into #10. Not to be outdone, Heroes of the Storm had a pretty hot(s) month as well, storming six spots into #12.
And now the Top 20.
We made an awesome website! Yay us. TwitchCon.com is all shiny and new with cool graphics and tons of info on our upcoming community extravaganza. Let’s not waste any time and get to the good stuff!
Tickets are still available, so get yours now, while you still can. Due to popular demand, we’ve made more tickets available for our epic after party, so if you were worried about getting in, be sure to pull the trigger today so you can reserve your spot.
Both days of TwitchCon will be jam packed with panels led by various experts from our amazing community. Here’s a taste of some of the awesome content:
- Your Brand on Twitch – by the Twitch Design team!
- Building Communities on Twitch
- Level Up: Developing the Framework for Success
- Taking Teams to the Next Level
- Can We Just Play? The Legality of Let’s Play Video and Streams
- Getting Games for Free: PR and New Media
- Colin & Greg Live! Twitch’s Morning Show @ TwitchCon
We’ve been announcing guests for the past several weeks, and now our Featured Guests list is finally complete! Only at TwitchCon can you expect to meet the likes of Lirik, CaptainSparklez, Towelliee, Imaqtpie, Trick2G, MANvsGAME, Kripp, LethalFrag, and Sodapoppin! And so many more!
People still like watching other people play video games live, so that’s like totally awesome. And what did people watching other people play video games live watch the most? Well…
People all around the world love soccer/football/futbol, and what better way to kick it on Twitch than to watch some caliente Fifa 15 action, which jumped four places to finish at #6. Destiny, behind two huge content reveal shows, launched it’s way into the Top 10 to land at #8.
As for new hotness, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt did a little hack-n-slash thing through the ranks to debut in the #7 slot.
Now feast your eyes upon the complete Top 20.
Do you want to build a snowman? PAX East 2015 from snowy Boston, MA, is nearly upon us, and our bodies are ready…to freeze. Freeze. FREEZE! So let’s all group hug and warm each other under the warm glow of the Twitch booth (#9044) lights.
Coming to the show? We’ve got Heroes of the Storm and Vainglory at the booth, new Kappa Cards at the Partner Meet & Greets, a Twitch Town Hall, another epic party (duh), and the latest in Twitch swag technology. Twitch has joined the official Pinny Arcade with our very first pin! Supplies are limited, so we might have to hold some live Survivor GameZ to see who walks away with one. (We hear Lirik isn’t coming, so he can’t repeat his six-second death.)
Watching from home? We got you, too. You can get in on all the great content from our booth and the two main panel rooms (Main and Albatross) on the official PAX East event page: twitch.tv/event/pax. Oh, and make sure to participate in the #PAXPort Challenge where we’ve got two bundles of awesome goodies to give away for our at-home fans.
As announced today (Feb 20) on Twitch Weekly, we’re excited to host the inaugural TwitchCon in our hometown of San Francisco, CA, September 25-26, 2015! A celebration of all things Twitch, TwitchCon will be an interactive convention for broadcasters and viewers alike to meet each other, learn how to take your Twitch game to the next level, and play together.
Just a “Save the Date” for now, we’ll have more information about tickets, schedules, where to stay, and all that good stuff in the weeks and months to come.
After a brief winter slumber, the Top Twitch Games list is back! We crawled out from under our rock, saw our shadow, and still decided to go back inside and watch more games (and some KyleLandryPiano).
Let’s see, what’s interesting here…H1Z1 clawed its way into the top five because you just can’t kill the zombie apocalypse. Gaming Talk Shows, our catchall category for talking about games and Twitch stuff, jumped up eight places thanks to the likes of RocketBeansTV, KindaFunnyGames, and Dropped Frames. Closing out the Top 20, Dying Light broke through the darkness because, again, there are lots and lots of zombies shambling around and they’re simply not contributing to a positive society so…
We offer unto you the Top 20. Now with Directory links!
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.