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Twitch is now more than ever a multi-screen experience. The landscape on which the community interacts with Twitch now spans Web, mobile (iOS and Android), and console (Xbox 360, Xbox One and PS4). And that list is sure to grow.
The design team has a particularly challenging job: ensuring that the Twitch experience is as seamless as possible across all those platforms, both current and future.
Today, we launched a simple but profound feature: “Infinite Scroll.” This allows the user to browse Twitch directory pages (by game, channel, etc.) without that pesky “Load More” button. Now it’s a seamless scrolling mechanism that gives you immediate access to a deeper browsing experience that is much more like iOS or Android tablets.
Look! A snazzy video walkthrough!
UPDATE: This has now been rolled out to Twitch Turbo subscribers as we ramp up our scale.
One of the most beloved features on Twitch is the ability to chat with the broadcasters and your fellow gamers. In many ways, it’s what makes Twitch, Twitch. It’s where community memes begin. Where you express your glee, outrage, befuddlement, or amusement, as the case may be. Twitch is a social place, and chat is where the social exchange happens.
Fun with Stats: How many chatters do we average a day? ~700,000 uniques, hooray!
Today, we’re proud to announce a new beta initiative called Group Chat. Group Chat is a way to create invite-only chat rooms that live separately from the traditional Channel Chat.
Without further ado, here’s the one-and-only djWHEAT to take you through the particulars.
The good folks at IGN put together a very thorough video walkthrough of the Twitch broadcasting experience on Xbox One. You’ll be able to see it yourself on March 11, but until then, enjoy:
You may already know that Twitch broadcasting is coming to Xbox One on March 11. Did you know that Major Nelson already has his hands on a Twitch-enabled Xbox One and will broadcast for the very first time tonight – Monday, March 3 at 8pm PT (11pm ET)?
Be sure to tune in to Major Nelson’s Twitch Channel to check it out. He’ll playing some Plants vs. Zombies™ Garden Warfare with some of his Microsoft pals.
Thank you to each and every one of you beautiful people! In January, 1 million of you came to Twitch to share video of your gameplay. You are the heart and soul of Twitch and you’re why we come to work everyday. This is a huge milestone and another massive proof-point that game broadcasting has become a game-changing piece of the video game experience.
Wow. Embedded in a Wall Street Journal article about Apple’s internet infrastructure, is an awesome infographic detailing the top 10 Web properties and their corresponding percentage of peak US internet traffic. Where does Twitch rank? 4th.
We’re proud to announce that the venerable D.I.C.E Summit and Awards will be broadcasted live on Twitch on February 4-6, 2014. Check out http://www.twitch.tv/dice for a stellar lineup of game developers, publishers, and designers talking all things gaming.
Be sure to follow @Official_AIAS for info leading up to the event, and for GAME CODE GIVEAWAYS!
When video game historians look back on gaming a decade from now, 2013 will be the year they cite as the tipping point of streaming. Every major event, publisher, developer, and media outlet in the gaming industry had a presence on Twitch, and streaming became an ever-present piece of the gaming experience. And it’s only going to get bigger.
Our retrospective encapsulates the amazing people and content that brought hours upon hours of entertainment to our site in 2013. The Twitch Community, along with the biggest names in gaming, made 2013 a truly spectacular year.
Thanks to all of you who use our site and for telling your friends. We’re excited to do this bigger and better in 2014 and beyond!
Without further ado, please enjoy our 2013 retrospective.
Broadcasting your gameplay from a PlayStation 4 to Twitch only takes a couple of clicks, so it’s no surprise that one of our biggest console streaming spikes has been right after its launch and following Christmas. In fact, between December 23, 2013, and January 3, 2014, 20% of Twitch’s broadcasters were from the PlayStation 4.
Previously only available from the “Following” directory in the left navigation of the site, you now have access to all your followed channels in a persistent right-hand navigation across all Directory pages.
You’ll see all the channels that you follow, with live (“Online”) channels at the top and non-live (“Offline”) channels in a list at the bottom. Navigation through all of your followed channels is now much easier and more fluid.
Today Sony announced “that hundreds of thousands of PlayStation®4 (PS4™) owners have embraced the integrated streaming capabilities of the PS4 computer entertainment system.”
Since launch of the PS4, 10% of all broadcasts on Twitch have been from the PS4 Share integration. To celebrate and highlight this integration, we’ve added a Top PS4 Channels feature to our home page, and created a separate directory for PS4 broadcasts.
When we built Twitch, we never imagined that it would be a platform for charity events, but that’s what the Twitch community has made it. Since launching in June of 2011, Twitch broadcasters have raised more than $8 million for charity. That’s a huge milestone and one that everyone can be proud of.
Extra Life is the king of all gaming charity events with thousands of Twitch channels participating, and it begins this weekend.
Thank you sincerely to our friends at Sony. Brought to you by the soon-to-be released PlayStation 4 (which, by the way, will include Twitch broadcasting), viewers in North America will get 12 hours of commercial-free viewing on Tuesday, October 15, from 9AM PT to 9PM PT. Check out some news coverage of the forward-thinking program over at TIME.
You’ve heard us say it before: Thanks to our broadcasters and viewers, Twitch has grown very, very fast since launching in June of 2011. Really – thank you to each and every one of you amazing members of the Twitch community.
Since the summer of 2011, the Twitch audience has grown from less than 5 million unique viewers per month to more than 45 Million. We launched our Partner Program; created a gaming scholarship; launched iOS, Android, and Xbox 360 apps; created a Software Development Kit; integrated with Call of Duty: Black Ops II; announced partnerships with Xbox One and PS4 (among lots and lots of other fun stuff), all while scaling our infrastructure to match the growth of our broadcasters and the audience they attract. We’re proud of what we’ve done and how far we’ve come, but we’re not anywhere near finished.
All the while, we’ve done our very best to keep you all informed of what we’re doing and where we’re going. So what does this investment mean for you – our broadcasters and viewers? It means that we can continue to work on the things you care about. It means we can continue to scale our infrastructure to deliver a high quality video and chat experience to all corners of the globe. It means we can continue doing great things with games industry partners like Microsoft, Valve, Sony, Ubisoft, EA, Activision Blizzard, Riot, and on and on. And it means we can hire the people we need to make those things happen.
We have big plans for the future, and no plans to slow down.
The Twitch Team
Today we’re proud to announce that Twitch will indeed be available on the PlayStation 4. This Fall, PS4 owners worldwide will be able to broadcast their gameplay direct to their Twitch channels by simply pressing the new “Share” button found on the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller.