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Thank you one and all for making E3 2015 amazing. Thank you game publishers for making the games we love. Thank you viewers for tuning in. And thank you partners for taking part in this E3 like never before. See below for a handy infographic we drew up to highlight all the goodness.
We’ll see you all next year!
It’s that time again. E3 is right around the corner, and we’ve got it all on Twitch. Check out all the press conferences you know and love, including the all-new PC Gaming Show (exclusive on Twitch).
Attention Twitch Broadcasters!
New this year, we’re encouraging you to “co-stream” all of the E3 content from twitch.tv/twitch. We’ve got all the content, now all it needs is your commentary and opinions. Make E3 your own and personalize it for your community.
*Note – When the time comes, please set your game to “E3 2015” and only re-stream the official twitch.tv/twitch channel. Restreaming channels other than /twitch will be subject to DMCA as per usual.
Twitchlings everywhere, we need your help. Twitch has been nominated in the 8th Annual Crunchie Awards. If you’re unfamiliar, the Crunchies are a bit like the Oscars, but for the technology and internet crowd. And it’s all based on your vote.
We’re nominated in the “Can’t Stop, Wont’ Stop” category, which is fitting because it’s true. 2015 is shaping up to be our biggest, busiest ever.
We’re up against Buzzfeed, Giphy, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, and Threes. Please, please help us beat Buzzfeed and Kim Kardashian. How? Give us your vote!
We’re pleased to announce that Twitch has agreed to acquire GoodGame, the esports agency.
Together, we’re excited to bring a broader array of support and monetization opportunities to the Twitch community and the esports industry as a whole.
[Edit for clarity: this policy pertains specifically to Twitch driven campaigns.]
[Edit 2: For sponsor relationships outside of Twitch driven campaigns, we encourage all broadcasters to follow FTC guidelines, as per section 11.g of our Terms of Service.]
We launched Twitch over three years ago, when the video ecosystem was a different industry than it is today. We’ve seen the continuing rise of gaming content on Web video platforms, a host of media companies which cater to that industry, and the increasingly big-dollar deals with major consumer brands who leverage gaming personalities to market their products and games.
All the while, the Twitch community has grown fast as more and more gamers embrace live video and the community it supports.
An increasingly large part of the Gamer/Platform/Media/Advertiser equation, particularly in the video game industry, is what we commonly call “Influencer Campaigns.” Influencer campaigns are one way for an advertiser to leverage the celebrity of a content creator on various video platforms to drive awareness and purchase intent for the advertiser’s brand or product.
“It’s no secret the best gamers in the world have wanted a piece of me for years,” said Ferrell, actor, comedian and gamer extraordinaire. “Guys like CaptainSparklez are gunning for me. I think he might be an actual wizard and he’s looking for blood. I told them I’d give them the honor of competing against me with one small condition: we raise a whole bunch of money for a great cause like helping kids with cancer.”
Our own Emmett Shear appeared on CNN today. That’s a cable network. I know, right? Check out the VOD below.
We’ve joined up with ESL and ReedPOP for New York’s largest esports event ever: the ESL One Dota 2 Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Check out the trailer above, the ESL One NYC landing page, their announcement blog post, and the official press release for all the details.
Another day, another massive esports event at a marquis sports stadium!
What: ESL One Dota 2 Tournament
Where: NYC Madison Square Garden
When: October 9-10, 2014
Over the last two days, you’ve provided us with an incredible amount of feedback about the new Video Manager, VOD storage, and Audio Recognition system. We take your opinions very seriously, and we’re acting on your concerns.
First, effective tonight, the maximum time limit on highlights will be removed. You will once again be able to create highlights of any length and they will be saved indefinitely.
Secondly, we’re deploying an “appeal” button for VODs that have been flagged for copyrighted music by the new Audio Recognition system. We recognize that the system is not yet perfect. We want to make this system as fair and unobtrusive as possible, and we greatly appreciate your help.
Thank you again for all of your comments, tweets, emails, messages, and for taking part in Emmett’s AMA. We read all of your feedback and we take it seriously. Expect more changes, more clarity, and more improvements on our recent updates in the days to come.
We understand that you may have additional questions. Feel free to join Emmett on tomorrow’s Twitch Weekly from 2:00-2:30 PST. He’ll be answering questions via Twitch chat or Twitter.
Some friends in the music industry have been interested in sharing free live concerts on Twitch for some time. Given the community’s feedback in our survey, we said “Yes!”
Here’s the 411:
- When: 7:00pm PDT
- Where: twitch.tv/steveaoki
E3 2014 was an event for the history books. On Monday, June 9 (press conference day), Twitch broke a single day unique viewer record with 5.9M people tuning into the site for all the video game goodness. See below for other fun stats. We’ll see you next year, same Twitch time, same Twitch channel(s).
We’re having a great time here at E3, and Bloomberg TV took the opportunity to sit down with Twitch co-founder and CEO, Emmett Shear, for an interview right outside the convention center. Check it out below.
Twitch is a social video platform for gamers. It’s also an office full of gamers. Really – Twitch is built by and for gamers. Since the Twitch community has been in an ever-increasing spotlight for the last few years, more and more people have been trying to wrap their heads around the Twitch phenomenon. They ask: “Why in the world would anyone want to watch other people play video games?” That’s still a very common question, believe it or not.
Today Twitch was awarded the GamesIndustry Grand Prize for Innovation. As always, we humbly accept this award on behalf of the amazing Twitch community. This, along with our four Webby Awards, belongs to you.
Thank you sincerely to the Twitch community, partners, developers and everyone else who loves Twitch for all of your support. While a lot of awards were doled out at the conference based on public voting, only this award was selected solely by the GameHorizon advisory board and the GamesIndustry International editorial team.
We are proud of what we’ve accomplished together over the last three years, and we’re only getting started.
(Oh, please sing “We Are the Champions” in your head or out loud for the rest of the day. End of line.)
Thanks to our awesome community, Twitch is taking home two Games-Related Webby awards! In addition to our 3rd People’s Choice award in a row, we’ve also won the official judges’ award in this same category for the first time.
Twitch and other winners will be honored at a ceremony in New York City on Monday, May 19, 2014, where winners will have an opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards’ famous 5-Word Speeches. Highlights from last year’s 5-Word Speeches include: Pinterest’s “Pinterest loves you Ryan Gosling”; Bjork’s “A.E.I.O.U”; and Kevin Spacey & Dana Brunetti for House of Cards, “The Oscars should do this.”
Feel free to add your idea for a 5-Word speech in the Comments. We’d love to hear from you!