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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!
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 feature is now available to the entire Twitch community.
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.