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Starting at 10am EDT Saturday, September 13, the Minecraft group Mindcrack will start a 24 hour marathon for Extra Life in hopes of raising $100,000 to benefit kids affected by life threatening illness and injury. Throughout the broadcast, you’ll be able to see activities the group is notorious for broadcasting and filming for YouTube, such as SethBling‘s Building Game, building on their private SMP server, GMOD (aka Garry’s Mod) shenanigans, and Mario Kart.
Most notably, and for the first time ever, the group (along with several guests such as AntVenom, CaptainSparklez, BaconDonut, and many more) will be competing in a Minecraft Hunger Games style UHC LIVE, allowing viewers who donate to the Mindcrack Extra Life page to both view the match in-game and also sponsor items for their favorite players to affect the outcome.
There are also many prizes from sponsors like LootCrate, DXracer, J!NX, Jazwares and Mojang that will be given out to top donators during the broadcast. Make sure you tune in this weekend to the Mindcrack Network channel to catch all the action!
Here’s the full schedule:
“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.
PAX Prime 2014 is this weekend and features an insane amount of awesome content starting Friday straight through to Monday. If you’re a fan of PAX but not able to attend the event, you’ll be pleased to know that you can find everything from PAX – the highly coveted PAX Main Stage and Hedgehog Theatre panels, the Twitch Booth stream, and the premium esports events and game reveals – all right here on the PAX Prime 2014 Event Portal.
Let’s go into a little more detail on exactly what you can expect as a viewer this weekend.
State of Play, a feature documentary about the competitive world of South Korean professional gamers, will have its North American festival premiere at the Portland Film Festival on August 27, 2014.
To reach the global gaming community, State of Play will be simultaneously screened live on Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers with 55 million viewers per month. The first online screening will coincide with the first screening at the Portland Film Festival. It will commence at 5pm PDT (UTC-07:00) and will loop continuously for 24 hours via the channel twitch.tv/stateofplaydoc.
PAX Prime is less than a week away, and – as promised on Twitch Weekly – we’ve been working on some awesome events for the community! We want to make sure to call out our awesome booth partners Gildan, a leading supplier of quality branded apparel; KIXEYE, the popular online gaming company and publisher of TOME: Immortal Arena; ReedPOP, the largest producer of pop culture events; and Turtle Beach, Twitch’s Official Audio partner; for being part of the Twitch at PAX Prime 2014 experience.
We love our fans, broadcasters, and communities, so we wanted to go all out with this year’s activities. We’ve got multiple Twitch-specific educational panels, partner signings, esports events, a huge party, great live content, awesome prizes, and so much more.
In The Booth
Here’s what we have scheduled throughout the show in our booth (#3403):
- TOME: Immortal Arena (Friday 8/29 -Monday 9/1): Each day, the first 250 visitors to the booth who check out TOME: Immortal Arena will receive an exclusive Twitch swag bag with a commemorative Twitch PAX 2014 Pin and a limited edition Gildan shirt featuring TOME. TOME will also be playable at the booth with high-performance professional audio provided by Turtle Beach.
- Broadcaster Meet & Greets (Friday 8/29 -Monday 9/1) 2:00-6:00 pm PT: Some of Twitch’s most popular casters will be at the booth doing signings (including limited, special edition Twitch posters, available ONLY during these sessions!), taking photos, and meeting viewers. (Head’s up on a chance to win one of five epic swag bags: be one of the first five on Monday to show us our Exclusive Twitch PAX Prime Meet & Greet poster signed by ALL of the participating broadcasters and walk away with one of these awesome prizes.) The first hour is sponsored by Gildan and features TheJustinFlynn and MANvsGAME. See the comprehensive schedule below:
Immunity Project is an “Until There’s A Cure” and “Y Combinator” backed nonprofit initiative focused on developing a HIV vaccine to give away to the world for free! The team of Berkeley, Stanford, and Northwestern scientists has completed animal studies with the help of a grant from Microsoft Research. Following successful completion of these studies, a groundbreaking crowdfunding campaign allowed the team to successfully vaccinate human blood in vitro (in a test tube), and they are now preparing for Phase I/II human clinical trials.
Because Immunity Project is a nonprofit, donations help keep the lab conducting research and prepping for the clinical trials to begin. That’s where the awesome Twitch community comes in! $75,000 helps keep the team in the lab testing and improving the vaccine formulation until human clinical trials can begin, at which point we’ll begin raising funds for the 2,500 vaccine doses needed to successfully complete this world-changing clinical trial.
That’s why, this weekend (August 22-24), the Minecraft community is pulling together to help raise the $75k needed to keep this amazing organization going. We have a great group of casters dedicated to streaming for Immunity Project during the times outlined below:
We’re back with another Community Spotlight! It’s a smaller community in the broadcasting world, but with Nintendo’s upcoming Smash 4 title being so close to release, Super Smash Bros. fever has never been higher. We think it’s a great idea to shine a light on some of the phenomenal Smash broadcasters who have been putting out great work in this community to engage and entertain viewers. From the tireless dedication of broadcasters who cover entire tournaments, to the interactive teaching streams that help newcomers get a handle on some of Smash’s more complex mechanics, to the friendly and fun household broadcasts that just show friends who love the game, we have some of the best of all those worlds represented in this week’s spotlight.
The Geekie Awards are coming to Twitch this weekend. Yes, that’s right – time to let your geek flag fly.
Made by geeks for geeks, this award show celebrates the best in indie gaming, entertainment, comics and art. At this year’s Geekies, you’ll be able to get an exclusive look at the opening scene of Wasteland 2, celebrate Batman’s 75th birthday and hang with your favorite geek celebs.
I recently watched the Hohokum trailer and thought to myself, “what the heck did I just see?!” Of course, I also said to myself, I have to see more. No, that’s not true. I needed to see more. If you’re thinking the same thing, then you are in luck.
Tonights live performances from the The Hohokum Music Spectacular will air live on PlayStation and Ghostly International‘s Twitch channels. This event showcases the convergence of music and gaming by celebrating this week’s launch of the PlayStation exclusive video game, Hohokum, and its soundtrack.
I’m a San Francisco Giants fan. I’m also a gamer, as are all of you (this is Twitch, after all). There used to be a time when gamers and sports fans were seen as two very distinct groups. But for those of us who watched MTV Cribs back in the ‘90’s, we know every athlete’s mansion and tour bus has an entertainment system rocking the latest console, so it’s clear this stereotype is long out of date.
Are you attending gamescom 2014? Come join us at the Twitch booth in Hall 9, booth #A-053g for Twitch Partner signing sessions! If you’re a fan of Halo, you’ll also be able to get your hands on the Halo: Master Chief Collection at the joint Twitch, ESL, and 343 area. More info and schedule below:
gamescom 2014 is here and features an amazing amount of content: major press conferences, industry panels and booths, global esports championships, and more. We’ve made it our mission to help you cut through the noise to find what you really want to watch!
First off, please direct your attention to the official Twitch event page for gamescom 2014. This is where you’ll be able to find all the streams live from Europe’s biggest gaming festival in Cologne, Germany.
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