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Can you hear that? That’s the sound of the hype train moving at top speed. Because PAX Prime 2015 from Seattle, WA, is nearly upon us. Whether you’re attending the show or watching from home, Twitch has you covered with all the PAX goodness you can handle with the help of our event sponsors HP Omen, Daybreak Game Company, Super Evil MegaCorp, Corsair, and Turtle Beach.
For those of you getting in on the fun in Seattle, we’ll have Super Evil MegaCorp’s Vainglory and Daybreak Game’s H1Z1 playable at the booth, Partner Meet & Greets (with brand spanking new Kappa Cards), a Twitch Town Hall, the insanity of PJSaltan of Stream II, and enough swag to fill a really big swag bag (including a new addition to the Twitch Pinny Pin collection, more on that after the break).
Watching from home? No problem. You can watch all the content from the Twitch booth and the two main panel rooms (Main and Hydra) on the official PAX Event Page. The full schedule is below the fold, so you can start planning your weekend now.
Here’s a rundown of a few highlights:
The final countdown to TwitchCon 2015 has begun! We’re just over a month away and today we’re happy to announce full schedules for the Intel Gaming Lab, Razer Broadcaster Zone, Meet & Greet sessions, and Education Zone!
We’re bringing together a who’s who of Twitch broadcasters and exhibitors and we want you to have every opportunity to watch, meet, compete with, and learn from them at the show. Here’s an overview of what’s going down, but if you just can’t wait to see all the details (like which broadcasters will be participating where), they’re available right now at twitchcon.com.
gamescom 2015 is right around the corner and with gamescom comes a ridiculous amount of gaming content you won’t want to miss. From gaming press conferences, to global esports championships, to the official Twitch booth [A-060 in Hall 9] stream (and much more), we’re featuring a little something for everyone. And with so much going down, we’ve made it our mission to help you cut through the noise and find what you really want to watch live from Cologne, Germany.
First off, would you kindly direct your attention to the official Twitch event page for gamescom 2015? This is where you’ll find all the live streams from Europe’s biggest gaming festival. If you bookmark one link, make it this one.
Next, let’s break down the schedule for your viewing pleasure:
Another Evo has come and gone, and with it, all previous records for fighting game viewership have been destroyed.
Evo has grown consistently year after year on Twitch, but the growth from 2014 to 2015 was so massive that we felt it cause to celebrate. Without further ado, the Evolution 2015 viewership metrics:
- Total views: 18,854,340 (+112.8% YoY)
- Unique viewers: 3,888,620 (+66.7% YoY)
- Minutes watched: 350,687,100 (+63.8% YoY)
- Peak concurrent viewership: 248,000 (+75.2% YoY)
This year more than ever fans were able to follow the action and catch every single frame as Evo 2015 was broadcasted live across eight official channels, all discoverable on Twitch’s Evolution 2015 event page.
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!
Twitch is offering to fly out one special fan (and their friend) to San Francisco with an all-access pass (that means VIP party access, meet and greets with top broadcasters, tour of the event with Twitch staff, & more!) for TwitchCon, but we want to learn more about you before we pick somebody. Here’s the challenge:
Make a 30-90 second highlight on your Twitch channel explaining why you love Twitch and/or why Twitch should send you to TwitchCon. Then, tweet it to us @Twitch using the hashtags #TwitchCon and #PurpleTicketContest.
Before you run off and make another Avatar, we’ve got a few rules and regulations. Here are the major guidelines:
- This must be your video, created and filmed by you for this contest! No re-using cool movie clips, stunt footage or anything.
- Submissions must not exceed 90 seconds in length.
- Submissions must be cut as a Twitch highlight.
- The title of the video must include “TwitchCon Purple Ticket”
- The video can include other people, but only the person who submits the video will have the chance to win.
- The video should be in English and the submitter must be over the age of 18 and reside in the United States
- Your video must adhere to our Rules of Conduct and Terms of Service.
We’ll select the best, brightest, most exciting and heartfelt videos and send one lucky broadcaster and a friend to San Francisco to attend TwitchCon from September 25th-26th! Twitch will supply travel, accommodations and an all-access pass to enjoy the ultimate TwitchCon experience.
Choice Chamber is finally upon us! The first game designed from the ground-up to be played live on Twitch is officially launching TODAY. And it’s going to be cray.
As Choice Chamber is broadcast on your channel, anyone watching can use the chat to participate in the game. As the player navigates one dangerous chamber after the next, you can choose to be helpful, or you can choose to be evil. You can band together to help the broadcaster reach higher levels (fun!), or you can be the instrument of their demise (even more fun?). Or let anarchy reign, if that’s what you’re into.
The Evolution Championship Series is the largest and longest-running fighting game tournament series on Earth. Evo brings together the world’s best in a dazzling exhibition of skill and competitive spirit with over $300,000 in prize money on the line. It’s an atmosphere unlike any other for players and fans alike.
WHEN: Friday, July 17th – Sunday, July 19th
WHERE: EVO Event Page
It’s almost here! MINECON is arriving this weekend and from July 4-5, players of all ages and from all corners of the globe will gather in London to celebrate Minecraft and its community. MINECON 2015 is shaping up to be the biggest MINECON yet with Minecraft-related discussion panels, gameplay sessions, keynote speeches from members of the community, building contests, costume contests, and many more exhibits. The team at Mojang invites you to tune in to the show throughout the weekend via the official livestream, which will be hosted on Xbox One and Xbox 360 through the Twitch app and on Twitch.tv.
Three streams will be live at twitch.tv/minecon throughout the weekend:
· twitch.tv/mojang – The main MINECON stream, from the Studio in the Expo Hall (North Halls)
· twitch.tv/mineconstage – Dedicated Main Stage Stream (South Halls)
· twitch.tv/mineconpanel – Dedicated Panel Room 1 Stream (S1 & S2)
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!
Once again, Twitch has partnered with Humble Bundle to bring you the E3 2015 Digital Ticket, packed to the gills with the best of the best in digital swag. Proceeds support the ESA Foundation (ESAF). We’re proud to further ESAF’s mission to improve the lives of children through video games.
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.
My name is Bazza and for the past 3 years I have been streaming a weekly show on Twitch. That show is called Video Game Championship Wrestling or VGCW for short.
Don’t miss out on Bazza’s last VGCW show taking place June 9th at 11PM UK/6PM ET at Twitch.TV/bazza87. And don’t fret wrestling fans, VGCW will continue on under new management!
VGCW takes both famous and obscure video game characters from various different games and throws them all into a wrestling ring together as the A.I. takes control of them while they fight for our amusement. Just like “real” wrestling, the characters have the opportunity to fight over various championship belts and other titles. There are also multiple storylines and feuds going on between the characters which brings a huge amount of personality and life to the VGCW universe. Because of the nature of this show, VGCW is able to have completely off the wall storylines which wouldn’t be possible in a real wrestling promotion, such as stories involving stopping an evil antagonist from taking over the world or even a story involving time travel.