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To celebrate the launch of Twitch Broadcasting on Xbox One, we’re giving away awesome prizes like Titanfall Xbox One Bundles, Turtle Beach Headsets, and tons of your favorite Xbox One edition games. All you have to do is tune into 1 of 6 special broadcasts on March 11th, 2014. Wanna know which channels to watch? CLICK ME to find out.
Oh yeah, don’t forget to READ THE RULES.
Today we announced that Twitch will be the official live streaming partner of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The partnership with the tradeshow’s owner, Entertainment Software Association (ESA), is a three year agreement beginning with E3 2014 that will heighten the global presence for the leading video game event. As the official streaming partner of PAX East, PAX Prime, C2E2, New York Comic Con, BAFTA, EGX London, and others, this news further establishes Twitch as the premier way to attend gaming conventions remotely.
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.
WE DID IT! TwitchPlaysPokemon was victorious in just 16 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes and 30 seconds. With only 122 million chat messages. When can we do this again? (Oh, tomorrow, awesome!)
This note was slipped surreptitiously under the door at Twitch HQ:
All praise helix!
Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, today announced its role as the official live streaming partner of EGX London and EGX Rezzed, Gamer Network’s upcoming video game conventions. In addition to broadcasting both events, Twitch will have a broadcasting booth on the show floor to provide an international platform for publishers, developers and other members of the gaming industry.
Check out all the action at http://www.twitch.tv/egx.
It’s official. On March 11th, Twitch broadcasting comes to Xbox One. “Wait, that’s the same day as Titanfall!” you say. Yes, yes it is. But that’s not all!
Along with broadcasting functionality, the updated Twitch app for Xbox One gets an enhanced viewing experience as well – Chat, Following, and Notifications are all coming in the update. With so much new stuff, let’s jump right into the particulars. See below for a video overview and feature set. And you can read more on Xbox Wire and in the news.
Winter Brawl 8, one of the East Coast’s biggest fighting game tournaments, takes place this weekend and includes competitions across many of the world’s top fighting games. Today I’m happy to announce that Twitch is on board as an official sponsor.
UPDATE: I wanted to update as I buried the lead. We did find and fix a “fundamental issue” with our redis servers, as noted here. During the week, we also updated some networking configurations in relation to our chat servers that should have smoothed out service in general.
TwitchPlaysPokemon is a bonafide phenomenon. So far we’ve seen millions of unique viewers and over 100k peak concurrent viewers. It has captured the attention of the gaming community and even made its way into the mainstream press.
The unique nature and huge chat participation in the TwitchPlaysPokemon experiment has put enormous (and unforeseen) stress on our chat system. We’re always working on improving the QoS of our chat system, and this has been a wonderful learning experience for us.
Many of the top video game critics in New York will be coming together next Tuesday for the 3rd Annual New York Videogame Critics Circle Awards ceremony. This is a festive event where game developers from around the world will be in attendance in hopes of hearing their games selected as winner of one of many illustrious awards as voted on by the Circle. Can’t make it to Brooklyn? No problem, the event will be exclusively streamed on Twitch.
The Ender’s Game on Blu-ray Tournament is an unique promotional esports event held in collaboration with Twitch and MLG featuring an epic StarCraft II tournament for over $20,000 in prizes being held in advance of the February 11th on Demand and Pay-Per-View release of Ender’s Game.
Ender’s Game, a film about a boy being groomed for a commanding role in an epic space battle, is perfectly suited to a StarCraft II competition led by the two gaming titans. StarCraft II, set in space, is a military science fiction real-time strategy online game. Just as Ender rose above his fellow students to become Commander of the International Fleet, one StarCraft II player will rise above his or her competition to become the Ender’s Game on Blu-ray Tournament Champion.
This is a guest post from Kevin Johnson, Senior Manager, Community Development, Blizzard
2013 was a great year for Blizzard games thanks to the passionate Twitch community. In order to give back to some of you who have dedicated yourselves to creating unique content, growing your audiences, and generating enthusiasm for our games, we’ve launched the 2013 Blizzard Stream Awards powered by Twitch. This program will provide awards and cash prizes for some the best Blizzard content streamers of 2013.
Gamers are a giving bunch! We’re happy to help announce the 6th Annual Gamers for Giving event brought to you by the Gamers Outreach Foundation. Taking place this February 8th and 9th, you can get in on the action at www.Twitch.tv/GamersOutreach. The event raises funds to help provide gaming kiosks for children’s hospitals and for military care packages.
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!
Twitch and Apex are proud to bring you Apex 2014 – powered by Twitch.
Apex is one of the strongest events in the world for the ever-growing Smash Bros community, and last year broke out as an incredibly well rounded Fighting Game Community (FGC) event as well. Twitch is excited to support an event which stays so true to its community roots, which is why it was a no brainer for us to officially sponsor Apex for the third year in a row.
When we asked the community how our sponsorship could be most effective this year, we quickly heard that several top players were having trouble raising funds to travel to Apex 2014. So, on top of our general sponsorship of Apex 2014 and in collaboration with the Apex organizers, together we subsidized the travel costs of three of the best players from the West Coast, who we’re proud to report are now able to attend Apex and increase the hype!
- Zac Cordoni – Sfat
- Kevin Toy – PewPew U
- DaJuan Jefferson McDaniel – Shroomed
Every time the communities behind Speed Demos Archive and Speed Runs Live get together for their twice-annual Games Done Quick charity marathons, we always expect it to be bigger and better than the last. However, Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 blew all of our expectations out of the water by raising more than $1,000,000 USD for the Prevent Cancer Foundation in only a week’s time. How did they manage this incredible feat? By performing some of the best speedruns ever captured on Twitch.
We polled the office and collected some of our favorite runs that have occurred over the past week. For more information and to donate to their cause (There’s still time!), check out GamesDoneQuick.com. Don’t see your favorite clip below? Drop it in the comments!