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If you’re a fan of large-scale PvP battles in a fantasy setting and yearn for some spell-slinging, sword-swinging, arrow-loosing action, you’re in luck. ArenaNet and Twitch are partnering up this year at Gamescom to bring you the first ever International All-Stars Tournament for Guild Wars 2. Players from North America, Europe and China will duke it out August 14-17 in Cologne, Germany, right at the Twitch booth. If you can’t make it to Gamescom this year, you can tune in to twitch.tv/guildwars2 or the official Twitch channel, twitch.tv/twitch, to see the tournament live in all its fantastical glory.
This weekend (July 11-13) on Twitch, Evolution Championship Series (Evo), the world’s largest and longest running fighting game tournament, marks its 18th anniversary with Evo 2014. In addition to thousands of top U.S. competitors, Evo also attracts the best of the best from around the world. The 2014 competition will feature over 800 international players from 47 different countries!
Evo 2014 is free for all Twitch viewers and begins on July 11th at 9 AM PST. Viewers who wish to participate in the chat and enjoy the unique Evo 2014 emoticons can purchase an event ticket for $12.00, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting a scholarship to New York University’s Game Center. The full stream schedule can be found here courtesy of Shoryuken.com.
You: Are you still doing this?
Disclaimer: We sort this list by the overall number of minutes watched per game. This allows us to give you a more accurate view of the Twitch community, as it helps negate the influence of front page and other promotions.
Today, GameStop announced an exclusive broadcast partnership with Twitch for GameStop EXPO 2014. All of the awesome GameStop EXPO live content will be streamed on GameStop’s Twitch channel, /GameStop, on September 10, 2014.
For all of the details on the GameStop EXPO, including how you can attend in person, read the announcement here.
No trade-ins will be accepted for VIP passes.
E3 was just the first of many, many great things on Twitch this summer. The next huge thing is Awesome Games Done Quick’s sister event: Summer Games Done Quick, which starts June 22 at 11 AM PDT (2 PM EDT, 7 PM CEST) on Twitch. For seven straight days, speedrunners will blaze through more than 150 games of choice. Both the old and the new are well represented: I Wanna Be The Boshy, Outlast, Octodad, Portal 2, Mega Man, Mischief Makers, Battletoads & Double Dragon, and Halo are just a few of the games on the list.
Naturally, popular speedrunners representing both Speed Demos Archive and SpeedRunsLive will be in attendance, including Cosmowright, Cirno, Calebhart, SpikeVegeta, and Essentia. These and many more runners will work together for a new SGDQ Personal Best, hopefully beating last summer’s $255,160 donation total. And once that’s done, why not go for the gold and try to match AGDQ’s more than $1 million raised in January?!
Like last year, Doctors Without Borders is the charity of choice. All donations from the SGDQ viewing page, as well as 100% of the money raised by Twitch subscriptions, will go to Doctors Without Borders, so you’ll be able to contribute on both the viewing page and the Twitch channel.
TPP broke the Guinness World Record for most participants on a single-player online videogame with 1,165,140 Twitch community members playing via chat from February 12 - March 1, 2014. This record is so REDiculous we decided to immortalize it through the power of t-shirt.
STARTing Thursday, June 19, take your hands off that D-pad and get on DOWN to store.twitch.tv and SELECT this one-of-A-kind, limited edition swag. Don’t B LEFT behind, it’s the RIGHT thing to do.
Shut UP and Take My $$
How Much: $19.99 USD
How Long: June 19 at 10:00am PDT to June 30 at 12:00a PDT
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).
St. Jude PLAY LIVE, the video game marathon fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, rolls into Week 2! There are still plenty of rewards to be won and now is the perfect time to jump in solo or with a team, start fundraising, and dominate the leaderboards.
By participating in St. Jude PLAY LIVE, you can earn community service hours for scholarships, grants, and graduation requirements. That’s right, you can help St. Jude kids and earn community service hours. Just by playing games!
Twitch and Mountain Dew have partnered to bring you the #SummerofBaja Contest here on Twitch!If showing off your mobile gaming skills and winning some cool Twitch swag (official Twitch branded t-shirts, water bottles, and drawstring bags) sounds like a good combination to you, then dive right in. All you have to do is tweet us a picture of your best score in the Baja or Bust mobile game using the hashtags #SummerofBaja and #TwitchBajaorBust and you could be randomly chosen to win!
Under the bright lights of E3, Twitch and Humble Bundle have activated our Wonder Twin powers to come up with an amazing bundle of digital goodies to support the ESA Foundation (ESAF). Together we’re proud to support the ESAF’s mission to improve the lives of children through video games.
We’re honored to work with Humble Bundle and deliver this E3 Digital Ticket in true Humble Bundle style, letting you pay what you want and support charity.
Today we’re excited to announce our broadcast schedule for the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). In addition to featuring a full slate of games each day from marquee publishers, all of the major press conferences will be broadcast on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/Twitch. We’ve got tons of awesome content to bring you, including the reveal of numerous unannounced game titles. To see a complete list of the 10+ streams and LIVE E3 content visit our E3 Event Page.
Victor “ @Victheslik “ Denchartphan here, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude on behalf of Twitch to the overwhelming amount of support from our great community who participated in the vote to send players to CEO.
Because of that I have a special announcement for everyone!
We will be sending Aqua, KOG, and Yossan to EVO (Evolution Championship Series) along with two more unannounced players you’ll see in a future announcement.
Thanks again for your participation don’t forget to follow me @Victheslik for more exciting announcements to come in the future.
Time for another Community Spotlight! Perhaps one of the quieter communities, Minecraft is a huge part of Twitch, consisting of charity livestreams, building guilds, Hunger Games recreations, and a ton of other diverse content. We’ve worked with some friends from our cubed community to choose 18 Minecrafters, each getting their own slot of front page promotion to showcase their unique spin on the game and highlight the vast range of game play experiences one can have within Minecraft.
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.
NOTE: Get your votes in by 5pm PDT on June 3.
It is my pleasure to announce a vote for the entire Fighting Game Community to choose three players from a pool of six to attend the Community Effort Orlando (CEO) tournament. Based on availability, Twitch will fly out the three players the community are rooting for the most!
As many of you know, we have flown out Michael Tan & Wao previously to SCR, but this time we would love to hear who the community wants.
To vote, follow me on Twitter, @Victheslik, and tweet to me the hashtags of the 3 players that you would like to see at CEO and retweet so as many voices can be heard!