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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.
Twitch Engineering is very excited about our new Group Chat feature – not only because it’s friggin’ awesome, but also because we have been using it to facilitate broader improvements to our chat architecture. These changes are aimed at improving our QoS – we hate dropped messages as much as you. For this post, I’d like to give an overview of some of the things we’ve been doing to improve overall chat reliability over the past few months.
One of Twitch Engineering’s long-term goals is to move away from a monolithic Ruby on Rails application toward a Service Oriented Architecture, where each feature of the site is a separate component. Our Group Chat design facilitates this drive by creating a new service that will warehouse all chat data (mod lists, Chat colors, etc), data that has historically existed in databases owned by our Rails system. This data migration is currently a work-in-progress.
Look! A snazzy video walkthrough!
UPDATE: This has now been rolled out to Twitch Turbo subscribers as we ramp up our scale.
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.
We’ve got an exciting new first today as Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne for iOS will be the first ever mobile game to feature Twitch’s live broadcasting functionality. The game will debut its broadcasting capabilities during the week of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) with a 24-hour live stream event on Twitch.
tldr; Get it here. Oh, and we did a cool video, too. Read on!
And now let’s commence with the hyperbole: Version 3.0 of the Twitch app for iOS is – in one word – AMAZING! We completely overhauled the user interface, made it best buds with iOS 7, and added new features such as offline channel search, profile display, and a better chat experience. Most important, we’ve redesigned the app to focus on making it easier than ever to watch and chat about your favorite games with your favorite broadcasters and bffs.
As chat is undoubtedly a VERY important feature to our community, we’re working on a series of chat updates to improve server-side and client-side performance and functionality. These updates will roll out over the coming weeks.
Starting today, you may begin to see a notice on Partner channels when an advertisement can’t be loaded. This message is dismissible and will only last the length of the advertisement(s) you didn’t see. This is the first in a series of experiments on partner monetization based on direct partner feedback.
We’ve updated the look of your Twitch Settings pages to better match the rest of the site. You can check out this makeover at http://twitch.tv/settings.
As we made some changes in organization, we’ve provided a brief outline of what you can do under each Settings tab.
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.
As part of their Twitch swag contest, the fine folks at PlayStation have supplied us all with Killzone Shadow Fall emoticons. Now, let’s all work together to ween ourselves off of Kappa and over to our new favorite emoticon, “Killzone guy.” The emoticon codes are listed below. Enjoy!
Hot on the heels of our Minecraft integration, CCP Games has introduced Twitch broadcasting to EVE Online, allowing players to stream their gameplay direct to their Twitch channel with just the click of a mouse. For a full breakdown of this feature, visit the EVE Online community blog where their developers have detailed how to get started with Twitch for EVE Online.
We’re thrilled to be part of EVE Online, and to be in such good company alongside CCP Games. Together with the EVE Online community, CCP helped raise $190,890 for Typhoon Haiyan Relief over the course of a few weeks. Congratulations to CCP for both the huge round of charity, as well as the integration. As always, be sure to let us know what you think and what we can do to improve this feature.
Following a brief open beta period, we’re pleased to report that Minecraft 1.7.4 is now available and features integrated Twitch broadcasting baked right into the game itself. As we’ve covered previously, Twitch for Minecraft features one-click streaming to your Twitch channel, with support for a microphone and integrated Twitch chat.
Today Sony announced “that hundreds of thousands of PlayStation®4 (PS4™) owners have embraced the integrated streaming capabilities of the PS4 computer entertainment system.”
Since launch of the PS4, 10% of all broadcasts on Twitch have been from the PS4 Share integration. To celebrate and highlight this integration, we’ve added a Top PS4 Channels feature to our home page, and created a separate directory for PS4 broadcasts.
If you’re using the PS4-to-Twitch broadcasting integration, you have a chance to appear on the Twitch front page!
We’re kicking off a week of awesome product news with the long awaited 2.0 update of the Twitch App for Android. Why is it so hotly anticipated, you ask? Oh, you didn’t? Huh.. Well.. This is awkward. Seeing as how I didn’t really have a back-up plan for this blog I’m just going to go ahead and tell you anyway.
The Twitch App for Android 2.0 brings the full chat experience to your mobile device.