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Edit for Clarity:
If a game’s US version is rated Adults Only by the ESRB, you should not broadcast that game on Twitch. However, ESRB rated Mature versions of Adults Only titles are permitted for streaming, such as Mature versions of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy.
Games rated 18+ by other rating systems are fine to stream, so long as they are not rated AO by the ESRB, and they don’t violate the standard language of our RoC and ToS.
Our goal at Twitch is to create a safe, welcoming, inclusive community platform where everyone can feel comfortable and have fun. From time to time, we update our Rules of Conduct (RoC) in pursuit of this goal and to match emerging issues in the video game industry.
Previously, we made game-specific decisions about which games would and would not be available for broadcast – sometimes due to overtly sexual content, sometimes due to gratuitous violence. This is unsustainable and unclear, generating only further confusion among Twitch broadcasters. We would like to make this policy as transparent as possible.
Today, we’re updating the RoC with regard to Adult Only (AO) games. Simply put, AO games are not welcome on Twitch. Please refer to the ESRB’s Ratings Guide and list of Adults Only games for more information.
While the ESRB ratings apply exclusively to US titles, our policy extends to versions of these games in all territories. Generally, if the US version is rated for Adults Only (18+) or has an equivalent rating in your territory, you should not broadcast that game on Twitch.
The RoC is a living document that we update regularly based on community feedback and industry developments. We would appreciate your feedback, too.
Twitch is proud to announce our participation in military gaming charity Operation Supply Drop’s fourth-annual “8-Bit Salute,” a 24-hour gaming marathon to be held May 16-17, 2015. Donations raised during this charity event will fund video game filled care packages, offering much needed diversion and stress relief to combat-zone deployed troops and those recovering in military hospitals.
It’s official – we’ve got a new channel on Roku players and Roku TV models. Our new experience for the Roku platform lets you:
- Watch live broadcasts just like web.
- Browse by live channels and games.
- Follow broadcasters, thereby adding them to your home screen.
The channel is available for all current-generation Roku players in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland, and Roku TV models in the U.S. and Canada. Add Twitch to your Roku player or Roku TV model, visit our channel page or search for “Twitch” in the Roku Channel Store on your device.
Survivor GameZ VI is upon us and the main event is this Sunday, April 19th, at 1pm PDT/4pm EDT/9pm BST!
The Survivor GameZ is the baddest deathmatch event around, fully realized in the post-apocalyptic landscape of DayZ. While zombies abound and supplies are limited, real life friendships crumble as players stalk each other until only one is standing (or maybe bleeding out slower than everyone else). Hunt or be hunted: this is the most dangerous game!
Here’s a little taste of some of the badasses competing: Lirik, Towelliee, Sacriel, CohhCarnage, Summit1G, Ellohime. So intense, it’ll be like a fire at a circus!
Where to Watch
xSmak returns to shoutcast the sixth GameZ alongside new commentator TehJamJar on twitch.tv/survivorgamez. You can also watch from each participant’s point of view, all available on the official Survivor GameZ event page. Additionally, you can watch four free roaming cameras on Survivor-Gamez.com.
TwitchCon 2015 is taking shape and today we’re very excited to announce ticket pricing and sale date, a call for additional content, a preview of onsite activities, and more.
Make sure to follow @TwitchConSF for all the latest updates in the weeks leading up to the event.
Tickets for TwitchCon 2015 go on sale at 2:00pm PT on Friday, April 10, at TwitchCon.com, with discounted early bird tickets available until 11:00pm PT on Friday, April 24:
- Friday, September 25 only: $50.00 USD (Early bird price: $45.00 USD)
- Saturday, September 26 only: $60.00 USD (Early bird price: $55.00 USD)
- 2-Day pass: $85.00 USD (Early bird price: $75.00 USD)
- Saturday end-of-show party for badge holders: $25.00 USD
With our Beta Music category and Twitch Music Library picking up steam, The Prodigy is the latest music act to share content with all of you hardcore, firestarting EDM-lovers.
Today (March 23rd) at 11:00am PT, The Prodigy will be in Berlin live streaming an interview on Twitch (www.twitch.tv/artistcouch) and previewing two brand new tracks from their upcoming album, The Day Is My Enemy.
Following the broadcast, we’ll add the band’s new Wall Of Death song to the Twitch Music Library signifying it is cleared for you to use in your Twitch broadcasts and VODs!
In the meantime, please stock up on your [dancing] emotes.
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Do you want to build a snowman? PAX East 2015 from snowy Boston, MA, is nearly upon us, and our bodies are ready…to freeze. Freeze. FREEZE! So let’s all group hug and warm each other under the warm glow of the Twitch booth (#9044) lights.
Coming to the show? We’ve got Heroes of the Storm and Vainglory at the booth, new Kappa Cards at the Partner Meet & Greets, a Twitch Town Hall, another epic party (duh), and the latest in Twitch swag technology. Twitch has joined the official Pinny Arcade with our very first pin! Supplies are limited, so we might have to hold some live Survivor GameZ to see who walks away with one. (We hear Lirik isn’t coming, so he can’t repeat his six-second death.)
Watching from home? We got you, too. You can get in on all the great content from our booth and the two main panel rooms (Main and Albatross) on the official PAX East event page: twitch.tv/event/pax. Oh, and make sure to participate in the #PAXPort Challenge where we’ve got two bundles of awesome goodies to give away for our at-home fans.
As announced today (Feb 20) on Twitch Weekly, we’re excited to host the inaugural TwitchCon in our hometown of San Francisco, CA, September 25-26, 2015! A celebration of all things Twitch, TwitchCon will be an interactive convention for broadcasters and viewers alike to meet each other, learn how to take your Twitch game to the next level, and play together.
Just a “Save the Date” for now, we’ll have more information about tickets, schedules, where to stay, and all that good stuff in the weeks and months to come.
One of the amazing trends on Twitch is the community’s propensity towards charity and social awareness. This is best exemplified by the annual Awesome Games Done Quick, the biggest event for the emerging speed running community and one of Twitch’s largest charity marathons.
Twitch is proud to be a long-time supporter and sponsor of the Games Done Quick series of events, which is why we are very proud to reveal the astounding viewership metrics achieved during AGDQ 2015.
Kudos to the GDQ event organizers, on-site staff, volunteers, speed runners, contributors, and viewers alike. Here’s looking towards Summer Games Done Quick!
Twitch has grown so quickly this year that it’s hard to keep track of all the amazing subgroups and communities that call Twitch home. To illustrate this, our Science team has recently been building visual maps of the Twitch world and we’re thrilled to share them with you!
NOTE: Visualization and layout were completed using an open source tool called Gephi. Click any image to enlarge.
In this map, each circle is a specific channel on Twitch. The lines between channels represent the amount of overlap between the audiences of those channels; each time a specific viewer watched two different channels during the time period this data draws from, it makes the connection between those channels a little stronger. Because we’re only drawing on a short time period in December, not all channels are represented here, and sizing only approximates activity in that time period.
We all did more than ever in 2014. There were more broadcasters, more viewers, more events, more charity, and more, well, chaos (remember that whole TwitchPlaysPokemon thing?).
We took a look back and captured some of the best moments from 2014 so the story of this amazing year could be shared with all of you. Thank you for making Twitch what it is today. Let’s do it again in 2015!
Twitchlings everywhere, we need your help. Twitch has been nominated in the 8th Annual Crunchie Awards. If you’re unfamiliar, the Crunchies are a bit like the Oscars, but for the technology and internet crowd. And it’s all based on your vote.
We’re nominated in the “Can’t Stop, Wont’ Stop” category, which is fitting because it’s true. 2015 is shaping up to be our biggest, busiest ever.
We’re up against Buzzfeed, Giphy, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, and Threes. Please, please help us beat Buzzfeed and Kim Kardashian. How? Give us your vote!
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We’re so very excited for PAX South 2015. How excited?
So much going on, let’s jump right in an break this epic event down:
Where can I watch all this great content?
Check out all the live content from the Twitch booth and panel rooms here: http://www.twitch.tv/event/pax. More detailed content blog to come!
First, do you have to be present to win? NO! We’ve got multiple HP Omen laptops and a few hundred game codes (H1Z1, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Sunset Overdrive, Halo: MCC, Forza Horizon 2, and a bunch of Devolver Digital games) for our fans whether you’re in person or at home! We’re gonna drop codes into our chat on twitch.tv/twitch during the event, and we’re also going to run a social media contest all week. We’re talking more than $10,000 in prizes and swag. We could drop the mic there, but we got MOAR!
Join the Twitch #PAXPort Challenge for your chance to win one of 3 HP Omen gaming laptop bundles. Start here: http://splur.gy/r/nDydY
If you’re attending the show, you’re in luck: We’ll have 3 HP Omen gaming laptop bundles to be given away each day LIVE! Attend the Twitch Town Hall or play Hearthstone at the booth in the HP Omen Broadcaster Zone for a raffle ticket. You just might win!
Play Hearthstone and Vainglory at the Twitch Booth
Thanks to our partners at HP and Blizzard, you can come play Hearthstone at the Twitch booth on HP Omen gaming laptops, just like the ones we’re giving away. In our Mobile zone, you can play the smash hit Vainglory, a mobile MOBA by Super Evil Megacorp. First 50 people in line each day get an exclusive Twitch swag bag with gear and Kappa Card Starter Pack!
Maybe the hottest new panel series going at PAX, we’ve got another awesome Twitch Town Hall live on Friday, January 23, from 2p-3p CST. Whether you’re at the event or watching from home, tune in for another exclusive look into how we make Twitch go. We may even have some swag for guests! More info here.
We’ve got a new collectible! Our awesome Design team delivers unto you Kappa Cards. (Insert your Kreygasm face here.) Each person in line for the Meet & Greets will receive a Kappa Card Starter Pack (while supplies lasts). You can pick up additional cards from our featured broadcasters themselves and get ’em signed by. What are they and what do they look like? Here’s a sneak peek, but you’ll have to be at the show to know for sure!