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Twitch Announces Sponsorship of Apex World Circuit
Today, Twitch is proud to announce collaboration with the Apex World Circuit, the largest international tournament series for Super Smash Bros. and one of North America’s premier competitive gaming events.
Twitch is proud to sponsor Apex for the fourth consecutive year. Esports and competitive gaming have exploded over this time, and the meteoric rise of the Smash Bros. community during the last 18 months has been something truly special to behold. The authenticity and raw passion exhibited by Smashers around the globe is palpable, and Apex embodies this passion.
What does Twitch’s sponsorship of Apex mean for the Smash community? Twitch has committed $14,000 in pot bonuses for the Smash Bros. Melee events at all 14 Apex World Circuit qualifying events, awarding $1000 to the overall payout. But that’s not all! Twitch will accommodate travel and lodging for all 14 qualified players to the Apex grand finale this January 30-February 1 in Secaucus, New Jersey. Note: some qualifier dates may be subject to change.
As Twitch’s mobile presence continues to grow, today we are massively multi-pleased to announce that Order & Chaos Online is the first mobile MMORPG with Twitch Integration (or MMMORPGWTI for short-ish).
Thanks to a new update that just arrived for the iOS version of Order & Chaos Online, players can broadcast their gameplay directly to Twitch from their iOS devices. You can also interact with your viewers through built-in support for camera, microphone, and chat.
Beyond Twitch, the update brings iOS 8 support and a load of fresh content. This includes a new dungeon and bosses, the ability to transform the look of your armor, a new PvP arena with contested zones, and new unlockable wolf, bear and leopard mounts (oh my!).
The Twitch-enabled version of Order & Chaos Online is available for free on the App Store.
On October 22 at 8am PDT/11am EDT/4pm BST, we will perform site maintenance for approximately 5-15 minutes. During this maintenance window, note the following experience:
- If you’re already connected to the site and broadcasting or viewing, your experience should not be affected. However, navigating away from the page you’re on will result in seeing the maintenance page.
- If you’re not connected or attempt to navigate around the site, you’ll see the maintenance page. Connections include logins, broadcast attempts, and API requests.
We’ll send reminders before the maintenance at ~48 hours and ~24 hours, respectively. Follow @TwitchSupport on Twitter for the latest updates.
London POP Upgraded 1500%!
We’d like to take this chance to inform you that we’ve upgraded our London Point of Presence (POP) a full 1500% of previous capacity. (Yes, 1500%!) We hope you’ll set your phasers to fun and turn up your flux capacitors to 1.21 jigawatts.
Star Admiral is a new mobile game that lets you collect 3D spaceships and lead them into epic battles against other players. With the latest update, you can broadcast your tactical genius directly to Twitch!
Our integration with Star Admiral has the same mobile goodness you’ve come to expect:
- Support for iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPhone 5 or later.
- Broadcast your space conquests to Twitch with no extra hardware.
- View broadcasts from other players from within Star Admiral.
If you broadcast tomorrow, Hardscore Games will even reward you with a free epic ship called The OneShot. It’s that easy and awesome to get started!
To learn more about Star Admiral or chat with the devs, watch http://www.twitch.tv/hardscoregames tomorrow morn at 6 AM PST (aka 3 PM CEST if you’re in Germany). Or blast on over to the App Store to get the game right now.
[Edit for clarity: this policy pertains specifically to Twitch driven campaigns.]
[Edit 2: For sponsor relationships outside of Twitch driven campaigns, we encourage all broadcasters to follow FTC guidelines, as per section 11.g of our Terms of Service.]
We launched Twitch over three years ago, when the video ecosystem was a different industry than it is today. We’ve seen the continuing rise of gaming content on Web video platforms, a host of media companies which cater to that industry, and the increasingly big-dollar deals with major consumer brands who leverage gaming personalities to market their products and games.
All the while, the Twitch community has grown fast as more and more gamers embrace live video and the community it supports.
An increasingly large part of the Gamer/Platform/Media/Advertiser equation, particularly in the video game industry, is what we commonly call “Influencer Campaigns.” Influencer campaigns are one way for an advertiser to leverage the celebrity of a content creator on various video platforms to drive awareness and purchase intent for the advertiser’s brand or product.
September. Felt like just yesterday. Or the day before yesterday. Yeah. September. Prepare thyself for the puns games of the month.
League of Legends. We should make a foam finger for this title.
September was a big month for new releases. Bungie’s Destiny and EA’s The Sims 4 both debuted in the Top 10. The popularity of Destiny seemed inevitable, and gamers all over the galaxy enjoyed the stellar experience. The Sims 4 marveled viewers who enjoyed watching gamers simulate their lives as…gamers. Next up in the queue is ArcheAge coming in at #16, FIFA 15 headed its way to #17, and I can’t leave out Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS at #18 lest I be knee’d by BobbyScar.
And now I present unto thee the Top 20.
Two men enter, one man ragequit, or whatever someone does when they lose a live streamed Street Fighter competition. This Sunday, dance floor titans Steve Aoki and Borgore will face off in Capcom’s Ultra Street Fighter IV with the victor determined by the best of five matches.
Why are they doing this? According to the tale of the Tweet, Aoki called out Borgore to take him on in a fighting game, and we, of course, egged them both on to settle it on Twitch.
This showdown will be hosted by our own Mike Ross, partnership lead for Twitch’s fighting game community, as well as a veteran competitor, host, and commentator. Because Steve and Borgore are both stars in the EDM scene, Ross will be heavily focused on the event’s BPMs (beatings per minute).
Steve made his bones on Twitch with his live concert and the mesmerizing dance party emotes that took over his chat, while Borgore regularly showcases his love for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Both love music and both love games, but do they love each other? Only time will tell…and that time is listed below.
Date: Sunday, September 28th
Time: 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET
Today, ESL proudly announced a new venue for the upcoming Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) tournament in December. IEM will invade the SAP Center in San Jose, California, home to the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. Better known locally as the “Shark Tank”, the SAP Center seats 18,000 fans, making it the largest sports venue in IEM history. This event also marks the first standalone IEM event in North America.
From December 6-7, 2014, IEM will host League of Legends and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm competitions inside the SAP Center. For those who cannot attend, all of the action will be live streamed on Twitch.
Ready for some IEM San Jose HYPE?! Watch this video!
You’ve asked for Twitch on Chromecast and now it’s here! Watching your favorite games and broadcasters on your TV just got a whole lot easier.
Alright folks, it’s time to throw in the Towelliee and Wyld out. We have finally arrived at our very last delivery of mega limited edition shirts from some of your favorite Twitch partners. Feast your t-shirt hungry eyes on batch #4.
Remember to mark September 22nd on your calendar as that will be last day you can get these t-shirts. Time’s also running out on shirts from folks like TheNexXx, SuushiSam and Lirik, so head over to twitch.tv/store now.
The last month of Summer 2014 saw 60 million users take their eyeballs to the games on Twitch. 60 Million! And what did they watch?
League of Legends remains on top of the mountain without a Challenger. After the smoke cleared at gamescom 2014, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive had knifed it’s way to #2. Hearthstone continues to smolder with Naxxramas questing and a budding esports career.
As for the biggest movers, Arma III threw it’s hat into the minutes-watched Battle Royale and jumped up 7 slots. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls saw the biggest move leaping 8 spots with the release of the Ultimate Evil edition.
Without further ado (and puns), we present the Top 20.
Today, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), in partnership with Video Games Intelligence (VGI), announced the addition of three more speakers for the 2nd Annual D.I.C.E. Europe conference, bringing the number to 16 total speakers.
The broadcast will kick-off on Tuesday, September 23rd, for the conference opening keynote at 7 PM BST (2pm ET/11am PT) with Microsoft’s corporate vice president Phil Harrison, and will continue on Wednesday, September 24th, from 10 AM – 5 PM BST at www.twitch.tv/dice.
For more information on the 2nd Annual D.I.C.E. Europe conference, click here.
We’re excited to announce our latest iOS broadcasting integration, Gameloft’s Heroes of Order & Chaos, the world’s first ever mobile MOBA.
State of Play, a feature documentary about the competitive world of South Korean professional gamers, will have its North American festival premiere at the Portland Film Festival on August 27, 2014.
To reach the global gaming community, State of Play will be simultaneously screened live on Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers with 55 million viewers per month. The first online screening will coincide with the first screening at the Portland Film Festival. It will commence at 5pm PDT (UTC-07:00) and will loop continuously for 24 hours via the channel twitch.tv/stateofplaydoc.
It’s almost unbelievable that slightly more than 3 years ago, Twitch didn’t exist. The moment we launched, we knew we had stumbled across something special. But what followed surprised us as much as anyone else, and the impact it’s had on both the community and us has been truly profound.
Your talent, your passion, your dedication to gaming, your memes, your brilliance – these have made Twitch what it is today. Every day, we strive to live up to the standard set by you, the community. We want to create the very best place to share your gaming and life online, and that mission continues to guide us.
Together with you, we’ve found new ways of connecting developers and publishers with their fans. We’ve created a whole new kind of career that lets people make a living sharing their love of games. We’ve brought billions of hours of entertainment, laughter, joy and the occasional ragequit. I think we can all call that a pretty good start.
Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon.