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It’s a wide world of gaming out there. We would know. And keeping up with new releases can be overwhelming. Especially those from smaller developers. Well, prepare to be overwhelmed no more.
Introducing the Twitch Indie Spotlight, a special promotions program designed to help smaller game publishers and developers build an indie community on Twitch, and to help viewers discover something new.
Starting this July, Twitch will give an indie developer the chance to highlight a game every month. You’ll be able to watch featured streams, hear from the developers, and check out the game in action right here on Twitch.
The first game in the Indie Spotlight is Vainglory. A new MOBA designed specifically for touch interfaces like iOS and Android. In fact, it was so well designed it received an Apple Design Award at WWDC 2015.
We’ll be celebrating it’s global release LIVE on July 1st with a 24 hour stream. The first two hours will be broadcast directly from Twitch HQ where the developers will take on players from across the globe. We’ll continue the spotlight throughout the month with exclusive streams showcasing the game and all it’s innovative touchy features.
Vainglory Indie Spotlight schedule:
Catch everything at twitch.tv/vainglory
July 1st at 2PM PDT – 24 Hour Global Launch Celebration
July 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 2pm PDT– MOBA pro Zekent hosts a weekly stream introducing newcomers to Vainglory
Since the creation of Twitch in June 2011 (and for a select few back with the launch of JTV in August 2009), thousands of broadcasters have fired up their webcams, logged into their favorite game, and started broadcasting. In that time, we’ve seen the success of thousands of broadcasters, witnessed many record-breaking events, been a part of some of the most epic game launches in history, and have become the go-to place for charities to raise millions of dollars through online gaming.
While we’ve always taken pride in our broadcasters, supporting them throughout their journeys, we’ve decided to make a more public appreciation in those who have spent hundreds (and to some, thousands) of hours dedicating time and energy to putting the best live gaming content on Twitch. After months of planning, we’re really excited to announce the new Twitch Top Broadcaster Program.
You may be asking, “What does a top broadcaster actually look like?”
Over the last several months, we’ve been working more and more with our friends in the entertainment world—specifically those in the television and music industries—to provide new content experiences on Twitch.
For example, we partnered with Ultra, one of the biggest Electronic Music festivals in the world, to bring their live concerts straight to Twitch. We also worked with HBO to broadcast the season 1 pilot of Silicon Valley with an exclusive clip from season 2, and USA to debut their pilot episode of Mr. Robot.
We understand that for long-term members of the Twitch community, this can be a bit confusing. After all, Twitch is a site for gamers. It’s been our policy, with few exceptions, that Twitch is for games only. So you may be asking “Why?”
We made an awesome website! Yay us. TwitchCon.com is all shiny and new with cool graphics and tons of info on our upcoming community extravaganza. Let’s not waste any time and get to the good stuff!
Tickets are still available, so get yours now, while you still can. Due to popular demand, we’ve made more tickets available for our epic after party, so if you were worried about getting in, be sure to pull the trigger today so you can reserve your spot.
Both days of TwitchCon will be jam packed with panels led by various experts from our amazing community. Here’s a taste of some of the awesome content:
- Your Brand on Twitch – by the Twitch Design team!
- Building Communities on Twitch
- Level Up: Developing the Framework for Success
- Taking Teams to the Next Level
- Can We Just Play? The Legality of Let’s Play Video and Streams
- Getting Games for Free: PR and New Media
- Colin & Greg Live! Twitch’s Morning Show @ TwitchCon
We’ve been announcing guests for the past several weeks, and now our Featured Guests list is finally complete! Only at TwitchCon can you expect to meet the likes of Lirik, CaptainSparklez, Towelliee, Imaqtpie, Trick2G, MANvsGAME, Kripp, LethalFrag, and Sodapoppin! And so many more!
People still like watching other people play video games live, so that’s like totally awesome. And what did people watching other people play video games live watch the most? Well…
People all around the world love soccer/football/futbol, and what better way to kick it on Twitch than to watch some caliente Fifa 15 action, which jumped four places to finish at #6. Destiny, behind two huge content reveal shows, launched it’s way into the Top 10 to land at #8.
As for new hotness, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt did a little hack-n-slash thing through the ranks to debut in the #7 slot.
Now feast your eyes upon the complete Top 20.
For the second year in a row, we have partnered with ESL and ReedPOP to bring you ESL One from Madison Square Garden during New York Super Week. Spanning October 3-4, ESL One features eight of the world’s best Dota 2 teams battling for over US$250,000 in prize money!
As with last year’s event, all games will be broadcast on Twitch, with joinDOTA hosting the event. This year’s event will offer attendees unparalleled access to professional players, including autograph sessions, exclusive strategy sessions, and opportunities to play with some of the best gamers.
Attending in Person
Tickets range from US$59 for day passes to US$269 for Premium tickets. Pre-sale tickets for last years’ attendees will be from June 5 at 12:00pm EDT until June 7. Starting June 8, tickets will be available to the general public and can be purchased on the ESL One ticket page.
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!