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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.
As previously announced , we’re committed to making Twitch a great place for people to connect over the games they love, no matter what language they speak. Last month, we added language support for our iOS app and today we’re excited to roll out improvements to localization (i.e., translations) for our site.
Our base belong to Lirik. Thanks to the expert URL decryption techniques of He Who Just Could Not Wait to Show You His Shirt, our super secret second underground lair of t-shirts has been discovered. Set 2 of Twitch Partner Merchandise t-shirt is now LIVE!
Head over to twitch.tv/store to check out the fine apparel from none other than:
T-shirts. They’re the uniform of the gamer. We know because you’ve asked time and again for us to offer Twitch apparel and have happily snapped up said swag with glee. Once again we’ve got some awesome new t-shirts for you, but this time with a wrinkle (‘cause cotton..).
Starting today, in partnership with Teespring, we’re bringing you a selection of t-shirts made by some of your very favorite Twitch broadcasters! And, not just one batch – we’re going to be releasing six shirts every Monday for the next four weeks so you won’t need to do any laundry until October! (But seriously, do your laundry.)
The Geekie Awards are coming to Twitch this weekend. Yes, that’s right – time to let your geek flag fly.
Made by geeks for geeks, this award show celebrates the best in indie gaming, entertainment, comics and art. At this year’s Geekies, you’ll be able to get an exclusive look at the opening scene of Wasteland 2, celebrate Batman’s 75th birthday and hang with your favorite geek celebs.
gamescom 2014 is here and features an amazing amount of content: major press conferences, industry panels and booths, global esports championships, and more. We’ve made it our mission to help you cut through the noise to find what you really want to watch!
First off, please direct your attention to the official Twitch event page for gamescom 2014. This is where you’ll be able to find all the streams live from Europe’s biggest gaming festival in Cologne, Germany.
Over the last two days, you’ve provided us with an incredible amount of feedback about the new Video Manager, VOD storage, and Audio Recognition system. We take your opinions very seriously, and we’re acting on your concerns.
First, effective tonight, the maximum time limit on highlights will be removed. You will once again be able to create highlights of any length and they will be saved indefinitely.
Secondly, we’re deploying an “appeal” button for VODs that have been flagged for copyrighted music by the new Audio Recognition system. We recognize that the system is not yet perfect. We want to make this system as fair and unobtrusive as possible, and we greatly appreciate your help.
Thank you again for all of your comments, tweets, emails, messages, and for taking part in Emmett’s AMA. We read all of your feedback and we take it seriously. Expect more changes, more clarity, and more improvements on our recent updates in the days to come.
We understand that you may have additional questions. Feel free to join Emmett on tomorrow’s Twitch Weekly from 2:00-2:30 PST. He’ll be answering questions via Twitch chat or Twitter.
[UPDATE 9:20 AM PT Aug 7]: Today’s AMA with Emmett Shear will now be hosted on /r/IAmA. Please join us at 10:30 AM PST.
Please Note: Audio Recognition applies to VODs only.
Starting today, Twitch will be implementing technology intended to help broadcasters avoid the storage of videos containing unauthorized third-party audio. We respect the rights of copyright owners, and are voluntarily undertaking this effort to help protect both our broadcasters and copyright owners.