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Global Game Jam is the world’s largest games creation event! From January 29 – 31, up to 40,000 game makers in 93 countries will create thousands of games over the course of a weekend.
Running from 7am PT (3pm UTC) on Friday until 10am PT (6pm UTC) on Sunday – that’s 51 hours of game making goodness! Join the fun on Twitch for the biggest GGJ ever!
Calling all game devs! The Twitch Plays game category is officially open for business. Ever since the infamous TPP event shook the world back in February 2014, we’ve had tons of fascinating adaptations of the Twitch Plays concept, and we’re now excited to [finally] feature them all in one place.
What’s more, we have some incredible new projects launching today that we’re excited to share with you.
- City Stream – Studio Bean, the creator of Choice Chamber is back! Team up to build and defend a massive geometric city. Whether you’re a builder, gatherer, or at the frontlines of battle, you’ll find your place in City Stream.
- TwitchPlaysZombidle – This PC title is adapted from Berzerk Studio’s mobile game. Level up your very own Twitch character and join forces with the rest of the chat to wreck havoc on the good guys.
- Kid Mech – KidMech is a live-action Twitch robot arena battle game comprising of two teams and an unlimited number of users controlling each bot. Gameplay will cycle between various competitive games including: Battle Soccer, Last Man Standing, and Capture the Flag. The arena features several interactive destructive weapons—such as the saw and flamethrower—that can be utilized to score additional points or weaken the opposition.
- TwitchVersusZombies – Communicate and elaborate strategies with peers in order to eradicate the zombies. In this game where each decision of every individual counts, you will mend, defend, attack, scout, and build your way back to the top of the food chain.
Other active releases featured in the directory include:
It’s said that the holidays are considered the “Season of Giving”, yet the Twitch community spent the entirety of 2015 giving back to organizations around the world. We recently wrapped up sales of our Twitch Holiday Shirt, which led to more than $42,000 being sent to Extra Life and St. Jude Play Live. While that seems impressive, it’s just a small contribution to the massive $17.4 million of charitable donations that the community as a whole provided to over 55 different charities this year!
We wanted to take this time to celebrate these achievements and provide some insight into the accomplishments the Twitch community as a whole achieved during 2015. Up from 12 in 2014, there were 25 individual fundraisers that raised over $50,000 each, and more than 60 that raised over $1,000. Our top five events combined raised over $13 million of this year’s total:
- Extra Life: $7 million-plus for Children’s Miracle Network
- Games Done Quick: $2.8 million-plus for the Prevent Cancer Foundation and Doctors Without Borders
- Gaming for Good: $1.3 million-plus for Save the Children
- Yogscast Jingle Jam 2015: estimated $1 million-plus for 7 different charities (still ongoing)
- St. Jude Play Live: $950,000+ for St. Jude
Thank you to all of the broadcasters, moderators, volunteers, and viewers who aided in making these successes possible. Whether you supported the stream by watching, tweeting and sharing, moderating, helping in the coordination of these fundraising broadcasts, or by donating funds, your contributions have helped make the world a better place. We are humbled and honored to be the primary gathering place for gamers to give back!
Happy Holidays, and best wishes for a bright 2016!
Thanks to your feedback, we’re releasing our latest Whispers update to everyone today. This means that whether you’re on mobile or web, you can now seamlessly DM your friends. Based on our beta period (and, your input), here are some of the changes we made to the final product:
Easily Start a Conversation
Once upon a time, the only way you could start whispering was by typing /w <username> in global chat. Those days are over. Now there is a dedicated Whisper button on the bottom right of the player. Clicking that icon allows you to quickly initiate a conversation with anyone on Twitch.
Looking to message someone specific? Within the Whispers List window, you can now use our handy search function to find a list of relevant Twitch users. After you’ve found who you want to whisper, click his or her username to initiate a conversation.
Better Notification Management
We know that there’s nothing worse than missing a new speedrun WR or a pentakill, so to ensure you can watch your favorite broadcaster uninterrupted, we’ve added a Do Not Disturb (DND) mode in the Whispers Settings menu.
When enabled, DND prevents incoming Whispers from popping up a new conversation window. During this time, your Whispers count will continue to update and you can always access new messages in the main Whispers List window.
What if you’re receiving too many messages? In addition to blocking Whispers from strangers, you can also now mark all messages as read via your Whispers Settings.
And last, but not least, we fixed performance issues so that video can continue playing smoothly during your Whisper usage. For a full list of changes we made and other FAQ, head on over to our Knowledge Base.
Xbox warriors rejoice! We’ve got a juicy update for you all to enjoy. In this latest upgrade, two new features are making their debut on the Xbox One Twitch app: Support for Host Mode and Recent Activity Hubs.
Enjoy Endless Content With Host Mode
You asked for it and we delivered; hosted channels will now appear in your followed directory just like they do on the web version. Now, when your favorite broadcaster hosts another channel, you can easily transition there with a simple button press.
Optimize Your Twitch Experience In The Recent Activity Hub
Your Xbox One landing page has been upgraded as well. Based on your activity in the Twitch app, you’ll automatically see catered content appearing in the new Recent Activity Hub. This can be recently viewed channels and games, your followed channels and games, as well as recommended VODs based on what you’ve been watching. Our goal is to make sure that you’re always able to access your favorite content at a glance.
Still need an Xbox One? Grab one here and start enjoying an enhanced Twitch experience today!
You asked for more customization options and now they’re here: Custom thumbnails for your VODs.
Starting today, all broadcasters and their editors can upload a custom thumbnail for any past broadcast or highlight.
Here’s how you get started:
- Go to your Video Manager.
- Click Edit on any past broadcast or highlight.
- Select Choose File under the Upload Custom Thumb section.
- Select your image.
- Click Upload.
Please note that if you created a VOD in the last month, the option to upload custom thumbnails may not be available until early next year.
If you need support with this new feature, make sure to check out our handy FAQ.
As we continue to build up the Twitch presence in Japan, having people on staff who understand that country’s long-standing FGC community is an important part of our roadmap. To that end, prominent shoutcaster and former pro Street Fighter champ Ryutaro “Aru” Noda is joining our Partnerships team!
Aru joins a team of Street Fighter stalwarts including Victor “Victheslik” Denchartphan, former pro and current shoutcaster Mike “Mike Ross” Ross, and current pro GamerBee, to help create a global community around this legendary franchise. Building off our success with the 2015 Capcom Pro Tour–the largest global Street Fighter tournament to date, we’ll continue to foster growth of the FGC on Twitch with Aru being the perfect accelerator.
With many years under his belt as a shoutcaster and pro-gamer, Aru has become a popular personality in the Japanese gaming world. His ties with developers, publishers, players, media, and the broader gaming community will help us continue to deliver the best content.
Below is the Japanese translation.
The Top 4…the Top 4 never changes. [Pause for effect.] Beyond the Top 4, November saw lots of changes. Lots you ask? Yes. Lots.
November was a highly anticipated month as two huge titles saw their full debuts: Fallout 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops III. When the dust settled, Fallout vaulted into the coveted fifth spot. It’s no secret that “gamers went crazy for Fallout 4,” as Fallout set a new Twitch record for most viewed game launch of the year. One could say that Fallout made dogmeat of the competition. (One sec, they’re taking my keyboard aw…)
Call of Duty: Black Ops III also enjoyed amazing viewership numbers thanks to the #TheRace and the many other awesome prestige marathons and Oh, ah, ah, ah, ah action. Even better news: #TheRace raised over $450,000 dollars for the Call of Duty Endowment. Big congrats to the team of TmarTn, Jericho, GoldGlove, VernNotice, and Hutch!
- World of Warcraft had a Legion of viewers opt-in to check out this new beta content.
- Our Creative category kept up its brisk pace with the culmination of the full Bob Ross marathon, and the recently announced Bob Ross Mondays marathons.
- StarCraft 2 saw a big leap thanks to a great WCS tournament at BlizzCon.
- The Binding of Isaac can’t biblethump too hard after creeping into the 12th spot behind the Afterbirth expansion.
- RuneScape jumped five spots with a little help from the new Deadman Mode.
Remember, remember this list for November.
Android fans get ready, we’ve got something awesome coming your way. Starting today, you’ll be able to enjoy a shiny new version of the Twitch app on the latest Android TV devices. Not only that, but our Android mobile app has also been updated to give all users the new Whispers 2.0 functionality!
Our Android TV app gives you a more personal viewing experience, including the ability to login and follow content you love, search for your favorite games and broadcasters, and an integrated chat experience. Here’s the full breakdown of the features you can expect:
- Watch live and recorded video of top games, players, and esports events.
- Follow channels and games you want to keep tabs on.
- View profile pages to learn about broadcasters, including the ability to check out their VODs.
- Hi-res video (1080p/60fps) support for Android TV devices.
The Whispers 2.0 mobile update allows all Android users to enjoy an enhanced chat experience. Simply tap the whispers icon in the top right section of the app to see your private messages at a glance.
We’re excited to announce how to watch these events on Twitch, but equally excited to announce to our broadcasters and community that we are bringing back “co-streaming!”
What’s co-streaming you ask?
Co-streaming allows all Twitch broadcasters the rights to capture and use content from these events directly on their own channels! To co-stream, set your “game” to either The Game Awards 2015 or PlayStation Experience 2015, so that you’re categorized properly. Otherwise, you’re good to go!
Yes, you read that correctly. All Twitch broadcasters have our official blessing to capture content (this week only) from The Game Awards (twitch.tv/thegameawards) and PlayStation Experience (twitch.tv/playstation) for use on their own channels. This could be a simple rebroadcast session with your fans and community, or you can even provide your own commentary on top of the broadcast.
About The Game Awards 2015:
Gaming’s biggest night returns to Twitch! Don’t miss performances by CHVRCHES, deadmau5, and more at The Game Awards 2015. You can catch all the action live on Twitch Thursday, December 3rd at 6:00 PM Pacific.
About PlayStation Experience 2015:
Watch the official feed from PlayStation Experience live on Twitch this weekend, running from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Pacific Saturday, December 5th and from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Sunday, December 6th. Things kick off on Saturday with the PlayStation Experience Keynote presentation, so make sure to tune in and catch the announcements, reveals, and more.
Warm up those fingers and let the DMs flow, because Whispers 2.0 is now fully available across your favorite iOS devices. Simply update your Twitch app to take advantage of our newly revised Whispers UI.
And when you take a break from whispering, be sure to let us know what you think of the update by filling out a feedback report. Our Android beta is still going strong, keep your eyes on our blog for new updates coming soon!
Go on, start sending those private Kappa and RitzMitz messages to your friends; we won’t tell.
Today we’ve releasing an update to the Twitch Rules of Conduct (RoC) and the User Reporting Tool. As these policies affect everyone that uses our services, we wanted to be as clear as possible with our reasons for the update.
Over the past two years, we’ve scaled up our efforts for site moderation, and throughout this process, we learned a lot about the most common and harmful issues our community faces. Based on this level of understanding, we’ve comprehensively reviewed our moderation policies to provide more detail on the specific actions and content that are considered RoC violations.
Today’s update features additions based on our current policies for the most severe issues and recent changes to our platform, such as the launch of Creative. Wherever we have made changes to existing policies, we’ve done so to more clearly spell them out. Although the changes to the document itself are extensive, our core principles have not changed: please treat others with respect and don’t abuse the site.
Here is a detailed list of the most significant changes, including those made for the launch of the Creative content category:
Slide into your friends’ DMs on the go with our first phase of whispers on your mobile device! Starting today, a small sample size of Android users will automatically gain access to our updated whispers functionality. We will continue to roll this out to more and more users until we have gathered enough feedback for a full launch. After we collect enough feedback from our Android users during this soft launch, we will follow things up by getting our iOS friends in on the fun.
If your device is selected, you will automatically be able to update the app to have access to the new functionality. Check back each day this week to see if you have access! Keep in mind that this feature is still in beta. Please submit all your feedback about our whispers update by filling out a feedback report.
The post-Blizzcon StarCraft 2: Legacy Of The Void hype is real, and we’ve got just the thing to celebrate. Head over to the official StarCraft Legacy of the Void Team page right now to take part in the Legacy of the Void Celebration Event Giveaway.
3,600 StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty product keys
360 StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void product keys
A Signed Collector’s Edition of Legacy of the Void
Exclusive StarCraft Merchandise
A Razer Blackwidow Chroma Stealth keyboard
A Razer Mamba wireless gaming mouse
A Razer Kraken Classic gaming headset
That’s not all, some of your favorite broadcasters will be hosted from the official StarCraft page as well. Until 10PM PT, watch LiviBee, MaximusBlack, BasetradeTV, HuK, Nathanias, RotterdaM, iNcontroL, Fenner, and Destiny for all the expansion excitement.