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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.
Update: We’ve changed the schedule so that people in Europe can more easily catch Bob on Mondays. For more info, click here.
Life is full of happy accidents.
When we first discussed the idea of running an all-episodes marathon of “The Joy of Painting” with the Bob Ross folks, we weren’t entirely sure what would happen. We knew it would bring attention to Twitch Creative and give the internet some enjoyment and inspiration for a few days. We had no idea it would grow into the phenomenon we’ve seen it become.
Bob has taught us a lot in the past few days, I think we can all say that.
The reactions people have had to seeing Bob again and in some cases, for the first time, have been truly amazing. From across the internet and all over the world, we’ve been moved by the responses. Here’s one particular note that got us right in the feels:
Well, all good things come to an end eventually. #RUINED! We’ve been as sad as you have, knowing the end of our marathon was approaching. Bob’s voice sends many of us to sleep at night, and calms and inspires us throughout the day. Bob has reminded us of what’s important in life, reminded us of our childhoods, time with family, and the days we’ve spent creating something. WE DIDN’T WANT THE END TO BE REAL.
Happiness is a little tree. Maybe a fluffy cloud. And sometimes an almighty mountain. At the end of October, we fully launched the Creative category, and did so with a bang by presenting an entire 403-episode marathon of Bob Ross’s “The Joy of Painting”. (Still going strong!) This has brought our new Creative community joy, as well as our vast gaming community who took to the chat and have made gamerspeak part of the new lore. (The Joy of Memeing?) Creative checks in this month at lucky #13. #KappaRoss
When not telling Bob Ross he has “RUINED” another painting, viewers have taken to:
- League of Legends – (Duh.) The 2015 World Championship culminated with SKTelecom T1 taking the Summoner’s Cup home with a resounding 3-1 victory over KOO Tigers. #MingLee
- Fifa 16 – People around the world love soccer (aka ‘futbol’). Who knew. #KevinTurtle
- Overwatch – Blizzard’s much anticipated FPS offering arrived at the end of October and has been all the rave, for those lucky few that actually have access. Unlike this guy. #PJSalt
- Minecraft – In addition to the Build Guild getting back to the block, the German sensation Rewinside brought his talents to Twitch, and helped boost Minecraft to #9. #SSSsss
- Star Wars Battlefront – A brief Beta window saw just about everyone check out the new Hothness. #PogChamp
Bob Ross paints. I do lists. Enjoy.
“They say everything looks better with odd numbers of things. But sometimes I put even numbers—just to upset the critics.” — Bob Ross
Hi, my name is Bill.
I was the second employee at Twitch, back in 2007. I can’t quite claim to have been around at the very beginning of live internet video streaming, but I was around to see its mass adoption.
It’s been an amazing privilege to watch live video grow up. From the really early days when what we were doing was only just barely possible, through a time when it worked but nobody could really figure out what to use it for, to the amazing rocket ship that is Twitch.
Twitch really started to work when we noticed a particularly determined community of video gamers who were doing something extraordinary. They were sharing their passion for video games via an entirely new medium: live social video. We decided to do everything we could to support this burgeoning community, and immersed ourselves in the gaming world. Today, there are millions of broadcasters on Twitch, with many of the most dedicated making a comfortable living doing so.
All along, the Twitch community has included a determined community of artists, crafters and builders, who have been using Twitch to broadcast their creative processes. These creative broadcasters share many of the same characteristics as all Twitch broadcasters: passion, engagement, and a community-centric worldview.
Today, we’re happy to announce our official support for the Twitch Creative community. There are a few things that make the Creative category unlike anything else on Twitch, so we, along with our launch partner Adobe, are excited to see what you dream up.
First, starting today, you’ll see an entirely new landing page for the Creative category. This includes a dedicated Featured Video carousel meant to highlight interesting creative broadcasts for the community.
Second, you may have noticed a unique tagging system on the Creative category that quietly launched a couple of months ago. This is intended to help broadcasters identify the activity they’re engaged in: things like #drawing, #animation, #watercolor, or #robotics. This is unlike anything else on Twitch and we’re excited to see what the community does with it.
Third, we’ve updated our Rules Of Conduct to reflect our official embrace of the Creative community. In short, we encourage you to broadcast your creative process on Twitch, be that visual art, woodworking, costume creation, prop building, music composition, or any other process in which you entertain and connect around a creative activity. We understand that this is vague. We expect to learn much about what is, and is not, appropriate for Twitch as the community grows. See the updated Rules of Conduct for details and our FAQ for further specifics.
And finally, thanks to our friends at Janson Media and BobRoss Inc., we’ll broadcast every episode of the original Bob Ross show, The Joy of Painting, in an epic marathon starting today at 2PM PST on http://www.twitch.tv/bobross. That’s 403 episodes of Bob Ross that will play over the course of 8.5 days. Just for fun, we’re releasing a special Bob Ross Kappa emote too (KappaRoss).
So, go forward, unleash your inner Bob Ross, and get creative.
In a flip flop for the first time since June, Hearthstone brawled back into 3rd ahead of Dota 2. Must have been that
epic stoic battle for bragging rights between Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. Emmett with the meta play. He’s bringing bow ties back.
September saw a healthy dose of AAA titles new or with new content shake up the ranks.
- Destiny’s expansion, The Taken King, forcibly pushed the game into the highly coveted #5 slot behind the Usual 4.
- The latest in the Metal Gear Solid series, MGSV: The Phantom Pain (almost reminds me of what that “first” Star Wars movie made me feel), stealthily debuted at #6.
- Diablo III continued it’s leap up the ranks by bashing it’s way another 10 spots to #10. New content is good. (See: Destiny: The Taken King)
- Super Mario Maker, debuting at #11, turned something old into gold, as many of you accepted the challenge of your friends’ inventive levels.
- Fifa 16 relegated Fifa 15.
- Mad Max grumbled “Hey” as it debuted at #19.
Not be left out of all the fun, Poker put together a nice run and flopped into the Top 20 at #16.
Marvel in the splendor that is this ordered list.
TwitchCon 2015 was, in one word: Unbelievable. Amazing. Epic. Family. More magnificent than we could have hoped. But maybe the one word that sums it up best is PASSION. That’s what we put in, that’s what you put in. And that passion made this kind of show possible. We love you all, so a big thank you to those who attended in person and watched online, and to those that just kept grinding by broadcasting and watching during the weekend because you love your Twitch community.
More than 20,000 of you attended and over 1.9 million of you watched online. Over 600 Twitch Partners were in attendance. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you ALL for making the inaugural TwitchCon a success!
Who wants to do this again next year? What was great and what could we have done better? Let us know in the comments!
Can’t get enough Heroes of the Storm? You’re in luck. We’re happy to announce that Twitch and Blizzard are teaming up to reward those who not only love to play Heroes of the Storm, but love to watch it as well.
For a limited time, anyone who watches a Heroes of the Storm regional championship while logged into Twitch with a linked Battle.net account (more on that below) will receive a special “Storm Watcher” portrait in Heroes of the Storm. It’s super cool and will make all your friends jealous.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive continues to be a juggernaut in the esports scene, as well as with the general community. CS:GO has maintained a solid grip on the #2 spot for the last seven months and has defused any notion of being a flash [bang] in the pan. Case closed. Have a knife day.
Meanwhile, in a post-apocalyptic alternate reality, H1Z1 is the survival game du jour, clawing it’s way up the chart with many a survivalist enjoying the Battle Royale mode. We’re looking forward to the “H1Z1 Invitational” live from TwitchCon! #ShamelessPlug
How about them Gaming Talk Shows? RocketBeansTV, Dropped Frames (hosted by itmeJP, CohhCarnage, and Ezekiel_III), and Kinda Funny Games – among others – have helped to grow and solidify this category, which has settled into a regular Top 10 position.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III spawned in the #12 spot during its brief Beta period.
The most notable jumps in the Top 20 were by DayZ (#16, up from #22) and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (#20, up from #35). Kudos.
In an alternate ending to this blog, Until Dawn debuted at 21.
Now memorize the Top 20 for August 2015. There might be a quiz later.
And here you thought the TwitchCon 2015 information train was over. Well it ain’t over!
Here’s the latest on some of the awesome spectacle you can expect to see in person and online:
- Battle of the CEOs. Twitch’s Shear vs Blizzard’s Morhaime. Two men enter, one man leaves. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. You get the point. An event like this is so Rare, you could say it’s Legendary. Plus, you can’t have a match this Epic without commentators and coaches, so be prepared for special guests.
- VGCW (Video Game Championship Wrestling): VGCW is preparing a special customized character wrestling match, so expect some familiar looking competitors.
- Super Smash Bros. Exhibition featuring Twitch versus Red Bull: Twitch and Red Bull love Smash and want to throw a competition together, but are having trouble agreeing where to throw the event. To settle the score, SF-based Twitch will battle LA-based Red Bull in a Super Smash Bros. Exhibition Match where the winning office chooses the location of a $10,000 prize-pool Super Smash Bros. event (NorCal v SoCal).
Every new staffer at Twitch is special, but if you’re into fighting games, then today’s announcement is extra special. Joining our in-house stable of fighting game experts and community liaisons—such as Mike Ross, D1, The Crimson Blur, Scar and Victheslik—is none other than GamerBee!
For those not into the fighting game scene, GamerBee has been involved in the FGC for over 25 years and was the first professional fighting game player in Taiwan. To detail all of his career highlights would require several more posts, but among his most notable accolades are being a Champion 16 times since 2010 and taking 2nd place in Street Fighter 4 at EVO in 2012 and 2015.
GamerBee’s role at Twitch is as our new Partnerships Development Lead in Taiwan. By bridging the language and culture barrier between Twitch and the local community in Taiwan, he will be able to assist Taiwanese broadcasters with improving their channels and growing their communities.
Here is what he had to say about coming on board: “To be at Twitch is like getting the Mario Lucky Star! Ever since I became a professional gamer, I knew gaming was my calling. Driven by this purpose and commitment, I look forward to strengthening the gaming community in Asia. I’ll be sharing my talents in Footsie, Shoryuken Anti-Air, and Ultra Combos to help partners and broadcasters have an awesome experience on Twitch in Taiwan.”
We are excited to have him on the team!
Can you hear that? That’s the sound of the hype train moving at top speed. Because PAX Prime 2015 from Seattle, WA, is nearly upon us. Whether you’re attending the show or watching from home, Twitch has you covered with all the PAX goodness you can handle with the help of our event sponsors HP Omen, Daybreak Game Company, Super Evil MegaCorp, Corsair, and Turtle Beach.
For those of you getting in on the fun in Seattle, we’ll have Super Evil MegaCorp’s Vainglory and Daybreak Game’s H1Z1 playable at the booth, Partner Meet & Greets (with brand spanking new Kappa Cards), a Twitch Town Hall, the insanity of PJSaltan of Stream II, and enough swag to fill a really big swag bag (including a new addition to the Twitch Pinny Pin collection, more on that after the break).
Watching from home? No problem. You can watch all the content from the Twitch booth and the two main panel rooms (Main and Hydra) on the official PAX Event Page. The full schedule is below the fold, so you can start planning your weekend now.
Here’s a rundown of a few highlights:
The final countdown to TwitchCon 2015 has begun! We’re just over a month away and today we’re happy to announce full schedules for the Intel Gaming Lab, Razer Broadcaster Zone, Meet & Greet sessions, and Education Zone!
We’re bringing together a who’s who of Twitch broadcasters and exhibitors and we want you to have every opportunity to watch, meet, compete with, and learn from them at the show. Here’s an overview of what’s going down, but if you just can’t wait to see all the details (like which broadcasters will be participating where), they’re available right now at twitchcon.com.