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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!
Twitch has grown so quickly this year that it’s hard to keep track of all the amazing subgroups and communities that call Twitch home. To illustrate this, our Science team has recently been building visual maps of the Twitch world and we’re thrilled to share them with you!
NOTE: Visualization and layout were completed using an open source tool called Gephi. Click any image to enlarge.
In this map, each circle is a specific channel on Twitch. The lines between channels represent the amount of overlap between the audiences of those channels; each time a specific viewer watched two different channels during the time period this data draws from, it makes the connection between those channels a little stronger. Because we’re only drawing on a short time period in December, not all channels are represented here, and sizing only approximates activity in that time period.
We all did more than ever in 2014. There were more broadcasters, more viewers, more events, more charity, and more, well, chaos (remember that whole TwitchPlaysPokemon thing?).
We took a look back and captured some of the best moments from 2014 so the story of this amazing year could be shared with all of you. Thank you for making Twitch what it is today. Let’s do it again in 2015!
Twitchlings everywhere, we need your help. Twitch has been nominated in the 8th Annual Crunchie Awards. If you’re unfamiliar, the Crunchies are a bit like the Oscars, but for the technology and internet crowd. And it’s all based on your vote.
We’re nominated in the “Can’t Stop, Wont’ Stop” category, which is fitting because it’s true. 2015 is shaping up to be our biggest, busiest ever.
We’re up against Buzzfeed, Giphy, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, and Threes. Please, please help us beat Buzzfeed and Kim Kardashian. How? Give us your vote!
[Note from Support: You may have noticed some craziness overnight with sub notifications in chat. That was directly related to this feature. We apologize for not giving a proper warning before pushing this to production.]
Declare your loyalty by letting everyone in chat know how long you’ve been a subscriber! When you’ve renewed a channel subscription, or entered a subsequent month of a bulk subscription, you’ll be prompted to share the news with your community in chat when the channel is live.
We’re so very excited for PAX South 2015. How excited?
So much going on, let’s jump right in an break this epic event down:
Where can I watch all this great content?
Check out all the live content from the Twitch booth and panel rooms here: http://www.twitch.tv/event/pax. More detailed content blog to come!
First, do you have to be present to win? NO! We’ve got multiple HP Omen laptops and a few hundred game codes (H1Z1, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Sunset Overdrive, Halo: MCC, Forza Horizon 2, and a bunch of Devolver Digital games) for our fans whether you’re in person or at home! We’re gonna drop codes into our chat on twitch.tv/twitch during the event, and we’re also going to run a social media contest all week. We’re talking more than $10,000 in prizes and swag. We could drop the mic there, but we got MOAR!
Join the Twitch #PAXPort Challenge for your chance to win one of 3 HP Omen gaming laptop bundles. Start here: http://splur.gy/r/nDydY
If you’re attending the show, you’re in luck: We’ll have 3 HP Omen gaming laptop bundles to be given away each day LIVE! Attend the Twitch Town Hall or play Hearthstone at the booth in the HP Omen Broadcaster Zone for a raffle ticket. You just might win!
Play Hearthstone and Vainglory at the Twitch Booth
Thanks to our partners at HP and Blizzard, you can come play Hearthstone at the Twitch booth on HP Omen gaming laptops, just like the ones we’re giving away. In our Mobile zone, you can play the smash hit Vainglory, a mobile MOBA by Super Evil Megacorp. First 50 people in line each day get an exclusive Twitch swag bag with gear and Kappa Card Starter Pack!
Maybe the hottest new panel series going at PAX, we’ve got another awesome Twitch Town Hall live on Friday, January 23, from 2p-3p CST. Whether you’re at the event or watching from home, tune in for another exclusive look into how we make Twitch go. We may even have some swag for guests! More info here.
We’ve got a new collectible! Our awesome Design team delivers unto you Kappa Cards. (Insert your Kreygasm face here.) Each person in line for the Meet & Greets will receive a Kappa Card Starter Pack (while supplies lasts). You can pick up additional cards from our featured broadcasters themselves and get ‘em signed by. What are they and what do they look like? Here’s a sneak peek, but you’ll have to be at the show to know for sure!
Update: On today’s (16-JAN-2015) Twitch Weekly at 1pm PST, our Chief Strategy Officer, Colin Carrier, will talk about Music and we’ll have a live Q&A.
Today we’re announcing two important music initiatives: the Twitch Music Library and the beta Music category.
Twitch Music Library
The Twitch Music Library (hosted at music.twitch.tv), is a library of songs pre-cleared for Twitch broadcasters to use live and with VODs (past broadcasts/highlights). As you may recall, we implemented an audio recognition system last year out of respect for copyright holders and to protect both our broadcasters and our brand. We knew it was equally important to ensure broadcasters had music options. Thus, the Twitch Music Library was born to offer safe passage through the less-than-clear legal landscape when it comes to audio rights.
The Twitch Music Library features more than 500 songs provided by established and burgeoning labels, including Mad Decent, Dim Mak, Spinnin’ Records, OWSLA, Monstercat, Fool’s Gold, and many more.
Music Category Beta
We are also announcing an experiment with music content creators: our beta Music category. The Music category—listed among the game titles you can designate for a broadcast—is for musicians to use for creating, performing, and presenting original music.
We are excited to deliver our biggest Xbox One update to date, packed with more features our community has been asking for. This includes a more personal app experience, new directories for Xbox One games, and the debut of videos on demand (VODs)!
We’re always looking for new ways to help you watch your favorite broadcasters and connect with other gamers — from wherever you are.
That’s why, we’re excited to announce our integration with Razer Comms on the new Stream Viewer.
Razer Comms free software lets you communicate with friends while you play (VoIP, instant messaging, game overlays). To make this experience even more social, Razer Comms has added the Stream viewer. This feature lets you:
- Watch Twitch broadcasts and host private chats with friends.
- Create and share playlists of all the Twitch channels you love.
- Get recommendations on new Twitch broadcasters to check out based on your current interests.
Wanna give the Stream Viewer a whirl? Visit Razer Comms for info on how to get started.
Twitch and Teespring have joined forces once again to offer hundreds of NEW t-shirts designed by your favorite broadcasters over the coming months. Stuff your closet with one-of-a-kind broadcaster swag and never do laundry again. [But crack a window if you’re not gonna do laundry.]
Over the next few weeks, 200 new broadcaster shirts will be added to the Store. These shirts are only available for a limited time, so snap up your favorites quick!
Two weeks ago, we gave broadcasters the option to set their Broadcast Language. Today, we are starting to use this data to provide better recommendations for international viewers. On both the Game and Channel directories, you will be able to see broadcasts that match your spoken language.
We’ve added a “Broadcast Language” setting to your Dashboard. This feature is aimed at connecting you with viewers who speak the same language as you.
Starting today, you can Follow Games on iOS and Android just like web.
Once you follow a game, you can access it from our revamped “Following” section. This new view has three parts:
- All your followed channels & games that are currently live.
- A listing of all your followed channels.
- A listing of all your followed games.
At any time, you can tap the heart icon on any game’s page to follow or unfollow it.
Notification Center Widget for iOS 8
For those running iOS 8, you have the option to install our widget for Notification Center. This lets you see what’s live — even from the lock screen. If you’re logged in, the widget will display top followed channels, and if you are not, it shows featured broadcasts.
Oh, wait. You’ve got an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus too? This update includes native support for your new device. The UI for iPhone 6 Plus now features three columns of games in the Directory, making it way easier to browse.
Broadcast Titles & More Shine for Android
Aside from Following Games, our Android update lets you see more info about the channels you like. The profile now includes bio info, number of followers, and total views. And, if you want to see titles for a specific broadcast, you can enable this feature app wide. Simply go to “Settings” and turn them on.