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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.
First, a big thank you to everyone who participated in Extra Life 2014! This year, we specifically added Extra Life as a “Game” and numerous participating broadcasters set this as their game during the event. For its limited run, Extra Life finished at #14 in our Top 20. We’ll have more on all things Extra Life in an upcoming blog.
While the Top 5 remained the same as September, we welcomed the release of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, which debuted at #6. The most notable move belonged to Fifa 15, which went on a run to #11, jumping six spots in the process. Magic: The Gathering also shuffled its way up six spots to land back in the Top 20 at #17.
October/Spooktober/Shocktober wouldn’t be complete without some horror games. Two highly anticipated games, Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within, released at #12 and #13, respectively. Much shock. So spooky. WoW. (Speaking of doge, we take DogeCoin!)
Gaze now upon the Top 20.
With Halloween on the horizon, what better time than now to stream #killallzombies, a new horror game that launched today for PlayStation 4. It’s the latest in a growing list of games that utilize Twitch chat commands to affect gameplay.
Read all about the game and the dozens of different ways to use commands in Twitch chat on the PlayStation blog here.
If you see folks streaming the game, here are some cool commands you can unleash in chat: arena dongered, dealwithit, gieff death!, idkfa, dogwatch, wrong dongerhood, pewpewpewpew, raise your pitchforks!
I can’t tell you what they do, because then I would have to kill you (unless the command does that, which gets me off the hook). Also, each command requires a certain amount of mentions in chat before they come to life (or to death, if you use the right one). Are these play on words killing you? Well, if you play with some of these words, they might kill a zombie instead. Okay, I’m out of material, so go see if anyone is streaming it right now by visiting our #killallzombies directory.
Twitch Announces Sponsorship of Apex World Circuit
Today, Twitch is proud to announce collaboration with the Apex World Circuit, the largest international tournament series for Super Smash Bros. and one of North America’s premier competitive gaming events.
Twitch is proud to sponsor Apex for the fourth consecutive year. Esports and competitive gaming have exploded over this time, and the meteoric rise of the Smash Bros. community during the last 18 months has been something truly special to behold. The authenticity and raw passion exhibited by Smashers around the globe is palpable, and Apex embodies this passion.
What does Twitch’s sponsorship of Apex mean for the Smash community? Twitch has committed $14,000 in pot bonuses for the Smash Bros. Melee events at all 14 Apex World Circuit qualifying events, awarding $1000 to the overall payout. But that’s not all! Twitch will accommodate travel and lodging for all 14 qualified players to the Apex grand finale this January 30-February 1 in Secaucus, New Jersey. Note: some qualifier dates may be subject to change.
As Twitch’s mobile presence continues to grow, today we are massively multi-pleased to announce that Order & Chaos Online is the first mobile MMORPG with Twitch Integration (or MMMORPGWTI for short-ish).
Thanks to a new update that just arrived for the iOS version of Order & Chaos Online, players can broadcast their gameplay directly to Twitch from their iOS devices. You can also interact with your viewers through built-in support for camera, microphone, and chat.
Beyond Twitch, the update brings iOS 8 support and a load of fresh content. This includes a new dungeon and bosses, the ability to transform the look of your armor, a new PvP arena with contested zones, and new unlockable wolf, bear and leopard mounts (oh my!).
The Twitch-enabled version of Order & Chaos Online is available for free on the App Store.
On October 22 at 8am PDT/11am EDT/4pm BST, we will perform site maintenance for approximately 5-15 minutes. During this maintenance window, note the following experience:
- If you’re already connected to the site and broadcasting or viewing, your experience should not be affected. However, navigating away from the page you’re on will result in seeing the maintenance page.
- If you’re not connected or attempt to navigate around the site, you’ll see the maintenance page. Connections include logins, broadcast attempts, and API requests.
We’ll send reminders before the maintenance at ~48 hours and ~24 hours, respectively. Follow @TwitchSupport on Twitter for the latest updates.
London POP Upgraded 1500%!
We’d like to take this chance to inform you that we’ve upgraded our London Point of Presence (POP) a full 1500% of previous capacity. (Yes, 1500%!) We hope you’ll set your phasers to fun and turn up your flux capacitors to 1.21 jigawatts.
Star Admiral is a new mobile game that lets you collect 3D spaceships and lead them into epic battles against other players. With the latest update, you can broadcast your tactical genius directly to Twitch!
Our integration with Star Admiral has the same mobile goodness you’ve come to expect:
- Support for iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPhone 5 or later.
- Broadcast your space conquests to Twitch with no extra hardware.
- View broadcasts from other players from within Star Admiral.
If you broadcast tomorrow, Hardscore Games will even reward you with a free epic ship called The OneShot. It’s that easy and awesome to get started!
To learn more about Star Admiral or chat with the devs, watch http://www.twitch.tv/hardscoregames tomorrow morn at 6 AM PST (aka 3 PM CEST if you’re in Germany). Or blast on over to the App Store to get the game right now.
[Edit for clarity: this policy pertains specifically to Twitch driven campaigns.]
[Edit 2: For sponsor relationships outside of Twitch driven campaigns, we encourage all broadcasters to follow FTC guidelines, as per section 11.g of our Terms of Service.]
We launched Twitch over three years ago, when the video ecosystem was a different industry than it is today. We’ve seen the continuing rise of gaming content on Web video platforms, a host of media companies which cater to that industry, and the increasingly big-dollar deals with major consumer brands who leverage gaming personalities to market their products and games.
All the while, the Twitch community has grown fast as more and more gamers embrace live video and the community it supports.
An increasingly large part of the Gamer/Platform/Media/Advertiser equation, particularly in the video game industry, is what we commonly call “Influencer Campaigns.” Influencer campaigns are one way for an advertiser to leverage the celebrity of a content creator on various video platforms to drive awareness and purchase intent for the advertiser’s brand or product.
September. Felt like just yesterday. Or the day before yesterday. Yeah. September. Prepare thyself for the puns games of the month.
League of Legends. We should make a foam finger for this title.
September was a big month for new releases. Bungie’s Destiny and EA’s The Sims 4 both debuted in the Top 10. The popularity of Destiny seemed inevitable, and gamers all over the galaxy enjoyed the stellar experience. The Sims 4 marveled viewers who enjoyed watching gamers simulate their lives as…gamers. Next up in the queue is ArcheAge coming in at #16, FIFA 15 headed its way to #17, and I can’t leave out Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS at #18 lest I be knee’d by BobbyScar.
And now I present unto thee the Top 20.
Two men enter, one man ragequit, or whatever someone does when they lose a live streamed Street Fighter competition. This Sunday, dance floor titans Steve Aoki and Borgore will face off in Capcom’s Ultra Street Fighter IV with the victor determined by the best of five matches.
Why are they doing this? According to the tale of the Tweet, Aoki called out Borgore to take him on in a fighting game, and we, of course, egged them both on to settle it on Twitch.
This showdown will be hosted by our own Mike Ross, partnership lead for Twitch’s fighting game community, as well as a veteran competitor, host, and commentator. Because Steve and Borgore are both stars in the EDM scene, Ross will be heavily focused on the event’s BPMs (beatings per minute).
Steve made his bones on Twitch with his live concert and the mesmerizing dance party emotes that took over his chat, while Borgore regularly showcases his love for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Both love music and both love games, but do they love each other? Only time will tell…and that time is listed below.
Date: Sunday, September 28th
Time: 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET
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.