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Since our start, we’ve been hard at work connecting gamers around the world, and we continue to deliver on that mission. Today we’re excited to announce three new points of presence (POPs) in Asia, as well as the expansion of our event presence to more international gaming shows.
3 New POPs: Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea
After widening our presence and strengthening our quality of service in the US and Europe over the past few years, we made a concerted effort to provide the best Twitch experience to our many broadcasters and viewers in Asia. We’re proud to announce completion of three new POPs in Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea!
This is in addition to recent upgrades in Europe (London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, and Amsterdam) and new or upgraded POPs in the U.S. (Seattle, Chicago, Miami, and San Jose, California).
Expanded International Event Presence
In addition to our continued presence at gamescom 2015 from Cologne, Germany, this year we’ll be dropping booths for the first time at PAX Australia, Electronic Game Show in Mexico, and Tokyo Game Show in Japan. All of these events will feature a stage for publishers and developers to showcase their games to audiences around the world and feature hosts from Twitch and the broader broadcasting community.
Today we’re proud to announce what’s going down in the interactive areas and exhibits at TwitchCon 2015. We’re especially thankful to Intel RealSense Technology, ArenaNet, and Wargaming for joining as presenting sponsors for our inaugural event!
Besides the great Panels and Meet & Greets already announced, here are some of the many things you can watch, learn about, and play with at TwitchCon:
- The Intel Gaming Lab: Get your game on by going back to the lab in our Intel-powered gaming LAN featuring 144 gaming rigs where you’ll be able to interact and play with dozens of popular Twitch broadcasters in games such as H1Z1, League of Legends, Minecraft, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, World of Warships, Guild Wars 2, and more.
- The Education Zone: We’ve dedicated an entire floor to a variety of products a broadcaster needs to create a professional channel. Brands include Antlion Audio, Skreens, Esport.us, TwitchAlerts, Teespring, Elgato Gaming, GameWisp, Skype, Flood Gaming, HoneyLedger, and more. Making its debut at TwitchCon will be Gameshow, a new brand and product designed specifically for Twitch community. Amazon and Amazon Associates will also present product showcases.
Choice Chamber is finally upon us! The first game designed from the ground-up to be played live on Twitch is officially launching TODAY. And it’s going to be cray.
As Choice Chamber is broadcast on your channel, anyone watching can use the chat to participate in the game. As the player navigates one dangerous chamber after the next, you can choose to be helpful, or you can choose to be evil. You can band together to help the broadcaster reach higher levels (fun!), or you can be the instrument of their demise (even more fun?). Or let anarchy reign, if that’s what you’re into.
This just in: E3 2015 was huge (pronounced yooooge). All of the great content we scheduled along with all of you who rebroadcasted the content and commented over it sent the viewership numbers out of this galaxy. “E3 2015″ as a game category warped through space and time and popped out of a black hole into #6. (We promise that will be the last space-related pun for E3 2015.) Onto the games…
A flip-flop near the top saw Hearthstone put Dota 2 in a handlock to take over the #3 slot. The survival game du jour, ARK: Survival Evolved, streaked up the list to debut at #5, making it seem as easy as riding a dinosaur.
In the movers and [earth]shakers category, World of Tanks cleared a path of destruction up the list, rolling five spots into #10. Not to be outdone, Heroes of the Storm had a pretty hot(s) month as well, storming six spots into #12.
And now the Top 20.
Never miss a second of your favorite Twitch broadcasts with our new mobile Pop-Out Player. Rolling out on Android first, this feature lets you watch a broadcast even when you’re outside of our app.
This means you won’t have to choose between playing Hearthstone and watching it, texting your friends or keeping tabs on a new speedrun, or any other thing your multitasking heart desires. Now, you can do all of it at the same time.
Here’s how our new Pop-Out Player works:
- To enable the feature simply tap the pop-out icon* located on the bottom right corner of the video player or access it via the Settings cog.
- Once in pop-out mode, you can change the size of the player with your fingers.
- To exit pop-out mode, tap the pop-in icon on the left of the player. This returns you to the app and resumes the broadcast from where you left off.
*If you’re on a smartphone, this pop-out icon is only visible in landscape mode.
Starting today, it’s a whole lot easier to broadcast your Android game directly to Twitch. Developed by Sony Mobile, Screen Recorder lets you easily broadcast your live gaming action on a variety of Xperia devices, including Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 ,Xperia Z4v, as well as the Xperia™ Z4 Tablet.
- Capture and broadcast gameplay from most Android games.
- Video capture from the front-facing camera.
- Audio capture using an internal or external microphone.
- Hide/unhide the controls and camera view or mute audio – all during a live broadcast.
- See how many people are watching your broadcast, as well as number of comments from chat.
To try out mobile broadcasting for Android, install Screen Recorder from Google Play,
It’s a wide world of gaming out there. We would know. And keeping up with new releases can be overwhelming. Especially those from smaller developers. Well, prepare to be overwhelmed no more.
Introducing the Twitch Indie Spotlight, a special promotions program designed to help smaller game publishers and developers build an indie community on Twitch, and to help viewers discover something new.
Starting this July, Twitch will give an indie developer the chance to highlight a game every month. You’ll be able to watch featured streams, hear from the developers, and check out the game in action right here on Twitch.
The first game in the Indie Spotlight is Vainglory. A new MOBA designed specifically for touch interfaces like iOS and Android. In fact, it was so well designed it received an Apple Design Award at WWDC 2015.
We’ll be celebrating it’s global release LIVE on July 1st with a 24 hour stream. The first two hours will be broadcast directly from Twitch HQ where the developers will take on players from across the globe. We’ll continue the spotlight throughout the month with exclusive streams showcasing the game and all it’s innovative touchy features.
Vainglory Indie Spotlight schedule:
Catch everything at twitch.tv/vainglory
July 1st at 2PM PDT – 24 Hour Global Launch Celebration
July 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 2pm PDT– MOBA pro Zekent hosts a weekly stream introducing newcomers to Vainglory
Since the creation of Twitch in June 2011 (and for a select few back with the launch of JTV in August 2009), thousands of broadcasters have fired up their webcams, logged into their favorite game, and started broadcasting. In that time, we’ve seen the success of thousands of broadcasters, witnessed many record-breaking events, been a part of some of the most epic game launches in history, and have become the go-to place for charities to raise millions of dollars through online gaming.
While we’ve always taken pride in our broadcasters, supporting them throughout their journeys, we’ve decided to make a more public appreciation in those who have spent hundreds (and to some, thousands) of hours dedicating time and energy to putting the best live gaming content on Twitch. After months of planning, we’re really excited to announce the new Twitch Top Broadcaster Program.
You may be asking, “What does a top broadcaster actually look like?”
Over the last several months, we’ve been working more and more with our friends in the entertainment world—specifically those in the television and music industries—to provide new content experiences on Twitch.
For example, we partnered with Ultra, one of the biggest Electronic Music festivals in the world, to bring their live concerts straight to Twitch. We also worked with HBO to broadcast the season 1 pilot of Silicon Valley with an exclusive clip from season 2, and USA to debut their pilot episode of Mr. Robot.
We understand that for long-term members of the Twitch community, this can be a bit confusing. After all, Twitch is a site for gamers. It’s been our policy, with few exceptions, that Twitch is for games only. So you may be asking “Why?”
We made an awesome website! Yay us. TwitchCon.com is all shiny and new with cool graphics and tons of info on our upcoming community extravaganza. Let’s not waste any time and get to the good stuff!
Tickets are still available, so get yours now, while you still can. Due to popular demand, we’ve made more tickets available for our epic after party, so if you were worried about getting in, be sure to pull the trigger today so you can reserve your spot.
Both days of TwitchCon will be jam packed with panels led by various experts from our amazing community. Here’s a taste of some of the awesome content:
- Your Brand on Twitch – by the Twitch Design team!
- Building Communities on Twitch
- Level Up: Developing the Framework for Success
- Taking Teams to the Next Level
- Can We Just Play? The Legality of Let’s Play Video and Streams
- Getting Games for Free: PR and New Media
- Colin & Greg Live! Twitch’s Morning Show @ TwitchCon
We’ve been announcing guests for the past several weeks, and now our Featured Guests list is finally complete! Only at TwitchCon can you expect to meet the likes of Lirik, CaptainSparklez, Towelliee, Imaqtpie, Trick2G, MANvsGAME, Kripp, LethalFrag, and Sodapoppin! And so many more!
People still like watching other people play video games live, so that’s like totally awesome. And what did people watching other people play video games live watch the most? Well…
People all around the world love soccer/football/futbol, and what better way to kick it on Twitch than to watch some caliente Fifa 15 action, which jumped four places to finish at #6. Destiny, behind two huge content reveal shows, launched it’s way into the Top 10 to land at #8.
As for new hotness, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt did a little hack-n-slash thing through the ranks to debut in the #7 slot.
Now feast your eyes upon the complete Top 20.
For the second year in a row, we have partnered with ESL and ReedPOP to bring you ESL One from Madison Square Garden during New York Super Week. Spanning October 3-4, ESL One features eight of the world’s best Dota 2 teams battling for over US$250,000 in prize money!
As with last year’s event, all games will be broadcast on Twitch, with joinDOTA hosting the event. This year’s event will offer attendees unparalleled access to professional players, including autograph sessions, exclusive strategy sessions, and opportunities to play with some of the best gamers.
Attending in Person
Tickets range from US$59 for day passes to US$269 for Premium tickets. Pre-sale tickets for last years’ attendees will be from June 5 at 12:00pm EDT until June 7. Starting June 8, tickets will be available to the general public and can be purchased on the ESL One ticket page.
Edit for Clarity:
If a game’s US version is rated Adults Only by the ESRB, you should not broadcast that game on Twitch. However, ESRB rated Mature versions of Adults Only titles are permitted for streaming, such as Mature versions of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy.
Games rated 18+ by other rating systems are fine to stream, so long as they are not rated AO by the ESRB, and they don’t violate the standard language of our RoC and ToS.
Our goal at Twitch is to create a safe, welcoming, inclusive community platform where everyone can feel comfortable and have fun. From time to time, we update our Rules of Conduct (RoC) in pursuit of this goal and to match emerging issues in the video game industry.
Previously, we made game-specific decisions about which games would and would not be available for broadcast – sometimes due to overtly sexual content, sometimes due to gratuitous violence. This is unsustainable and unclear, generating only further confusion among Twitch broadcasters. We would like to make this policy as transparent as possible.
Today, we’re updating the RoC with regard to Adult Only (AO) games. Simply put, AO games are not welcome on Twitch. Please refer to the ESRB’s Ratings Guide and list of Adults Only games for more information.
While the ESRB ratings apply exclusively to US titles, our policy extends to versions of these games in all territories. Generally, if the US version is rated for Adults Only (18+) or has an equivalent rating in your territory, you should not broadcast that game on Twitch.
The RoC is a living document that we update regularly based on community feedback and industry developments. We would appreciate your feedback, too.
Twitch is proud to announce our participation in military gaming charity Operation Supply Drop’s fourth-annual “8-Bit Salute,” a 24-hour gaming marathon to be held May 16-17, 2015. Donations raised during this charity event will fund video game filled care packages, offering much needed diversion and stress relief to combat-zone deployed troops and those recovering in military hospitals.
It’s official – we’ve got a new channel on Roku players and Roku TV models. Our new experience for the Roku platform lets you:
- Watch live broadcasts just like web.
- Browse by live channels and games.
- Follow broadcasters, thereby adding them to your home screen.
The channel is available for all current-generation Roku players in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland, and Roku TV models in the U.S. and Canada. Add Twitch to your Roku player or Roku TV model, visit our channel page or search for “Twitch” in the Roku Channel Store on your device.