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Introducing Host Mode – a new way to share live channels without leaving the comfort of your home chatroom.
What is Host Mode?
Imagine you’re done broadcasting for the day, and about to go offline. Rather than just signing off, Engage Host Mode! Your chatroom remains entirely the same, but your video player is replaced with an embedded version of whichever channel’s stream you decide to host. Now you and your chat community can continue to hang out even after you’ve gone offline.
Host mode gives a broadcaster the ability to host another channel’s live broadcast on his or her own channel page. Any broadcaster can host another channel, and any channel can be hosted. It works just like using an embedded player on another website, except it works directly on Twitch.
If you’ve ever wanted to share your awesome tablet video game skills with the rest of the world, your time has come!
The NVIDIA SHIELD tablet is the first mobile device to integrate Twitch broadcasting. This means that virtually any Android game running on the SHIELD tablet can be broadcast to Twitch with a few simple taps.
It’s an exciting time to be an Android user because today marks the release of version 3.0 of Twitch for Android!
Machinima has announced a new slate of programming on its Twitch channel. Since its launch, Machinima LIVE has proven to be one of the fastest growing channels on Twitch, with over 24.6MM views and over 159K channel follows. Machinima is now developing new seasons of its successful shows Chasing the Cup and Deck Wars, as well as working in popular talent from its YouTube network.
For more on this story, including Q&A with Lester Chen, Director of Live Programming for Machinima, read the full story here.
While the Top 7 were relatively unchanged, E3* jumped into the Top 10 picture with record numbers. The real “stars” of the show were Wildstar with a huge jump from #18 in May to #10 in June, and Mario Kart 8 jumping 19 positions to #11. Not to be outdone, Ultra Street Fighter IV summoned its focus and charged up the charts 104 spots to land at #16.
* Yes, E3 is not a “game”. #Deal
Disclaimer: We sort this list by the overall number of minutes watched per game. This allows us to give you a more accurate view of the Twitch community, as it helps negate the influence of front page and other promotions.
This weekend (July 11-13) on Twitch, Evolution Championship Series (Evo), the world’s largest and longest running fighting game tournament, marks its 18th anniversary with Evo 2014. In addition to thousands of top U.S. competitors, Evo also attracts the best of the best from around the world. The 2014 competition will feature over 800 international players from 47 different countries!
Evo 2014 is free for all Twitch viewers and begins on July 11th at 9 AM PST. Viewers who wish to participate in the chat and enjoy the unique Evo 2014 emoticons can purchase an event ticket for $12.00, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting a scholarship to New York University’s Game Center. The full stream schedule can be found here courtesy of Shoryuken.com.
Today, GameStop announced an exclusive broadcast partnership with Twitch for GameStop EXPO 2014. All of the awesome GameStop EXPO live content will be streamed on GameStop’s Twitch channel, /GameStop, on September 10, 2014.
For all of the details on the GameStop EXPO, including how you can attend in person, read the announcement here.
No trade-ins will be accepted for VIP passes.
TPP broke the Guinness World Record for most participants on a single-player online videogame with 1,165,140 Twitch community members playing via chat from February 12 - March 1, 2014. This record is so REDiculous we decided to immortalize it through the power of t-shirt.
STARTing Thursday, June 19, take your hands off that D-pad and get on DOWN to store.twitch.tv and SELECT this one-of-A-kind, limited edition swag. Don’t B LEFT behind, it’s the RIGHT thing to do.
Shut UP and Take My $$
How Much: $19.99 USD
How Long: June 19 at 10:00am PDT to June 30 at 12:00a PDT
E3 2014 was an event for the history books. On Monday, June 9 (press conference day), Twitch broke a single day unique viewer record with 5.9M people tuning into the site for all the video game goodness. See below for other fun stats. We’ll see you next year, same Twitch time, same Twitch channel(s).
St. Jude PLAY LIVE, the video game marathon fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, rolls into Week 2! There are still plenty of rewards to be won and now is the perfect time to jump in solo or with a team, start fundraising, and dominate the leaderboards.
By participating in St. Jude PLAY LIVE, you can earn community service hours for scholarships, grants, and graduation requirements. That’s right, you can help St. Jude kids and earn community service hours. Just by playing games!
We’re having a great time here at E3, and Bloomberg TV took the opportunity to sit down with Twitch co-founder and CEO, Emmett Shear, for an interview right outside the convention center. Check it out below.
Under the bright lights of E3, Twitch and Humble Bundle have activated our Wonder Twin powers to come up with an amazing bundle of digital goodies to support the ESA Foundation (ESAF). Together we’re proud to support the ESAF’s mission to improve the lives of children through video games.
We’re honored to work with Humble Bundle and deliver this E3 Digital Ticket in true Humble Bundle style, letting you pay what you want and support charity.
Today we’re excited to announce our broadcast schedule for the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). In addition to featuring a full slate of games each day from marquee publishers, all of the major press conferences will be broadcast on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/Twitch. We’ve got tons of awesome content to bring you, including the reveal of numerous unannounced game titles. To see a complete list of the 10+ streams and LIVE E3 content visit our E3 Event Page.
To update on a previous post, as of today you can officially download and experience the Twitch apps for Xbox One and Xbox 360 without having an Xbox Live Gold membership. So get in on all the best gaming action today and make your big screen come alive. From the Xbox Live dashboard, simply navigate to Twitch in the Apps Hub, download our app, and you’re ready to go!
Before you ask: Yes, this includes broadcasting from the Xbox One app. If you haven’t given broadcasting a try, do it now, and tell your friends to tune in. It’ll change your life. Just ask My_Goggle.
Disclaimer: For additional information on changes to the Xbox Gold Membership program, please visit the Xbox FAQ.