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UPDATE (4/17): Choice Chamber is now funded! Thanks to the Twitch community for giving the final push. You all made the right choice.
UPDATE (4/16): Click this link for the Reddit AMA.
Today, we’re very excited to announce our intent to match the funds needed for Studio Bean to launch Choice Chamber, the first game built specifically for Twitch. Studio Bean currently has a Kickstarter that needs to reach $30,000 in pledges by 7:00pm PT on Sunday, April 20th. We’ve offered to match the remaining amount at the time of this announcement to help turn this concept into a reality! This means we’re covering half of what remains to be raised and are looking to our community to assist with the rest.
Choice Chamber was specifically designed from the ground-up for use with Twitch. In the game, the player fights off a never-ending horde of enemies in dangerous chambers. However, it’s the viewers who decide the player’s fate, as they constantly give input via chat to change the game in real time.
To get the Twitch community involved in Choice Chamber, we’ve recruited some of your favorite Twitch broadcasters to play the game. Here is today’s schedule for the Twitch channels that will broadcast Choice Chamber (all times Pacific):
As the exclusive streaming partner of ReedPOP and in partnership with Newegg, the official PAX East E-tailer, Twitch is excited to bring the PAX East 2014 experience to you. We’ll have a booth (#936), live broadcasts, demos, giveaways, and so much more. In addition to broadcasting from our booth, we’ll also have live broadcasts from two key stages at PAX East on the Twitch/PAX East Event Portal. (<— Click that link now!) This portal is the primary destination to view all PAX programming.
Our booth offers severals ways for fans to experience Twitch. We’ve got a bunch of Twitch-enabled next-gen consoles with headsets from Turtle Beach, Twitch’s official audio partner. The first 250 visitors a day to the booth who try their hand at broadcasting from one of these interactive stations will get a Twitch swag bag with a limited edition t-shirt and commemorative pin!
You may have noticed store.twitch.tv with a countdown timer that started on April 1st. It wasn’t an April Fool’s joke, only because we have no sense of humor/humour. Obviously.
We’re pleased to announce that the Twitch Store is back in business on Monday, April 7th, 2014, at 6p PT. This time, we’re playing for keeps. We’re opening up this eStorefront to brand you in fine linens 24 hours a day, 7 days week, to infinity and…
HOLD EVERYTHING! You said 2000 Purple Hoodies?!?!
To give this store a proper open (I’m told using “proper” makes things more proper), we’re making available 2000 purple hoodies, as well as a selection of t-shirts and another hoodie option. And then that’s it. Maybe we’ll add more in the future. Or maybe we won’t. I’ll never tell.
With these two simple words, thousands of Xbox One owners have made the leap from their living rooms to the vast reaches of the World Wide Web shouting, “Look at me world, [I think] I’m good at video games!”
To help Twitch users consume this yummy goodness, we’ve dedicated a directory solely to Xbox One broadcasts so all of our new Xboxcasters (need to copyright that™) will be easy to find. So whether your game of choice is Titanfall, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Forza, FIFA 14, or any other Xbox One title, you can find the action here.
Today we’d like to congratulate Electronic Sports League (ESL) and parent company Turtle Entertainment GmbH on their announcement of plans to acquire ESS Agency, as well as their plans to open a studio and offices in Los Angeles. ESL is synonymous with the highest level of gaming and is a premier Twitch content partner. Everything they do from grass roots leagues to top esports events, all paired with premium content, is top draw. We’ve enjoyed working with them for many years and long may that continue as they venture into North America.
“We’ve had a strong working relationship with Twitch for the last few years and as they have grown, we too have grown,” said Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner, Head of Content and Media at ESL. “It’s not a stretch to say, without Twitch, esports would never have taken off to the degree it now has.”
Spring is here and love is in the air. So we flew to Paris with some servers, a few cables, and our dreams. Ah, Paris.
We’re proud to announce our newest infrastructure addition in Paris, France. We’ve been hard at work delivering on a promise to bring more capacity to Europe. More capacity means more Twitch, and we want you to Twitch all day and night. In a good way of course.
Our Paris point of presence (POP) follows four POP updates and the addition of Prague in just over 3 months. We’re so proud of what our infrastructure and video teams have been up to, we wanted to recap recent activity:
We’ve got an exciting new first today as Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne for iOS will be the first ever mobile game to feature Twitch’s live broadcasting functionality. The game will debut its broadcasting capabilities during the week of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) with a 24-hour live stream event on Twitch.
The most celebrated fighting game franchise of all time is coming together with the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. Announced today, Capcom and Twitch are collaborating to deliver the Capcom Pro Tour, the first ever Street Fighter-focused fighting game league. Comprised of a combination of premier events, ranking tournaments, and online tournaments, the Capcom Pro Tour establishes a year-long foundation for the fighting game community, culminating with the grand finals at the Capcom Cup this December.
Today we announced that Twitch will be the official live streaming partner of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The partnership with the tradeshow’s owner, Entertainment Software Association (ESA), is a three year agreement beginning with E3 2014 that will heighten the global presence for the leading video game event. As the official streaming partner of PAX East, PAX Prime, C2E2, New York Comic Con, BAFTA, EGX London, and others, this news further establishes Twitch as the premier way to attend gaming conventions remotely.
NOTE: For the full press release, click here.
Today we announced the Twitch Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK). This new game developer tool will enable the live broadcasting, capturing and archiving of mobile games. This latest innovation will help mobile gaming companies reach the Twitch community directly from their devices and across other platforms as well.
Thank you to each and every one of you beautiful people! In January, 1 million of you came to Twitch to share video of your gameplay. You are the heart and soul of Twitch and you’re why we come to work everyday. This is a huge milestone and another massive proof-point that game broadcasting has become a game-changing piece of the video game experience.
The Ender’s Game on Blu-ray Tournament is an unique promotional esports event held in collaboration with Twitch and MLG featuring an epic StarCraft II tournament for over $20,000 in prizes being held in advance of the February 11th on Demand and Pay-Per-View release of Ender’s Game.
Ender’s Game, a film about a boy being groomed for a commanding role in an epic space battle, is perfectly suited to a StarCraft II competition led by the two gaming titans. StarCraft II, set in space, is a military science fiction real-time strategy online game. Just as Ender rose above his fellow students to become Commander of the International Fleet, one StarCraft II player will rise above his or her competition to become the Ender’s Game on Blu-ray Tournament Champion.
When video game historians look back on gaming a decade from now, 2013 will be the year they cite as the tipping point of streaming. Every major event, publisher, developer, and media outlet in the gaming industry had a presence on Twitch, and streaming became an ever-present piece of the gaming experience. And it’s only going to get bigger.
Our retrospective encapsulates the amazing people and content that brought hours upon hours of entertainment to our site in 2013. The Twitch Community, along with the biggest names in gaming, made 2013 a truly spectacular year.
Thanks to all of you who use our site and for telling your friends. We’re excited to do this bigger and better in 2014 and beyond!
Without further ado, please enjoy our 2013 retrospective.
Broadcasting your gameplay from a PlayStation 4 to Twitch only takes a couple of clicks, so it’s no surprise that one of our biggest console streaming spikes has been right after its launch and following Christmas. In fact, between December 23, 2013, and January 3, 2014, 20% of Twitch’s broadcasters were from the PlayStation 4.
Today Sony announced “that hundreds of thousands of PlayStation®4 (PS4™) owners have embraced the integrated streaming capabilities of the PS4 computer entertainment system.”
Since launch of the PS4, 10% of all broadcasts on Twitch have been from the PS4 Share integration. To celebrate and highlight this integration, we’ve added a Top PS4 Channels feature to our home page, and created a separate directory for PS4 broadcasts.