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Do you want to build a snowman? PAX East 2015 from snowy Boston, MA, is nearly upon us, and our bodies are ready…to freeze. Freeze. FREEZE! So let’s all group hug and warm each other under the warm glow of the Twitch booth (#9044) lights.
Coming to the show? We’ve got Heroes of the Storm and Vainglory at the booth, new Kappa Cards at the Partner Meet & Greets, a Twitch Town Hall, another epic party (duh), and the latest in Twitch swag technology. Twitch has joined the official Pinny Arcade with our very first pin! Supplies are limited, so we might have to hold some live Survivor GameZ to see who walks away with one. (We hear Lirik isn’t coming, so he can’t repeat his six-second death.)
Watching from home? We got you, too. You can get in on all the great content from our booth and the two main panel rooms (Main and Albatross) on the official PAX East event page: twitch.tv/event/pax. Oh, and make sure to participate in the #PAXPort Challenge where we’ve got two bundles of awesome goodies to give away for our at-home fans.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Today, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), in partnership with Video Games Intelligence (VGI), announced the addition of three more speakers for the 2nd Annual D.I.C.E. Europe conference, bringing the number to 16 total speakers.
The broadcast will kick-off on Tuesday, September 23rd, for the conference opening keynote at 7 PM BST (2pm ET/11am PT) with Microsoft’s corporate vice president Phil Harrison, and will continue on Wednesday, September 24th, from 10 AM – 5 PM BST at www.twitch.tv/dice.
For more information on the 2nd Annual D.I.C.E. Europe conference, click here.
It’s almost unbelievable that slightly more than 3 years ago, Twitch didn’t exist. The moment we launched, we knew we had stumbled across something special. But what followed surprised us as much as anyone else, and the impact it’s had on both the community and us has been truly profound.
Your talent, your passion, your dedication to gaming, your memes, your brilliance – these have made Twitch what it is today. Every day, we strive to live up to the standard set by you, the community. We want to create the very best place to share your gaming and life online, and that mission continues to guide us.
Together with you, we’ve found new ways of connecting developers and publishers with their fans. We’ve created a whole new kind of career that lets people make a living sharing their love of games. We’ve brought billions of hours of entertainment, laughter, joy and the occasional ragequit. I think we can all call that a pretty good start.
Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon.
Wargaming today announced the WG Stream mod, which allows World of Tanks and World of Warplanes players to broadcast gameplay directly to your Twitch channel with one simple click.
No matter what your skill level, WG Stream mod has been designed for ease of use. The intuitive interface allows you to assign hotkeys to manage the broadcast and offers a variety of settings to optimize broadcast quality.
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.
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.