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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.
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
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.
Remember when y’all went crazy like Sander Cohen for TwitchPlaysPokemon (still going strong!), and then helped Choice Chamber make its Kickstarter goal, and soon after started dropping chat commands into streams of Daylight and Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition? Well, the Twitch Play Game genre is about to get its latest chatsourced challenge thanks to CrowdPlay from Overwolf.
CrowdPlay is a toolset that lets all of you play games together by entering commands into the chat (sound eerily familiar?). But the difference is Overwolf plans to simplify the process by building tools to enable any of you with a basic level of tech savvy to set up your own CrowdPlay events.
If you hop on over to Overwolf’s TwitchCrowdPlay channel, they are previewing this feature with Final Fantasy VI as an example of what you can soon construct with Overwolf’s tools. (Be sure to scroll below the video player for more info.) Will it be chat-astrophic or chat-tastic? Whatever it is, let’s hope you have better play on words to describe it.
Today we’re proud to announce that we’ve signed a multi-year, extensive partnership agreement with ESL, the world’s biggest independent esports brand. Twitch will be the exclusive streaming partner for ESL One Frankfurt 2014, the biggest European Dota 2 event. ESL One Frankfurt will be held at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. That’s right, a World Cup stadium.
Way back in the year 2011, the goodly people at TechCrunch visited the offices of then Justin.tv/Socialcam for an episode of TechCrunch Cribs. We use the term “office” loosely. You have to watch that one first. (You can’t watch The Empire Strikes Back without first watching Star Wars.) Go ahead, we’ll wait..
Did you hear? “We’re working a lot on video game broadcasting.” I wonder how that turned out? #Kappa
Flashforward 3 years, and…We’re all growns up! Check out our current digs and see for yourself.
Amazon Fire TV just got game! You can now get the Twitch app on Amazon Fire TV and turn your big screen TV into your personal gaming theater.