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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.
By now you’ve heard about the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. We noticed, too, and felt we could help.
On November 19, 2013, we re-opened the Twitch Store with the hope of selling at least 1,000 shirts to support the Red Cross’s efforts in helping the people affected by this natural disaster. We ‘re offering limited edition men and women’s Twitch logo shirts in the colors (red, yellow, and blue) of the flag of the Philippines, as well as the always desired Twitch purple. Each shirt includes a print of the island of the Philippines as well as a short note about this effort. The store will remain open until December 2, 2013.
“Given the massive devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, we want to help out in any way we can,” said Emmett Shear, CEO/Founder of Twitch. “We felt the best way to lend a hand was to use the reach of our platform and the demand for our branded clothing to raise funds, and then to donate all profits toward relief efforts.”
We once again partnered with Teespring to bring you these items. For all of your Twitch Store related customer support questions, please contact Teespring as noted here.
The Twitch community at large has always been fantastic at raising funds for charitable causes. We hope you’ll join us in supporting this effort.
If you are currently or have in the past used XSplit to stream to Twitch, please read this carefully.
It has come to our attention that various data on XSplit’s servers have been compromised. In particular, your XSplit credentials (account name and password), as well as your Twitch account name and stream key may have been exposed. Such exposure might allow an external party to broadcast to your Twitch channel.
Please see this XSplit announcement for more details.
Today marks the beginning of a beautiful friendship — Twitch and Machinima, together at last. We’re very excited to launch the Machinima channel, and we’re starting with a bang: our annual Call of Duty marathon, which goes live on Twitch today, November 4!
When we built Twitch, we never imagined that it would be a platform for charity events, but that’s what the Twitch community has made it. Since launching in June of 2011, Twitch broadcasters have raised more than $8 million for charity. That’s a huge milestone and one that everyone can be proud of.
Extra Life is the king of all gaming charity events with thousands of Twitch channels participating, and it begins this weekend.
GamesBeat 2013 is a two-day conference happening on October 29-30, and we’re teaming up to bring selected content exclusively to Twitch. This marks the first time the conference has been available via live broadcast, giving audiences worldwide an opportunity to hear directly from game industry luminaries as they address the business of gaming and what lies in the future for this growing pastime.
Today we’re pleased to announce that a future GeForce Experience update will introduce Twitch streaming, enabling those ShadowPlay users to stream their captured gameplay direct to Twitch!
Twitch is coming to New York Comic Con! If you’ll be at the show, swing by Booth #722 and say “Hi’.
/This blog is a follow up to our previous blog on this subject.
We started this week off by implementing our new transcode labeling and resolution changes. While we checked our systems and made initial tweaks, we also followed your feedback to these changes. Considering the lack of communication we provided and an unnecessarily silly tweet, we could clearly see that many of you were frustrated. It’s been an interesting 48 hours.
These initial configurations were not meant to be final. Our intent was to make changes as we evaluated functionality of the new system and reviewed your feedback. While we erred on the side of providing the best mobile experience (Low = 240p and Medium = 360p), we left our Web users wanting more (ie, 480p).
Here is our plan for making a few adjustments now and more later.