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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.
Funny and interesting moments on Twitch are something we see quite often, but historical moments – you know, the ones that stay with us forever – only happen a few times a year.
PROGRAMMING NOTE: Today at 12p PT, TwitchPlaysPokemon will restart the game that got this whole cabobble going, Pokémon Red. We’ll also reboot our original commemorative TPP t-shirt, this time in BLUE! The t-shirt will be on sale until February 28, and the Creator has deemed all proceeds shall go to Extra Life and Child’s Play charities.
One year ago today, one of the most amazing Twitch streams was born. A simple concept in which Twitch users input commands to control a game, but in this case, a game that was beloved by millions, Pokémon Red. We sat and watched in awe as a creative idea exploded into the now internationally recognized sensation…TwitchPlaysPokemon.
After a brief winter slumber, the Top Twitch Games list is back! We crawled out from under our rock, saw our shadow, and still decided to go back inside and watch more games (and some KyleLandryPiano).
Let’s see, what’s interesting here…H1Z1 clawed its way into the top five because you just can’t kill the zombie apocalypse. Gaming Talk Shows, our catchall category for talking about games and Twitch stuff, jumped up eight places thanks to the likes of RocketBeansTV, KindaFunnyGames, and Dropped Frames. Closing out the Top 20, Dying Light broke through the darkness because, again, there are lots and lots of zombies shambling around and they’re simply not contributing to a positive society so…
We offer unto you the Top 20. Now with Directory links!
We all did more than ever in 2014. There were more broadcasters, more viewers, more events, more charity, and more, well, chaos (remember that whole TwitchPlaysPokemon thing?).
We took a look back and captured some of the best moments from 2014 so the story of this amazing year could be shared with all of you. Thank you for making Twitch what it is today. Let’s do it again in 2015!
Duracell presents the “Longest Lasting” tournament, a 26-hour non-stop Madden NFL 15 marathon hosted on Twitch.
Basically, Duracell has these awesome new rechargeable batteries. They’re going to put these batteries to the ultimate test by putting them into the game controllers used on the stage and NEVER CHANGING THEM for 26 hours. This show of power has us positively charged. (Hold for laughter.)
This tournament invites gamers like you to compete against “Team Duracell”, which will be comprised of NFL pros – such as Arian Foster (Houston Texans), Maurice Jones-Drew (Oakland Raiders), and Patrick Willis (San Francisco 49ers) – and eight pro gamers.
Our base belong to Lirik. Thanks to the expert URL decryption techniques of He Who Just Could Not Wait to Show You His Shirt, our super secret second underground lair of t-shirts has been discovered. Set 2 of Twitch Partner Merchandise t-shirt is now LIVE!
Head over to twitch.tv/store to check out the fine apparel from none other than:
Rush home from work just to miss this week’s episode of Twitch Weekly? Fear not, we’ve got you covered! You can watch the VOD now.
Topics this week:
- St. Jude PLAY LIVE – Week 8: StarCraft
- European Speedster Assembly – wraps up on Sunday, August 3rd
- The Last of Us live performance
- Intl.gg – Intel’s Next Top Live Streamer – 7 streamers remain
- Puncayshun’s Mario 64 120-star 142 heartbreaker
- Runescape Araxxor Update Includes One-Click Twitch Broadcasting
- Host Mode – one week in, great success!
- Breaking news: Twitch breaks record with 58 million unique viewers in July!
- Gaming Documentary ‘Die Noobs’ Premieres Live on Twitch August 29th
- Zenith 2014, massive Smash Bros. tournament in NYC on twitch.tv/clashtournaments
- LCS Super Week – more info on lolesports.com
- Gfinity LIVE from London featuring FIFA, SC2, and CS:GO. Watch at twitch.tv/event/gfinity
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.
While Minecraft collaborative Let’s Play servers have been around since almost the conception of the game, few have so quickly risen to extreme popularity. Drenched in humorous but seriously devoted lore, Mianite is one of those servers (recently attracting 100k viewers to one stream alone, making it the most watched game on Twitch at the time!).
Comprised of three factions, the server has brought together YouTubers and Twitch broadcasters to collaborate and compete to make their faction the strongest. Mianite, the “good” team, is comprised of IIJerichoII and OMGitsfirefoxx, who are constantly wrapped up in battling the “bad” Dianites Nadeshot and Syndicate. Of course, there’s always Ianite and its sole supporter, CaptainSparklez, who attempts to keep the balance between the two, along with a number of guests and special appearances.
Letting your audience know when you go live can be a lot of work. Chances are you maintain a presence on at least one social network, potentially two, if not three or four (we can keep counting … five, six, seven …). Our goal is to help you reach as many of these networks as quickly and easily as possible, each time you go live.
You can already manage your Twitch account so that your Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook followers are alerted when you begin a broadcast. Now, we’re excited to introduce a powerful new way to alert your audience: Twitch Live Annotations for YouTube.
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
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!
Twitchites! We’re excited to announce updates to our Twitch Community program. We want to bring more open and useful community programs to all of you who make Twitch possible. Because, well, you make Twitch… Twitch!
First, let’s kick things off with the news that we have not one but two new members on our Community team: Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham (pretty much the Godfather of Video Game Broadcasting) and Jordan “Soma” Tayer (pretty much a younger dead ringer for Joel from “The Last of Us”). Together, they bring years of experience in video game broadcasting, and most importantly, they’re fanatic Twitch users just like you. You can read about both of these fine folks below.