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It can be difficult to make video game streaming a profitable venture, especially if you are one of the “little guys." Monetising online content these days is a challenge no matter what platform it's delivered on. However, Twitch recently announced their Affiliate Program, which will enable thousands of game streamers to earn money. The Twitch Affiliate Program will help to bridge the gap between non-partnered streamers and Twitch Partners. Twitch remarked, “... for every streamer that achieves partnership, there are thousands more striving toward that goal, many of them sharing amazing content... Read more...
The game streaming wars are starting to heat up. Microsoft just announced that Xbox One owners can start fiddling around with Beam, its built-in game broadcasting service that will also roll out to Windows 10 PC owners when the Creators Update arrives next month. That will give Twitch some added competition in the space that it currently dominates, though Twitch is not panicking. Instead, the company made an announcement of its own—1080p streaming at 60 frames per second is now supported. Twitch said it is no longer limiting its ingest bitrate to 3.5Mbps. For most streams, it recommends 3-6Mbps.... Read more...
Where do you purchase your video games? Amazon, Steam, brick and mortar stores? Video game fans have flocked to Twitch to stream, share, and watch gameplay on a regular basis, however, the platform will soon be selling video games as well. Twitch noted, “People already use Twitch as a way to ‘demo’ games and get a feel for what they’re all about before committing to a purchase.”How will the program work? If the person you  are watching is a “partnered” streamer, an offer to purchase the game you are watching will appear. This offer will appear below the video on the channel page if the game... Read more...
Twitch streamer Brian “PoShYbRiD” Vigneault of Virginia Beach, Virginia was recently found dead during a 24-hour charity live stream. The Virginia Beach police recently stated that “there is no reason at this time to suspect foul play”. The thirty-five year-old leaves behind three children. Vigneault was streaming World of Tanks in order to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Around 4:30 am EST, roughly twenty-two hours into the twenty-four hour marathon, Vigneault stepped away for a smoke break. He did not return and viewers assumed that he had simply fallen asleep. The next day, a friend... Read more...
Microsoft, in collaboration with Twitch, just announced capture card support for Twitch Xbox One broadcasters on Xbox Live. Hereafter, any Twitch user who has linked their Xbox Live and Twitch accounts together and is broadcasting an Xbox One game using a capture card will be able to benefit from Xbox Live features. Previously, only Xbox One players broadcasting their gameplay via the Xbox Twitch app could take advantage of all that Xbox Live has to offer. If gamers used the Twitch app they benefited from Xbox Live integration, but made do with lower-quality graphics. Streamers who chose to... Read more...
Twitch is a wonderful thing. It's the world's leading live video platform for gamers where more than 100 million people go to every month to broadcast, watch, and chat about gaming. But with its popularity there's also potential for abuse, which has come in the form of various bots. More than just an annoyance, Twitch views them as a "very real problem that has damaging effects across our entire community," so it's now starting to take legal action against their creators. Why use bots on Twitch? There are several reasons a gamer might look to one of the several available bots that are out there.... Read more...
Could there be a better way to end the work week than being introduced to a new generation of graphics cards? It appears that's what NVIDIA has in store—the GPU maker sent out a Twitter message inviting the public to tune into a special event that it plans to stream live on Twitch tomorrow. If you work a typical 9-5 shift, you won't have to worry about missing the event live. It kicks off at 6 PM Pacific (9 PM Eastern), so as long as your commute is under an hour long, you should be home in time to see what NVIDiA has up its sleeve. In the meantime, we have some guesses, all of which start with... Read more...
Microsoft has drawn the ire of millions across the globe for its overeager efforts to compel customers to upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, which should be incentive enough to upgrade, but Microsoft obviously feels that stubborn users need an additional push, hence the shenanigans we’ve seen over the past nine months. Windows 10 struck again this week when Twitch streamer and former professional Counter Strike fiend Erik Flom had his gaming session interrupted by Windows 10 Automatic Updates (he was already running Windows 10). Flom was deeply... Read more...
Few would disagree that YouTube dominates the online streaming video scene, and with that kind of foundation in place, Google sees an opportunity to expand into gaming. No, not as a game developer, but as an alternative to Twitch, the live streaming video game company that it tried to acquire last year before Amazon swooped in with a $970 million bid. Called YouTube Gaming, the new venture is set to launch later today, according to Variety. If previous information holds true, it will consist of more than 25,000 game pages and channels at launch in the U.S. and U.K. These pages and channels will... Read more...
Adobe Flash is going down! Flash has been a boil on the butt of the Internet for years, but we’ve just put up with it despite the often horrid performance and numerous security lapses. However, some recent high-priority hacks using Flash as a conduit have only increased the number of people calling for the demise of the most hated piece of software on the Internet. Twitch, the online game streaming giant, is the latest to announce that it will move away from using Flash (Google’s competing YouTube Gaming service debuted with HTML5 support). Twitch’s efforts to distance itself were aired earlier... Read more...
When it comes to video streaming, YouTube is the king of the castle. Google’s video property is the dominant streaming platform and you’ll find everything from movies, to how-to guides, to adorable puppy videos that could keep you entertained for years on end. But for those who are into streaming of a different sort, say for example game streaming, the best option out there has been Twitch. When Google lost out on a bid to acquire Twitch last year, it was only a matter of time that it would come clawing back with a solution of its own. That day is today, with Google officially announcing YouTube... Read more...
Nearly a year ago, Amazon managed to snatch away from Google what seemed be a surefire acquisition target: Twitch. Amazon purchased the incredibly popular game streaming service for $970 million and has done its best to help the service thrive amidst DDoS attacks, malware, and run-of-the-mill hackers. Google may have lost out in its bid to acquire Twitch, but don’t think for one second that the Internet giant doesn’t have the resources to counterpunch with its own rival service. Today, Google announced that YouTube will add support for 60 FPS 1080p and 720p live video streaming to its repertoire.... Read more...
Seven years elapsed between the launch of Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles, and it took eight years for Microsoft to upgrade from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One. Assuming the same or similar time frames, we expect a new round of consoles from Sony and Microsoft around the year 2020, right? Not so fast, says Emmet Shear, co-founder of the popular and live streaming service called Twitch.The way Shear sees the future of gaming played out, these will be the last dedicated home consoles the market will ever see. Well, save for Nintendo's NX system, which we already know the company is... Read more...
It seems that not only were people interested in purchasing Destiny that amounted to $325 million in worldwide sales within its first five, but also watching it. According to Activision, Destiny content was watched by 5 million unique viewers on Twitch during its first week. This means that not only is Destiny the best-selling new video game IP so far, but also when it comes to being viewed on Twitch. Activision also revealed that nearly 240 million minutes were spent watching Destiny streams and had nearly 20 million views during the game’s launch week on the streaming service. "Our community... Read more...
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