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Last week saw its share of data breaches and leaks, and Twitch was by no means spared from it all. Today, however, Twitch downplayed the massive security breach it was hit with, insisting on its blog that the damage only affected a small fraction of its users, with not much compromised. The Twitch data breach left content creators and viewers scrambling to reset their passwords and stream keys. It was not clear how much data had actually been accessed at that time, so users were also encouraged to enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Many people had legitimate cause for concern as not only was their personal information at risk, but also their credit card and/or ACH/bank information. Not too... Read more...
It's been a whirlwind week and it's not even over yet! Check out our lively discussion of the many trials and tribulations of Facebook, whistleblowers, Twitch data breaches and other Tech happenings like Far Cry 6's arrival, Intel's latest ad Trolling Apple, an Alienware X15 sneak peek and much more... Show Notes: 05:10 - Facebook Whistleblower Drops Bombshell And SEC Suit 28:49 - Facebook, Instagram And WhatsApp Go Down Hard 33:31 - Was Facebook's Outage Really An Accident, A Hack Or Sabotage? 43:28 - Twitch Source Code, Passwords, Creator Payouts, And More Leaked 57:24 - Intel Trolls Diehard Apple Mac Users And Makes Them All Want A New PC 59:55 - Far Cry 6 With Ray Tracing And FSR Performance... Read more...
This week has seen its share of headlines concerning data breaches and leaks. Late last night Twitch reported on its blog page that its data breach was "due to an error in a Twitch server configuration change that was subsequently accessed by a malicious third party.”" They went on to say that they are working with urgency to investigate the incident. It is interesting to note that Facebook also blamed its recent outage this week on server configuration changes. Many Twitch users woke up Wednesday, Oct. 6th, to reports that Twitch had been hacked and 125GB of data had been leaked. Twitch later confirmed those reports on its Twitter feed saying in part, "We can confirm a breach has taken... Read more...
It hasn’t been a good week for some of the biggest names in tech. After having its dirty laundry aired for the world to see on Sunday night, Facebook (along with WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram) went down hard for nearly seven hours on Monday. Today, it’s Twitch’s turn to drown in its sorrows, as a new report claims that the video-sharing site was the victim of a massive security breach. A hacker who posted over at 4chan claimed to have obtained source code for the website, mobile, and console versions of Twitch. In addition, the hacker gleaned information regarding the unannounced “Vapor” digital storefront from Amazon Game Studios that would compete directly with... Read more...
Whether you are streaming games on Twitch or working from home and regularly hopping on Zoom video calls, you want to sound and look your best. Besides the fact that you are wearing sweatpants or no pants, some decent audio and video equipment can up your game overall. This weekend, we have collected some deals on Amazon which can help you look professionally produced, no matter what venue you take to the airways on. Audio Gear To Amp Your Acoustic Game Having audio that sounds noisy or tinny can make people not want to listen to you when you go live, or when you're making a point. If you sound good, though, people will notice and tune in. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to spend... Read more...
Streamers and YouTubers have recently come under the microscope of both the U.S government and music copyright holders. The popular streaming platform Twitch wrote that thousands of DMCA notifications have been pouring in since May. This has sparked a mass movement on the platform to stop playing copyrighted music during livestreams for fear of being issued a takedown notice. Now, it is reported that streamers may have to face up to 10 years in prison if they illegally stream, but that may not entirely be the case. Earlier in December, Sen. Thom Tillis, of North Carolina, released what he called “bipartisan legislation that would punish large-scale criminal streaming services that willfully... Read more...
Amazon is entering the game streaming fold with its new service, Luna. At launch, it will be available on Fire TV, PC, Mac, and Apple mobile devices with Android coming soon. In the meantime, you can request early access and help develop this cloud gaming platform from Amazon. According to Amazon, Luna is a new cloud gaming service that leverages AWS's power to stream games to devices. With Luna+, the premium subscription, gamers get access to a library of games a la Gamepass from Xbox. This subscription will start at $5.99 a month and enable 4K/60FPS gameplay on two devices at the same time starting soon. Akin to Gamepass and EA, Luna subscribers can also pay to access the Ubisoft library through... Read more...
On August 18, Ogilvy, an ad campaign company, dropped an ad for Burger King, which stirred up some ire among Twitch streamers and the gaming community alike. In the offending ad (linked below), an account called THE_KING_OF_STREAM_US goes across different Twitch channels, donating a certain amount of money corresponding to a menu item at Burger King. On many Twitch streams, viewers can donate money to enable text-to-speech. The media team behind this, DAVID Madrid, knew this and took advantage of it, collecting clips as they went.  Title: The King of Stream Client: Burger King Team: @weareDAVIDmad Burger King turned Twitch's donation feature into a marketing campaign. Check out more #ClientWork,... Read more...
Twitch Prime received a facelift and a new name this week: Prime Gaming. This new name seems to be a play at combining extraneous brands under the Amazon Prime umbrella without making waves and changing much, but could it be a sign of an expansion of Amazon’s gaming division? With this new branding, Amazon and Twitch are looking to expand their offering of free games and presumably draw in more “gaming-oriented” customers. It's also a possibility that Amazon's Project Tempo game streaming service will also be baked into Prime Gaming as a rival to Google Stadia and Microsoft's Project xCloud. The ability to have all gaming-oriented brands under one umbrella would seem to make... Read more...
Both times when LeBron James was pondering whether to stay in Cleveland or take his talents elsewhere, there was intense interest on where he would land. He chose Miami the first time he left Ohio, and then L.A. Likewise, there are a lot of eyeballs on Dr. Disrespect to see where he will land after being banned from Twitch, and later today, he will participate in his first livestream since that happened. So, where is he going to end up? He might still be deciding on a permanent home, but right now he's on YouTube. Well, sort of. Dr. Disrespect announced in a Twitter post yesterday that, "Tomorrow, we arrive," with a link to his YouTube channel. His stream then went live yesterday as well, though... Read more...
After a year away from Twitch, mega streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins returned to his old stomping ground today, where he teamed up with Dr. Lupo to play some Fortnite. It was a notable return because Ninja has not been on Twitch since he inked a lucrative deal to stream exclusively on Microsoft's now-defunct Mixer platform. But is he back for good? Maybe, maybe not. Ninja was careful not to divulge too much, though at the end of the stream he expressed how much he missed doing what he does, and promised he will be streaming with old friends again soon. What he did not say, however, is where he will be resuming his streaming career on a full-time basis. The only thing we know is that it will be... Read more...
It's been around three weeks since Herschel Beahm IV, best known by his online streaming persona Dr. Disrespect, was suddenly and shockingly banned from Twitch without any apparent warning or notice. And guess what? He still supposedly has no clue why he was kicked from the platform just two months after inking a two-year exclusivity deal. And, it does not look like he plans to return to Twitch. Dr. Disrespect has not said much about the ban since it happened, even as rumors and speculation mounted. He was privy to it all though, noting that the whole situation has led to considerable "stress and anxiety." After all, streaming is he and his wife's livelihood, and they "worked really hard to get... Read more...
Leaked details surrounding Ubisoft's upcoming battle royale game Hyper Scape dropped earlier week out of nowhere, and excitement surrounding the game has been incredibly high. In fact, Ubisoft's commitment to engaging with the streaming community has led the game to sail to the top of the Twitch charts without an official release at this point. You'll be able to play Hyper Scape in teams of three -- at least initially -- and there will be up to 33 teams per match. As has become standard fare with battle royale games, you'll "drop in" to the map (which is called Neo-Arcadia) at the start of each match, where you'll be tasked with finding weapons and gear to vanquish your opponents in... Read more...
Popular game streamer Dr. Disrespect has been hit with a permanent ban from streaming service Twitch. He was notified of the permanent ban on Friday, apparently during one of his streams. Just a few months ago, Dr. Disrespect, whose real name is Guy Beahm, had signed an exclusive two-year contract with Twitch for what was described as a "life-changing" amount of money. As for why Beahm was banned from the Twitch platform he tweeted, (seen below) under his Dr. Disrespect Twitter account, that he had not been notified of the specific reason behind the decision. Twitch apparently has offered no concrete reason why Disrespect was banned from the platform, other than to note that the service, "takes... Read more...
Twitch launched a closed beta for Twitch Studio a few months ago. The beta was a new streaming app, and Twitch says that "tons" of streamers that signed up to try it. After taking all the feedback from the streamers who tried Twitch Studio beta, the beta is now open to everyone who wants to try it out. Twitch Studio Beta is available for anyone on Windows 7 or newer operating system. To talk streamers into trying the open beta for the new Studio, Twitch is running down some of the best features of the beta software. The setup is guided, making it easy to detect your mic, webcam, monitor resolution, bitrate, and more to help the stream look and sound great. The beta offers customizable templates... Read more...
Twitch and Amazon have announced that Amazon Prime members will now get free mobile game content along with the Twitch Prime benefits that they have already been receiving for PC and console games. The first mobile game to give members free loot will be PUBG Mobile from Tencent Games. Prime members will get the Infiltrator Jacket, Infiltrator Pants, and Infiltrator shoes to complete the Prime exclusive set. However, as the saying goes, but wait there's more. Prime members will also get the Black Magma Parachute and the new Blood Oath Karabiner 98K. The new PUBG loot is dropping on a weekly schedule. Some of the loot is permanently added to your collection, but some of it is only for 30 days of... Read more...
Tyler Blevins, best known by many as "Ninja," announced on Twitter today that he has notched 1 million active subscribers on Mixer, his new streaming platform of choice. The incredible subscriber milestone comes just five days after he abandoned Twitch, where he had become a streaming sensation and rose to gaming fame. Ninja is one of the most recognizable figures in streaming, right up there with personalities like Dr. Disrespect and PewDiePie. He started streaming in 2011 when he was a college student, but found his greatest Internet-wide acclaim and financial success playing Fortnite, the free-to-play game that launched in 2017. Today we hit 1,000,000 active subscribers on mixer ^-^ thank... Read more...
Microsoft appears ready to heavily push its streaming platform Mixer and to invest some big money into the platform in the process. The big coup that Microsoft has pulled off is luring away Twitch's biggest star, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins. Ninja announced his big move on Twitter last week stating that he would be switching live streams exclusively to Mixer. Ninja boasted 15 million followers on Twitch, which was more than double the number of people that the next closer streamer on Twitch amassed. Blevins at one point had 100,000 paying subscribers to his Twitch streams and raked in millions of dollars per year on the platform. Landing Ninja as an exclusive streamer on the platform is a big deal... Read more...
Yes Most gamers probably know that if you have an Amazon Prime account, you have Twitch Prime as well. A lot of gamers forget about that and Twitch Prime gives some sweet loot and perks to gamers, such as a free year of Switch Online service. Amazon Prime and Twitch members who are looking for a new video game to enjoy can essentially get a game for free with a deal that Twitch and Prime have going right now. Through July 26th Amazon Prime and Twitch members who have linked their accounts can get a $15 Amazon credit on a select offering of games. The good news is those games are $15 each meaning you buy one of them, and then you get a credit within seven days for $15 into your Prime account.... Read more...
Amazon Prime Day is right around the corner, and while the usual assortment of discounts and bargains will be in full swing, Twitch Prime is planning to gift subscribers exclusive in-game Apex Legends content. This will include a unique Legend skin and weapon skin, along with three more exclusive Apex Legends skins throughout July and August. So far this year, Twitch Prime has gifted free games and in-game content worth over $2,000. Ethan Evans, executive vice president of Twitch Prime, told GamesBeat that he hopes to "eclipse last year's total" of more than $3,000 before 2019 comes to a close. "Our goal has always been to be the best deal in gaming. Being a subscriber should be a no brainer... Read more...
If you've ever questioned your financial worth or how much you're making at your current job, you might want to stop reading at this point. A new report is detailing just how much the world's top streamers can earn for a few hours of streaming, and it is a staggering amount.  The report from the Wall Street Journal claims that some of the top game publishers like Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard and Take-Two are paying streamers upwards of $50,000 to stream. And no, we're not talking about $50,000 for a week's or even day's worth or work. Instead, these companies are paying $50,000 per hour. Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins These publishers are counting on the huge followings... Read more...
You still have to wait more than four months before Borderlands 3 releases to retail, though Gearbox Software has come up with a clever way of awarding in-game loot starting right now. How so? It requires installing a Twitch extension and watching prominent streamers play during today's Gameplay Reveal Event. "Hundreds of the biggest streamers will be playing and livestreaming Borderlands 3, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be debuting the official Borderlands 3 ECHOcast Twitch extension as part of the experience," Gearbox Software said. To take advantage of this opportunity, you have to link your SHiFT and Twitch accounts, and install the official Borderlands 3 ECHOcast extension.... Read more...
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