Announcing Subscription Perks for Level|Up Series

As one of the premiere broadcasters within the fighting game community, Southern California-based Level|Up Series is highly regarded for their dedication to consistency and fantastic production. From major fighting game events such as their SoCal Regionals tournament series, to Wednesday Night Fights which is consistently one of most watched weekly fighting game programs on TwitchTV, Level|Up’s dedication to the community and their fans is undeniable.
Starting today, fans of Level|Up will have a whole new way to show support for one of their favorite broadcasters. TwitchTV is thrilled to be joining forces with Level|Up in offering premium subscription perks for their channel and beyond.
By supporting Level|Up Series at $2.99 per month, you’ll gain access to a number of subscriber-only perks.
- Exclusive subscriber-only emoticons ( and ) with more to be added on a regular basis
- Automatic entry into monthly subscriber-only giveaways and contests
- Opportunity to win Xbox Live online training sessions with Street Fighter legend, Alex Valle (determined by lottery of existing subscribers)
- One-of-a-kind supporter badge appended to your username
This new venture does not limit the quality, features, and service you’ve come to expect from Level|Up. Everyone, including those who choose not to support Level|Up with a subscription, will still have full access to all video quality options, chat options, VODs and everything else Level|Up is known to offer. This is simply a way for fans of Level|Up Series to support one of their favorite broadcasters in a way that will allow them a greater opportunity to create even more impressive events and features than ever before.
For more information on Level|Up premium perks and to subscribe, head on over to their TwitchTV page at http://twitch.tv/levelupseries/. Don’t forget to tune in tonight, at 9PM PST, for the season finale of Wednesday Night Fights featuring some of the best Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 players in the country!

The Share Button: Support Your Favorite Broadcasters

How many times have you watched a live stream on TwitchTV and thought to yourself, “You know, this is really great stuff. I wish there was a way I could show my appreciation for the broadcasters hard work and dedication.” Oh, but there is! The answer has been right under your nose the entire time with our good friend, the Share button.

The Share button allows you to perform a number of functions quickly and easily when it comes to showing love for your favorite caster. In the event that you are unaware of the Share button’s location, you can find it just below the main video player on every TwitchTV channel page.

Clicking on the Share button opens up a small window with a few options.

1. Share a link to the stream with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
2. A direct link to the stream page for use IM, email and everyday life (“YOU GUYS GO TO TWITCH.TV/EGHUK THIS IS TOTALLY GNAR!”)
3. Easily copy/paste code which will embed the stream on your site/blog/forum
4. Easily copy/paste code if you’d like the stream chat along with your video

Sharing a link to the stream with your friends is the quickest and easiest way to show appreciation of your favorite broadcasters. Even if you only have a few Twitter followers, every link helps get their name out there and is always very much appreciated.

We also give you the ability to personalize the Twitter message you’re sending out so you can create regular, informed posts as the show progresses. If you want to be super cool and beautiful and popular, you can also tie your Twitter account together with your Facebook so that posting to one automatically posts to the other. Clicking the “Like” button posts a link to the stream directly to your Facebook Wall and News Feed.

The next time you’re watching your favorite broadcasters on TwitchTV, give the Share button a shot. Broadcasters, encourage your viewers to click that button and get the word out on your awesome content! There’s always something great to watch on TwitchTV and the Share button is just one of the many ways to help spread the word.

GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV VODs and Results

People of Earth, lend Mike Ross your strength …  ¯\(⇀‸↼)/¯

The sound of Tiger Shots echoed throughout the streets of Akihabara this past weekend with a ferocity that hasn’t heard in years. When the GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV Classic Tournament came to its conclusion, the god of Muay Thai fighting, Sagat, was clearly the player favorite in this special tournament where only characters from the original Street Fighter II were allowed.

Some dared to test the god, however, as American player and “The People’s Champ,” Mike Ross (E.Honda) had a very impressive run throughout the tournament. In typical Mike Ross fashion his matches were some of the most exciting of the tournament, such as his nail-biter of a set versus Neurosis (M.Bison). Mike ultimately placed fourth making him both the highest placing foreigner to compete in GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV, as well as the highest placing, non-Sagat player.

While Sagat dominated top three competition, the matches themselves were still very exciting for those who appreciate the subtle art of careful plasma chucking. We’d like to thank the crew at GODSGARDEN for putting together this fantastic event, as well as all the players in attendance! Please join us in congratulating our winners and enjoy the VODs.

1st – Bonchan (Sagat)
2nd – Hanamaruki (Sagat)
3rd – Acqua (Sagat)
4th – Mike Ross (E. Honda)
5th – Neurosis (M. Bison)

GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV VODs Part 1Part 2 - Part 3

TONIGHT: Three major streams for three major fighting games

As if your butt wasn’t sore from the spectacle that was Dreamhack Winter 2011, TwitchTV has got plenty more action to keep you glued to your seat this Saturday night. Our advice to you is after reading through this post, make a dash for your local market, stock up some energy drinks, order a pizza, call some friends and settle in for a Saturday night filled with fights!

WHAT IS IT: GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV Classic Tournament

WHY IT’S AWESOME: TwitchTV is teaming up with GODSGARDEN, the most revered fighting game community in Japan to bring to you a special farewell tournament for Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition just prior to the much-anticipated Ver.2012 balance update. The rules for this tournament are unique in that only characters who appeared in the original Street Fighter II will be available for play, leaving many of the dominating characters out in the cold. With top players such as Mago, Kindevu, Itsabashi Zangief, Kazunoko, Mike Ross and more in attendance, expect truly world-class fighting. Click here for more information..

WHEN AND WHERE: 8PM PST, http://twitch.tv/godsgarden/

 

WHAT IS IT: Shoryuken.com GBPHP Showmatches presented by iPlayWinner

WHY IT’S AWESOME: Come watch some of the very best Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 players in the world do battle in this special invitational showmatch event! The cast includes multiple EVO 2011 top 8 Marvel vs Capcom 3 players such as coL. CC. F. Champ and Mine, as well as local heroes Dacidbro and Honzo Gonzo and more. This is THE event to watch if you’re interested in seeing just what top Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 play looks like now that the game has been in these players hands for a sufficient enough time. Click here for more information..

WHEN AND WHERE: 8PM PST, http://twitch.tv/srklive/

 

WHAT IS IT: Level|Up Series King of Fighters XIII Launch Party at Super Arcade

WHY IT’S AWESOME: It all began in ’94 and now KOF is here again! Celebrate the launch of SNK Playmore’s The King of Fighters XIII with Southern California-based Level|Up Series, live from Super Arcade in Walnut, California. Southern California is known for having a fiercely loyal King of Fighters community, which will be very well represented thanks to Dream Cancel, who will be on hand to offer tutorials from the pros, high level gameplay and more. If you want to see just what makes this game so special, tune in tonight! Click here for more information..

WHEN AND WHERE: 5PM PST, http://twitch.tv/leveluplive/ 

GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV Says Goodbye to Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition as We Know It

On November 27, GODSGARDEN, Japan’s most revered fighting game community, joins forces with TwitchTV, the world’s largest video game broadcasting community, to bid farewell to Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition with a special “Classic Tournament.” Set in Akihabara, Japan, this “Classic Tournament” will feature some of the greatest fighting game talent in the world with players such as Mago, Kindevu, Itsabashi Zangief, Kazunoko, Mike Ross and more in attendance, all fighting for a $1,000 USD prize pool, sponsored by TwitchTV.

This “Classic Tournament” is unique in that it features a strict rule on which characters are made available to players as only those found in the original Street Fighter II will be allowed for tournament play. This means that of the 39 characters available in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, the only characters allowed for GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV will be Ryu, Ken, Chun-li, Guile, Blanka, Dhalsim, E.Honda, Zangief, Balrog, Sagat, Vega and M.Bison.

“To say that we’re proud to be entering into a collaboration with GODSGARDEN would be an understatement,” says Jared Rea, TwitchTV Community Manager. “Everyone at TwitchTV believes in the fighting game community. We’re working hard towards extending its reach, as well as accelerating its growth and it’s incredibly thrilling to now be doing so on a global level with a group that we respect as both players and organizers.”

“Cross Counter is excited to be a part of the GODSGARDEN event,” says Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez of Cross Counter, who will be traveling to Japan to take part in the tournament along with Mike Ross. “We are thrilled to return to Japan for such an exciting event and look forward to meeting all of the Japanese players and organizers. It’s great to have TwitchTV involved with such a prestigious event.”

GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV will be available for free online viewing at http://twitch.tv/godsgarden/ at 1PM JST (8PM PST, 5AM CET), November 27. If you’d like to be alerted via email when the event goes live, click on the “Subscribe” button on the GODSGARDEN TwitchTV page.

DreamHack Winter 2011 on TwitchTV

DreamHack Winter 2011 streams presented exclusively on TwtichTV!

We are proud to announce that all of the broadcasts LIVE from DreamHack 2011 will be available exclusively on TwitchTV! You can catch the StarCraft 2, Heroes of Newerth, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Quake Live, DotA 2, Bloodline Champions, and Counter-Strike 1.6 events LIVE all weekend here on Twitch. 1,235,000 SEK, equivelant to ~$180,000 USD will be passed out to the top finishers in these titles.

We’ve set up a DreamHack Winter 2011 Team Page to make viewing and enjoying DreamHack a breeze – you can now catch all of the official DHW2011 streams in one convenient place.

About DreamHack:

DreamHack is focused on everything you can do with computers, Internet and digital entertainment and culture. DreamHack is a lot of gaming, communication, programming, designing, music composing and whatever you can imagine! We organize a lot of large tournaments and compos and also a great Expo with company’s like ASUS, Telia, Intel, Blizzard and many of the Swedish universities to name a few.

So what are you waiting for? Bookmark the team page, sit back and relax, and enjoy eSports. Oh you, and tell your friends too :)

For more information, please see the official DreamHack website.

This Weekend on TwitchTV

Some of the best StarCraft 2 action of the year is taking place this weekend across both sides of the Atlantic as TwitchTV is the destination of choice for both the MLG Pro Circuit and Multiplay i44 events! If that’s not your cup of tea we’ll also be playing host to IGN and their coverage of Minecon: the world’s first official MineCraft convention! It’s going to be a great weekend here at TwitchTV so settle in, it’s going to be a long one!

The biggest MLG event of the year is going down this weekend in Providence, Rhode Island and the TwitchTV team will be there checking out the action first-hand! Tune in all weekend long to catch some of the very best StarCraft 2, Halo: Reach and Call of Duty players in the world make history! Check it out at MLG’s TwitchTV Team page.

 

Not to be outdone, this weekend is Multiplay’s massive i44 UK LAN event, part of the IGN Pro League 4 StarCraft 2 qualifier! That’s not all as i44 also plays host to Battlefield 3, Counter-Strike: Source and even fighting games with Tekken 6. See it all this weekend on their dual-channels, Multiplay and Multiplay2.

 

Join the FragDolls on Friday, November 18 from 6PM-8PM as they celebrate the launch of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations with a night of backstabbing fun! Expect special interviews with Ubisoft developers, prize giveaways and live gameplay. Check it out at FragDoll’s TwitchTV Channel.

 

IGN will be streaming live from Las Vegas, the home of the world’s first official MineCraft convention! Join Notch and the rest of the Mojang crew as they launch MineCraft 1.0 and host a series of discussion panels relating to one of the biggest phenomenons in recent gaming history. The full schedule of panels is available at http://www.twitch.tv/ignlive.

Friday, November 18th
1 – 2:30 p.m. Keynote Address and Minecraft Launch with Notch
4 – 5 p.m. Mojang Panel with Q&A (live demos of Scrolls and Cobalt)

Saturday, November 19th
10 – 11 a.m. Panels on your favorite Minecraft subjects
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Yogscast Panel
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Panels on your favorite Minecraft subjects

TwitchTV launches advanced statistics tool for broadcasters

At long last, broadcaster statistics are here! TwitchTV has partnered with Mixpanel to provide broadcasters a unique insight into viewer behavior and demographics. Now, it’s easier than ever to maximize the effectiveness of your streams and analyze your performance and traffic across a wide variety of categories.

Located under the “Stats” tab on your TwitchTV Broadcaster Dashboard, broadcaster statistics gives all of our content producers here on TwitchTV a detailed look into the full reach of their streams. Broadcasters can break down their performance by concurrent viewers, unique visitors, commercials played, chat activity, follow / unfollows, viewer demographics, and a whole lot more — all of which can be analyzed by the day, week or month if so desired.

We’ll be talking a lot more about the broadcaster statistics and how best to utilize this new feature to improve your effectiveness as a broadcaster in the future. For now, head on over to TwitchTV Broadcaster Dashboard, take a look at the shiny new statistics, and let us know what you think!

More info and details after the jump!

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Vote for TwitchTV in the 5th Annual Mashable Awards

The nomination period for the 5th Annual Mashable Awards is drawing to a close and we’re asking you to help us get the vote out! For the uninitiated, the Mashable Awards is an annual community-driven online voting contest which recognizes the best companies, people and projects that create the biggest impact on the online landscape. We want to make sure that the broadcasters of TwitchTV are recognized and that’s why we’re asking that you vote TwitchTV for “Best Online Video Streaming Service.”

A vote for TwitchTV is a vote for eSports as well, as a Mashable nomination will help us generate even greater exposure for all our favorite broadcasters and individual players who help make TwitchTV the best online destination for competitive eSports. It’s also a vote to our non-competitive broadcasters who bring you the best in new releases, retro gaming and even gaming-related talk shows. Help us move one step closer to taking over the world! Vote TwitchTV!

GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV Classic Street Fighter Tournament

We’re extremely thrilled here at TwitchTV to announce a special collaboration with one of the most progressive fighting game communities in the world, GODSGARDEN. Since 2009, GODSGARDEN has been bringing high-quality Japanese gameplay to the world featuring some of the best talent in fighting games with innovative concept matches and tournaments.

On November 27, 1PM Japan time, that tradition continues as we proudly present GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV Classic Tournament: a Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition tournament with a twist! Players will only be allowed to choose from the original Street Fighter II cast! This means that out of the 39 characters available in the game, the only characters allowed for GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV will be Ryu, Ken, Chun-li, Guile, Blanka, Dhalsim, E.Honda, Zangief, Balrog, Sagat, Vega and M.Bison.

The event will be hosted at Twitch.tv/godsgarden and we hope to bring you more details concerning the players involved as the time draws near. We hope you come out and support GODSGARDEN and the Japanese fighting game community!

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