Monthly Archives: June 2011

TwitchTV Q&A Series Announced

TwitchTV Q&A Series
In an effort to reach out to the TwitchTV / Justin.tv Gaming Community, we have decided to run a Q&A series of live broadcasts. In this series, we will focus on the future of TwitchTV and gaming broadcasting in general, discuss new features, and take questions live from chat. These events should be fun as they will be hosted by some of our top gaming broadcasters and personalities, and will feature community interaction as a central feature.Schedule:
  • June 30th at 5pm PST – LordKat
  • July 2nd at 5pm PST – ManvsGame
  • July 9th at 2pm PST – Swiftor
  • more Q&A sessions to be announced!
TwitchTV’s Emmett and Jacob will be Skyping in to take questions. Make sure to check out these events!
Stay up to date with everything TwitchTV by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Best quality option: no longer ambiguous

If you’ve ever been confused by the ambiguous “Best” quality option for streams, we’ve decided to clear things up for you. The best selectable quality now shows the actual resolution of the stream, the + sign marks the “true” quality being output by the broadcaster.

Enjoy!

New feature: report video issues in real time!

In an effort to track down and eliminate any remaining issues with our video delivery system, we’ve added a new feature for reporting stream issues. At the botton of every stream embed you can now find a “Video Problem” button, which allows you to report any issues you are having with the stream. This should help us figure out exactly what issues people are having, and focus our developers on the most notorious bugs and hitches. Oh, we’ve expanded our infrastructure to Europe too 😉

Report video problems with the new reporting tool, found bottom right of every stream embed

This feature is just one of many planned additions to the TwitchTV Beta. We will continue to strive to create the best possible platform for the gaming broadcasting community at large! For more updates, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Red Bull LAN Halo: Reach Training Camp this weekend!

This weekend marks the beginning of Red Bull’s 2011 Halo: Reach NYC Training Camp LAN event, the most sough-after event of its kind! This LAN features North America’s top Halo: Reach professionals in a weekend-long session of grueling 12 hour days of intense practice and play. The entire event will be streamed LIVE on www.redbullusa.com/LAN

Training Schedule -Friday, 6/24 – Sunday, 6/26

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. EDT – Warm ups

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT – Bracket style game play

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. EDT – Free for all game play

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. EDT – Bracket style qualifers

8 p.m. – 10 p.m. EDT – Final Round

GET YOUR VOTE ON!

While the Red Bull Gaming roster teams make up two of the three spots for this LAN, the final team will be chosen via text voting. Information on how to cast your vote can be found at RedBullUSA.com/LAN. “We’ve narrowed it down to three teams but want the fans to choose which one makes the cut,” explains Flamesword.


We at TwitchTV are very excited about initiatives like this. Competitive gaming is growing fast, but training camps and similar practice sessions can bring pro-gaming in North America to the next level.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event! Tune in NOW

New gaming broadcaster features and TwitchTV Opt-In launched

Today is a very exciting day for us at the Justin.tv offices, as it marks the first major roll-out of new gaming features since TwitchTV’s official launch, and the ability to “Opt-In” to TwitchTV. Please take a second to review all the great stuff coming through the pipeline for YOU, our faithful users 🙂

  • 480p VOD transcodes for gaming partners – all newly recorded VODs by gaming partners will now be rendered into 480p! For viewers with slow connections, this means buffer time on VODs should be significantly reduced. At some point we hope to extend this to all content libraries, but that will take a while (and a lot of hard drive space).
  • /help command in chat – ever wonder exactly what you can do to customize your channel’s chat? Well wonder no more, as all chat commands are now accessible via our handy /help tool. To see all commands, simply type /help in chat!
  • TwitchTV chat upgrades – TwitchTV chat now behaves like Justin.tv chat did, and then some. You can now pop-out chat, browse through the viewers list, toggle Time Stamps, and customize your channel’s chat via convenient buttons and checkboxes. Oh yeah, new smiley faces too 😀
TwitchTV Opt-In:
As you probably realized, your TwitchTV channel retains all of the views, followers, and VODs from your old Justin.tv channel. The “Opt-In” is just that, an optional feature, so if you need more time to inform your viewers of your new TwitchTV channel, that’s just fine. However, the first step towards converting all of our gaming streams over to TwitchTV is now in action – we’ve given gaming broadcasters the ability to “Opt-In” to TwitchTV. This means that broadcasters can now make their normal Justin.tv channels automatically refer users to their TwitchTV channel, via a channel setting.  More eyeballs on TwitchTV will help us continue to bug test and refine TwitchTV’s layout and features, so please let us know what you think!
Remember, TwitchTV is still in beta. We are committed to created the best possible platform for gaming broadcasters and fans. Stay tuned, many more updates are coming soon!

DreamHack kicks off with more streams than EVER before

DreamHack Summer kicks off in this weekend starting Saturday, 1AM Pacific Standard Time with more streams from a single event than EVER before in eSports history. That’s right folks, whether you enjoy Starcraft 2Quake LiveCounter-Strike 1.6League of LegendsHeroes of NewerthBloodline Champions, or Super Street Fighter IV, DreamHack will be serving you more streams than you can possibly consume in 1 weekend. There will be broadcasts in multiple different languages, catching ALL the action from each major tournament!

To find all of these streams and more, you need not look any further than DreamHack TV OR TwitchTV’s DreamHack directory. Stay tuned all weekend long, and make sure to follow @TwitchTV on Twitter as we will be tweeting about our favorite matches and results.

Starcraft 2

Prize Pool:

  1. 100 000 SEK
  2. 50 000 SEK
  3. 25 000 SEK
  4. 13 000 SEK
Counter-Strike 1.6

Prize Pool:

  • 100 000 SEK Total
Quake Live

Prize Pool:

  • 40 000 SEK TDM
  • 40 000 SEK Duel Tournament
  • 10 000 SEK TONY FFA
Bloodline Champions

Prize Pool:

  1. 6 000 USD
  2. 3 000 USD
  3. 1 000 USD
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
Prize Pool:
  1. 12 000 SEK + Products from Energizer and Madcatz
  2. 5 000 SEK + Products from Energizer and Madcatz
  3. 3 000 SEK + Products from Energizer and Madcatz
Heroes of Newerth

Prize Pool:

  1. 55 000 SEK + qualified to DreamHack Winter 2011
  2. 30 000 SEK
  3. 15 000 SEK
League of Legends
Prize Pool:
  • $100,000 USD
In general, the broadcasts will begin at around 10AM CEST and run for 12-14 hours. Make sure to see the official DreamHack Summer 2011 website for more information!

Fighting Game Events with an International Flavor

This weekend, masses of Fighting Game fans will be tuning in to high-level competitive gaming content, as two fantastic events will be running concurrently on both the East and West coasts.

In Los Angeles, the prestigious “ReveLAtions” tournament returns, boasting a prize pool over over $30,000. On top of a wealth of North American talent, we’ll see Japanese fighting superstars Daigo “The Beast” Umehara, Sako, and Mago, as well as top Korean talent Laugh and Infiltration in attendance. In Orlando, Florida we find yet another exciting event run by CEO Gaming. The Taiwanese national favorite “GamerBee” will be competing, as well as old-school Japanese fighting game legend Tokido. This is, of course, compounded by the likes of North America’s Justin Wong, Mike Ross, and more.

Streams will be running throughout the weekend, featuring games such as Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Mortal Kombat 9. The fighting game community is stronger than ever, and with games such as Street Fighter x Tekken on the horizon, the sky is the limit!

Make sure to tune in and enjoy all weekend.

Links:

  • Revalations will have two streams – the primary stream will be run by Level Up | Series, with the secondary by Offcast.
  • CEO will be broadcasted exclusively by TeamSp00ky.

Nintendo Press Conference LIVE from E3 by Gamespot

Tune in for what is sure to be an awesome announcement by Nintendo at this year’s E3! Join us in anticipation as Nintendo unmasks the mystery of their new console. Find out if the rumors are true: Is this touch screen controller for real? Will there be better online gaming support? Will Nintendo embrace HD? We will find out shortly!!

Coverage brought to you by the good folks at Gamespot.

http://www.twitchtv.com/gamespote3live

Behold! TwitchTV is Alive in Open Beta

Welcome to the all-new TwitchTV, the largest competitive video gaming broadcasting community in the world. TwitchTV was created by gamers, for gamers, and our mission is to support the very highest quality video streams of the best players, announced by the best commentators.

Come to TwitchTV to find live broadcasts of all kinds of games from every platform. Talk to the top players in the world via interactive chat and learn their tricks. Watch the largest tournaments in eSports with the biggest prize pools. Log on today to TwitchTV to follow your favorite streams and chat with your fellow gamers. We look forward to hearing your feedback, so feel free to let us know what you think of TwitchTV on Twitter and Facebook.

Because this is an open beta, there are sure to be a few bugs! If you find one, please let us know. Addtionally, we have launched without support for highlights or YouTube export, and advanced chat functionality on the website is currently disabled. All of your favorite Justin.tv gaming streams will be available on TwitchTV during the open beta. After the open beta completes, all Justin.tv gaming content will move to TwitchTV completely (don’t worry, your old links will still work).

See below for the official press release.

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Justin.tv Launches TwitchTV, the World’s Largest Competitive Video Gaming Network

Competitive video gaming community comes together to broadcast competition live online, leveraging all-new features designed specifically for gamers.

June 6, 2011 – San Francisco, CA – Justin.tv today launched TwitchTV, the largest competitive video gaming broadcast network in the world. TwitchTV is dedicated to supporting, entertaining and inspiring the e-sports community. Leveraging the live video streaming infrastructure pioneered by the team at Justin.tv, TwitchTV features the highest quality competitions on all games and platforms, with the top gamers, the biggest tournaments, and the best commentary.

“This is just the start of what we want to build,” said Emmett Shear, co-founder and CTO of Justin.tv, and general manager of TwitchTV. “We designed this site to support the e-sports community. Since everyone on the team is a gamer, it’s a site made by e-sports fans, for e-sports fans.”

E-sports, another name for competitive video gaming, is a global phenomenon built around real-time strategy games, first person shooters, fighting games, and other games requiring high-level skill and strategy. E-sports has developed an entire professional ecosystem complete with celebrity players, major sponsors and an adoring fan-base. TwitchTV has forged partnerships with the world’s top e-sports personalities and organizations – the best professional gamers, biggest tournaments, and most prestigious leagues – to bring fans the most compelling e-sports video content anywhere in the world.

“TwitchTV wouldn’t exist today if it wasn’t for our community,” said Kevin Lin, COO of Justin.tv and VP of business development for TwitchTV. “The community’s input has been instrumental in developing the new site’s features and functionality, and their support has been overwhelming. Because of our relationships in the pro gamer community, we’ve been able to improve our platform and build tools that allow them to develop as professionals.”

TwitchTV created an innovative partner program in which gamers and tournaments share in the advertising revenue generated on their video streams. TwitchTV is also beta-testing other revenue generators for its partners including pay-per-view and subscription-based programs in which viewers gain access to exclusive content, or gain premium-level benefits such as ad-free viewing.

“TwitchTV is a major initiative for us here at Justin.tv,” said Michael Seibel, CEO of Justin.tv. “The community that coalesced around live competitive gaming content is clearly very passionate and growing quickly. We’re excited to support that community with a home of their own. We hope the functionality and content featured on TwitchTV will help take the entire e-sports ecosystem to the next level.”

TwitchTV currently generates 3.2 million unique visits per month, 4.5 hours of video viewed per person per month, and more than 45 million total video views per month. TwitchTV is launching at this year’s E3, the world’s largest video game expo. The new site is also partnering with GameSpot to stream over 90 hours of E3 content from the show floor, including all major press conferences.

The live video stream from E3 can be seen here: http://twitchtv.com/gamespote3live.

About TwitchTV
TwitchTV is the largest competitive video gaming broadcast network in the world. Dedicated to supporting, entertaining and inspiring the e-sports community, TwitchTV features the highest quality competitions on all games and platforms, with the top gamers, the biggest tournaments, and the best commentary. TwitchTV leverages the live video streaming platform and infrastructure pioneered by Justin.tv. Learn more at http://twitchtv.com.

About Justin.tv
Justin.tv is the Web’s largest live video community. Headquartered in San Francisco, Justin.tv is funded by Alsop Louie Partners, Tim Draper and Y Combinator. Learn more at http://www.justin.tv.

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Contact:
Matthew DiPietro
matt@twitchtv.com
415-722-3136

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