Monthly Archives: July 2011

TwitchTV to host SD streams from MLG Anaheim

Thousands of fans gather for Starcraft 2, Halo:Reach, and CoD: BlackOps on the big screen

We’re happy to announce that we will officially be syndicating MLG Anaheim’s SD streams! That’s right, all four of the official MLG Anaheim streams will be viewable right here on TwitchTV. This doesn’t mean that the SD quality won’t be available on MLG.tv, we’re simply providing an alternative viewing platform.

Why should you care?

While the HD streams will only be viewable on MLG.tv, we’ll feature the SD streams on the TwitchTV front page all weekend. This means you will be able to watch the action from MLG Anaheim live from your iPhone or iPad using the Justin.tv viewing app! Additionally, join the conversation and interact with the TwitchTV community via our stream chat.

Here are the streams:

Enjoy!

TwitchTV Launches Partner Program

We have some big news today! We officially launched the TwitchTV Partner Program. See some of the coverage here and here. See here for the official press release.

What is it?
It’s a way for TwitchTV broadcasters (that’s you) to make money on their channels. We take care of all the ad sales and serving, you simply share in the revenue.

The program is available via an application process, and there are some criteria you must meet as a broadcaster before you are eligible. They are:

To qualify as a TwitchTV Partner, you must:

Meet ALL of the following requirements

  • Minimum concurrent viewers average: 500
  • AND Minimum channel views number: 300,000
  • AND Minimum followers: 1,000

Or, meet ANY of the following requirements

  • Minimum concurrent viewers average: 1,000
  • Minimum channel views number: 800,000
  • Minimum followers: 4,000

For newcomers to live-streaming
Aspiring TwitchTV partners who have not yet streamed live content are also encouraged to apply. They simply need to meet the following criteria with regard to pre-recorded video game content (using YouTube as an example):

  • 25,000 subscribers
  • Average 15,000 views per video
Why become a TwitchTV Partner?
As a TwitchTV partner, you are part of a select group that has access features and benefits, including:
  • Revenue sharing – Partners earn advertising revenue generated on their channels, to be paid out on a monthly basis. Twitch.tv handles the ad selling and serving.
  • Automatic transcoding – Viewers will be able to switch between 240/360/480/720p/Best quality options on partner channel. This means partners can broadcast in high quality without leaving out fans with poor Internet connections.
  • Early access to new features – TwitchTV is constantly building new features based on feedback from partners and the greater TwitchTV community. Partners get early insight into these features and are usually the first to try them out.

New feature: Broadcaster Dashboard goes live!

Gaming broadcasters on TwitchTV are about to get a package of new functionality and features. These features should make the broadcaster experience smoother, and we hope to gain as much feedback as possible in order to streamline the broadcasting experience. Again, thanks for staying patient with us as we roll out all of the kinks in the TwitchTV beta. I’m confident that we are on the right path to creating the best possible platform for gaming streamers and spectators alike.

First, we are proud to unveil a brand new way to run your broadcast. Without further ado, the Broadcaster Dashboard:

The Broadcaster Dashboard allows users to run commercials with a key press, monitor chat, and cut VODs in 1 convenient location.

The Broadcaster Dashboard has been a long needed feature, and addresses some of the most cumbersome issues when streaming to Justin.tv / Twitch.tv.

First, instead of typing /commercial in chat you will be able to run commercials with a single click. Second, chat, a stream preview, and the channel topic are now much more convenient to monitor and control. Third, and in my opinion most importantly, you can now cut VODs on the fly. All you have to do is make sure “Cut archive here” is checked, type in a new topic (ex: EG.IdrA vs. oGsMC Game 2 – Metalopolis), and hit enter. Cutting VODs is definitely a pain, but this should alleviate much of the problem and allow for seamless VOD creation.

The dashboard is available immediately – simply point your browser to http://www.twitch.tv/broadcast/dashboard.

If you have any feedback or find any bugs, email thegunrun at twitch dot tv

Penny Arcade to stream comic creation LIVE on TwitchTV

Penny Arcade has been a pillar of the world-wide gaming community for over a decade – their comics have inspired gamers worldwide with comedy and commentary on the state of the world of videos games. The success of Penny Arcade’s web comic has spun off into a web series, video games, and even the massive bi-yearly PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) events on both the East and West coasts.

For these reasons, it should come as no surprise that we are excited to announce that Penny Arcade’s own Gabriel will be streaming comic creation LIVE on TwitchTV!

Yes, that’s right folks, the next comic to be featured on Penny-Arcade.com is being conceptualized right now on Twitch.tv/cwgabriel.

Tune in and enjoy 🙂

Justin.tv Gaming = TwitchTV

Justin.tv Launches TwitchTV
About a month ago, we launched TwitchTV. Read some of the news coverage here and here.We created TwitchTV for several reasons:

First, thanks to all of you, the gaming category on Justin.tv has exploded. It has grown to the point where it is clear that gaming deserves its own home and brand, just for gamers. TwitchTV is that home.

Second, while working directly with you, our community, it has become clear that there are gaming-specific features that we wanted to build that didn’t make sense for the wider Justin.tv community. So we are building them into TwitchTV. More on those features below.

Third, we are dedicated to supporting the gaming community at large. TwitchTV was built specifically to help gaming fans connect around the games that they love. This mission is central to everything we do. Having a unique brand like TwitchTV just for gaming helps make that possible.

Justin.tv Channels Become TwitchTV Channels
Now, some information on making the switch. As of Wednesday morning (July 27th), Justin.tv gaming channels will automatically redirect to their corresponding TwitchTV channel. Everything will stay the same – broadcaster archives, embeds, views, followers, etc. will remain untouched, and there will be no interruption in your service whatsoever.

We sincerely hope that you consider this a welcome change. If, however, you do not, broadcasters are free to opt-out of the migration and keep their channel on Justin.tv instead by simply going to their settings page and un-check the “Direct viewers to TwitchTV” option. At some point in the future, we will be switching everyone over to TwitchTV, but we want to make sure we address any concerns that the community might have first. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or other feedback.

Why is TwitchTV awesome?
TwitchTV is awesome because we built it specifically to meet your needs as gaming broadcasters and spectators.

Features and Benefits:

  • Discover channels by game: your viewers can now find your channel according to the game played
  • Front page and directories contain 100% gaming promotion
  • Easy access by all your followers

We are confident that the features and benefits of TwitchTV will enable you to attract more viewers and build an even stronger gaming community.

Twitch.tv partnership with TGN TV

Jul 15, 2011 — TGN and Twitch.tv officially partnered for live streaming TGN Director gameplay content on http://twitch.tv!

Twitch.tv is proud to announce a partnership with the popular Youtube producer of gaming content, TGN TV. TGN Directors produce entertaining gaming content for a multitude of games, including the #1 WoW streamer Towelliee. All of their directors will now be able to show live content at 5 different resolutions for users of all internet speeds, and have complete control over the timing of their ads.

TGN CEO George Vanous shared his thoughts on the deal:

“I personally streamed with Justin TV at E3 2010 over a year ago. Back then, it was a great, easy-to-use service, and now JTV’s gaming specific streaming platform, TwitchTV, is the best live streaming platform available. All of TGN is very excited to be an official revenue-share partner with TwitchTV! Our Directors will now stream all of their live gameplay through personal JTV channels, and we can’t wait to get started!”

TGN Channel Highlight:

http://twitch.tv/Towelliee

“Towelliee’s HD Gaming channel is a place for all gamers to come and have some fun. You will find Hardmode progression raiding as well as run and interaction with the stream when you step through my doors on twitch.tv/towelliee. I am a senior director with TGN and I make video content for World of Warcraft and various other MMO’s and console games.” -Towelliee, a massively entertaining World of Warcraft raider.

About TGN

TGN is a Gaming TV Network on YouTube with over 200 active Shows and thousands of episodes and a massive following. TGN Directors are independent artists who publish their video content on TGN Central at http://www.youtube.com/TGN and stream their live video content on Justin.tv at http://twitch.tv. TGN streamers include popular names such as Towelliee, the #1 World of Warcraft streamer, and Dara Mactire, one of the most widely known World of Warcraft PvP guilds.

Other TGN Channels: swiftytv, rurikhan, dontain, bigcisftw, indiegarona, medina4life, neandrathal, deadlyslob, bajheera, radaustin27, daramactire

Game to Aid 72-hour Charity Marathon has begun!

60+ hours of fun for a good cause!

This weekend, enjoy classic Nintendo gaming for a good cause with two major charity marathons. First, our friends over at GameToAid.org have kicked off their latest charity event; this time around it will be themed Mario and Friends Marathon. The team will tackle any and all games featuring Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Donkey Kong for over 60 hours of fun.

The charity is raising funds for the World Youth International, a non-profit community service organization. Make sure to tune in, and chip in for a good cause at GameToAid.org!

Also, catch the tail end of the 96-hour Zeldathon.net Charity for the American Red Cross – over $11,000 has been raised already!

Nexon Debuts Dragon Nest on Twitch.tv

Nexon, the creators of Maple Story, are showing off their latest creation, Dragon Nest, on their Twitch.tv channel ‘Dragon Nest TV’ (http://twitch.tv/dragonnestonline). The weekly show begins July 21, 2011 at 4:30 PM PST and introduces viewers to the world of Dragon Nest, with gameplay showing off its everything from its lore to the different classes available to play. The game itself begins an open beta stage on the 26th of July, so be sure to tune in and see what Dragon Nest is all about!

TwitchTV Q&A Session VODs

Over the course of the last few weeks, we’ve been running TwitchTV Q&A Sessions where we sit down and answer user questions about the past, present, and future of TwitchTV. Each Q&A Session was hosted by one of our popular gaming channels.

If you missed any of the broadcasts, we’ve collected the VODs for you here. Enjoy 🙂

Swiftor Pt. 1 – http://www.twitch.tv/chicky_/b/289854577

Swiftor Pt. 2 – http://www.twitch.tv/chicky_/b/289854897

ManVsGame – http://www.twitch.tv/manvsgame/b/289359057

LordKat – http://www.twitch.tv/brugaar/b/289220978

If you are a top broadcaster and would like host a Q&A Session on your channel, contact us at ben@justin.tv

Starcraft 2 JP Community / TwitchTV Cup Series Announced!

TwitchTV is proud to co-sponsor the first ever TwitchTV / SJC Cup Series!

We at TwitchTV are proud to announce the first Starcraft 2 JP Community TwitchTV Cup Series! This event is targeted at promoting growth in Japanese eSports by offering a large prize pool (approximately $750 + hardware), great competition, and professional broadcasts in both Japanese and English. We hope this tournament will expose the top-talent in the land of the rising sun, and encourage more Japanese players to go “pro” in SC2! Additionally, the event will feature Novice, Expert, and Master class divisions, which will allow players of all skill levels to participate and have fun playing Starcraft 2 in a competitive environment.

Format and Schedule:

  • BO1 single elimination tournaments(Stage) are played each week.  The semi-final and final are BO3. Each of them will be done in 1-day. There is no seeding for each stage.
  • The schedules of each stage are 24th Jul.(Sun), 30th Jul.(Sun), 7th Aug.(Sun) and 13th Aug.(Sat). Each day of coverage will start at 12:00 GMT
  • Each stage has Novice, Expert and Master class.
  • Bronze/Silver/Gold class players participate Novice class, Platinum/Diamond class players participate Expert class and Master class players participate Master class.
  • The 1st place and 2nd place winners of Master class in each stage, 8 players in total, proceed to Final Stage, which is BO3 double-elimination.
  • Final Stage will be completed 21 Aug. (Mon) beginning at 11:00 GMT
  • Player’s race is set on register form. The race cannot be changed in this tournament.
  • There is no seeding rule.

Prizes:

  • 1st Place: 30,000 yen, SteelSeries 6Gv2(Japanese) Gaming Keyboard
    Spot for 2nd Grand championshi
  • 2nd Place: 15,000 yen、SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-size Headset(Blue)
    Spot for 2nd Grand championship
  • 3rd Place: 10,000 yen、SteelSeries 3HD MousePad
    Spot for 2nd Grand championship
  • 4th Place: 5,000 yen
The Japanese stream can be found at http://twitch.tv/matsujun – still looking for broadcasters to produce the English streams. Email ben@justin.tv if you are interested in broadcasting this tournament series in English!
Please check out the announcement on the official Starcraft 2 JP Community site for more information.