Monthly Archives: October 2011

TwitchTV League of Legends Halloween Giveaway (PAX Sivir!)

No one loves dressing up for Halloween more than us here at TwitchTV and no game exemplifies dressing up than League of Legends. We have a few rare League of Legends skin codes to give away and all you have to do is tweet us a photo of your video game themed Halloween costume! Here’s how to enter:

1) Follow @TwitchTV on Twitter
2) Send us a tweet with a picture of you dressed in your video game inspired Halloween costume. It can be inspired by any video game you wish, not just League of Legends, so feel free to go nuts!
3) Submit your photo by 1PM Pacific, November 1.

Three of our favorite photos will receive (1) Exclusive Riot Nasus Skin for League of Legends. The grand prize, however, will go to one lucky winner who will receive (1) Limited Edition PAX Sivir Skin for League of Legends, exclusive to attendees of PAX Prime 2011!

So hop in those costumes, load up on the candy and don’t forget to tweet your photos to @TwitchTV! Don’t forget to follow us as well so that we can message you directly should you win. Good luck and have a happy Halloween!

TwitchTV announced as sponsor of TeamLiquid’s StarCraft 2 team!

Today, we at TwitchTV are proud to announce our official sponsorship of TeamLiquid’s professional StarCraft II roster. Team Liquid is one of the most popular ESPORTS communities, including some of the most recognizable and respected players in the pro-gaming world. At TwitchTV, we consider it our mission to bring the ESPORTS scene to the next level by enabling players, teams, leagues and other organizations to earn a living doing what they love. TeamLiquid and its players have played a critical role in the developing eSports scene, and they exemplify TwitchTV’s core mission and values.

We are honored to have TeamLiquid as part of our community, and are proud to support the organization and players. Welcome! Game on.

Read more after the jump…

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TwitchTV welcomes Jared Rea as new Community Manager

We are proud to announce the arrival of our Community Manger here at TwitchTV, none other than fighting game ambassador “Mr Jared” Rea. Jared is a games industry veteran with more than 8 years of experience as a writer and community manager, and most importantly, a life-long gamer who has been influential in the fighting game casting community, particularly in his role as Creative Director of iPlayWinner.com and the host of Frame Trap, a community driven weekly news program about the fighting game community. We’re very excited to have him on board, and without further ado, Jared:


Hey everyone, I’m Jared Rea, better known as “Mr Jared” within the fighting game community and I am extremely thrilled to be taking on the responsibilities of Community Manager at TwitchTV. As a long-time caster myself, I’ve seen how vital a role streaming services such as TwitchTV can play in the building and nurturing of online communities, and I see this opportunity as one that can create even more opportunities for casters, players, and tournaments of all notorieties and skill levels. A rising tide lifts all boats and so I’m very much looking forward working with members of all the different communities we have here at TwitchTV from StarCraft to Minecraft and from Street Fighter to retro gamers.

The one question I get more often than not is “What is a Community Manager anyway?” It’s always been my opinion that a Community Manager is essentially a conduit of creative energy. It’s my responsibility to ensure that all of you folks out there are getting the most out of your TwitchTV experience as both viewers and broadcasters, but also that your voices are heard loud and clear here at the TwitchTV headquarters in San Francisco. I’ll also be handling the constant day-to-day communication channels we have here at Twitch so you’ll be hearing a lot from me whether you hit us up on Twitter (@TwitchTV), Facebook (facebook.com/twitchtv/) or on your favorite community site such as Reddit, TeamLiquid and more.

Again, I’m very excited to be here and I can’t wait to dig in and help further TwitchTV as a positive, driving force in the world of eSports and online gaming as a whole. If you’d like to follow me personally, feel free to do so on Twitter (@Jaredr). Thanks!

Announcing: The Official TwitchTV iPhone App

Behold! We’ve just launched the official TwitchTV iPhone app. This FREE app brings the entire TwitchTV experience to iPhone users. Available for download now.

View all your favorite channels in HD in full landscape mode. Browse by game, featured or search. And chat with your friends via in-stream, in-app chat.

This has been one of the most-requested features since we launched back in June. We hear you, and we’re stoked to bring it to you today.

Thanks everyone for using TwitchTV. Please download the app today!

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Screenshot of iPhone App showing high res gameplay and chat icon.

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Screenshot of iPhone App showing chat activity.

New functionality: Link to a specific time in a VOD

Hey folks, just wanted to let you know that you can now link DIRECTLY to a specific time within VODs! For example: Check out Liquid`HerO’s sick warp prism micro.

All you have to do is add a time stamp to the end of the URL – in this case we linked to the 102nd minute and 38 seconds by adding ?t=102m38s at the end of the URL (http://www.twitch.tv/liquidhero/b/297908075?t=102m38s)

Gonna keep this post short and sweet so… enjoy! 😀

This weekend on TwitchTV: Hypefestation

BeyondGaming and TwitchTV Present: Hypefestation

HYPEFESTATION

Catch the first major Gears of War 3 LAN event, featuring former Gears 1 and Gears 2 pros and commentary by prominent members of the community. Tune in and enjoy! It’s going to be awesome 😀 (oh yeah, and we’re sponsoring the event).

What: 16 Team Gears of War 3 Invitational tournament – Game type: Execution – Team size: 4
When: Saturday, October 22nd from 10AM-10PM EST — Sunday, October 23rd from 10AM-7:30PM EST
Where: Game Time LAN Center in Franklin Square, NY. Live on BeyondGaming’s TwitchTV channel.
Prize pool: 1st place – $2600, 2nd place – $1200, 3rd place – $800 4th place – $400

Make sure to follow Hypefestation on Facebook for updates about the event!

Photos from the TwitchTV White-Ra Meet Up

Last night’s TwitchTV mixer with White-Ra was a huge success! Alexey played some games against fans 1v1, and after winning several games he started playing 2v1s (and won both of those games). Special appearances were made by Cats Pajamas Fans got to come in and tour the new TwitchTV offices in downtown San Francisco. Check out some photos of the event by David Zhou on Flickr.

TwitchTV's COO, Kevin Lin

Welcome Jonathan Simpson-Bint to TwitchTV

Today we’re proud to announce that Jonathan Simpson-Bint has joined the TwitchTV team as our new Chief Commercial Officer.

Jonathan is a founder of IGN and a former president of Future US. See below for the official press release.

We’re stoked to have Jonathan onboard as we build out partnerships with video game industry companies and organizations.

Welcome Jonathan!!

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TwitchTV Brings on Gaming Industry Veteran Jonathan Simpson-Bint

World’s leading video game broadcasting community ramps up business development and revenue strategy

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TwitchTV, the world’s largest video game broadcasting community, today announced that video game industry veteran, Jonathan Simpson-Bint, has joined the TwitchTV team as chief commercial officer.
Mr. Simpson-Bint joins TwitchTV at a time of strong growth, where he’ll help build and expand key business relationships within the video game industry, including leading game publishers, consoles, leagues, tournaments and other gaming media organizations. He will also be integral in expanding TwitchTV’s long-term advertising product and revenue strategy.

“We’re at an important juncture in TwitchTV’s growth,” said Emmett Shear, CEO of TwitchTV. “Mr. Simpson-Bint is a veteran executive with a sharp eye for what makes a product work and really understands how we can best help our partners.”

An Englishman by birth, Mr. Simpson-Bint came to the U.S. in 1993 as part of the original Future Network USA management team. Between 1994 and 1999 Jonathan launched a number of highly successful products including the magazines Next GenerationPSM: 100% Independent PlayStation Magazine, and web portals IGN.com and DailyRadar.com.

In 2001, Mr. Simpson-Bint became president of Future U.S. and oversaw a period of significant growth for the company fueled by acquisitions in the games, music and sports markets, as well as overseeing the company’s success in becoming official publisher to Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.

He left Future U.S. in the summer of 2009 and has since worked with a variety of start-ups including Loud3r.com and Blue Sky LightGrid, as well as serving as Co-Chair of MI6, the only professional organization for video game marketers.

“I witnessed TwitchTV’s entry into the industry and closely followed their impressive expansion over the last few months,” said Jonathan Simpson-Bint, chief commercial officer at TwitchTV. “Live video game streaming is a key growth area in the gaming media industry and I see great potential for the company. It’s a team full of bright, ambitious people and I can’t wait to dig in.”

Addressing Saturday’s lag issues

TwitchTV Community,

We’re aware that some of you experienced video quality issues during the IEM League of Legends tournament on Saturday, and we’d like to apologize sincerely as well as let you know what we’re doing to prevent downtime in the future.

You all rely on us to deliver a high-quality, reliable stream, and our system did not hold up to our usual standard. We let you down. I’d like to assure you that what occurred Saturday was a freak incident, and should never happen again. As a technology driven company, we are dedicated to giving viewers the highest-quality service possible, which is why the minute we became aware of stream issues, our engineering team sprang into action and worked tirelessly to fix the problem. We are happy to report that Sunday’s broadcasts went off without a hitch, and that the specific issue this weekend should now be permanently resolved.

On Saturday we had an error where certain segments of users were being routed to a data center that was wrongly refusing connections, so streams which were very much live, appeared as offline. This led to many users refreshing the streams constantly, which added to the problem, as the people who got locked out would reconnect en masse, outpacing our load balancing and suddenly lots of viewers were receiving crappy streams.  The end result was a downgraded experience across the board.

We have taken a number of measures to combat the root of the problem, which should be resolved permanently. We are also actively planning our next infrastructure build outs in Europe and America which will significantly bolster our video delivery system.

Again, our sincerest apologies. Thank you so much for staying patient as we resolved Saturday’s issues, and we appreciate you sticking with us. We look forward to supporting the next major event on TwitchTV, lag free!

Best,

The TwitchTV Team.

This weekend on TwitchTV: MLG, IEM, and Season’s Beatings

Links, schedule, and more after the break….

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