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Amsterdam Buildout: Increased Server Infrastructure and Stability in EU

This week, we’re excited to announce that we have expanded our infrastructure via a new datacenter buildout in Amsterdam. This was a necessary step for us to take in order to meet the ever-expanding demand for international video delivery on TwitchTV, and should go a long way to provide more stable streams with reduced load times throughout Europe and America.

But wait – this is just the first step in further infrastructure build outs in Europe, America, and beyond. Expect to see more news on this in the next couple of months.

Cheers!

 

MLG Global Invitational to be broadcasted on TwitchTV

We are excited to announce the the premier of the MLG Global Invitational will take place tonight, 9/13 at 4:00PM PDT / 7:00PM EDT / 01:00 CEST. The North American tournament will kick off Global Invitational Series tonight LIVE at http://twitch.tv/mlg_live.

Tonight’s matches:

  • EG.IdrA(Z) vs. Destiny(Z)
  • RGNKiWiKaKi(P) vs. majOr(T)
  • RNGsLush(Z) vs.Liquid`Tyler(P)
  • EG.iNcontroL(P) vs. Liquid`Sheth(Z)

The regional tournaments will feature $2,000 USD prizes for the first place winner, $1,000 USD for second place, $500 for third, and $250 for fourth.

Make sure to tune in TONIGHT (starting in 1.5 hours from the publishing of this post) to catch commentary from MLG’s JP and one half of the casting Archon, Artosis.

Enjoy!

Destiny and Liquid`Sheth compete in “CHARITYOFF”

Hey folks!

I just wanted to let you all know about a very special charity event taking place tomorrow morning, September 13th, at 10 AM EDT / 7 AM PDT: Destineth or Shethiny’s Charity Event. That’s right, two of the most popular streamers in the StarCraft 2 community are coming together to raise money for Doctors Without Borders.

The catch: the money raised will be generated by ad-revenue, right here on TwitchTV, and whichever stream “wins” after a 24-hour period (i.e. generates more ad-revenue) will the have amount of money made matched by us at TwitchTV.

Tune in tomorrow morning to both Destiny and Sheth‘s streams for high-level StarCraft 2 Zerg play, and, of course, a good cause!

TwitchTV Japanese SC2 Community Cup FINALS

Back in July TwitchTV, in conjunction with the Japanese StarCraft 2 Community, announced the very first JP Community TwitchTV Cup Series event. Four cups took place during the months of July and August, with the top two finishers qualifying for the Grand Finals.

This weekend, Saturday and Sunday starting at 12:00 GMT / 08:00 EDT, we are excited to present to you the GRAND FINALS (Click here to see the official announcement). The 8 qualified players from the previous cups will face off for approximately $1000 + tons of gear from Steelseries in prizes. We hope this event can give exposure to the Japanese StarCraft scene in new and exciting ways. The overall goal is to bring the Japanese players to the forefront of TeamLiquid and the StarCraft community in general, and encourage growth in the Japanese RTS eSports scene. We hope you take the time to tune into the event, or catch the VODs afterwards, and support the SC2 scene in glorious Nippon!

SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES GMT):

  • 1st Day
    – 11:00 – tournament streamers and operators are online
    – 11:30 – Start broadcasting with commentator
    – 11:50 – Setting up a first match
    – 12:00 – Starting the first match from 1st Round
    – 12:00 – 1st Round
    – 13:00 – 2nd Round, Losers 1st Round
    – 14:00 – 3rd Round, Losers 2nd Round
  • 2nd Day
    – 11:00 – tournament streamers and operators are online
    – 11:30 – Start broadcasting with commentator
    – 11:50 – Setting up a first match
    – 12:00 – Winners Final, Losers 3rd Round
    – 13:00 – Losers Final
    – 14:00 – Grand Final

MATCHES:

  • Match 1: Vaisravana (Z) vs breek_ (Z)
  • Match 2: PSiArc (T) vs Kuro (T)
  • Match 3: MasterGODx (P) vs. Holon ^ w ^ (Z)
  • Match 4: Ash (T) vs nemuke (T)

PRIZES:

  • 1st Place: 30,000 yen, SteelSeries 6Gv2(Japanese) Gaming Keyboard + Spot for 2nd Grand championship
  • 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 will be available on Matsujun’s TwitchTV channel. Matsujun is the main organizer behind this event, so make sure to follow him on Twitter! As for the English stream, we are currently in talks with a number of organizations but have not yet finalized anything. We are looking for an established English language StarCraft 2 streamer or personality to broadcast the event on their channel. If you think you can broadcast this event, PLEASE respond to this thread or email me at ben at twitch dot tv.

Thanks for taking the time to read this far – we hope to provide entertaining games and expose the world to Japanese RTS!

Exclusive Space Marine sneak peak on TwitchTV today!

If you’re a fan of futuristic shooting, slashing, jetpacking, and smashing, then you’re probably as excited for THQ’s Space Marine as we are. That’s why we are happy to be able to present an EXCLUSIVE pre-launch look at Space Marine today on TwitchTV, starting in 1 hour!

The game is set to launch tomorrow to the masses of international gamers and fans of the Warhammer 40k series, but if you want to get an early look at the game’s single player and multiplayer game modes, you’re in luck. Today, September 5th, TwitchTV Partners Ernest Le and Destructoid will host an exclusive showcase of the upcoming title on their personal channels. This is your opportunity to check out what the game has to offer pre-launch, and should make for a very entertaining show to boot.

Without further ado, the schedule:

Ernest Le

  • 1PM-2PM PST: single player
  • 2PM-3PM PST: multiplayer
  • 4PM-5PM PST: singe player
  • 5PM-6PM PST: multiplayer

If you want to see what TotalBiscuit hails as “perhaps the best 3rd-person shooter I’ve ever played in my life,” then make sure to catch today’s broadcasts. Enjoy!

September 2nd Gears 3 Q & A Stream with Rod Fergusson

We at TwitchTV believe that Gears of War 3 has a lot of potential not only as an eSports title, but as a thriving live-streaming community. That’s why we are excited to announce that Epic Games Director of Production Rod Fergusson will be streaming a LIVE Q & A session tonight on TwitchTV!

A few words from Epic:

Gears of War 3 Swag Bag

Join Epic Games Director of Production Rod Fergusson on Friday, September 2nd (tonight!) at 5:30 p.m. EST for a Q & A live stream about Gears of War 3. Rod announced via Twitter that he’ll be revealing the achievements needed for the Chrome Weapons during the stream. We’re collecting  questions in advance and one lucky fan who posts a question will be randomly chosen to win a Gears of War Swag Bag filled with Gears of War goodies.  Post your Gears 3 questions in the comments for a chance to win.

To watch the live stream, visit the Epic Games Twitch.tv page Friday, September 2nd at 5:30 p.m. Eastern. We’ll announce the Swag Bag winner at the end of the broadcast.

Tell your friends, and enjoy 🙂

Get $5 off your DEVASTATION ticket with promo code “TWITCH”

DEVASTATION is one of the very few gaming events in the world that can boast tournaments in Street Fighter, StarCraft 2, Call of Duty, Madden, Tekken, Halo:Reach, and many more. The philosophy behind the event is to host as many kinds of competitive gaming tournaments as possible in order to appeal to casual and top-tier gamers alike.

Well, today we’re excited to announce that you can get $5 off the $35 price tag for attending the event by using the promotional code ‘TWITCH‘ when purchasing your ticket for DEVASTATION 2011. Act quickly if you’re in Phoenix, Arizona area and love videogames!

When: October 6th – 9th at the Phoenix Convention Center

Click here to see a list of tournaments. The schedule can be found here.

Watch IEM GamesCom LIVE on TwitchTV!

The Intel Extreme Masters tournament has kicked off in Cologne, Germany, featuring professional gaming tournaments in League of Legends and StarCraft II and boasting a prize purse of $53,000. Top professionals from around the world have spent the time to qualify and make their way to GamesCom 2011 for another stop in the prestigious IEM circuit.

During the course of the event, TwitchTV will be your companion for viewing and interacting with the IEM experience. We have set up a custom directory for viewing the IEM GamesCome streams – watch League of Legends and StarCraft 2 streams in English, French Brazillian, Czech, Polish, and more.

Click here to subscribe for glorious HD for the duration of the event!

TwitchTV Partners with GamerLive.TV for Live Stream of GamesCom 2011

GamesCom, the world’s largest gaming event, has kicked off it’s 2011 edition in Cologne, Germany. If you can’t make it in person fear not, because TwitchTV in conjunction with GamerLive.TV are proud to announce that GamesCom 2011 panels and conferences will be streamed live to the glorious interwebs via http://www.twitch.tv/gamerlivetv. That’s right, you’ll be able to catch coverage, interviews, previews, reviews, and press conferences from the comfort of well, wherever you happen to be at the time exclusively on GamerLive.TV’s TwitchTV channel.

TwitchTV has partnered with GamerLive.TV to present GamesCom 2011 Panels - LIVE!

GamerLive.TV and TwitchTV’s GamesCom live coverage will include live reports from the show floor, exclusive interviews with game developers, booth tours, parties, events and press conference coverage. It will also broadcast exclusive interviews with the world’s top game developers, including representatives from Activision, Electronic Arts, Sega, Konami, Ubisoft, Sega, and Capcom. The live GamesCom coverage will be available athttp://twitch.tv/gamerlivetv and at http://gamerlive.tv/gamescom-live starting August 16, 2011 at 10:00am EDT with live streaming coverage of the Electronic Arts’ press conference followed by the Sony press conference.

Whether you’re an eSports enthusiast, industry insider, or casual gaming fan, make sure to tune in an enjoy 🙂

About GamerLive.TV

GamerLive.TV (http://gamerlive.tv) is one of the top online video content sites and syndication network on the Web covering video games, the game industry and the making of games. Covering over 300 events annually, GamerLive.TV video content reaches millions of users monthly.

About TwitchTV

TwitchTV is the world’s largest video game entertainment and chat community. TwitchTV features the top gaming personalities, players, tournaments and commentary, in addition to the most active and interesting discussions around video games. TwitchTV provides publishers and advertisers a platform to create long-term engagement and commitment from gamers. Learn more at http://twitch.tv.

TwitchTV announces $1000 Sponsorship of SBO Qualifier

Riding off the wild success of Evo2011, it was really a no-brainer for us at TwitchTV to get more involved with the Fighting Game Community. That’s why we’ve jumped on the opportunity to support the next major fighting game event – the East Coast qualifiers for SBO, also known as Tougeki – Super Battle Opera.

SBO is one of the most prestigious international Fighting Game events in the world and will feature a Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition 2v2 tournament. Here are the details:

Schedule:

12PM-10PM EDT, August 6th, 2011. The stream will be found at http://www.twitch.tv/teamsp00ky

Tournament Format:
Double Elimination (Character lock, 2/3 rounds, 2/3 games, only grand finals is 3/5)

  • There will be 2 separate SSF4 Arcade Edition singles tournament (Capped at 64 players per tournament, “first come first serve bases”), each culminating with the winner qualifying for a spot on the 2v2 team.
  • Whomever wins the first qualifying spot, the character used will not be permitted for the second tournament.
  • You MUST enter the first tournament in order to participate in the second tournament.

Prizes:

The main prize was going to come directly from the entrance fees originally. However, TwitchTV has come in to guarantee and additional $1000 in prizes to be split between the two tournament winners.

When asked about TwitchTV’s involvement in the event, Victor ‘Sp00ky’ Fontanez commented:

“Getting our USA Qualifier winners out to japan each year to face off against the worlds finest is always a difficlt undertaking, and TwitchTV’s help relieves a huge burden on the East Coast scene. Make sure to tune in to watch some of USA’s finest battle it out for a chance to represent us on a worldwide stage! I believe TwitchTV has the best possible platform for gaming streams and events, and I am proud to use their platform for TeamSp00ky”

With LevelUp | Series, IPlayWinner, Offcast, FinestKO, PeacefulJay, GODSGARDEN, and of course TeamSp00ky already on our platform, it was an obvious choice to get involved on a deeper level.

Stay GDLK, fighting game community 🙂