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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.

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.”

TwitchTV Partners with ESL and Team Dignitas

Yesterday we announced that eSports luminaries djWHEAT and 2GD have joined the TwitchTV team. Welcome!

Today, we’re proud to announce that we’ve scored exclusive partnerships with two eminent eSports organizations: Electronic Sports League (ESL) and Team Dignitas. See below for the official press release.

We’re so happy to be working with people and organizations of this caliber.

Be sure to check out the live ESL action at Intel Extreme Masters now.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TwitchTV Scores Exclusive Global Partnerships with Leading eSports Teams and Leagues 

Electronic Sports League (ESL) and Team Dignitas join the ranks of other top eSports organizations to stream content exclusively on TwitchTV

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 13, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — TwitchTV, the world’s largest video game broadcasting community, today announced exclusive partnerships with Electonic Sports League (ESL), a prominent and pioneering eSports league, and Team Dignitas, one of the premier teams in the eSports industry. These highly revered organizations will provide streaming video of their players and events as part of a revenue sharing deal that will benefit both the teams and the network.

“TwitchTV has been an amazing partner for our team,” said Michael O’Dell, owner and managing director of Team Dignitas. “They clearly have the best streaming tools for both broadcasters and viewers, with unmatched quality and service. They’ve really helped us expand our viewership and community. This official partnership highlights the relationship we’ve had for quite awhile.”

“At the ESL, we all have an overwhelming passion for eSports, and we know we share it with the TwitchTV team,” said Sven Hoffmann, managing director at ESL TV, web TV service of the ESL. “We’re happy to partner with them to bring all ESL content to the TwitchTV platform. Their audience of gamers, high quality video platform and passion for gaming makes them the best choice.”

These new partnerships extend a long list of other exclusive contributors, including:

Leagues

— New: Electronic Sports League (ESL)

— IGN Pro League (IPL)

— Major League Gaming (MLG)

— North American Star League (NASL)

— Many others…

Teams

— New: Team Dignitas

— EvilGeniuses (EG)

— Complexity

— TeamLiquid

— Many others…

“As the leader in eSports broadcasting, it’s critical that we continue to attract and showcase the industry’s top talent,” said Emmett Shear, CEO of TwitchTV. “These two new partnerships are the latest in a long list that includes the largest, most reputable organizations in electronic gaming. I’m so proud that teams and leagues of this caliber see fit to partner with us. We’re here to support them in everything they do.”

About Team Dignitas

Based in Great Britain, Team Dignitas is considered one of the best professional gaming teams in the world.i” Dignitas was formed in 2003 after the merger of two excellent Battlefield 1942 teams, but has expanded its forte to include many other games. In addition to the big franchises under their belt, they have a reputation for being one of the few major teams to support games with much smaller communities.

About Electronic Sports League (ESL)

The Electronic Sports League (ESL) is the largest and most important league for gamers in Europe consisting of more than 3 million registered members and more than 740,000 registered teams. ESL is operated by the company Turtle Entertainment GmbH since 2000 and offers more than 3,500 professional leagues and amateur ladders from a variety of games. http://www.esl.eu


Welcome djWHEAT and 2GD to TwitchTV

Today we are PROUD to announce that two of the best-known names in eSports are joining TwitchTV – we are happy to welcome Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham and James “2GD” Harding to the TwitchTV family! These guys are true ambassadors for the industry we so passionately support, and have each traveled far and wide to help realize the dream of Pro-Gaming. That’s why we now welcome them to help guide us into the glorious eSports future! djWHEAT will now act as our eSports Manager, while 2gd will head up TwitchTV’s presence in Europe.

Without further ado, let’s hear it from the men themselves:

See below for the official press release.

TwitchTV Meetup This Weekend in NYC

TwitchTV fans in NYC: come have a beer with one of the TwitchTV founders, Justin Kan. Justin will be in New York this weekend buying you a beer from 5-7 on Saturday at Common Ground in the East Village. Come by to discuss video games, give your feedback on the site, or just hang!

What: TwitchTV meetup
Where: Common Ground (206 Avenue A between 12th and 13th st)
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 5pm – 7pm

Common Ground at 206 Avenue A

Pics from San Francisco BarCraft

We had another packed BarCraft here in San Francisco. StarCraft fans packed Mad Dog in the Fog to watch the action going down at MLG Raleigh. Check it out:

Live from PAX: Alienware brings you coverage of Battlefield 3, Guild Wars 2, Blacklight Retribution, and League of Legends Dominion!

Alienware has brought you live League of Legends champion reveals, first looks at Guild Wars 2 and Rift, and today from PAX in Seattle, they bring you live coverage of some of the hottest games on the horizon. Here’s the full live streaming schedule:

Live Stream schedule – Friday, August 26th

10:45am            Battlefield 3 Developer interview with game footage from BF3

10:55am            Guild Wars 2 Developer interview

11:00am            Guild Wars 2 5v5 tournament

12:25pm            Blacklight Retribution Developer interview

12:30pm            Blacklight Retribution 8v8 Team Deathmatch

1:50pm             League of Legends presentation & Developer interview

2:00pm             League of Legends Dominion play

3:25pm             Guild Wars 2 Developer interview

3:30pm             Guild Wars 2 5v5 tournament

Tune in at www.twitch.tv/alienwarearena to be the first to hear the announcements, catch the gameplay, and have a chance to get your questions answered by the developers.

If you are at PAX, please swing by the Alienware booth to check out their overpowered M17x’s, which will be powering all of the games in the booth. Not only can you experience these games hands on, you can participate in a Guild Wars 2 tournament against the developers, test your mettle in a Blacklight Retribution 8v8 team deathmatch, and participate in a League of Legends scavenger hunt for your chance to try out Dominion. Oh, yeah, did we forget to mention… you can try Battlefield 3. No big deal. Really.

Turtle Beach PAX Prime Live Coverage from the show floor

From the crew that brought you great E3 coverage and interviews comes PAX Prime LIVE from the Turtle Beach booth!

Turtle Beach’s PAX broadcast will be brought to you by none other than Kona from Kona’s Korner (www.twitch.tv/kona) along with Jeff Burchett from Turtle Beach, the resident cool guy and social media junkie at TB. Expect great reviews of cool upcoming products, interviews with top industry folks, and of course giveaways!

Tune in at 9am Friday for the official kick off announcement and a live unveiling of the Turtle Beach Modern Warfare 3 headset line!

Full Live schedule at www.twitch.tv/turtlebeach:

  • Friday, August 26: 9:00 am PT until 6:00 pm PT
  • Saturday, August 27: 10:00 am PT until 6:00 pm PT
  • Sunday, August 28: 10:00 am PT until 6:00 pm PT

Follow twitter.com/turtlebeach to get up to the date news about what is happening at their booth!

BarCraft Now a Phenomenon

BarCraft is now a bona fide phenomenon. We’re organizing them in SF, and they’re sprouting up all over the country. Hell, it even made the Wall Street Journal. Check out some of the press that the movement has received in the last few weeks.
  • Wall Street Journal: Fans Muscle Into Sports Bars to Watch Pro Videogamers Do Battle on the Tube
  • Kotaku: Forget Baseball and MMA, the Sport to Cheer for in this Bar was StarCraft
Let’s keep it rolling! We’re holding another BarCraft this coming Sunday at Mad Dog in the Fog in San Francisco’s lower Haight neighborhood. Get together with your pals and watch all the StarCraft action from MLG Raleigh. See here for the details:
BarCraft at Mad Dog in the Fog
Join TwitchTV at Mad Dog in the Fog in San Francisco once again to watch the MLG Raleigh Starcraft 2 finals this August 28th starting at noon! There will be an all day discount for everyone as well.

Following the incredible success of the last MLG and the NASL Finals event, TwitchTV is proud to host another Barcraft event at Mad Dog in the Fog on Haight St. Join your fellow Bay Area Starcraft 2 fans to enjoy some beer, wings, and the companionship of other gaming fans who know what “oh my god did you see that mothership?” means.

We’ll have bottle openers, mousepads, and other TwitchTV swag to give away!

Tasteless, Artosis, JP McDaniel, and Mike “Husky” Lamond will be casting the Red and Blue streams!

Here is the MLG Schedule for Sunday:

Sunday, August 28th
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Championship Losers Round 8
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Championship Losers Round 9
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Championship Winners Finals
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Championship Losers Finals
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Championship Finals

Panorama from GamesCom

Check this out. GamesCom is huge, and happening right now. Check out the panorama of the massive audience below. And this is just Thursday! This thing goes all weekend long. Go to our directory page and choose “GamesCom” on the left to see all the live action streamed at TwitchTV.

Also check out GamerLive.tv’s channel for live coverage of press conferences and more.