Motherboard: US Army Reinstates Twitch Commenters It Banned for Asking About War Crimes

Motherboard: US Army Reinstates Twitch Commenters It Banned for Asking About War Crimes. “After a pause from streaming, the U.S. Army esports team is returning to Twitch and reinstating accounts it had previously banned. ‘The U.S. Army eSports Team is reinstating access for accounts previously banned for harassing and degrading behavior on its Twitch stream,’ the Army told Motherboard in an email.”

CNN: Twitch is aiming to build an esports league specifically for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

CNN: Twitch is aiming to build an esports league specifically for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “Streaming giant Twitch is partnering with Cxmmunity — an Atlanta-based non-profit focused on increasing minority participation in esports and the gaming industry — to offer the first-ever esports leagues geared specifically for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).”

MakeUseOf: How to Start Streaming on Twitch Using Streamlabs

MakeUseOf: How to Start Streaming on Twitch Using Streamlabs. “If you watch streamers on Twitch and would like to try it for yourself, you might be wondering where to start. And while there’s a lot that goes into streaming, almost anyone can get started with the basics. In this article, we show you how to start streaming using Streamlabs. We’ll also explain some of the considerations you’ll need to keep in mind.”

The Verge: People are watching a lot more Twitch during the pandemic

The Verge: People are watching a lot more Twitch during the pandemic. “Twitch viewership has been way up since the pandemic started. Viewership grew to 5 billion hours watched between April and June, which is a huge increase no matter how you look at it: it’s up more than 50 percent from the first quarter of 2020, and it’s up more than 60 percent over the same three months in 2019. The metrics come from the latest streaming industry report by StreamElements and Arsenal.gg.”

Twitch: Twitch relaunches sports channel and introduces dedicated Sports category

Neowin: Twitch relaunches sports channel and introduces dedicated Sports category. “The sports channel is now live on Twitch and users can go through the guide to find sporting channels featuring professional athletes, football clubs and basketball leagues. Additionally, a standalone Sports category has been introduced in the Browse section on the live-streaming website.”

Kotaku: Amid Backlash, U.S. Army Retreats From Twitch

Kotaku: Amid Backlash, U.S. Army Retreats From Twitch. “The U.S. Army has dealt with sustained backlash over the past few weeks against its recruitment-oriented Twitch channel, which has banned viewers for asking about war crimes and hosted supposed giveaways that just dumped people out onto a recruitment page (which the Army has since claimed did enter viewers into a competition through other means, but which Twitch nonetheless forced it to stop running). Now, in response to this, it looks like the Army is putting a halt to all Twitch activity—at least, for the time being.”

Kotaku: Twitch Forces U.S. Army To Stop Tricking Viewers With Fake Giveaways

Kotaku: Twitch Forces U.S. Army To Stop Tricking Viewers With Fake Giveaways. “The U.S. Army has a Twitch channel that it uses to fish for potential recruits. Last week, it came under fire for issuing bans to viewers who asked about war crimes. This week, a report by The Nation dug deeper, pointing out, among other things, that the channel had a habit of running fake controller giveaways that redirected viewers to a recruitment page. Following widespread scrutiny, Twitch says it’s forced the Army to stop.”

Twitch: Twitch Faces Sudden Stream of DMCA Notices Over Background Music

Twitch: Twitch Faces Sudden Stream of DMCA Notices Over Background Music. “There is obviously a great deal of action going on currently in the streaming world, spurred on in part by the COVID-19 crises that has many people at home looking for fresh content. Between the attempts to respond to social movements and tamp down “hateful” content to changes to the competitive landscape, streaming services are having themselves a moment. But with the sudden uptick in popularity comes a new spotlight painting a target on streaming platforms for everyone from scammers to intellectual property maximilists. Twitch has recently found itself a target for the latter, suddenly getting slammed with a wave of DMCA notices that appear to focus mostly on background music.”

Vice: The U.S. Army Twitch Channel Is Banning People for Asking About War Crimes

Vice: The U.S. Army Twitch Channel Is Banning People for Asking About War Crimes. “The American military is getting big into esports. The U.S. Army has launched its own Twitch channel where members of its team stream Call of Duty: Warzone and interact with users on the site. The channel has videos going back two months, but things got spicy in the chat on Wednesday night when viewers started asking questions about U.S. war crimes.”

TechCrunch: Twitch breaks records again in Q2, topping 5B total hours watched

TechCrunch: Twitch breaks records again in Q2, topping 5B total hours watched. “Twitch had already broken viewership records in the first quarter of 2020 amid coronavirus lockdowns, surpassing 3 billion total hours watched in a single quarter for the first time. In the second quarter, it appears that Twitch has broken that record and several others once again.”

Pride Month: The Sims to host virtual Pride Parade on Twitch (CNET)

CNET: Pride Month: The Sims to host virtual Pride Parade on Twitch. “June marks the 50th anniversary of LGBTQI Pride Month, and during a global pandemic, many traditional in-person celebrations are moving online. In honor of Pride Month, YouTuber EnglishSimmer will host a Virtual Pride Parade livestream on The Sims’ Twitch channel. Players can submit their best Sims from the life simulation game styled for Pride to potentially be featured in the parade.”

Where Black Lives Matter Protesters Stream Live Every Day: Twitch (New York Times)

New York Times: Where Black Lives Matter Protesters Stream Live Every Day: Twitch. “When Shawn Whiting began documenting the protests over George Floyd’s death late last month, he started by posting photos and videos on Twitter and livestreaming marches on the social media service. But Mr. Whiting, 32, a video game designer in Seattle, quickly decided that Twitter’s video and audio quality wasn’t good enough. So he checked out other sites and settled on Twitch, a platform known for broadcasting video game play.”

CNBC: Amazon plans to air Premier League soccer matches for free on Prime and Twitch

CNBC: Amazon plans to air Premier League soccer matches for free on Prime and Twitch . “Amazon has announced that it is making all of its Premier League soccer matches free to watch on Amazon Prime and its live video streaming service, Twitch. The tech giant, which has the broadcast rights to four Premier League matches, said an Amazon Prime membership won’t be required to watch the games.”

SE7EN: New web site creates one-stop store for locating streamers throughout platforms

SE7EN: New web site creates one-stop store for locating streamers throughout platforms. “Popdog brings collectively streamers from all completely different platforms into one easy-to-find area. On Popdog, you could find standard streamers, type by games, or search for esports competitions which can be dwell. The web site even features a trending part that exhibits which streamers are outperforming their traditional view counts, one thing that would assist smaller streamers who’re on the rise.”

CNET: Facebook launches gaming app to challenge Twitch, YouTube

CNET: Facebook launches gaming app to challenge Twitch, YouTube. “Facebook on Monday launched a mobile gaming app aimed at challenging Twitch’s and YouTube’s dominance of the live game-streaming market. The free Facebook Gaming app, available only on Android right now, is designed for people already engaged in the online gaming community but will also include casual games and access to gaming communities, The New York Times reported Sunday.”