Tubefilter: Twitch Suing 100 Users Who Spammed ‘Artifact’ Game Category With Pornographic And Violent Content. “Twitch is suing 100 people for flooding its site with pornography, gore, and graphic imagery, including livestreams of the Christchurch massacre footage. There’s only one problem: the Amazon-owned platform has no idea who these 100 people are.”
CNET: Twitch suspends live streaming from new accounts after ‘gross violations’. “Twitch has temporarily blocked live streams from new creators after content that ‘grossly violates’ its terms of service was streamed over the weekend. Trolls used the game streaming platform to stream footage of Game of Thrones, porn and the Christchurch terror attack along with hate speech in the comments, according to Vice.”
Gizmodo: The Gentle Side of Twitch. “…there’s a quieter side of Twitch, with much less stimulation and shouting. There is joy and amusement to be found in the shrieks of loud, gregarious streamers, but an emerging sector of the platform—’Twitch for introverts,’ as Hall called it—is offering up a different, more relaxed experience. These quieter places on Twitch are more evocative of a slower form of entertainment, not unlike Norway’s slow TV, which broadcasts long train rides or a 12-hour knitting marathon, and the holiday tradition of watching a yule log burn.”
The Verge: Twitch’s first-ever video game is a free karaoke title built for live streaming. “Since becoming the de facto game streaming platform of the modern generation, Twitch is finally ready to design its own video games, starting with a karaoke title built specifically to take advantage of the Twitch platform. The news, announced this morning on the first day of TwitchCon Europe, marks the Amazon-owned live streaming platform’s first-ever foray into game development.”
Tubefilter: Twitch Launches ‘Squad Stream’ Feature, Enabling Four-Person Multiplay. “The update, which the Amazon-owned streamer announced in a blog post, enables up to four creators to go live and stream simultaneously in a single window. Twitch notes that Squad Stream was designed to capture more moments of battle royale matches, for instance, as well as to serve as a virtual empty seat of sorts for tabletop games.”
Mashable: Instagram, Twitch, and other platforms helped creators make nearly $7 billion, study says. “Creators in the U.S. are earning more than ever on internet platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr — nearly $7 billion, according to a new study. The sprawling 97-page report by the Re:Create Coalition analyzes how many people in the U.S. are creating online content, where in the country they’re located, and how much they are earning. According to the study, nearly 17 million Americans earned an estimated $6.8 billion across nine internet platforms in 2017.”
Boing Boing: Twitch Presents is streaming classic ‘Doctor Who’ thru most of January. “I stopped watching Doctor Who after the War Doctor episode. I’ve never watched again, and I wasn’t going to — I completely lost interest. I just happened across Twitch Presents streaming some old Tom Baker and it is too good to pass up.” It has already started but runs through January 25, so you still have some time to settle down on the couch with a long scarf and some Jelly Babies.