BBC News: Calls for Twitch to police ‘sexual streaming’

BBC News: Calls for Twitch to police ‘sexual streaming’. “Scroll through the In Real Life (IRL) section of streaming site Twitch and you could be forgiven for thinking, now and then, that you have landed on a camgirl site. Scattered among the artists, cooks and professional eaters are a growing band of young women wearing revealing clothing while they game. Some go further and entertain fans by dancing or by doing a series of suggestive exercises, like squats, to tempt people to subscribe to their channel or to hand over Twitch’s micro-currency – bits.”

New Yorker: How to Get Rich Playing Video Games Online

New Yorker: How to Get Rich Playing Video Games Online. “[Roberto] Garcia, known online as Towelliee, is a star broadcaster on Twitch, a streaming platform whose popularity has turned recreational gaming into an improbably viable career. Each month, a hundred million visitors watch their favorite personalities play video games on Twitch, spending an average of nearly two hours a day there. This audience is large enough to make the site one of the twenty most trafficked in the U.S., yet it’s perhaps more apt to measure Twitch against a different medium. With viewership numbers that rival those of MSNBC or CNN, Twitch is less like a conventional Web site than like a kaleidoscopic television network: thousands of channels at once, broadcasting live at every hour of the day.”

Engadget: New Twitch tools help you become a pro streamer

Engadget: New Twitch tools help you become a pro streamer. “Many Twitch streamers dream of turning pro, but getting there is a fuzzy process. How do you know you’ve ‘made it’ and can apply to become an affiliate or partner? And how do you make a big deal out of staple events like channel raids and new viewers without using special tools? Twitch just answered both of those questions. It’s rolling out tools that not only track your progress toward getting paid, but streamline some of the tasks that previously required chat bots or outside streaming software.”

Business Wire: Twitch Extensions Now Live – A Platform for the Creation of Interactive Features for Twitch Content Creators (PRESS RELEASE)

Business Wire: Twitch Extensions Now Live – A Platform for the Creation of Interactive Features for Twitch Content Creators (PRESS RELEASE). “Social video platform Twitch today released Twitch Extensions, a new set of tools from its Developer Success team that allow third-party developers to help creators customize their channel pages with interactive experiences. Extensions can be directly integrated with live video on Twitch, and will grow the unique relationship between creators and their communities, leading to higher engagement and more dedicated fans. There are more than twenty extensions available at launch, from general-use extensions such as Streamlabs’ Loyalty, Music, Polls & Games, Muxy’s Overlay and Leaderboard, and Amazon’s Gear on Amazon, to game-specific extensions such as OP.gg for League of Legends by OP.gg, Innkeeper: Interactive Hearth Overlay by Curse, and MasterOverwatch by Master Network.”

TechCrunch: Twitch’s new extensions let streamers customize their channel, make money from Amazon sales

TechCrunch: Twitch’s new extensions let streamers customize their channel, make money from Amazon sales. “Twitch today is introducing a suite of tools called Twitch Extensions that will allow its streamers to customize their channel pages with interactive features, including polls, leaderboards, tickers, schedules, overlays and even virtual pets, among other things. Beyond simply personalizing their channel to make it more engaging to fans, the extensions in some cases will help streamers generate additional revenue.”

BetaNews: Twitch Desktop app for Windows 10 and macOS now available for download

BetaNews: Twitch Desktop app for Windows 10 and macOS now available for download . “Twitch used to just be a platform for people to stream themselves playing video games. While it still is used for that, it has evolved to be much more, such as vlogging and general interactions. The Amazon-owned company is wise to expand, as it betters its competition abilities with the monster that is YouTube. Google’s service is insanely popular, but as more and more content creators grow tired of YouTube’s heavy-handed antics, they will look for somewhere else to go. That somewhere is Twitch for many.”

Engadget: Twitch will stream the ’80s arcade gaming show ‘Starcade’

Engadget: Twitch will stream the ’80s arcade gaming show ‘Starcade’ . “Starcade, the ’80s TV show that had participants compete in arcade video games, will be back by the end of August. No, not as a reboot, which is in the works, but as a Twitch marathon. The video gaming platform has teamed up with Shout! Factory, the studio that acquired the rights to create the reboot, to stream all 123 episodes of the original show. Starcade ran from 1982 to 1984 on TBS and featured arcade classics like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga and Centipede.”