TechCrunch: Twitch acquires gaming database site IGDB to improve its search and discovery features. “Amazon-owned Twitch has made a small but strategic acquisition designed to improve its search capabilities and better direct viewers to exactly the right content. The company is acquiring IGDB, the Internet Games Database (no relation to Amazon’s IMDb), a website dedicated to combining all the relevant information about games into a comprehensive resource for gamers everywhere. As a result of the acquisition, IGDB’s database will now feed into Twitch’s search and discovery feature set. However, the IGDB website itself will not be shut down.”
NiemanLab: Can a science escape room livestreamed on Twitch help bring viewers to public media?. “Twitch. An escape room. YouTube influencers. Outer space. And public media. You never know what concoction of trends will make an experiment successful. And that’s the job of WGBH’s emerging platforms initiative: finding mixes that help the Boston-based public media station reach younger audiences (Gen Z and millennials) through newer platforms (Instagram, Twitch, Twitter, Snapchat Discover, YouTube, subreddits, and TikTok). ”
MakeUseOf: What Is Mixer? How to Start Streaming on This Twitch Alternative . “Live-streaming can now be considered mainstream entertainment. Popular streamers attract thousands of viewers, and are celebrities in their own right. Streaming has become a lucrative career option. Anyone can become a streamer. All you need is a computer and a streaming service like Twitch or Mixer. Here’s everything you need to know about what is Mixer and how to start streaming on Mixer.”
Engadget: Twitch unveils its own desktop broadcasting app. “Until now, people who stream their gameplay or lives on Twitch have done so through a PS4, Xbox One, Twitch’s mobile app, Twitch Sings or third-party software. As of today, there’s another option for those hoping to become the next Ninja, Dr. Disrespect or Pokimane: Twitch Studio.”
Reuters: NBA, Twitch announce deal for digital rights to USA Basketball. “USA Basketball is the governing body of American basketball and fields men’s and women’s teams for international competitions, including this year’s International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Cup in China starting Aug. 31 and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. NBA handles media and marketing partnerships for the organization.”
The Next Web: Twitch is okay with breastfeeding — but many viewers aren’t, and that’s a problem. “A Twitch streamer apparently started a revolution when she began breastfeeding her child on stream. When a clip of her doing so was deleted, she protested to Twitch. Site support eventually revealed the issue was that no one had, up to now, actually set policy on breastfeeding — but they did decree that it’s allowed.”
The Verge: Twitch handed out 24-hour suspensions after last night’s Democratic debates. “Last night, Mychal ‘Trihex’ Jefferson was one of three influential gamers banned from Twitch for 24 hours because he live-streamed the second Democratic debate. Although he understands why he was banned, he says he thought providing commentary was fair use — and that he thought it was important to make gamers realize how much politics matter.” Political debates used in the process of choosing the next leader of the United States should be open access — aired on CSPAN or something like that — and should never, never be used as a profit-making device. In my opinion.