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.
Tubefilter: Ninja To Stream ‘Fortnite’ For 12 Hours On New Year’s Eve In Times Square. “Ninja is capping off his busy year with an overnight New Year’s Eve stream. He’ll be playing Fortnite — the massively popular battle royale game that’s netted him a following of nearly 13 million people on Twitch — live in Times Square starting at 4 p.m. EST on Dec. 31 and running through 4 a.m. EST New Year’s Day.”
Lifehacker: How to Find Great Twitch Streams for Learning New Skills and Improving Your Life. “…while I risk angering the Twitch gods for saying it, you can do so much more on the massive streaming service than stream games. Sure, that’s fun and all, but you can also use Twitch streams to improve your life in unique and exciting ways. (Or, at the very least, you can learn the basics of a new hobby you’ve been dying to try.)”
Tubefilter: Number Of Creators Monetizing On Twitch Grew By 86% This Year, Platform Confirms In Holiday Stream. “Twitch revealed that it now averages 3 million streamers per month — up from 2 million in 2017 — with nearly half a million creators going live every single day. On the viewer side, more than one million people are on Twitch at any given moment. And so far this year, all of those eyeballs have consumed 434 billion minutes of content.”