The Gamer: Twitch Is Rolling Out The Beta For Soundtrack, A Collection Of Free Music For Streamers

The Gamer: Twitch Is Rolling Out The Beta For Soundtrack, A Collection Of Free Music For Streamers. “There is great news today for streamers as Twitch begins to roll out Soundtrack, a new collection of free music that can be used while broadcasting that is fully licensed, removing the potential for copyright claims. The new tool is a great addition for all streamers and offers a new way for artists to be discovered by audiences.”

KnowTechie: The best video game livestreaming platforms, ranked

KnowTechie: The best video game livestreaming platforms, ranked. “Once upon a time, video games and livestreaming were two separate ideas. Then, over time, they merged together to bring you a unique virtual experience. The success of sites like Twitch has shown that people enjoy watching other people play video games. In recent years, the streaming industry has expanded at an astounding rate. It’s an interesting time for game streaming services, however, as even big players like the Microsoft-owned Mixer has fallen to the wayside in the past year.”

Jakarta Post: TikTok urges social media alliance against suicide content

Jakarta Post: TikTok urges social media alliance against suicide content. “TikTok on Tuesday proposed an alliance with nine other social media platforms to work collectively and rapidly to remove suicide content, following an incident this month when a man killed himself on Facebook. The Chinese-owned app said it had set out its proposal in a letter to the chief executives of Facebook, Instagram, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, Snapchat, Pinterest and Reddit.”

New York Times: Chess (Yes, Chess) Is Now a Streaming Obsession

New York Times: Chess (Yes, Chess) Is Now a Streaming Obsession. “The coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders have crowned a host of unlikely winners catering to bored audiences. But watching livestreams of chess games? Could one of the world’s oldest and most cerebral games really rebrand itself as a lively enough pastime to capture the interest of the masses on Twitch? Turns out, it already has.”

Neowin: Twitch Sings service to close down by the year’s end

Neowin: Twitch Sings service to close down by the year’s end. “In late 2018, Twitch announced a karaoke live-streaming feature called Twitch Sings at TwitchCon 2018. This was part of the video-streaming platform’s initiative to help its streamers ‘grow, connect, and thrive’. Following the initial announcement, the musical game was launched roughly six months later in April 2019. Today a message posted by the Amazon-owned gaming website came to light, revealing that the year-old karaoke service is going to be shut down.”

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.”