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.”
The Verge: Twitch is streaming a Pokémon marathon on Thanksgiving. “Twitch is offering a break from holiday madness and too much family time with a Pokémon marathon that kicks off on Thanksgiving. The platform is airing the first five seasons of the animated show, starting at 1PM ET on November 22nd. The marathon will continue until 8PM ET on December 3rd.”
Tubefilter: Twitch Announces A Swath Of New Creator Tools And Expansions To Its Esports Program. “This past weekend, at its annual TwitchCon gathering, Twitch unveiled a range of new and upcoming tools — including two large expansions of its esports program — that are meant to help creators find, connect with, and grow their audiences.”
The Verge: Twitch is bringing karaoke, better moderation tools to its platform. “Twitch is partnering with Rock Band developer Harmonix to bring a new karaoke-style game to its platform called Twitch Sings. The game is specifically built for live-streaming, and it will allow viewers to request songs through chat.”