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Twitch Sings brings Harmonix style karaoke to the streaming network

Sometimes, all you want to do is see your idols sing for your amusement. In a presumable attempt to humiliate the streaming network's larger-than-life figureheads back to more regular human levels of ego, Twitch have teamed up with Rock Band studio Harmonix to produce Twitch Sings. It's a livestreamed karaoke game, unveiled at TwitchCon this weekend and currently accepting beta testing signups. Below, a peek…

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Livestreaming site Twitch is now locked out of China

After a surprisingly successful month in the territory, Chinese authorities have now blocked access to Twitch - Amazon's massive livestreaming site - at a national level. As reported by Abacus and PC Gamer, the network reached new highs in China (becoming a top download on the iOS App Store) as people flocked to watch 2018 Asian Games esports events online that state broadcasters weren't showing. The Chinese…

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Twitch will donate to Child’s Play for Cheers during the Overwatch All-Star Weekend

This weekend is the All-Star celebration for the Overwatch League, seeing the most popular players facing off in various special matches. All of it will be viewable on Twitch, and cheering on your favourites using the platform's Bits system will also benefit the charity Childs Play, which provides toys and games to children in hospitals and shelters worldwide.

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Ads are creeping back into Twitch Prime streams starting this September 14th

Amazon have decided that ad-free streaming on Twitch was a step too far for Twitch Prime. Cheekily announced in a Twitch blog post while everyone was getting excited over Gamescom's first day, the streaming network say they're changing what the Twitch Prime subscription (a suite of Twitch perks included in the larger Amazon Prime subscription) includes. While most current perks will stay, ad-free streams are…

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Twitch brings back charity campaign #CreateforKids

Twitch are once again partnering with crowdfunding website Tiltify for their third annual #CreateforKids campaign. Livestreamers are invited to broadcast themselves getting creative in order to raise money for the US branch of Save the Children, a charity focused on kids’ welfare worldwide. Last year, the campaign raised over $56,000 (about £43,000), and now Twitch are aiming to beat that figure between August 10th and…

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The European Speedrunner Asssembly charity marathon runs all week

We're a couple days late to this party, which probably ensures our exile from the speedrunning community. This Saturday, the summer's other major charity speedrun marathon began streaming on Twitch. No, not Games Done Quick, but the lesser-known (though no less impressive in scale) European Speedrunner Assembly - ESA, for short. Hosted at the amusingly named Quality Hotel View in Malmö, Sweden and running across…

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Twitch Prime now includes a monthly bundle of games

Like it or not, subscription services are becoming a greater part of the gaming sphere with each passing month. Humble Monthly, Origin Access, the XBox game pass (which now includes PC games) among others. Many of us already have a subscription to Amazon Prime, which brings with it a slew of perks and giveaways on streaming mega-hub Twitch.tv, and now you can get a monthly bundle…

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Break out the Jin: Tekken World Tour begins next week

Get ready for the next battles. This year’s Tekken World Tour begins next weekend, say organisers Twitch. It’s basically a massive Allfather competition encompassing a bunch of baby Tekken tournaments held all over the world. It lasts approximately nine months and culminates in a grand finals tourney in Amsterdam, where 20 fighters including large bears and cyborg ninjas will face off for a share of…

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Pivot to video games: Facebook getting Twitchier

In its latest flailing attempt to be your sole destination for everything online, Facebook is hoping to become more like Twitch. The social network officially launched its 'gaming creator pilot program' for livestreaming on Friday, gabbing about improving video quality and letting more streamers monetise their videos. You know, Twitch stuff, on Facebook. It seems a long-term plan, still feeling out particulars, so it might…

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Twitch Prime goes global, getting Plunkbat clothing

To celebrate the (almost) global launch of Twitch Prime, Twitch have announced next month's perks will include hideous exclusive Twitch-themed clothing for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Twitch Prime, to refresh your memory, is an extension of Amazon Prime. Prime Members get to see the streaming site without ads, and each month get a premium subscription to one Twitch channel, the occasional free game, and trinkets and baubles…

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Watch this AI learn to drive inside Grand Theft Auto V

You might have heard that some folks making self-driving cars used Grand Theft Auto V to help train their AIs. You might have wondered what that looks like. You... might not learn that watching this Twitch livestream of an AI learning to drive in GTA V. The compubrain, named Charles, is less advanced, though Charles sounds fancy in creator Harrison 'Sentdex' Kinsley's description: "a convolutional…

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Twitch ‘IRL’ continues site’s transition back into Justin.tv

The universe, you'll know if you buy the DVDs of my teachings, was created as a perfect loop. All matter, energy, and thought were fractal repetitions of one divine event. Then someone's mate Dave kicked over the universe while dancing smashed on Lambrini at the universe's launch party and it got wonked into a spiral which loops increasingly broken. Case in point: Twitch began as…

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Amazon Launch Twitch Prime, Part Of Amazon Prime

Amazon launched Twitch Prime over the weekend, adding perks for the livestreaming service to Amazon Prime subscriptions. Primepeople don't see Twitch ads, get a free subscription to a Twitch channel, get chat emoticons and stuff, and will receive a small freebie every month for a game, such as a Hearthstone hero. Or, as Twitch say: "We wanted to make it like a secret level that…

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Amazon Game Studios Announce Three Games

Amazon have announced three PC games being made by their own games studio: a multiplayer sandbox world, a MOBA-ish 4v4 mythological murdersport, and some sort of class-based Battle Royale 'em up. That sandbox 'em up sounds like it might be interesting, at least. As Amazon also owns Twitch, all three games have bits to entertain livestream viewers or let them fiddle with what's going on.…

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Twitch Plays Chess Against A Grandmaster And Wins

The power of the hive mind shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone by now, but for some reason I assumed chess was an exception. When the creators of Pure Chess [official site] decided to promote their new game by pitting the chat stream of Twitch against British grandmaster Simon Williams, I shrugged and thought: “well it’s nice that they have graduated from Dark Souls and…

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Poly Bridge Lets Twitch Viewers Pitch In With Creations

Bridge-building puzzler Poly Bridge [official site] has managed to cross the chasm of early access and is now in full release territory. There's a bunch of new bits and bobs as part of the 1.0 build but the one which caught my eye was the collaborative play options for Twitch streamers and viewers. The idea is that streamers can accept viewer suggestions for a bridge…

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Liveslurping: Twitch Sanctions ‘Social Eating’ Streams

If you - like me - are fascinated by watching other people eat, observing the glisten on their lips as food glides in, savouring their slurping, and jotting down observations on the motion of their cheeks writhing in mastication but you - like me - are banned from every restaurant in a two-mile radius, good news: you can now watch people livestream themselves eating on…

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Rocket League Official Championship Announced

Rocket League [official site] and Esports may seem like a match made in heaven, yet, somewhat surprisingly, the ball-cage-cars 'em up has gone without an official competitive league since launch last July. Enter the inaugural Rocket League Championship Series, which will see players compete for the first ever Rocket League Championship title and a prize pool of $75,000 (£53 grand).

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Amazon Lumberyard Is A Free CryEngine Spin-off

Amazon have launched their own free game engine based on Crytek's CryEngine, fancied up to focus on online games. It's an interesting idea with an awful name: Amazon Lumberyard. It'll simplify setting up online stuff and fancy features like 'Twitch Plays' for devs, is the idea, tied into Amazon's various server hosting services and Twitch (Amazon bought 'em for $970 million, remember). No, I don't…

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Twitch Plays Dark Souls Beats Notorious Roadblocks

It took 28 days, but the eternal, self-propelled machine that is Twitch Plays has finally managed to defeat a couple of the toughest bosses of Dark Souls [official site]. That is to say, the notoriously tricky Ornstein and Smough, who were taken out after several attempts - I haven't a clue how they managed that one. You can watch it all unfold after the jump:

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