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Twitch’s free karaoke ‘em up, Twitch Sings, is available now

When I sing in my house, it’s exclusively when I’m certain that there’s no one around. But if you want to serenade a crowd, Twitch Sings is here to help you bring the house down. The karaoke game will allow you to sing, share the stage with a friend, and stream it all to an audience that will flood the screen with emotes to rate…

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Twitch Squad Streams let folks broadcast together on one page

Livestreaming site Twitch now lets up to four folks form a 'squad' to stream together in one window, so viewers can see the perspectives of all their imaginary cyberpals at once rather than having to pick just one. Squad Stream, Twitch call it. Perhaps these four folks are playing Apex Legends together and you want to see what everyone's doing, or speedrunners are racing each…

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Some unlikely games are becoming competitive through Twitch Rivals

I would love to be a fly on the wall for the planning meetings at Twitch Rivals. The livestreaming platform’s esports series keeps pushing the envelope into all sorts of weird and wonderful games and rulesets. Streamers have recently faced off in the arena modes of both Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering; they hosted two Apex Legends tournaments just one week after its release, and…

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JustGiving launch new tools to support gaming fundraisers

Fundraising platform JustGiving is rolling out a new suite of tools to make it easier for people to organise gaming and streaming based charity campaigns, they’ve announced today. The new Gaming for Social Good hub provides how-tos, stream overlays, and other aids for those who want to raise money. And if you're more of a watcher than a streamer, there are multiple ways to browse…

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Twitch introduces new tools to make community moderators’ jobs easier

Twitch have released some new tools into the livestreaming wild today, aiming to make it easier for community moderators to keep those chat boxes free of bad actors. Streamers and their chosen mods will be able to keep better track of people who are chatting away by viewing information like the date of their account creation and any previous timeouts and bans, as well as…

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Twitch apologise for running ads for other streamers

Twitch have apologised for approving running commercials promoting megastar streamers during other folks' streams. Turns out, streamers didn't much like having their own Twitch channels promoting the idea of watching someone else. Who could have guessed? Twitch say they will "avoid" doing it again, which is a vague commitment. That's how it goes when you're a media platform which gained mainstream attention through a handful…

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Twitch stream for trans charity draws megabucks, game developer guests, and a US congresswoman

A wee fundraising Twitch livestream has raised over $345,000 (£268k) and counting for a UK charity helping trans youth. It came to feature celebrity guests including Doom level designer John Romero, Fallout: New Vegas director Josh Sawyer, whistleblower and activist Chelsea Manning, and rising star USA congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Harry "Hbomberguy" Brewis had originally set a goal of $500 (£388) as he tried to 101%…

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Devolver Digital’s bundle on Twitch Prime might be deal of the week

While I've my issues with Amazon's global mega-monopoly, I can't deny that the monthly sack of games that Twitch gives out to Amazon Prime subscribers is an oft-impressive bunch. This month more impressive than most - it's a bundle of Devolver Digital's best, including Broforce, both Hotline Miami games, Strafe (much improved by updates), Crossing Souls, The Swords of Ditto and recently lauded ninja platformer…

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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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