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Twitch is bringing PogChamp back – but not how you might expect

Twitch is bringing PogChamp back – but not how you might expect

Earlier this week, Twitch announced that it was removing PogChamp - one of the most popular global emotes on the platform - after the face behind it expressed support for the mob that stormed the US Capitol Building on January 6th. At the time, the company suggested that the emote would be making a return in some form, saying that it wants "the sentiment and use of Pog to live on." Now we know how PogChamp will live on, and it's safe to say that Twitch is taking a route few expected it to.

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Twitch is the latest company to deplatform Trump over Capitol riot

Twitch is the latest company to deplatform Trump over Capitol riot

A video released by President Trump during yesterday's riot at the US Capitol spurred ample backlash and triggered a cascading series of restrictions on POTUS social media accounts. Facebook and YouTube were among the first to pull the video from their platforms; Twitter locked Trump's account for 12 hours. Bigger changes happened in the hours since, and now Twitch is counted among the companies deplatforming the president.

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Twitch just removed one of its most popular emotes

Twitch just removed one of its most popular emotes

Twitch has announced that it's removing the PogChamp emote from its platform. Emotes have been central to the Twitch experience for years, and PogChamp has historically been one of the most popular emotes on Twitch. PogChamp as we know it has been wiped from the service as this point, but Twitch has also indicated that it will look to replace it with another emote that can be used during hype or surprising moments on stream.

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AGDQ 2021: 8 Speedruns you don’t want to miss this week

AGDQ 2021: 8 Speedruns you don’t want to miss this week

Week-long speedrunning marathon Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 kicked off yesterday, and though it looks a bit different from AGDQ 2020, it will still be hosting dozens of speedruns and raising money for charity. Usually a live event, Games Done Quick has moved entirely online for the time being thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but even without a live audience watching runs or commentators sitting on the fabled couch behind each speedrunner, AGDQ 2021 still has a ton of great runs on tap.

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Amazon will exclusively stream the 49ers vs Cardinals game in December

Amazon will exclusively stream the 49ers vs Cardinals game in December

If you're planning to watch the Cardinals and 49ers battle it out next month, you'll need to use Twitch or Prime Video -- unless you happen to live in Phoenix or San Francisco, in which case you'll be able to catch it through the local broadcast stations. The deal was announced by the NFL, which notes that it will also make the game available to eligible mobile users.

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Twitch rolls out a new Points feature for predicting achievements

Twitch rolls out a new Points feature for predicting achievements

Amazon's streaming platform Twitch has announced a new feature that has just rolled out to half of its Affiliates and Partners: Predictions. With this new tool, streamers can engage with their viewers by allowing them to spend Channel Points on predicting stream outcomes, giving those viewers the opportunity to get various rewards.

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Twitch apologizes for poor handling of DMCA takedown claims

Twitch apologizes for poor handling of DMCA takedown claims

Twitch originally started as a place for gamers to stream their adventures and misadventures to a captive audience. It has long since outgrown that singular purpose, however, as it expanded to cover art streams, instructional videos, and a lot more. Often, these streams would play music in the background, unaware that they might be infringing on someone's copyright. That's what DMCA notices are for and Twitch is now explaining the rather ugly situation that faced its creators and streamers these past months thanks to a massive influx of copyright infringement claims.

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Ninja returns to Twitch and this time he’s sticking around

Ninja returns to Twitch and this time he’s sticking around

If you were wondering where streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins would end up after Microsoft shut down Mixer, wonder no longer. Twitch and Ninja announced today that they two have signed an agreement that will see Ninja commit to the platform for a number of years to come. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but considering just how popular Ninja is, Twitch likely paid a hefty sum to lock him down.

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Twitch will soon shutter the karaoke game it launched last year

Twitch will soon shutter the karaoke game it launched last year

Only a little over a year after announcing the free game, Twitch says that it will soon shutter its Twitch Sings live karaoke title. The decision was announced in a blog post this week, with Twitch stating that it will redirect its efforts toward 'broader tools and services that will help support and grow the entire music community on Twitch.' What does this mean for existing players?

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Magic The Gathering MTG Zendikar Rising card previews start here

Magic The Gathering MTG Zendikar Rising card previews start here

This week the folks at Wizards of the Coast have unveiled their full collection of reveal locations for previews of Zendikar Rising! In addition to live streams, users will be able to drop in on the Card Image Gallery and "Variant Card Image Gallery" if they do so dare. This set is ready to roll with previews of cards and new sorts of gameplay starting on the first of September, 2020, going through September 9!

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Amazon Prime Gaming is more than a Twitch Prime name change

Amazon Prime Gaming is more than a Twitch Prime name change

Amazon re-named the entity known as Twitch Prime, a subscription service to the Twitch game streaming system. This is not an upgrade, nor is it a downgrade - it's juts a name change. Amazon owns Twitch, and with the name change from Twitch Prime to the more Amazon-like "Prime Gaming", we see a glimpse of the future of the platform.

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Shadow Warrior 3 announced with gameplay reveal right around the corner

Shadow Warrior 3 announced with gameplay reveal right around the corner

It seems that fans of the Shadow Warrior series have a big weekend ahead of them. Devolver Digital and Flying Wild Hog have officially announced Shadow Warrior 3, debuting a new teaser trailer alongside the announcement. While the teaser trailer doesn't show us any gameplay, we won't have to wait long before we see that either.

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