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Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 wraps up by breaking records

Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 wraps up by breaking records

Annual video game speedrunning marathon Awesome Games Done Quick wrapped up over the weekend, and by the end of it all, it was able to claim the title of biggest GDQ ever. AGDQ 2019 ended its week-long marathon early Sunday morning with an impressive train of donations, and in the end, it managed to raise more than $2.3 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

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Ninja unsurprisingly dominated Twitch in 2018

Ninja unsurprisingly dominated Twitch in 2018

Anyone who spends any amount of time on Twitch is likely aware of the platform's biggest streamer, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins. Ninja switched the focus of his stream to Fortnite late in 2017, and that was a decision that paid dividends throughout 2018. While no one will be surprised to hear that Ninja had a good year, a new report is showing us just how good of a year it was.

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Blizzard tries to rein in Overwatch Twitch chat

Blizzard tries to rein in Overwatch Twitch chat

Those who visit Twitch regularly know that Twitch chat is an interesting entity that can turn from rather subdued into toxic insanity at the drop of a hat. Most streamers keep their own chats relatively free of toxicity through things like moderation, bans, and word filters, but as the viewer count of a particular channel grows, it gets harder and harder to keep Twitch chat from spiraling into madness. Blizzard is looking to test a new method of channel moderation for Overwatch pro matches, but Overwatch fans might not like what it's doing.

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Twitch’s next Pokemon marathon starts on Thanksgiving

Twitch’s next Pokemon marathon starts on Thanksgiving

Twitch is gearing up to launch yet another Pokemon streaming marathon, this one scheduled to run over Thanksgiving. This isn't the first time Twitch has streamed a single show for a long period of time -- it has previously done this with Pokemon in the past, as well as other shows including Bob Ross's painting series.

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Celebrate New Years Eve by watching Ninja stream Fortnite from Times Square

Celebrate New Years Eve by watching Ninja stream Fortnite from Times Square

Believe it or not, 2018 is quickly coming to an end. If the thought of typical New Years Eve entertainment like watching ball drop from New York’s Times Square on TV, along with celebrity interviews and recaps of the last year, fills you with dread — and you happen to be obsessed with Fortnite — there's an alternative you can look forward to. Megastar Twitch streamer, and the face of Fortnite, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins will be streaming the game from Times Square at a special New Years Eve event.

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Snapchat arrives on the desktop, bringing selfie filters to Twitch streams

Snapchat arrives on the desktop, bringing selfie filters to Twitch streams

While Snapchat's popularity on mobile has been waning for the last couple of years, the social media app has just made its debut on the desktop in two big ways. First, by releasing the new Snap Camera app on both Windows and macOS, allowing users to apply various augmented reality filters to their selfies, just as they would on a smartphone. Second, and more importantly, this app connects with several streaming and video calling platforms, including Twitch, Skype, and YouTube.

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Twitch and Harmonix team to launch Twitch Sings karaoke game

Twitch and Harmonix team to launch Twitch Sings karaoke game

During its TwitchCon 2018 keynote today, Twitch announced that it has teamed up with Harmonix to create a new karaoke game called Twitch Sings. The new game is currently being tested at TwitchCon on the expo floor, and will also be made available to some users as a beta. The game is made to be streamed and works to bring users together.

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Twitch ban is China’s latest tech casualty

Twitch ban is China’s latest tech casualty

Over the past several years, streaming platform Twitch has grown to become one of the most popular websites in the world, but it just suffered a pretty major setback. The website has been banned in China, making the it latest in a string of restrictions focused on cracking down on gaming. As China is one of the largest gaming markets in the world, being shut out from operating there is a big blow indeed.

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Twitch is hosting a massive Pokemon marathon beginning next week

Twitch is hosting a massive Pokemon marathon beginning next week

In recent years, Twitch has hosted a variety of marathons centered around everything from The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood to Mystery Science Theater 3000 and even Power Rangers. These marathons lasted for days or weeks at a time, but all of them pale in comparison to the next marathon Twitch has on deck: Pokemon. Starting next week, Twitch will begin broadcasting Pokemon from the very first episode in a marathon that's going to last a very long time.

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Twitch ends ad-free experience for Amazon Prime customers

Twitch ends ad-free experience for Amazon Prime customers

Twitch will end the ad-free experience for Amazon Prime customers, the company has announced. The decision follows a re-evaluation of the Twitch Prime benefits, the company explained, saying the free viewing experience for monthly Prime users will continue until October 15. However, the change will apply for new member beginning September 14.

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Valve’s Twitch rival Steam.TV revealed early, then pulled

Valve’s Twitch rival Steam.TV revealed early, then pulled

On Friday the world got an early peek at a Twitch-like live streaming platform from Valve. The site Steam.tv went live for a brief period of time, showcasing a stream from Valve's own annual Dota 2 tournament, The International 2018. Shortly after, the site was pulled and left with a blank page, although Valve has confirmed that the platform is real and was only made public by accident.

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Twitch bug exposed some message archives to the wrong users

Twitch bug exposed some message archives to the wrong users

Twitch has sent out an alert notifying users of a bug that left some private messages exposed. The company says it has fixed the bug, but that "a small percentage" of messages were visible in the archives of other users, making them accessible to whomever happened to see them. The bug resulted from Twitch's recent removal of Messages.

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