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Twitch Rooms chatrooms for channels go live worldwide

Twitch Rooms chatrooms for channels go live worldwide

Twitch has announced the worldwide launch of its Rooms feature on mobile and soon for the web. The feature was first introduced back at TwitchCon in 2017, where the company explained that Rooms is an always-on chat space for channels. The custom space is available on the channel page, Twitch explains, and it'll be launching on desktop soon.

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Twitch Producer tools, Disney partnership hit YouTube while it’s down

Twitch Producer tools, Disney partnership hit YouTube while it’s down

The video streaming market has become a dog eat dog world, where rivals try to outdo each other with sometimes questionable tactics. Giant YouTube has recently come under fire, yet again, and some of its competitors seem to be circling around it like vultures around a carcass. That might be the feeling that some will get with Twitch.tv’s pair of announcements that are a not so subtle challenge to YouTube, conveniently timed while the latter’s too busy putting out fires.

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AGDQ 2018 speedrunning marathon has begun: What it is and where to watch

AGDQ 2018 speedrunning marathon has begun: What it is and where to watch

Earlier today, Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 kicked off, continuing an annual tradition that first started way back in 2010. The marathon will last all week long, raising money for charity the entire time. While those who are already fans of speedrunning likely know what AGDQ is, those who are unfamiliar can consider this a primer on the event, which has skyrocketed in popularity over the past couple of years.

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Twitch and Alexa almost make the perfect game streaming pair

Twitch and Alexa almost make the perfect game streaming pair

Google may have dealt Amazon a big blow when it yanked YouTube from under the Echo Show’s feet but gamers don’t need to be too concerned. Amazon, after all, still owns the granddaddy of game and live streaming, Twitch.tv. Taking advantage of that inter-company relationship, Twitch has just announced new Alexa skills that would deliver an almost perfect hands-free game streaming experience. Well, almost. While it naturally works with any Alexa-enabled device, you’ll probably want to have an Echo Show anyway.

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Mega Man 30th anniversary livestream kicks off tomorrow

Mega Man 30th anniversary livestream kicks off tomorrow

Mega Man has been with us longer than many gamers might realize. The Blue Bomber debuted in his first video game - the very first Mega Man for the NES - on December 17, 1987. That means Capcom's most-loved character is turning 30 years old this month, and to celebrate, the company is planning a special livestream that will look back at Mega Man's long history.

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Amazon game Breakaway reportedly put on hiatus

Amazon game Breakaway reportedly put on hiatus

More than a year ago, Amazon Game Studios announced three new games notable for their extra level of Twitch integration. One of these games, Breakaway, was clearly the furthest along in development at the time of that announcement, and it was clear that Amazon was gunning for an eSports presence with it. Now that may not be happening, as reports are claiming that Breakaway has been put on an indefinite hiatus.

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YouTube just revealed its plan to crush Twitch

YouTube just revealed its plan to crush Twitch

YouTube is continuing its quest to pull streamers away from Twitch today, rolling out an expansion to its sponsorship program. Up until now, YouTube sponsorships had been available to a select number of users in a limited beta, but beginning today, they'll be available to a lot more content creators who run gaming channels.

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Games Done Quick marathon will raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief

Games Done Quick marathon will raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief

Those of you who are familiar with speedrunning probably already know that Games Done Quick hosts two marathons each year to raise money for charity. Those marathons are announced months in advance and are able to attract tens of thousands of viewers, but in times of disaster, Games Done Quick has been known to spring into action in an attempt to raise money quickly. We're seeing that happen this week, as Games Done Quick has announced a new weekend marathon in which speedrunners from around the world will raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief.

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Twitch desktop app is finally out, powerful and cluttered

Twitch desktop app is finally out, powerful and cluttered

Although YouTube is the household name for streaming videos in general, Twitch is still considered the granddaddy of the niche, but also lucrative, game streaming market. But despite its age and its fame, Twitch, now owned by Amazon, hasn’t exactly been that quick to jump outside the comforts of the web browser. Well, it’s finally here folks! The Twitch desktop app is finally out of beta and available for all to use. And it has everything that the browser version has, which may or may not be a good thing.

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Destiny 2 cheat clamp-down will be a streamer’s nightmare

Destiny 2 cheat clamp-down will be a streamer’s nightmare

Destiny 2 is undoubtedly going to be a popular game, but it seems that anyone who may want to take advantage of that popularity and stream footage of it to Twitch or YouTube is in for some frustration. Bungie revealed today that it's going to make streaming the PC version of Destiny 2 something of a headache, but it may not be for the reasons you think. Instead of limiting what streamers can show like some other developers and publishers do, the issues with streaming Destiny 2 lie with the game's anti-cheat measures.

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Twitch’s next marathon will be ’80 arcade game show Starcade

Twitch’s next marathon will be ’80 arcade game show Starcade

In addition to being the home of video game live streams (and the occasional food channel), Twitch has been gaining a reputation for hosting a number of marathon streams of aging TV shows. There's been one for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the Pokemon cartoon, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and even anime. Now the next one has been announced: the '80s arcade game TV show called Starcade.

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Twitch anime invasion is 5 day Crunchyroll marathon

Twitch anime invasion is 5 day Crunchyroll marathon

One by one, these Twitch marathons keep coming. The topic of the next marathon will be anime, with Twitch partnering with Crunchyroll to show 15 seasons of different shows over five days. Unlike the other Twitch marathons, which all have served to launch a new channel or raise money, this new marathon seems to just be a marketing promotion between Twitch and Crunchyroll.

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