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Here are 6 runs from AGDQ 2017 you need to watch

Here are 6 runs from AGDQ 2017 you need to watch

Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 wrapped up over the weekend, but not before smashing donation records set by previous marathons. In all, AGDQ 2017 raised over $2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, surpassing the previous record of $1.5 million set during AGDQ 2015. What's even more impressive is that more than $1 million was raised during a single day at AGDQ 2017, with donations flooding in during the last day of the marathon.

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 speed running event kicks off this Sunday

Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 speed running event kicks off this Sunday

One of the year's largest gaming marathons, Awesome Games Done Quick 2017, is set to begin this Sunday. The event will last nearly a full week, kicking off at 11:30 AM Eastern on January 8 and then wrapping up in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, January 15. In between those beginning and end times, speed runners from all around the world will run their favorite games in front of a live audience.

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Twitch IRL opens the vlogging floodgates

Twitch IRL opens the vlogging floodgates

Twitch is introducing a new IRL category today, and as the name suggests, it has little to do with gaming. Inspired by vlog-style videos that seem to be so popular on YouTube, Twitch IRL allows streamers to interact with their audience directly without playing a game. Topics can vary greatly depending on what broadcasters want to discuss (within Twitch's Community Guidelines, of course), but one rule persists regardless of the topic: audience interaction is key.

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The White House is hosting a game marathon later today (yes, really)

The White House is hosting a game marathon later today (yes, really)

Gaming marathons are nothing new, but would you believe that the White House is hosting one later today? Believe it: at 1 PM Pacific, the White House will kick off a gaming marathon livestream on Twitch, complete with appearances from some of today's popular Twitch streamers. On top of all of that, Shaq's going to be there, and yes, I was confused at first too.

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Twitch uploads beta goes live: challenging YouTube at last

Twitch uploads beta goes live: challenging YouTube at last

Just as YouTube took a page out of Twitch's handbook with the roll out of YouTube Gaming, so too is Twitch now borrowing from its competitor. Twitch has announced a new beta program that allows users to upload pre-recorded videos, which may put some pressure on YouTube - at least as far as gaming content is concerned.

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Twitch goes ad-free for Amazon Prime members, dropping subscription tier

Twitch goes ad-free for Amazon Prime members, dropping subscription tier

At this weekend's Twitch Con 2016 in San Diego, the Amazon-owned video game live-streaming service announced that it was replacing its premium subscription plan in favor of a closer relationship with Amazon's Prime service. Now, instead of paying $9/month for the ad-free Twitch Turbo, Amazon Prime subscribers will automatically get the ad-free Twitch experience, in addition to deals on games and bonus content.

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Amazon Game Studios reveals its first three Twitch-integrated games

Amazon Game Studios reveals its first three Twitch-integrated games

Amazon Game Studios is looking to get off the ground in a big way, announcing a total of three new games at TwitchCon 2016. What's notable about these games doesn't end at the fact that they'll be the first titles from Amazon Game Studios, but also that they're being built with Twitch integration baked in.

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Amazon pilot episodes will stream on Twitch this month

Amazon pilot episodes will stream on Twitch this month

Amazon has a pretty effective method for choosing which original shows it is going to proceed with — it makes the pilot episodes for its most promising upcoming shows available to Prime subscribers, using their feedback in part to determine whether they’re going to proceed with a series. In a first, Amazon is also going to make the pilots available to the general public for one day by streaming them on Twitch.

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Twitch wants performers for a live talent show

Twitch wants performers for a live talent show

Twitch has slowly expanded its horizons, drawing in users for other-than-gaming streaming videos. There’s that bizarre social eating section, for example, as well the larger Twitch Creative community for all sorts of creative and artsy videos. Now, in celebration of that community and the new ways to stream via it, Twitch is calling for users who want to showcase whatever their creative talent is live at the TwitchCon Talent Show — it has specifically called for those with acts in dance, comedy, theater, music, poetry, art, and magic.

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Twitch HTML5 beta now available to select users

Twitch HTML5 beta now available to select users

It's been a long time coming, but Twitch is finally signaling that it will soon leave Flash in the dust. Today the streaming site announced that a beta for its new HTML5 video player has gone live, which we're sure is something that will make a lot of longtime Twitch users happy. After all, even Twitch is forthcoming in saying that HTML5 support has long been one of its most requested features.

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How Summer Games Done Quick 2016 makes speedrunning a marathon

How Summer Games Done Quick 2016 makes speedrunning a marathon

As I write this, I'm watching a group of three guys sit on a couch as one plays through the Illusion of Gaia, an old SNES action RPG that was released way back in 1994. The person playing the game is a speedrunner by the name of Adam "puwexil" Dunn, and his goal is to do a 100% run of the game – which is defined as finding all of Illusion of Gaia's 50 collectible red gems in addition to completing the game itself – as quickly as possible.

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Twitch PlayStation Vita app now available

Twitch PlayStation Vita app now available

Twitch has launched a PlayStation Vita app, the company has announced. This joins the PlayStation app, allowing Vita owners to watch Twitch content on their portable, assuming a data connection is available. The PS Vita Twitch app supports watching both recorded and live content, lets users follow specific games and channels, search for content, browse a featured section, and more.

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