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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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TwitchCon 2018 online ticket sales start, on-site prices revealed

TwitchCon 2018 online ticket sales start, on-site prices revealed

Tickets for TwitchCon 2018 are now available to purchase. The company launched sales today for the event that starts October 26 in California. Sales are offered online through the TwitchCon website, where multiple options are provided. Those interested in keeping costs down can get single ticket starting at $89 USD, but there's also a three-day pass available at a discount over the on-site rate.

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Twitch Prime could be the Prime Day sleeper hit this year

Twitch Prime could be the Prime Day sleeper hit this year

Prime Day is quickly approaching, and this time around, it will have a lot of perks for Twitch Prime users as well. Amazon is taking its usual free game deals that are available through Twitch Prime to an extreme, handing out at least one new game each day from July 2 to July 17. Generally, Twitch Prime only offers four or five games a month, but throughout July, you're getting a grand total of 21.

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SGDQ 2018’s big speedrun event just raised a crazy amount of cash

SGDQ 2018’s big speedrun event just raised a crazy amount of cash

Another Games Done Quick marathon has come to an end, and like many of the organization's recent marathons, Summer Games Done Quick 2018 managed to set a pretty impressive record by the time everything was said and done. When all of the donations were counted up, Summer Games Done Quick 2018 managed to raise an eye-watering $2,129,894. That isn't an exact amount just yet, as there are always some donations that come in after the event ends.

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SGDQ 2018: What it is, how to watch, and the must-see speedruns

SGDQ 2018: What it is, how to watch, and the must-see speedruns

The speedrunning community has a big week ahead of it, as Summer Games Done Quick 2018 kicks off today. Considering the reach of these twice-yearly Games Done Quick marathons, there's a good chance you already know what SGDQ 2018 is, and that's especially true if you're already a member of the speedrunning community. If you're new to speedrunning, here's everything you need to know about SGDQ 2018.

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