BlizzCon 2014 officially opens on Saturday, November 7, but if you weren't lucky enough to get tickets or afford to pay for a virtual ticket, Blizzard has you covered. You can at least watch the opening ceremony - which kicks off today at 11 am PT, and the tournaments happening during both days of the show through the Blizzard BlizzCon Live Stream.
The BlizzCon live stream can be found at www.blizzcon.com/live-stream.
You can also check out our BlizzCon Tournaments pages to find Blizzard's partners covering the eSports action:
Twitch has updated its terms of service to include a loose dress code for on-camera personalities. Now it asks users to "dress appropriately" when broadcasting. Twitter's new terms of service says that streamers should not appear on camera full or partially nude, or wearing sexually suggestive clothing.
"Nerds are sexy, and you're all magnificent, beautiful creatures, but let's try and keep this about the games, shall we?" reads the updated rules of conduct page.
Cloud gaming company OnLive announced today a new partnership with Samsung that offers Samsung GALAXY Note 4 users three months of unlimited OnLive gaming for free. Using the OnLive Android app (available to download free from the Samsung Galaxy Apps store), users can stream PC and "console-quality" games from OnLive’s servers to their Galaxy Note 4 for play anywhere if they have a Wi-Fi or 4G connection, according to OnLive.
At the end of last week, Tommy Refenes - one of the co-creators of the indie hit Super Meat Boy - held a three night fundraising event to raise money for his sick mother. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Refenes took to Twitch to play and stream Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto V in the hopes of helping his sister raise $15,000 to get their mother a diabetic alert dog.
Tommy Refenes, one of the co-creators of the indie hit Super Meat Boy, is hosting a fundraising event on the evenings of October 9, 10, and 11th to raise money for his sick mother. Specifically, Refenes says that he is trying to raise enough money to buy his mother a diabetic alert dog because she is having a difficult time with her type 1 diabetes.
Twitch announced plans yesterday to tighten up how it discloses "paid-for and sponsored content" after some in the community expressed concerns over transparency. Moving forward, Twitch says that it will label videos more boldly that are created as part of a partnership between the content maker and another party.
Anti-virus company and security research firm Malwarebytes Labs sent us a note on a report they are currently working on about Twitch bombing tools. In case you've never heard of this questionable practice before, Twitch bombing is when one goes to an active stream to promote another stream - and in the process stealing away viewers. The practice is a violation of Twitch's terms of service and is generally frowned upon amongst streamers.
Sony has released the first video showing off some of the features you can expect from its upcoming PlayStation TV micro-console. The PlayStation TV promises to let consumers stream PlayStation 4 games to another HD TV in their homes, and play titles from other Sony home console and portable systems on the big screen. The system is already available in Japan.
Game streaming company OnLive and online retailer Green Man Gaming today announced a new channel partnership. Under the terms of the deal, customers will be able to purchase OnLive Game Service subscriptions outside of OnLive, making Green Man Gaming the first online retailer to offer OnLive’s ‘play anywhere’ subscriptions to its customers.
During its Tokyo Game Show press conference yesterday, Square Enix revealed Shinra Technologies, a new cloud-based gaming platform that hopes to deliver first-party titles to consumers. Named after the evil corporation in Final Fantasy VII, and headed up by former Square Enix president and representative director Yoichi Wada, the service is set for a beta launch early next year in Japan. A North American beta is planned for sometime in 2015 as well, but a concrete date has not been set.
Activision Blizzard announced today that Destiny drew in 5 million unique viewers and 20 million total views on Twitch last week, making it the "biggest console game launch of the year" on the streaming service. According to Activision Blizzard, Twitch viewers watched right around 240 million minutes of Destiny gameplay during the first week of release from various streamers.
Twitch users who use chat should be very wary of clicking on links in the chat stream. According to this F-Secure security alert, a link to "csgoprize" showing up in Twitch chats is actually a phishing scam. The message from link posters encourages users to click on the link to participate in a weekly raffle to win Counter-Strike: Global Offensive items.
There was a popular theory floated around the ether of the Internet that after Amazon bought the game video streaming service Twitch for close to $1 billion dollars it would start shoehorning its ads into video streams and adding "buy now" buttons everywhere. But according to Twitch CEO Emmett Shear, the company is not interested in selling games directly to consumers. Twitch's strength, he notes, is in promoting games natively with content like YouTube personalities have found success in doing.
According to a New York Times report (highlighted by Joystiq), Twitch draws more viewers than popular cable networks such as HLN, CNN, E!, MSNBC, TruTV and even MTV during peak hours. Twitch's viewer numbers have been on the uptick for two years, hitting an impressive milestone of about 800,000 viewers during peak (or in TV terms, "primetime") hours.
Prior to yesterday's announcement that Amazon had purchased Twitch, the prevailing rumor was that Google was going to snap up the video streaming service for over $1 billion.
While it is the typical line for a company to use when buying out something so beloved by the community as Twitch is, Amazon said last night that it has no plans to make any changes to the popular community-driven video game streaming service. Amazon announced yesterday that it had acquired Twitch for an estimated $970 million. Michael Frazzini, vice of president of Amazon Games, and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said during a "town hall meeting" last night that the deal shouldn't worry Twitch users.
If you aren't at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany this week (because you live in North America or because you aren't independently wealthy enough to attend) then you can check out a lot of the show on Twitch.
All week the folks at Twitch will be hosting content directly from the show including demos from the show floor, press conferences, and whatever cool stuff is going on at Europe's biggest annual gaming event for fans and the media.
You can find Twitch's Gamescom portal at www.twitch.tv/event/gamescom.
In Andrew Eisen's latest video he points out that Twitch does not need to mute all of the sound in a video in order to remove infringing ambient music from the background. He offers a quick demonstration on how this is possible in the video to your left, but offers a more in-depth video on how to accomplish this here.