Battlegrounds is a huge game on Twitch and YouTube, and it’s easy to see why. The structure of the game is imbued with drama, which turns rounds into thrilling narratives of hard-won success or biting defeat. Here are a few of my favorite people to watch. Battlegrounds is a game of tension and release. It’s a battle royale game, where the goal is to eliminate all your the other players on the map. You land on the map, usually alone and with enough time to scavenge for supplies, and then the game puts up a border. If you’re outside it, you will lose health and die. As you journey inside that border, it’s equally likely that you will die, this time at the hands of you fellow players. Because of that structure, any moment can go from calm to the car scene from Children of Men. Virtually any video of people playing this game will be interesting to watch. On a whim this morning, I threw on the most watched streamer on Twitch playing Battlegrounds, CohhCarnage, and was drawn into the tension as he described his situation: he knew there were other players nearby, but the border READ FULL STORY…
In a partnership with streaming platform Twitch, Bandai Namco has unveiled the creation of the Tekken World Tour, a new eSports tournament for the upcoming fighting game. …Read More The post Bandai Namco and Twitch Partner to Create the Tekken World Tour eSports Tournament by Logan Moore appeared first on DualShockers.
Curious about The Surge, that Dark Souls meets sci-fi game where you can dismember your enemies? Curious about The Surge, that Dark Souls meets sci-fi game where you can dismember your enemies? Come watch us play it on Twitch, live right now! [embedded content] Deputy editor. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Right now, a little over 1,000 people are watching an AI drive like a maniac on GTA V. I can’t look away, even as the AI causes pandemonium across the streets of Los Santos. [embedded content] Hosted on the Twitch channel sentdex, “Charles” is a neural network that learns by throwing shit at a wall and seeing what works, basically. Advertisement Advertisement Charles “takes all actions based on single frames at a time, and bases his decisions on just pixel data,” the Twitch description states. “Charles only sees exactly what you see.” So far, in my time watching this automotive abomination, Charles sure loves to go against traffic, if not speed right into the ocean. I have no idea why it believes that driving in this way is “good,” but we also have to consider that it is trying to learn in a world where the computer seems to have nefarious intent against the player: GTA Online Players Have A New Conspiracy Theory That NPCs Are Out To Kill Them Recently, a paranoia has taken a hold of some GTA Online players, who READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
As part of its member benefits, Twitch Prime is offering its members the indie hit Titan Souls as its next free game from now through May 24. …Read More The post Titan Souls is Twitch Prime’s Next Free Game; Available Now Through May 24 by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.
If you visited the Twitch home page over the last week you probably saw the usual suspects: League of Legends, Hearthstone, Counter-Strike. In a twist, GTA Online has joined that list thanks to a former officer of the law, Eli Thompson. People love him so much, he’s already become one of Twitch’s hottest channels. On his first day alone, he had around 43,000 concurrent viewers. Screenshot of Twitch from May 15th, 2017 around 2PM CST “Sheriff Eli” is one of many GTA fans who use online mods, like FiveM, to roleplay as police officers. These fans dress in uniform and roll around in patrol cars to “protect” the virtual citizens of Los Santos. Some role-players are silly officers, but not Sheriff Eli. He’s a hard-ass, and fans eat the stern attitude up. The chat is usually overflowing with salute emotes whenever he apprehends a criminal. Throughout the last week, Thompson has been one of the most popular streamers on Twitch, period. [embedded content] Sheriff Eli had no idea he would get such an immense viewership. “I was beyond surprised,” Thompson said via email. “I could not feel more humbled and lucky by the outpouring of READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
I (Robin Ek, TGG) got some really excited news to share with all you Switch players out there. You see, Nintendo Sweden (Bergsala AB) just informed me that ARMS is to be live streamed on Wednesday =) Furthermore, a brand-new “Splatoon 2” trailer will be shown as well: “A brand new Nintendo Direct is broadcast live on Wednesday at midnight… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!
Yesterday Twitch started a marathon of all 886 episodes of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and thousands of people are watching. Completely by coincidence, I am crying at work. Advertisement I grew up watching Mr. Rogers on PBS, as well as a ton of other PBS programming, including Arthur, Sesame Street, Masterpiece Theater and Bill Nye The Science Guy. Public broadcasting was a touchstone for my former hippie parents, who had also grown up watching and donating to their local stations. My dad still tells me about watching Doctor Who with my older brother when they aired the show, before I was born. But Mr. Rogers has always held a special place in my heart. Every episode it feels like he’s speaking directly to you. It’s a format that’s perfectly suited to Twitch. He looks right at the camera and talks to you, asks you about your day, behaves like he’s your close friend. What he’s saying is simple: that he loves you, that he believes in you, and that you should spread that positivity to the world. Even watching it now, as a more jaded adult, this message feels sincere. “PBS has READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Night School Studio’s acclaimed indie hit Oxenfree is free for Twitch Prime users to play on PC now through May 15th, 2017. …Read More The post Oxenfree is Twitch Prime’s Newest Free Game; Available Now for Subscribers by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has detailed four different eSport events for the upcoming fighting game Injustice 2 under the Injustice 2 Championship Series banner. …Read More The post Injustice 2 Championship Series Unveiled; Gets its Own Trailer by Tomas Franzese appeared first on DualShockers.
Since the end of last week, news reports have been circulating about Paul “Ice Poseidon” Denino, a streamer who got swatted while on an airplane and subsequently got banned from Twitch. In his eyes, he was booted unjustly, chewed up and spat out by Twitch’s new “IRL” section. However, this isn’t Denino’s first brush with Twitch law, nor swatting, for that matter. Many people watch him because they want to see stuff like that happen. Some even go out of their way to cause it. Advertisement Denino has a long history of messing with people and being messed with. It’s spilled out from games into real life thanks to a practice called “stream sniping,” where people figure out where you are by watching your stream and use that knowledge for some sort of prank or shenanigan. The airplane incident was the culmination of a trend that’s become central to Denino’s appeal, for better and worse. The airplane incident was the culmination of a trend that’s become central to Denino’s appeal, for better and worse. Once upon a time, Denino was a streamer who mostly sat in his apartment and played old-school fantasy MMO Runescape. He READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Illustration by Jim Cooke It was one in the morning when the Twitch streamer Ellohime heard a knock at his front door. Advertisement He had been grinding away at a PC game that night in December 2015 while his infant daughter and fiancée slept. His 22-year-old brother was crashing in the central Florida home, too, and it wasn’t unheard of for him to invite friends over at odd hours. Ellohime left his desk and went downstairs to the door. “Hello?” came a voice from outside. Advertisement “Hello,” Ellohime responded. “Hello?” the stranger said, his voice shaky and thin. It took a few more back-and-forth responses before Ellohime realized the guy at the door wasn’t saying “Hello.” He was saying “Ello.” This was a fan. By now, his fiancée was awake. Ellohime ran up the stairs to the second floor, where he could see down to the front porch. “I saw a very small, skinny kid,” he says. “His face was all red.” He walked downstairs again and, speaking through the door, asked him where he came from and what he wanted. Nervous, his fiancée stood behind him. The fan had flown in from Singapore that night. He walked the 25…
Art by Jim Cooke The booming industry of live-streaming yourself gaming is a largely unregulated one. Streamers are weed-whacking their way through the industry’s nascent years, struggling to find a work-life balance for a job that they can technically never stop doing. Launching a streaming career is like launching a cable network—a reliable, sustained source of entertainment—but on Twitch, streamers are working with a staff of one. Advertisement Career streamers I spoke with recounted pulling nightly marathon streams, on top of day jobs, to draw attention to their channels. Several said that, starting out, depression, anxiety and sleep deprivation plagued them, all stemming from the nagging fear that fans would forget about their channel as soon as it went off-line. Many streamers see it as the nature of the job, a perfect storm of vanity and fear. Twitch has provided them a platform for living out their dreams, and it’s up to them to do so responsibly. It’s a laughable notion, that there’s a labor problem for streamers, and especially for ones breaking in. Gaming all day sounds pretty cushy. But streamers can’t turn to the person to their left and READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Has it really been three years since the internet collectively tried using Twitch chat to control a single Pokémon game? Time flies. Even more absurd: Twitch Plays Pokémon is still going, and the latest iteration may be the best one yet. Advertisement Right now, Twitch Plays Pokémon (TPP) is running a modified version of Pokémon Yellow, but instead of having Pikachu follow the player around, it’s Chatot. The twist is that Chatot can literally say anything typed into chat if you speak to it—I’ve heard it sing Smash Mouth’s All Star, hilariously enough. Chatot has a special move called “Chatter,” which is based entirely on the emotes used in Twitch chat. “TheIlluminati” emote results in Splash, and there are other useable emotes too, like PogChamp and Kappa, each of which has its own unique effect on the field. So in addition to the messiness of having too many people controlling a single game of Pokémon, now 90% of the people playing are trying to make Chatot say something. It’s madness. While the whole Chatot thing might seem random to anybody who hasn’t been keeping up with the stream, it’s actually READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!