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Prominent World of Tanks streamer Poshybrid dies after lengthy stream

22 Feb

Brian “Poshybrid” Vigneault, a Twitch streamer known for his World of Tanks streams, has died after streaming the game for 22 hours straight.

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Poshybrid was 22 hours into a stream in which he was collecting money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, when he got up to take a smoke break and never returned. His death didn’t become known until the next day.

As Kotaku has reported, detectives from the Virgina Beach police department are investigating the incident.

Poshybrid had 7852 subscribers on Twitch, and regularly hosted long streams on little sleep.

This is a strong reminder of the importance of employing safe practices if you’re a streamer – try to avoid sleep deprivation, keep hydrated, and don’t be afraid to pull the plug on a stream if necessary.

Our thoughts are with his friends, family, and fans.

We’re livestreaming For Honor – join us for some brutal, bloody action

16 Feb

Join us as we livestream some glorious For Honor gameplay.

Watch live video from vg247 on www.twitch.tv

Today, Shabana is starting from scratch, so be prepared to get a look at the tutorials before she heads into the campaign.

Because of this, I have no idea which faction she will choose, but I’m crossing my fingers for the Berserker because chaotic and brutal viking are my thing. In games, obviously.

It’s also possible we’ll see some multiplayer later on. Wish her well.

If you’re playing For Honor and need some tips, give our guide a read.

For Honor is one of the first big releases for the year, and arrived on PC, PS4 and Xbox One this week.

We journey further into the world of Nioh, now that ball-and-chain guy is down

13 Feb

We’re still hooked on Nioh. Let’s explore more of the game’s world together.

Watch live video from vg247 on www.twitch.tv

Since Nioh‘s first boss, Onryoki, has been taken of, we’re now free to explore the second mission of the game.

Nioh really starts to open up once you get past Onryoki, and Shabana is playing the next mission live for the enjoyment of you all. Let’s see how many times she’ll get “freed from this mortal coil.”

If you’re new to Nioh, or have been playing for a while, it’s not a bad idea to give our big guide a look. It’s got beginner’s tips, boss tactics, and some hidden mechanics you may not know about. Whatever it is you’re after, you’ll no doubt find it there.

Watch the Battlefield 1 Winter Update livestream here

13 Feb

We’re moments away from the start of a Battlefield 1 livestream.

Watch live video from Battlefield on www.twitch.tv

DICE is showcasing the next big Battlefield 1 patch at the top of the hour in a dedicated livestream on Twitch. Typically, patches don’t get their own livestreams, but this one is for the Winter Update.

The Winter – or February – Update is expected to bring a number of balance changes, some of which have already been tested in the game’s Community Test Environment (CTE). New content is unlikely, but we still expect the changes to be big.

DICE previously confirmed that the patch will indeed be dropping this week, so expect more details such as patch notes, and exact rollout times to be shared during the show.

We’ve embedded the livestream above, and as always, if it’s big news, you’ll hear about it here first.

DICE will officially detail the Battlefield 1 February update later today

13 Feb

We’re going to get a proper breakdown of everything coming to Battlefield 1 this week with the Winter Update.

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Last week, Battlefield 1 developer DICE confirmed that the game’s next big patch is due for release this week.

Until now, the details of what’s getting changed have yet to be announced. Later today, however, everything will become clear in a livestream dedicated to the Winter Update.

This first look show will go on for an hour, and will kick off at 1pm PT, 4pm ET, and 9pm UK/GMT. The livestream will appear on the game’s official Twitch channel.

DICE has yet to give any hints about the type of announcements we can expect from the livestream, but whatever they end up being, we’ll be here to tell you all about them as they happen.

Twitch Communities Hold Tremendous Value for Esports Growth

10 Feb

Earlier today, the popular broadcasting platform announced the addition of Twitch Communities as a way of connecting streamers with their relative audience. Currently in open beta, Twitch Communities can be created by anyone. Each group is centered around a specific topic or activity, and can be joined by any number of active streamers. Twitch Communities […]

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Faker’s Twitch Debut Was a Loss of Identity for the World’s Best

7 Feb

For the past week, the entire SK Telecom T1 lineup has been streaming regularly on Twitch. This includes Bae “Bang” Jun-sik, Kang “Blank” Sun-gu, Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon, Han “Peanut” Wang-ho, Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan, even head coach Kim “kkOma” Jung-gyun at some points. However, the only player not appearing on-screen was star mid-laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. […]

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We’re streaming Layers of Fear, come help us navigate this definitely haunted house

6 Feb

We’re going to take a tour of the Layers of Fear house, which has been known to show signs of being haunted.

Watch live video from vg247 on www.twitch.tv

Layers of the Fear, one of the most talked about horror games of last year, has a few a good few jump scares if you’re in the mood for it. I personally can’t take it, which is why it’s good we have Shabana to host this livestream instead.

Layers of Fear’s walls are plastered with artworks of various disciplines, only they’ve got a few things going on than your typical portrait.

She’ll be starting off the adventure live in a few moments. This is her first go around in Layers of Fear, so be gentle. She’s also playing the PS4 version.

Tune in now, and make sure to come back later this week, as we’ll be embarking on a different kind of horror adventure.

Last Week’s ELEAGUE Major Drew Record-Breaking Numbers

4 Feb

The official numbers are in. The year’s first Counter-Strike ELEAGUE Major concluded last week as one of the most-viewed esports events in history. According to an infographic from today, over 2.4 billion minutes were watched globally by Counter-Strike fans across Twitch, YouTube, GOTV, and Turner Broadcasting System (TBS). The official ELEAGUE Twitch channel garnered enough viewers […]

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SKT Members Begin Streaming on Twitch

1 Feb

SK Telecom T1, the best League of Legends team in the world, has officially migrated to Twitch for immediate streaming sessions for fans. Several South Korean esports organizations, including SKT, were previously contracted with Azubu. With recent reports of outstanding dues and frail revenue generation, it’s no surprise that Azubu was unable to convince the […]

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For Honor beta is officially live – watch streamers try to figure it out live

26 Jan

The For Honor beta has kicked off, but if you don’t have a key, maybe you’ll enjoy some live gameplay.

Watch live video from ArekkzGaming on www.twitch.tv

Right on schedule, the For Honor closed beta is now online worldwide on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The servers have just gone live, and so too have many streamers on Twitch.

We’ve embedded Arekkz‘s stream above to give you an idea of what’s happening. Alex is playing the PC version of the game, but he may switch later on.

The beta goes offline on Monday, January 30 at 1am GMT, which would be 8pm EST / 5pm PST on January 29.

There’s quite a bit of content in the beta, too. Nine heroes, three for each class, six environments, and three game modes. The metagame Faction War is also available in the beta.

Watch The Division Last Stand DLC reveal here

19 Jan

Ubisoft Massive is unveiling the next DLC for The Division in just over an hour.

Watch live video from TheDivisionGame on www.twitch.tv

In case you missed it, The Division‘s third DLC add-on, Last Stand, was delayed last year so that developer Massive can focus on fixing the main game.

Well, it’s a new year now, and the studio is ready to talk about Last Stand once again. Last night’s short teaser trailer certainly got people talking.

There’s no consensus just yet on what the game mode shown in the teaser is going to be about, but that’s what we’re hoping today’s livestream will clarify, and a lot more.

We’ll be here to bring you all the biggest announcements from livestream as they happen.

Last Stand is the third and final add-on for The Division, at least as far as officially announced content goes.

Come watch us get into Stardew Valley

16 Jan

We’re going to play some Stardew Valley and take care of some chores.

Watch live video from vg247 on www.twitch.tv

A new year, a new host of livestreams, and it all starts today. Shabana is back and she is inviting you on a journey to discover the magic of Stardew Valley, one of the most popular and highly-rated games of last year.

She’s still pretty early on, so don’t afraid to share some of your hot tips with her during the show. Armed with a PS4 copy, Shabana may finally see what all the buzz has been about.

Enjoy the show!

Nothing can beat the triple threat of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and League of Legends in Twitch’s most watched games of 2016

16 Jan

The most watched games on Twitch last year didn’t involve many new releases.

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Although Twitch popularity may not always translate to good sales for games, it undoubtedly reflects the tastes of the millions of players who frequent the incredibly popular livestreaming site.

GitHyp, the analytics service that recently revealed Steam’s most played games last year didn’t actually release that year, has published another report that breaks down the top games on Twitch during the same year.

According to the report, only one game released in 2016 managed to break the top five by peak viewer numbers. That game was Battlefield 1, but perhaps surprisingly, it’s done so during the initial reveal livestream rather than after release.

Overwatch was another hot game during the year, but only managed the no.6 spot, which is still decent seeing as it was a new release. No Man’s Sky landed on the tenth spot, and like its player numbers on Steam, the game’s viewer counts tanked, bringing it all the way down to the no.44 spot.

Here are the top five:

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive / 985,434 peak viewers (#1 in 2015)
  • League of Legends / 931,460 peak viewers (#2 in 2015)
  • Dota 2 / 588,619 peak viewers (#3 in 2015)
  • Battlefield 1 / 354,264 peak viewers (new)
  • Hearthstone / 388,861 peak viewers (#5 in 2015)

Looking at the average viewers per hour, the list sees minor changes, with League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive trading places, and Hearthstone replacing Battlefield 1, making room for Overwatch.

Both Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered didn’t do very well in terms of average viewers per hour, placing at no.19 and 21 respectively.

Here’s the viewers per hour list:

  • League of Legends / 116,997 viewers per hour (#1 in 2015)
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive / 59,730 viewers per hour (#2 in 2015)
  • Dota 2 / 56,127 viewers per hour (#3 in 2015)
  • Hearthstone / 53,820 viewers per hour (#4 in 2015)
  • Overwatch / 23,515 viewers per hour (new)

It’s clear Overwatch’s popularity is on the rise. Challenging titans like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and League of Legends is no small feat.

BAMTech Picks $300 Million League of Legends Streaming Deal

17 Dec

BAMTech, a streaming-technology company owned by Major League Baseball and Disney, has reached a massive League of Legends streaming deal with Riot Games. The partnership will gain BAMTech exclusive rights to “stream and monetize” the esports scene of League of Legends through sponsorship and advertising. In return, the streaming unit has agreed to pay a […]

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Twitch AutoMod Filters Hateful Content to Ensure a Clean Chat

13 Dec

The world’s leading streaming platform is launching an automated program called Twitch AutoMod that offers more control on the nightmarish chat window. The chat on Twitch, especially during live-streams, is mostly always filled to the brim with hateful speech. Users can often be seen spamming the chat with useless remarks or laughing off inappropriate comments […]

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2016 League of Legends World Championship Finals Had 43 Million Viewers

7 Dec

The 2016 League of Legends World Championship was a month-long journey for Riot Games and the community across major cities of North America. The annual illustrious event visited San Francisco for the group stages, Chicago for quarterfinals, New York for semifinals, and beautiful Los Angeles for the grand finals. Today, we come to know just […]

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We’re livestreaming Final Fantasy 15, and we’re going to take down that boss tonight

5 Dec

A bit of grind, and a few preparations to take down a boss.

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It’s that time of day again, and we’re back to show you more Final Fantasy 15 footage. Shabana will your host again, as she continues to push forward in the game’s third chapter.

There’s a particular boss she’s been getting ready for, and she’ll have another go at it today.

Looking for more Final Fantasy 15 content? Why not give our essential tips piece a read while you watch? We also have a a full, always updated guide that will help you navigate the game’s vast open world.

EA reveals stricter disclosure rules for YouTubers and Twitch streamers

17 Nov

EA has updated its recommendations for YouTubers and streamers when it comes to sponsored content created with the company. The new system takes a more overt approach.

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EA Germany published a new blog post with updated requirements for YouTubers, Twitch streamers, and influencers that are designed to make it clear if the content published is advertorial.

Dug up by NeoGAF member w3bba, the new contractual obligations are split into two categories. The first deals with advertorial content, that is anything where the creator was directly approached by EA to make.

For this type, EA requires the creator to use the hashtag #advertisement, and the logo below. This will appear on any content that EA had editorial influence on.

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The other governs content the publisher supported the creation of, such as press invites to EA-hosted events and shows, paying for travel expenses etc. In this case, EA did not influence the editorial side of the content, or asked for specifics to be included. That type of content should include the #supportedbyEA hashtag, and a matching logo.

As for content shared on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the like, the publisher also requested creators to use these hashtags. In addition, EA asked creators to explicitly mention the type of partnership in their video or streams.

Come join our search for the best two-handed weapons in Skyrim: Special Edition

7 Nov

We’re streaming more of that Skyrim: Special Edition, and we have set a goal.

Watch live video from vg247 on www.twitch.tv

It’s time to jump back into the (mostly) snow-filled Skyrim: Special Edition with Shabana. We’re back on the ol’ Twitch, playing the remaster on PlayStation 4.

Today, Shabna is on quest to track down the best two-handed weapons for her character. We’ll be exploring some more, too, so go ahead and enjoy the show.

The show is live now, and you can watch it above.