The already speedy service is now faster and lets you log in with Xbox Live.
Microsoft is getting its newly-acquired Beam livestreaming service ready for Xbox and Windows with a big new update. Beam’s low-latency tech lets you rapidly interact with your favorite streamers, and even play along, compared to the more passive Twitch experience. It’s improved the already-quick latency by five times, increased the max bitrate to 10 Mbps and now supports 60 FPS render speeds at up to 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. Continue reading Microsoft updates Beam streaming to better compete with Twitch →
Women battle old-fashioned sexism and new forms of harassment to become big players in the world of professional gaming
Two years ago Chelsea quit her job as a pharmacy technician to play video games.
“I went to work one day, and I was like, ‘I would actually be making more money if I had stayed at home and kept playing video games than coming here,'” she says. That week she handed in her resignation.
Chelsea is one of a growing number of women making a living from Twitch. Going by the username Xminks, Chelsea has become renowned for her skills in Call of Duty – so much so that playing it online has become her bread and butter. Every night about 10pm she turns on her webcam, chats to some of her 330,000 followers and gets to work. Continue reading The women who make a living gaming on Twitch →
James Buckley, a.k.a. Jay from “The Inbetweeners,” has a YouTube gaming channel aptly titled “Completed It Mate.”
The Inbetweeners star James Buckley, more commonly known for his time portraying the foul-mouthed bullshitter Jay in the Channel 4 sitcom, now has his own YouTube gaming channel. Continue reading The Inbetweeners’ Jay Has His Own YouTube Gaming Channel →
Gaming vet Matt McCloskey — former chief operating officer of Microsoft’s 343 Industries, the studio that maintains the “Halo” franchise — is joining Twitch in the newly created role of VP of commerce.
At Twitch, McCloskey will be responsible for growing economic activity on the platform to help support content creators, specifically focused on the current Cheering and Bits program (which lets fans purchase emoji to “cheer” for their favorite gamers) and streamer subscriptions businesses. In addition, he is tasked with creating new engagement opportunities for game developers on Twitch. Continue reading Twitch Hires ‘Halo’ and Xbox Veteran Matt McCloskey as VP of Commerce →
TwitchCon at a new and better-connected venue.
Following the reveal of its new IRL section, streaming giant Twitch is hoping to attract more international visitors to this year’s TwitchCon by moving to a new, better-connected venue. TwitchCon 2017 will be held at the Long Beach Convention Entertainment Center in California from October 20th to 22nd. Continue reading Twitch reveals dates and new venue for TwitchCon 2017 →