The Witcher 3 Twitch Streamers Banned for Using Broken Street Copies

Fans should wait for the official launch date

Unfortunately, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been sold early by a number of stores, most of them apparently located in the Middle East, and some players have already been streaming gameplay from the title on Twitch.

Obviously, the company is not very pleased with the situation and it has announced via an official Twitter message that all those who are caught doing so will be banned from the service as quickly as possible.

Authorized streaming for bought copies of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can only take place on May 19, when the new title from CD Projekt RED is officially launched.

Gamers who really want to see the game in action can still find Twitch channels that show it, some of them with hundreds of viewers, but the company will probably move fast to remove them in the coming hours and days.

The development team is quite unhappy to see images and videos from their experience offered before the official launch date.

CD Projekt RED was hacked last year, and info about the story was leaked to the public, along with images showing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in an unfinished state.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is launching simultaneously all over the world

The new action role-playing game will be launched on the PC, the Xbox One from Microsoft and the PlayStation 4 from Sony on the same day.

Unauthorized streaming before the launch date is a problem for CD Projekt RED because it allows fans who are very interested in the game universe to see some of the core story elements even if they might lack all the context needed to interpret it.

Broken street dates for video games have become less of an issue during the past few years, but there are still stores that risk the wrath of publishers by selling copies earlier than they should.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the final adventure that will star Geralt and is designed to be bigger than both previous titles in the series combined.

For the first time in the series, the developers are implementing a full open world structure, and players will have full freedom to explore cities and to move through the wilderness as they seek to accomplish their goals.

Originally posted on Softpedia.

Daniel Negreanu Mixes it Up on Twitch

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu has been mixing it up on Twitch lately, and we caught up with him during the EPT Grand Final. Negreanu was streaming on his laptop from his hotel room, and he was clearly having a good time playing $400/$800 8-Game.

In the second part of ‘Mixing it Up on Twitch’ with Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu, the Canadian pro talks about whether or not giving away his strategies is good or bad for poker.

We’ve Updated Our Content Appeals Process

Today, we’re releasing a new way to submit an appeal if you believe one of your videos has been incorrectly flagged by our Audio Recognition system.

The new functionality will initially be available to all members of the Twitch Partner Program and non-partner broadcasters whose videos are in HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) format, which is roughly 25% of non-partner broadcasters. We are in the process of storing all newly created VODs in HLS format rather than Flash Video (FLV) format. (How can you tell if your videos are in HLS or FLV? Check the VOD URL. HLS VODs will have /v/ in the URL; FLV will have /b/.)

For those broadcasters not included in the introductory rollout, the Audio Recognition appeal process will function as it currently does today. All broadcasters will still be able to appeal a muted VOD regardless of format.


One major addition to the appeals process is the upfront education around what can and cannot be appealed, which is based on common content appeals to date. We want to make sure our broadcasters are educated as to what kind of audio is allowed/not allowed and what you should appeal.

For now, here’s a sneak peek at how the new Audio Recognition appeal process will work. When you think your VOD has been incorrectly flagged:

1. Click on the video you’d like to appeal. Videos with muted audio have a red muted speaker icon in the upper right corner of the thumbnail.

Click on the video you'd like to appeal.
2. Find the audio track(s) you would like to appeal.

Find the audio track(s) you'd like to appeal.
3. Choose the reason for the appeal.

Choose the reason for the appeal.
4. Confirm the audio you’ve selected to appeal.

Confirm the audio you've selected to appeal.
5. Attest that you have the right to use the flagged audio and submit.

Attest that you have the right to use the flagged audio and submit.
6. Check your submission.

Check your submission.
You can check the status of your appeal by clicking on the appealed video where you will see either Unmuted or Denied. When your video has been reviewed, you’ll receive an email with the outcome of your appeal.

Email status update.
If you already have a muted video in appeal, you should not submit a new appeal. We will respond to your original appeal (and all appeals) in the order in which it was received.

Stay tuned for updates as we roll this new process out to everyone over the coming months.

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New Chat Updates: Display Name and more!

In the last week, we’ve rolled out two updates to chat: Display Names and an emote selector. Let’s take a look at each one.

Display Names in Chat

One of our most requested updates since FOREVER is to show Display Name capitalization in chat instead of your username with the first letter capitalized. Well, we’re excited to announce that today’s the day! Your name in chat will now respect the capitalization of your Display Name. (You can manage your Display Name on your Settingspage.)

NOTE: Your Display Name must still match the characters and their sequence in your username; that is, you cannot have a different Display Name from your username. Also, no name changes. #Kappa

For now, Display Name capitalization will only be shown on web chat with other platforms coming soon, and logins will still show up in autocomplete and highlighting in Chat Mentions.

A change to your Display Name should be reflected in chat in approximately one minute.

Emote Selector

Last week we added an emote selector to chat. Click on the emote icon in the top right corner and you’ll see EVERY GLOBAL EMOTE. You’ll also see which subscriber emotes you have access to on a per-channel basis.

Emote Selector
Simply click on the emote you want to use to add it to chat. It’s that simple.

Keep an eye on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter for more feature updates!

Chat Mentions Comes To Mobile

Starting today, you’ll be able to use Chat Mentions on both iOS and Android. Just like web, when you mention someone in chat, that name will be bolded in the mentioned user’s selected chat color.


To mention someone, type @ or tap on a username within the chat window. From there, you can choose to mention (happy face) or ignore a user (sad face). If you’re the moderator of a channel, you’ll also see options to time-out or ban someone. Note: You can still moderate using the viewer list.

To try these features now, update your app via Google Play or the App Store.