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How One Twitch Channel Is Fighting Abuse in the Gaming Community

Twitch has enjoyed a swift and seemingly unshakeable rise since its start in 2011. It has already become an established presence in online streaming and gaming communities, yet that success hasn’t made it immune to the familiar toxicity problems that plague other aspects of gaming culture.

Women, LGBTQ folk, and people of color are often subjected to a deluge of discriminatory abuse via Twitch chat that is at best disgusting and at worst potentially life-threatening. While Twitch is working to find a solution, current practices aren’t proving effective.

Misscliks, a Twitch channel founded by four women with prominent backgrounds in eSports and gaming, is hoping to end the abuse with a different approach to community management. Continue reading How One Twitch Channel Is Fighting Abuse in the Gaming Community

Order pizza right from your Twitch stream with Hungrybot

Streamers can sell pizza and fans can purchase it with this new chatbot.

When you’re chilling on the couch watching your favorite esports stream on Twitch and hunger hits, pizza is just a few keystrokes away.

Hungrybot is, as the name implies, a bot meant for streamers to run in their Twitch channels to let fans order pizza straight from the chat itself. By allowing viewers quick access to pizza at a discount, it also offers streamers a chance to monetize their streams by earning up to $1 per pizza orders.

Here’s how it works. You’ll type in “!pizza” to order or via whisper, then you’ll be given a choice of which pizzas are currently available at a discount. The example page given by Hungrybot shows off a Domino’s pizza order for 10% off. Once you place your order you’ll complete payment on a separate secure page, and then it’s all said and done. It’s the ultimate in lazy, without even requiring you to migrate over to a pizza chain’s website to order anything.

According to Hungrybot, supposedly fans who order pizza tip streamers more, offers streamers more money, and keeps users more engaged. It seems like you’re robbed of options for pizza, like light sauce or which toppings you want, but if you’re that dedicated to keeping your eyes on the stream or if you’re a streamer yourself and want to make some extra cash, selling pizza isn’t that bad of a way to do it.

Originally posted on Engadget.

Twitch is powering up in Australia with staff and a brand new data centre

Australian gamers have long complained that the country’s shoddy Internet is holding them back — especially from accessing international live stream gaming platforms such as Twitch.

While the Australian government bumbles over the rollout of the National Broadband Network, an infrastructure project that’s meant to bring high-speed Internet across the country, Twitch is doing something about it.

On Friday at a town hall meeting at the gaming convention PAX Australia in Melbourne, Twitch announced a number of new initiatives to improve its presence Down Under. They’ll be hiring their first local staff in the form of a community manager, among other roles, but perhaps the most important news to Aussie gamers was that the company has set up a Sydney-based data centre.

At the town hall, Marcus “DJWheat” Graham, director of programming at Twitch, acknowledged Twitch’s quality of service has been extremely lacking for both viewers and those broadcasting their games in the Australia-New Zealand region. It’s been suggested that the latency affecting Twitch, among other issues, was caused by the distances the video streams had to travel to reach Australian computers.

To rectify the problem, Twitch installed the first Australia-based ingest server in Sydney around nine months ago to help broadcasters stream on the platform, DJWheatGraham said. Now they’re also installing a video point of presence in Sydney to improve the viewing experience. Testing has already begun, and it will begin serving traffic in November.

“The other job is working with the [Internet service providers] to improve the Twitch performance in this region,” DJWheat said, “but this is a huge step.”

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“It’s no secret that Internet connectivity is not what people would like it to be here,” Chase, Twitch’s PR Director.

In fact, the lacklustre upload speeds may even affect which games Aussies play.

“I know a lot of partner-broadcasters like to play Minecraft, which I hear is because it’s easier with the Internet out here,” Chase said.

“We really want to support it with new infrastructure, so we’re building out these data centres to really help with the quality of service, viewing and broadcasting.”

It certainly seems like a worthwhile move for Twitch. While he couldn’t share exact numbers, Chase said that Australia is punching above its weight in terms of community growth on Twitch. Globally, the company has more than 100 million unique viewers per month.

“You have a lot of gamers here,” he said. “Video game sales are incredible … since this is such a healthy ecosystem, we want to provide them with the best possible broadcasting experience.”

Originally posted on mashable

Celebrate Bob Ross with all 403 ‘Joy of Painting’ episodes on Twitch

Beloved painter and TV host Bob Ross died 20 years ago. But Oct. 29 is his birthday, and the Internet is celebrating it in the most unusual of places: Twitch.

The social video platform secured the rights to all 404 episodes of Ross’s art-focused TV series, The Joy of Painting, and they’re all set to be broadcast at twitch.tv/bobross between Oct. 29 and Nov. 6. The event coincides with the launch of the new Twitch Creative channel.

“The Creative community was born from the gaming community on Twitch, as top broadcasters began broadcasting creation of fan art during gameplay down time,” Twitch Creative boss Bill Morrier said in a statement. “This attracted more broadcasters to the platform whose primary focus was on artistic endeavors. With their passion, variety, camaraderie, and sheer organic growth, they inspired us to put a much larger spotlight on their community.”

Known for his soft-spoken demeanor and absurdly impressive perm, Ross used the Joy of Painting series to help viewers find a simple, accessible entry point into artistic endeavors. He had a particular way of narrating his creative process that made the show feel welcoming, and he stuck with simple, inexpensive materials that would encourage viewers to paint along with him.

Ross was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having enlisted when he was 18. It was during his military service that Ross first encountered The Magic World of Oil Painting, a TV series hosted by German artist Bill Alexander. This led him to study with Alexander, who taught Ross the trademark wet-on-wet oil technique that he was using on his series. Ross eventually left the Air Force when he realized he could make a career out of being an artist.

The Twitch stream doesn’t appear to have started yet, but tune in at the link above to make sure you don’t miss a moment of this unexpected (yet totally welcome) Bob Ross marathon.

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Originally posted on mashable