Live-streaming, esports, and gaming news highlights for the week of August 19, 2019

Reddit is giving live-streaming a go in limited pilot

TL;DR - Reddit rolled out the Reddit Public Access Network, or r/pan, last week for a brief trial to a limited audience. For five days, select redditors were invited to participate, both as viewers and broadcasters. Anyone invited was able to stream, with more popular streams rising to the top of the subreddit based on the site’s famous upvote/downvote system. After the trial, Reddit said it will assess and decide if this is something it wants to roll out to the broader community. I personally checked it out and just saw a stream of someone’s toilet. It oddly both met and let down my expectations.

Full story - https://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/3080666/reddit-launches-trial-of-live-streaming-service-to-take-on-twitch-and-youtube

Ninja eclipses 1.5M subscribers on Mixer since move

TL;DR - Since his move to Mixer from rival platform Twitch, Ninja has managed to accumulate over 1.5M subscribers, with Microsoft picking up the tab through September. In that time, his viewership numbers are roughly equivalent to what they were on Twitch, but that push doesn’t seem to be rolling down to other Mixer streamers. The jury is out on what the long-term impact of this talent acquisition will be for Mixer, however Ninja remains optimistic that he and Mixer are moving in the right direction.

Full story - https://screenrant.com/ninja-mixer-subscriptions-1-5-million/

Old School Runescape streamer claims to have set new streaming record on Twitch

TL;DR - Twitch streamer ItsArmand claims he’s broken the record for most hours streamed in a single month by a solo streamer - and he has the VoDs to prove it. ItsArmand, who mains Old School Runescape, claims he’s racked up 542 hours in August streaming on Twitch by himself, sometimes for 19 hours a day. The previous record was held by EdisonParkLive at 541 hours. ItsArmand acknowledged this sort of behavior is not healthy by any stretch, and said he was in good health before embarking on this journey. He also stressed the importance of getting up and moving periodically and staying well hydrated - good practices in general, regardless of how long you plan to stream. His goal by the end is 566 hours.

Full story - https://www.dexerto.com/entertainment/florida-man-claims-set-twitch-record-for-most-hours-streamed-month-933128

Roku Twitch app to shut down in mid-September

TL;DR - Nearly two years ago Twitch pulled its official app from Roku players but allowed anyone who’d already installed it to continue using it indefinitely. “Indefinitely” will come to an end on September 12th when Twitch ends support for the v3 endpoints of its API, effectively killing the older version of the app. The Twitch app is still supported broadly across other streaming platforms, including Android TV and AirPlay, among others.

Full story - https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/amazons-grandfathered-twitch-roku-channel-will-shutdown-in-september/

DrLupo signs with ReKTGlobal as org’s new front man

TL;DR - Popular Fortnite streamer and charity fundraising powerhouse DrLupo has signed with esports org ReKTGlobal to be the publicly facing persona of the company. In exchange for equity (and surely a healthy paycheck), DrLupo will represent his new org through public appearances and, of course, his insanely popular Twitch streams. Between Twitch and YouTube he’s amassed over five million followers, an audience he successfully deployed to raise almost $1M in 4.5 hours for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital - a charity he’ll stream to support again this December.

Full story - https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/22/fortnite-streamer-drlupo-signs-multi-year-deal-with-rektglobal.html

Interactive sci-fi show ‘Artificial’ brings home Twitch’s first Emmy

TL;DR - Bernie Su’s live-streamed series, ‘Artificial’, won the 2019 Emmy for “Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media” - the first such award for a show live-streamed on Twitch. During its seasons, the show streams one-hour episodes during which viewers can vote to influence the direction of the series. Su is no stranger to Emmys, with this being his third. He previously won for his YouTube show called ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’, and another show called ‘Emma Approved’. The actual awards will be presented on September 14th in Los Angeles.

Full story - https://www.tubefilter.com/2019/08/23/bernie-sus-livestreamed-interactive-sci-fi-series-artificial-brings-twitch-its-first-emmy/

Epic Games teams up with Rogue Squadron developer Factor 5 on new streaming-focused studio

TL;DR - Epic Games and members from the famed Factor 5 team have joined forces on a new development studio based in Cologne, Germany. The Factor 5 team was responsible for the iconic Star Wars: Rogue Squadron games. The new studio will be focused on developing around live-streaming technology, something this team is well-suited to handle given their backgrounds with Hulu, Nintendo, and Sony. Epic Games was quick to clarify this studio will be working with existing tech, and not focused on developing new streaming technology or games. It’s safe to assume their initial work will be dedicated to getting Fortnite in front of more eyeballs as the game’s esports footprint continues to grow.

Full story - https://www.shacknews.com/article/113513/epic-games-opens-streaming-focused-studio-with-factor-5-founders

Florida and LA confirmed as next two Call of Duty franchise locations

TL;DR - Activision announced last week the 8th and 9th additions to its new upcoming Call of Duty esports league. OWL Florida Mayhem owner Misfits Gaming acquired the rights for a Florida-based team, while Los Angeles Gladiators owner Kroenke Sports and Entertainment will operate the second Los Angeles team of the league. Immortals Gaming Club owns the first LA slot which it acquired about a month ago. This brings the current roster to Minnesota, Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris, Toronto, Los Angeles (x2), and Florida.

Full story - https://dotesports.com/call-of-duty/news/activision-confirms-florida-second-la-franchise-2020-call-of-duty-league

Stream-Aid brings new monetization options to content creators

TL;DR - Stream-Aid, a monetization platform for live-streamers, has deployed a set of tools to assist streamers in connecting with their audiences and making some money along the way. Its Listings, Missions, and Scenes tools give viewers new ways to interact with their favorite streamers through overlay triggering donations and bounties. Viewers can also purchase services and access from streamers such as game time or coaching. Stream-Aid is compatible with all major streaming platforms and will consider sponsorship for streamers with 50 or more concurrent viewers.

Full story - https://esportsinsider.com/2019/08/stream-aid/