Live-streaming, esports, and gaming news highlights for the week of October 7, 2019
Another Mixer co-founder has departed Microsoft
TL;DR - Last week we shared that James Boehm, co-founder of Twitch competitor Mixer, had left Microsoft to pursue other interests. This week his co-founder, Matt Saldamendi, announced his departure as well. In his announcement via Twitter, Salsamendi mentioned he aims to focus his attention on lasers, something he’s always been passionate about. Exactly what that means we’ll likely learn from his Mixer stream, where he’s a partner - naturally.
Twitch’s recognizes early stream supporters with new Founder’s Badges
TL;DR - A Founder’s Badge is an exclusive viewer badge awarded to the first ten Prime or paid subscribers to Affiliate channels, and the first twenty-five Prime or paid subs to Partner channels. Current Affiliates and Partners have the feature enabled automatically starting immediately. Streamers that progress to Partner from Affiliate will earn the fifteen extra badges once their new status kicks in. Dropping a sub to a channel does not relinquish one’s Founder’s Badge, but displaying it will replace the current sub badge for that viewer. Gifted subs are not eligible, and getting a site-wide ban will result in a revocation of the badge.
Mixer makes good on commitment to expand monetization to all its streamers
TL;DR - Mixer originally promised monetization opportunities to all of its streamers over the summer, and now it’s following through. Streamers can now apply for early access to these new monetization features, which the platform has labeled “Streamer Progression”. Accepted streamers can begin earning Embers from their channel, followed by subscriptions and Custom Skills. Additionally, Mixer is rolling out its Mixer Verified Channel Program which earns streamers the coveted checkmark alongside their name while also unlocking monetization features.
Latest Streamlabs report indicates more streamers are exploring new platforms
TL;DR - A new report compiled by Streamlabs and Newzoo points to a trend of streamers experimenting with different platforms. Beginning in Q1, the number of unique channels on Twitch has dropped by nearly 33%, from 5.6M to 3.7M. Since about three months ago, Mixer has seen an influx of streaming talent, growing from 1.95M to 3.9M. It’s likely other platforms like Caffeine, Facebook Gaming, and DLive are having an impact as they seek to attract talent and additional viewership. While all of those new viewing options on Mixer may seem like a good thing, its viewership has actually shrunk by nearly 11%. The average CCV per Mixer stream has shockingly dropped from 8.9 to 2.7 in the second quarter. Twitch on the other hand has grown viewership during that same period by 4.5%, resulting in the most viewership its had since this report was first compiled in 2018. There’s a lot of data shared in the report and in this analysis so be sure to check the link to the full article for more on which games are dominant, and for additional data on other platforms like YouTube.
Fortnite pros join forces to form the game’s first players’ union
TL;DR - Sixteen Fortnite pros from the NA and EU regions have teamed up to create the Fortnite Professional Players’ Association (FNPPA). The group’s stated mission is “to provide [them] a professional platform to voice [their] opinions on the future of the competitive scene of Fortnite”. Founding members include professionals from orgs such as FaZe Clan, TSM, 100 Thieves, and the Fortnite world champ, Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf. Plans to invite others in the near future were mentioned in the official announcement. Motivating factors behind the group’s formation include Epic Games’ tendency to release major patches right before competitive events, and balance issues such as the B.R.U.T.E. mech suits. No comments from Epic were shared in the story.
Mixer wants to educate you on all things Mixer and streaming with Mixer Academy
TL;DR - Microsoft announced this week the launch of Mixer Academy, a curriculum designed to improve its user’s knowledge of streaming and the Mixer platform. Anyone with a Mixer account can participate, and it’s completely free. Once logged in, the Mixer Handbook will educate users on becoming better streamers, moderators, and power users. In the streaming track, aspiring stars can get lessons on building out their communities and networking with fellow streamers and industry players.
Streamelements report highlights insane growth of non-gaming content on Twitch
TL;DR - Not to be outdone by its competitor, Streamelements had its own streaming report to share and its insights are equally interesting. World of Warcraft Classic has been good to Asmongold, thrusting him firmly into the top spot on Twitch for September at 13M total hours watched. Fortnite continues to decline in popularity as measured by hours watched, down to 60M hours from 126M in January. The number of streamers playing the game has dropped by about the same percentage as well, but Season 11 is just around the corner and that will certainly impact viewership. At the other end of the spectrum is the Just Chatting category, which has grown by almost 36% since it was created in 2018. It’s the only category to grow every quarter of the year in 2019 - more so than Twitch itself. It’s sitting at 189M hours watched headed into Q3, and is projected to break 200M by year end.
Official Twitch app lands on Apple TV
TL;DR - The new Apple TV Twitch app behaves much like the desktop site, mainly because the intent is to cast Twitch to larger screens like living room TVs. Prior to this, viewers had to rely on third-party apps, or additional hardware to get Twitch on their TVs if they were Apple-loyalists. Browse functionality through the app is limited to rifling through game directories which are sorted, naturally, by view count.
Call of Duty League showcases new branding as the prize pool is announced
TL;DR - What was expected to be called the Call of Duty Global League, has been shortened as “Global” was dropped in favor of the shorter moniker. In addition to clearing any doubt about the name, Activision Blizzard also unveiled the league’s logo and announced a prize pool of over $6M for its inaugural season. The new installment of CoD: Modern Warfare will be played in the upcoming season, exclusively on the PS4 and in a 5v5 format.
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