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Year after year, TwitchCon remains our favorite event. 2018 was no different. Here's our recap of how it all went down, and TONS of photos to prove we were actually there.





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  • Twitch Prime leveling up the free games...game
  • Ninja proves there are no limits on Twitch
  • Competitive Fortnite and a huge celebrity tournament are in the works
  • All that and more, plus ICYMI. Get at it!

  • Fortnite may be the new top dog on Twitch
  • Tencent is betting BIG on Chinese streaming platforms
  • Why patience may be a streamer's greatest asset

  • Twitch facing a lawsuit over nearly 2 year old ban
  • Mixer scores with exclusive streaming rights to pro Smite leagues
  • First-of-its-kind streaming game show is nearly upon us
  • Plus more, more more - really it was a busy week

  • Twitch rolls out loads of new features but delays community guidelines update
  • Vimeo seeking to enter the live-streaming game
  • Hawaii wasting no time taking aim at in-game loot boxes

  • Twitch looks back on 2017 - and so do we
  • Are you ready for a Google console platform?
  • RIP Oddshot, you will be missed
  • Dr DisRespect officially the new king of Twitch

  • With $46 million in backing, Caffeine seeks to take on Twitch
  • More records broken on Twitch after CS:GO Major
  • Advertising toss-up hits gaming content hard on YouTube in 2017
  • We've sourced a helpful guide for aspiring streamers by one of their own

  • Twitch: 1 / viewbotters: 0
  • YouTube Gaming streamer growth outpacing Twitch
  • DotA 2 community at serious odds with ESL over Facebook streaming deal
  • Mixer and Facebook edging deeper into Twitch's dominance

  • Twitch adds new tools for streamers and calls in some Disney talent
  • CS:GO Pro League and ESL One get cozy with Facebook
  • Tencent, Bluehole, PUBG, and hackers galore
  • And in our ICYMI, an interview with Brendan Greene by GamesRadar+
  • Get to it!

  • TSM raises $25 million in investment round
  • Overwatch League and Tyler1 absolutely crushing it on Twitch this week
  • Riot and the Big Ten partner to the benefit of esports student-athletes
  • And loads more - really, it was a massive week!

  • Asus sets sights on Chinese esports market with $16 million investment
  • Valve strips Major title from Philippines event weeks before it kicks off
  • NCAA officially recognizes collegiate LoL
  • And prepare your memes boys and girls - Tyler1 is unbanned from League

  • Mixer pulls the one-two with a fully revamped app experience and a new way to enjoy chicken dinners
  • Amazon's Alexa help Twitch find its voice
  • Esports vs. 2017 - and what a year it's been
  • Plus more, more more!

  • Fortnite making inroads on PUBG viewership dominance
  • Looking for the latest esports match results? Google MIGHT save you some time
  • Faker is real as hell at the 2017 Game Awards
  • Ever wonder how hard the top talent on Twitch works? Forget Google - our ICYMI has you covered!

  • Twitch unleashes tsunami proportions wave of updates
  • Esports Industry Awards recap (spoiler: there were winners)
  • Our thoughts on the EA/Disney/Battlefront 2 saga and the importance of intellectual property
  • As usual, all content in the Roundup is free-to-play with no MTX, ever

  • Twitch and Chess.com make things official
  • 30 million Justin.tv usernames set to hit the open market
  • Why can't Tencent quit Bluehole?
  • All this, plus a quick look at our most recent local meet-up!

  • Twitch streamer growth impresses in Q3 - viewership remains flat
  • Overwatch League inaugural season schedule firmed up
  • Mixer takes on discovery with new mobile app
  • We have a pass at team loyalty in esports
  • And the rest of the week's top news from streaming and esports!

  • Cloud9 funding round results in virtual esports land grab
  • Blizzard unveils its contenders for Blizzcon HS Inn-vitational
  • Microsoft continues to show Mixer the love

  • TwitchCon is over, but the big updates are just around the corner
  • The 2018 NA LCS roster may just be on the books
  • A quick rundown of our adventures at TwitchCon
  • ...and heaps more just a short scroll away

  • PUBG is going HAM at IEM Oakland
  • Amazon makes the Twitch gear dream a reality
  • Riot flips the script on the EU LCS

$200K PUBG TOURNAMENT COMING TO IEM OAKLAND

TL:DR - Joining the ranks of Starcraft 2, Quake Live, and League of Legends, PUBG has secured a spot at IEM Oakland with a $200k tournament. Running November 18-19, the competition will feature 20 teams of 4 players each, half invited by Bluehole and IEM and the remaining half competing in a set of qualifiers for the spot in the tournament.


  • Tencent romancing Bluehole over PUBG
  • Riot is taking the NA LCS back to its roots
  • Cloud9 closing in on latest investment goal of $25M

CLOUD9 HAS ALMOST WRAPPED A $25M INVESTMENT ROUND

TL:DR - The esports org is sitting just shy of $20M as part of a $25M Series A round, the second investment round they’ve sought. Current investors include Joe Montana, and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, however those from the latest round are yet undisclosed. This latest round comes just after Cloud9 reportedly paid the $20M franchise fee to participate in Blizzard’s upcoming Overwatch League, and will owe Riot Games upwards of $10M to remain in the NA LCS for the 2018 competitive season.


  • Blizzard fills Philly and Houston Overwatch League openings
  • TwitchCon sponsors, activities, and exhibitors announced - PogChamp!
  • PUBG wins at Steam, drops mic

  • ESL hands Smashcast a $1.5 million lawsuit
  • Twitch announces enhancements for devs, viewers, AND streamers - oh my!
  • Secret new LoL game mode deciphered by clever Redditor

  • Blizzard orders Overwatch League orgs to rebrand
  • PUBG continues to dominate
  • Our take on "crunch" time and hard work

  • TwitchCon 2017 schedule announced
  • Riot's BAMTech implementation facing big delays
  • Disney invests yet again in esports

  • Q2 2017 shows encouraging streaming growth across platforms
  • Riot in talks with EU LCS to alter league format
  • H1Z1 returning to TwitchCon with huge prize pool

  • Blizzard discloses Overwatch League player pay + benefits
  • $350k PUBG Invitational at Gamescom
  • Like League & DOTA, crowdfunding HotS is a thing now

  • Twitch streamers set charity milestone
  • Hope on the horizon for YouTube Gaming
  • Overwatch League facing legal hurdle

  • The Dota International is making history before it even begins
  • Disney bringing its magic to esports
  • Samsung brings streaming to Galaxy devices

  • TSM dominates the Rift in big win
  • Overwatch league spots snatched up quickly
  • Valve drops biggest ban hammer in history

  • Twitch Affiliates have a BIG new reason to celebrate
  • Kid favorite Nickelodeon enters esports
  • China bans ALL live streaming indefinitely

  • Twitch and Blizzard get cozy
  • Twitter introduces tipping
  • Details on the upcoming Quake Championships

  • Big upgrades for Twitch Affiliates "coming soon"
  • Intel gets savage with new ESL deal
  • What's it like when Amazon buys your company?

  • Twitch Affiliates level up
  • Discord reportedly scores a big funding round
  • Behind the scenes with the LoL skin creators [video]

  • Beam becomes Mixer
  • Riot and IEM part ways
  • CLG takes us on a tour of a new "high technology" esports facility

  • Facebook and ESL sign deal for heaps of content
  • Twitch releases AutoMod 2.0
  • We get emotional about cheating in esports

  • Overwatch clears major player milestone
  • Twitch and Team Liquid get serious
  • And the Olympics get cheeky with esports

  • Big updates to partnerships for Twitch, YouTube, and Beam
  • Riot looking at franchising model for 2018 NA LCS
  • eSports score another collegiate varsity win
  • ...and more!

We take a look at the last three years of streaming on Twitch - from the steady growth of streamers and viewers, to the entry of competitors like YouTube Gaming and Beam.pro. In a relatively short amount of time, Twitch has seen remarkable growth, claiming the top spot among live streaming platforms. Along the way the platform and the community have evolved, entertaining and giving back in new and creative ways.


  • British swatter gets counter-swatted for great justice
  • Dignitas sees a future in Facebook streaming
  • Twitch UI changes lead to surge in global pitchfork sales

  • In-app game buying live on Twitch
  • Blizzard drops the hammer of wrath on a cheat-maker
  • U of Utah bring esports to the Power 5

  • Overwatch World Cup qualifiers revamped
  • eSports up for an Emmy?
  • Collegiate esports on the rise

  • Live streaming comes to Facebook - look out!
  • Spoiler alert - Riot makes a lot of money. Like, a lot.
  • eSports revenue to surpass $1 billion by 2020

  • Twitch runs wild at PAX East
  • Washington DC is betting big on esports
  • No Man's Sky may have been...right?!

  • Like a game on Twitch? Buy a game on Twitch.
  • Riot crushers scripters to the tune of $10 million
  • Microsoft think you'll Beam in 2017

  • Twitch name changes, Drops for devs, and the 2016 retrospective
  • eSports user profile data revealed
  • Streaming vs. your health

  • SKT T1 learning English and CRUSHING Twitch records
  • Riot revamps LCS international events
  • Time Warner gets cheeky with bandwidth for gamers

  • SKT T1 making the move from Azubu to Twitch
  • Hearthstone comes up big with new tournament and more DreamHack!
  • eSports going daily to ESPN in Brazil

  • Overwatch hurdles 25 million player mark
  • Digital card games on track to pull in $1.4 billion in 2017
  • Will esports gambling become legal in Massachusetts?

  • The Big Ten and Riot join forces
  • Go to school in Toronto, get an esports scholarship
  • Beam sees major platform love from Microsoft

  • PEA CS:GO drama put to rest?
  • Milwaukee Bucks make it official
  • Nvidia brings top-end performance to anyone anywhere

  • Steam Awards winners announced
  • The best of the best-ofs - 2016
  • PEA, ESL, TSM - the acronyms throw down!

  • Players, teams, and organizations struggle with competitive CS:GO arrangements
  • NY Times addresses women in gaming
  • New AoE 2 expansion announced

  • New Twitch features bonanza (tons!)
  • Riot finalizes streaming deal (Disney...wtf?)
  • South Korea cracks down on cheating (in games, bruh)

  • ESPN wins with Capcom Cup
  • Milwaukee Bucks enter esports
  • 2016 LoL Worlds by the numbers

  • All NA LCS teams sign 2017 contracts with Riot Games
  • $100k Overwatch Winter Premiere tournament
  • Twitch comes to Bungie.net

  • Riot Games shoring up deal for streaming agreement
  • LCS team owners formally issue grievances to Riot Games
  • Twitch steps up to take roll as sponsorship rep