2017 Charity Update: Twitch community gives back at record pace!

Ever since Twitch was but a wee babe, it has been clear that one of the community’s most important goals has been helping others. The passion for giving has been self-evident through the constant support for broadcasters and assistance for community members in need. This is especially pronounced in the astonishing amount of funds raised for charitable causes. Since Twitch’s launch, the community has now officially raised over $75,000,000 for over 100 different charities!

We wanted to take a moment to celebrate this incredible accomplishment made possible by thousands of talented and generous individuals, while also highlighting some of the events in 2017 that have led the community to the strongest annual fundraising start ever. While Twitch raised a record of $25.3 million for charity last year, only $4.6 million of that was raised through July 2016. The $9.1 million raised so far in 2017 shows big potential for reaching even greater heights by the end of the year.

Here are some prominent events, both old and new, that have led the charge:

  • Games Done Quick raised $2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation during AGDQ and $1.8 million for Doctors Without Borders during SGDQ.
  • GuardianCon more than doubled last year’s total raised for St. Jude with $1.2 million.
  • The PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Charity Invitational featured several Twitch partners and was this year’s biggest new fundraiser with over $220,000 raised for Gamers’ Outreach.
  • Gamers For Orcas raised $105,000 for WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) in their first annual event.

Make sure to follow the official Twitch Charity Twitter and join the Twitch Desktop Charity Server for updates throughout the year!


2017 Charity Update: Twitch community gives back at record pace! was originally published in Twitch Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Crunchyroll brings more than 15 full seasons of anime hits to Twitch

Twitch marathons are a wonderful thing. Bob Ross soothed our souls with happy little trees in The Joy of Painting. Fred Rogers welcomed us into his neighborhood and taught us to be good to each other in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. We’re not yet sure what the takeaway will be for our next marathon, but make no mistake: Senpai has noticed us.

We’re happy to announce that on July 27, we’ll begin streaming the Crunchyroll marathon right here on /TwitchPresents*. For the unfamiliar (or the hungry), Crunchyroll is not a kind of sushi; it’s an awesome anime streaming service, and together we’ve selected over 15 anime series specifically for your viewing pleasure.

If you’re super into waifus and wall scrolls, tune in for a refresher or to share your thoughts on who truly is best girl. If all you know about anime starts and ends with the Twitch emote “VoHiYo,” think of the marathon like a buffet. Try a bit of everything. See what’s out there. You might find something you really like! If not, at least you’ll understand why everyone says “yelling makes you stronger.”

We’ll reveal the full schedule of anime soon, but for now we’d like to share a few series you’ll be able to sample, with descriptions courtesy of Crunchyroll.

  • Mob Psycho 100 (streaming July 27): “Mob” is a boy who has trouble expressing himself, and he happens to be a powerful esper. Mob is determined to live a normal life and keep his ESP suppressed, but when his emotions surge to a level of 100%, something terrible happens to him!
  • Yuri!!! On ICE (streaming July 28): Yuri Katsuki carried the hope of all Japan on his shoulders in the Figure Skating Grand Prix, but suffered a crushing defeat in the finals. He returned to his hometown and hid away in his family’s home. That’s when five-time consecutive world champion, Viktor Nikiforov, suddenly appeared at his door. Now as his coach and mentor, Viktor reshapes Yuri’s passion for figure skating in a whole new way in this 7-time Crunchyroll Award-winning favorite.
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (streaming July 27): Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not.

Join us starting on July 27 for the Crunchyroll marathon. We’ll bring the anime. We’ll bring the emotes — speaking of which, say hello to Crunchyroll Hime, a new global emote available until August 1, for free! But we’ll definitely need you around to give Twitch Chat all your energy.

* While we’re excited to bring the Crunchyroll marathon to Twitch, the content may be limited in some Asia-Pacific countries. For more, click here.


Crunchyroll brings more than 15 full seasons of anime hits to Twitch was originally published in Twitch Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Building a better Vodcast experience

It’s been a little over a month since we first launched Vodcast, a feature that allows streamers to be live without having to go live. By replaying past broadcasts or premiering new uploads, you can engage your viewers in live experiences around pre-recorded content.

Since the launch, we’ve heard a lot of feedback from you about how we can improve the Vodcast experience. While there’s been a wide range of feedback, most of it came down to:

  1. Clearer communication
  2. More control
  3. Improved discoverability

Based on your feedback and suggestions, we’ve made several improvements to the Vodcast experience.

Clearer communication

In addition to the white dot with “VODCAST” that appears when the mouse hovers over the video player, there’s now a persistent bar at the top of the player that shows the title of the VOD being played during the Vodcast.

In your Followed Channels list, you’ll now see channels that are Vodcasting marked with a grey dot and positioned below live channels.

If you use your Followed Channels list in the collapsed view, you’ll notice that when you hover your mouse over a channel that’s Vodcasting, the tooltip will read “(Vodcast).”

When you start a Vodcast, now your viewers will receive an updated notification with clearer wording that lets them know that you’ve started a Vodcast.

More control

Do you only want to include Live channels in your Auto Host list? We’ve added an option in your Auto Hosting settings that lets you toggle between including or excluding channels running Vodcasts in your list.

Improved discoverability

Previously, your Vodcast would be categorized in the Channel directories based on the information you provided in the Stream Information widget. This created confusion if your Vodcast contained videos of different games, so we made a way to automatically update the stream details for your Vodcast based on the details for each individual video in your list. If you click on the settings cog in the Vodcast widget, you’ll now see an “Autoupdate Game Information” toggle.

We appreciate your continued feedback and will continue making improvements based on your ideas to make Vodcast a more engaging experience. So keep letting us know what you think on User Voice or via the #uploads-discussion channel on the Twitch Desktop App server!


Building a better Vodcast experience was originally published in Twitch Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Week 4 VOD to VIP Winners!

We’ve just wrapped up another week of VOD to VIP, and are happy to bring you the winners from Week 4!

First, our runners up, who will receive some great Twitch swag, are:

3rd Place: PusoKo

2nd Place: AgentArnold

And now our Grand Prize winner who will get two tickets to TwitchCon and an invite to a special VIP mixer is Lostisthename having submitted this montage of her year of streaming on Twitch!

Week 5 has just ended and we are doing our entry reviews now, but if you just missed out on sending in your submissions, Week 6 is now live! Make sure to upload your VODs today and submit them here for your chance to win!

This contest will run weekly through September 6th, so there’s still plenty of time to create and submit your VODs for a chance to win tickets to TwitchCon!


Week 4 VOD to VIP Winners! was originally published in Twitch Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

New: Turn on Browser Notifications (and you’ll never miss a beat)

*infomercial voice* How many times has THIS happened to you? You’re at your computer. You’re on Twitch, but it’s in the background. When your favorite streamer goes live, you miss the notification. The world implodes.

Here at Twitch, we’ve got a solution. Starting now, if you have Chrome or Firefox, you’ll be able to turn on browser notifications, so even if Twitch is not in the foreground browser tab — or not opened at all — you’ll still be able to know when your favorite streamers are live, what interesting videos have been uploaded, what Clips are trending, and more!

How to enable browser notifications?

Glad you asked. There are two ways.

Way #1: Through the Settings Page

  1. Open Chrome or Firefox on your desktop.
  2. Go to Twitch.tv and log into your Twitch account.
  3. Go to your username, click the drop down button (top right corner) and go to Settings.
  4. Within the Settings page, navigate to the Notifications tab.
  5. Click on the checkbox to enable browser notifications.
  6. Click “Save.”
  7. You’ll see a browser pop up asking you to enable browser notifications. Click “yes.”
  8. Once your browser notification is enabled, you will start getting notifications even if Twitch isn’t opened on the browser. (Remember: this only works for Chrome & Firefox currently.)

Way #2: Through the Notification Center

  1. Open Chrome or Firefox on your desktop.
  2. Go to Twitch.tv and log into your Twitch account.
  3. Click into the Notification Center (on the top right) to find the notification asking you to turn on browser notifications.
  4. Click on the notification.
  5. You’ll see a browser pop up asking you to enable browser notifications. Click “yes.”
  6. Once your browser notification is enabled, you will start getting notifications even if Twitch isn’t opened on the browser. (Remember: this only works for Chrome & Firefox currently.)

Burning questions:

Q. What happens if you have the Twitch Desktop App open?

If your Twitch Desktop App is opened, then browser notifications telling you the Streamer is live will be suppressed, so you won’t get duplicates.

Q. Will this feature be rolled out in other browsers outside of Chrome & Firefox?

Yes, eventually. Stay tuned!

Q. Is this feature enabled globally?
Yes. No matter where you are located, for Chrome and Firefox browsers, you can turn on browser notifications for Twitch.

Happy viewing!


New: Turn on Browser Notifications (and you’ll never miss a beat) was originally published in Twitch Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Stay in touch with your viewers with the new Twitch mobile app

Stay in touch with your viewers using the new Twitch mobile app

If you’re hitting the road this summer, check out our four-part AFK Series featuring tips for using Twitch to your advantage when you’re going to be away from keyboard. You’ll read about putting your channel page to work for you, engaging your audience while you’re away from your full streaming rig, and preparing for your eventual return (because, sadly, all good vacations must come to an end).

Last week we launched the brand new Twitch mobile app, which makes it easier to stay connected to Twitch, even when you’re on vacation. What a coincidence!

The app lets you find your favorite content, people, and streams on Twitch when you’re on the go. It also lets you stay in touch with your viewers without juggling tons of social media apps.

When you stream, you build a community, and that doesn’t just go away when you’re not at home. We’re online all the time anyway, and with the help of some tools on Twitch, it’s easy to stay in touch with your viewers no matter where you are.

Keep reading to learn more about…

Read and reply to messages on your uploads

If you read Part 1 of this series, you already know that before you hit the road you can schedule your uploaded videos to automagically go live when you’re offline. It took some sorcery, but we made it happen.

Once your video is published, the chat messages will start rolling in. Your viewers can leave timestamped messages on your uploads, bringing all the fun of Twitch chat to videos. When you watch your uploaded video in the new Twitch mobile app, you’ll be able to keep in touch with your viewers by responding to messages on the fly.

Learn more in our Guide to Chat on Videos.

Use mobile streaming to share your vacation experience with your viewers

As much as you might like to pack up your whole streaming rig and take it with your for some vacation-time gaming, it’s not exactly practical to fit a PC in your carry-on. With the latest mobile app update, you can stream to your channel directly from your phone’s camera — just tap the camera icon on the Pulse tab.

When you go live with a mobile stream, remember to:

  • Check that you have a stable internet connection before going live.
  • Stay safe and aware of your surroundings.
  • Protect your privacy and the privacy of others. Sharing your location or personal info can be risky.
  • Respect the content of others. If you’re at a concert or event, make sure you have permission to stream before going live.

Have you tried mobile streaming yet? What about chat on uploads? Use #AFKsummer to send your best tips our way, and we’ll share the best ones on Twitter or even in a future blog post.

If you missed our previous posts, check them out here: Put your channel page to work while you’re away, Stay in touch with your viewers when you can’t stream.

Stay tuned for next week, when we’ll talk about how you get ready for your return to streaming.


Stay in touch with your viewers with the new Twitch mobile app was originally published in Twitch Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.