Tis’ the season to be cozy

Twitch holiday items are here now!

It’s the perfect time of the year to get cozy on your couch (or gaming chair) with a cup of something hot and dig into all your favorite games, shows, and streams. Twitch is here to help you do that in style with a brand new drop of holiday themed items for you and all the awesome people in your life!

Starting today, normal cups have become obsolete. Now that you can drink your hot chocolate from an oversized Glitch Mug, there’s simply no going back. And for those of you with a penchant for the outdoors (RIP summer), Twitch has got you covered with our Plaid Camper Mug. Other new items include an ornament set featuring two tree bulbs, letting you proudly display Glitch all season long.

And of course, what holiday season would be complete without gifts? Not only are the new Twitch sweatshirts (his & hers) the perfect gift, but you can also wrap them up in Glitch wrapping paper.

Check out all the super sweet ways you can show off your Twitch pride on our Twitch Store, and don’t forget to show us your very own Twitch Style on Twitter @Twitch #Twitchwear!


Tis’ the season to be cozy was originally published in Twitch Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Introducing an AWS Credits Program for Extension Development

Twitch is dedicated to cultivating creativity and innovation within its developer community. To this end we have collaborated with Amazon Web Services to launch the Twitch Extensions AWS Credits Program.

The aim of this program is to provide selected developers the opportunity to create proof-of-concepts for new and interesting Twitch Extensions. Those approved will receive the support of Twitch and AWS through the direct application of AWS Promotional Credits to the AWS accounts of selected developers.

If you have a great idea for a Twitch Extension — and the team to build it — you are encouraged to apply! We’re particularly interested in seeing you create Twitch Extensions that:

  • Unlock new modes of interactivity between streamers and their viewers
  • Allow streamers to gain new insights into the sentiment of their viewers
  • Do fun and cool things with visualizing stream metadata and API data

Application Process

Applications will be received via this form.

Applicants must ensure their application is complete and correct prior to submission. No additional information will be considered during the selection process. Applications containing incorrect information or omissions will not be considered for approval.

You may submit one application per month, and developers with multiple compelling ideas may also be selected for more than one project. Applications will be reviewed once a month.

Selection Criteria

As stated, the purpose of this program is to support the innovation of Twitch developers. We are excited to see what you come up with, and are particularly excited to see ideas that unlock new levels of interactivity and innovation for Twitch creators and their viewers. All completed submissions will be evaluated by Twitch and AWS on the criteria below.

  • Customer value: How will this Extension serve Twitch creators?
  • Business potential: Potential for Extension to build viable business over time
  • Creativity & innovation: Ability to amaze and delight viewers when engaging with a stream
  • Use of AWS services: How will you use AWS services to power your Extension?

Program Details

Each approved developer will be onboarded with an introduction to members of the Twitch Developers team along with relevant support documentation and — of course — AWS Promotional Credits applied directly to their specified AWS account. Developers accepted into the program are also encouraged to communicate across teams to help build through shared learning and value. This will be facilitated through the use of the Twitch Desktop App.

FAQ

What do I need to participate?

When are applications due?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed and selected in groups once a month. You can submit one application per month.

When and how will I be notified of the results of my application?

We’ll notify you via email within 60 days of your submission.

What happens if I’m selected?

  • You will be notified via email.
  • Then you celebrate!
  • Then you get to work.

What happens if I’m not selected?

Keep working on that idea, re-work your proposal, and re-apply next month for consideration.

How are submissions evaluated?

We’re particularly excited to see ideas that unlock new levels of interactivity and innovation for streamers and their viewers. All completed submissions will be evaluated by Twitch and AWS on the criteria below.

  • Customer value: How will this serve Twitch content creators?
  • Business potential: Prospects of building a viable business via the Extension over time
  • Creativity & innovation: Ability to amaze and delight viewers when engaging with a stream
  • Use of AWS services: How will you use AWS services to power your Extension?

Can I submit more than one idea / application?

Yes, you absolutely can! But please submit each idea separately.

Do I need to build an Extension before I submit an application?

No, you can submit an idea in any stage of development!

What can I use the AWS Promotional Credits for?

  • API Gateway is probably a good choice
  • Maybe you’d also like to use Lambda (because Twitch Scale™)
  • DynamoDB could be a thing you need as well
  • Any other AWS services necessary for development of your Twitch Extension

Can I use AWS Promotional Credits for costs unrelated to Extensions development?

Nope.

I have another question. Who do I ask?

Visit us in the forums!

Terms & Conditions

AWS Promotional Credits will be awarded by AWS and Twitch based on the criteria above. By accepting the AWS Credits you agree to describe your experience developing your Extension for our use in promoting Extensions and AWS. AWS Credits received under this offer may only be used for testing and development of your Extension, not for production usage, and are subject to the AWS Promotional Credit Terms and Conditions, currently available at https://aws.amazon.com/awscredits.


Introducing an AWS Credits Program for Extension Development was originally published in Twitch Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Introducing an AWS Credits Program for Extension Development

Twitch is dedicated to cultivating creativity and innovation within its developer community. To this end we have collaborated with Amazon Web Services to launch the Twitch Extensions AWS Credits Program.

The aim of this program is to provide selected developers the opportunity to create proof-of-concepts for new and interesting Twitch Extensions. Those approved will receive the support of Twitch and AWS through the direct application of AWS Promotional Credits to the AWS accounts of selected developers.

If you have a great idea for a Twitch Extension — and the team to build it — you are encouraged to apply! We’re particularly interested in seeing you create Twitch Extensions that:

  • Unlock new modes of interactivity between streamers and their viewers
  • Allow streamers to gain new insights into the sentiment of their viewers
  • Do fun and cool things with visualizing stream metadata and API data

Application Process

Applications will be received via this form.

Applicants must ensure their application is complete and correct prior to submission. No additional information will be considered during the selection process. Applications containing incorrect information or omissions will not be considered for approval.

You may submit one application per month, and developers with multiple compelling ideas may also be selected for more than one project. Applications will be reviewed once a month.

Selection Criteria

As stated, the purpose of this program is to support the innovation of Twitch developers. We are excited to see what you come up with, and are particularly excited to see ideas that unlock new levels of interactivity and innovation for Twitch creators and their viewers. All completed submissions will be evaluated by Twitch and AWS on the criteria below.

  • Customer value: How will this Extension serve Twitch creators?
  • Business potential: Potential for Extension to build viable business over time
  • Creativity & innovation: Ability to amaze and delight viewers when engaging with a stream
  • Use of AWS services: How will you use AWS services to power your Extension?

Program Details

Each approved developer will be onboarded with an introduction to members of the Twitch Developers team along with relevant support documentation and — of course — AWS Promotional Credits applied directly to their specified AWS account. Developers accepted into the program are also encouraged to communicate across teams to help build through shared learning and value. This will be facilitated through the use of the Twitch Desktop App.

FAQ

What do I need to participate?

When are applications due?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed and selected in groups once a month. You can submit one application per month.

When and how will I be notified of the results of my application?

We’ll notify you via email within 60 days of your submission.

What happens if I’m selected?

  • You will be notified via email.
  • Then you celebrate!
  • Then you get to work.

What happens if I’m not selected?

Keep working on that idea, re-work your proposal, and re-apply next month for consideration.

How are submissions evaluated?

We’re particularly excited to see ideas that unlock new levels of interactivity and innovation for streamers and their viewers. All completed submissions will be evaluated by Twitch and AWS on the criteria below.

  • Customer value: How will this serve Twitch content creators?
  • Business potential: Prospects of building a viable business via the Extension over time
  • Creativity & innovation: Ability to amaze and delight viewers when engaging with a stream
  • Use of AWS services: How will you use AWS services to power your Extension?

Can I submit more than one idea / application?

Yes, you absolutely can! But please submit each idea separately.

Do I need to build an Extension before I submit an application?

No, you can submit an idea in any stage of development!

What can I use the AWS Promotional Credits for?

  • API Gateway is probably a good choice
  • Maybe you’d also like to use Lambda (because Twitch Scale™)
  • DynamoDB could be a thing you need as well
  • Any other AWS services necessary for development of your Twitch Extension

Can I use AWS Promotional Credits for costs unrelated to Extensions development?

Nope.

I have another question. Who do I ask?

Visit us in the forums!

Terms & Conditions

AWS Promotional Credits will be awarded by AWS and Twitch based on the criteria above. By accepting the AWS Credits you agree to describe your experience developing your Extension for our use in promoting Extensions and AWS. AWS Credits received under this offer may only be used for testing and development of your Extension, not for production usage, and are subject to the AWS Promotional Credit Terms and Conditions, currently available at https://aws.amazon.com/awscredits.


Introducing an AWS Credits Program for Extension Development was originally published in Twitch Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Profile pic updates are now live

We’re adding some (literal) character to the default profile pic.

Today we updated the default lightning bolt profile image with some new personalities. These characters have made a cameo or two on Twitch before, and now they’re here to spruce up the old default profile pic. You can choose one of seven new image options under the Profile Picture section of your profile settings.

Of course, you can still upload your own photo. We increased the maximum file size limit from 3MB to 10MB, so you can be 3.33x more creative.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback. Let us know what you think @twitch!


Profile pic updates are now live was originally published in Twitch Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

JTV usernames are now yours for the taking

We’re publicly releasing the nearly 30 million inactive usernames that were used on Twitch’s predecessor, Justin.tv.

These highly coveted names have been unavailable since we retired the Justin.tv brand a few years ago, but we’re excited to finally make them available again. You’re welcome, xXNewbLord07Xx.

To commemorate this, we’re resetting the 60-day rename cooldown on all accounts that have changed their names already. Simply go to your Profile Settings. Beside your username you’ll see text indicating that you’re eligible to make a name change.

Once you’ve changed your name, the abandoned username will be held by Twitch for a minimum of six months. We may decide to return it to the pool of available usernames for the community and new users. We will not recycle Partner usernames, except in special circumstances.

We often receive requests for taken but inactive usernames. Unfortunately, at this time, we still do not accept direct requests to take a name from another existing account. Inactive usernames are subject to our username recycle and reuse policy. Please see this blog for more information on how that works.

Please note, streamers, that you will lose access to your dashboard stats if you change your username. To preserve your streamer stats, you must export them prior to changing your username. It should also be noted that the URL for your channel page will change and the old one will not redirect to your new one, so be sure to update the link wherever you are using it externally.

There is a lot to consider when changing your username, but we hope you’ll get some good use out of this tool.

*Important clarification to Affiliates only: An earlier email stated that affiliate usernames will not be recycled. We want to clarify that if you change your username, your old username may be recycled after 6 months.


JTV usernames are now yours for the taking was originally published in Twitch Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

JTV usernames are now yours for the taking

We’re publicly releasing the nearly 30 million inactive usernames that were used on Twitch’s predecessor, Justin.tv.

These highly coveted names have been unavailable since we retired the Justin.tv brand a few years ago, but we’re excited to finally make them available again. You’re welcome, xXNewbLord07Xx.

To commemorate this, we’re resetting the 60-day rename cooldown on all accounts that have changed their names already. Simply go to your Profile Settings. Beside your username you’ll see text indicating that you’re eligible to make a name change.

Once you’ve changed your name, the abandoned username will be held by Twitch for a minimum of six months. We may decide to return it to the pool of available usernames for the community and new users. We will not recycle Partner usernames, except in special circumstances.

We often receive requests for taken but inactive usernames. Unfortunately, at this time, we still do not accept direct requests to take a name from another existing account. Inactive usernames are subject to our username recycle and reuse policy. Please see this blog for more information on how that works.

Please note, streamers, that you will lose access to your dashboard stats if you change your username. To preserve your streamer stats, you must export them prior to changing your username. It should also be noted that the URL for your channel page will change and the old one will not redirect to your new one, so be sure to update the link wherever you are using it externally.

There is a lot to consider when changing your username, but we hope you’ll get some good use out of this tool.

*Important clarification to Affiliates only: An earlier email stated that affiliate usernames will not be recycled. We want to clarify that if you change your username, your old username may be recycled after 6 months.


JTV usernames are now yours for the taking was originally published in Twitch Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.