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TwitchCon2017 Focuses On Celebrating Community

TwitchCon2017 Focuses On Celebrating Community

twitchcon2017 bellevuebusinessjournal.comThe annual TwitchCon2017 event kicked off this weekend October 20-22nd, 2017 in Long Beach, California. Twitch is a live streaming video platform owned by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of Amazon.com.

The keynote was presented by CEO Emmett Shear and hosted by Director of Programming Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham, and featured other key executives, including EVP Broadcaster Success Jonathan Shipman, VP Developer Success Kathy Astromoff, and SVP Commerce Ethan Evans.

The theme for the 3-day weekend event was “our stage, your story.” The focus was on bringing everyone together who’s made Twitch such a vibrant place, with a spotlight on creators, publishers, and developers.

It’s a very smart move for a company/service like Twitch to focus on celebrating the community that has helped them thrive. If it wasn’t for the community they wouldn’t be as successful as they are today bringing in more than 45 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast, watch and chat…

In addition to celebrating creators they announced new features and tools:

  • Stream summary: Creators want to know how their stream went after it ends and starting in November, Stream Summary makes that a reality. This summary will include the most relevant stats around viewers, follows, and chat activity, surface top clips, and show how their last stream impacted progress towards becoming an Affiliate or Partner. Timing: November, 2017
  • Achievements: Achievements help creators trace the path to Affiliate and Partner status by showing them their progress toward each requirement. Achievements also help creators learn Twitch streaming basics, improve their channel, connect with their community, and more! Timing: November, 2017
  • Raids: Raids–a way that creators help each other grow by sharing their community with another channel–are now easier than ever. A new /raid feature allows streamers to seamlessly let their viewers join a raid and then drive traffic to another streamer. This new feature also includes tracking to see who raided your channel and improved moderation features, such as the ability to choose who can raid your channel through new settings. Timing: November, 2017
  • Rituals: Rituals make it easier for creators to celebrate special moments that bring their community together. The initial Ritual enables creators to signal to their community in chat that a visitor is new to the channel and to welcome them. Timing: November, 2017.
  • Premieres: Premieres allow creators to maximize the excitement, anticipation, and viewership around new uploaded content by creating live first-viewing events. Similar to how people gather around the TV for the debut of a favorite show, fans can now do the same virtually for a creator’s new uploaded content. Creators can watch along with their community to provide insights, commentary, or just enjoy the show with their community. Timing: Q4 2017
  • Rooms: With Rooms, creators can develop smaller, parallel chat groups for users with shared interests, including moderators, subscribers, followers, and other community members. Timing: Q4 2017
  • Subscription gifting: Subscription Gifting allows anyone to gift 1-month subscriptions to any streamer’s channel to anyone on Twitch. Timing: Pre-holiday, Q4 2017
  • In-Extension purchases: Enables partners and affiliates to earn revenue from developer-created digital items that viewers buy within Extensions. Timing: Beta in November, 2017

The following milestones were also announced:

  • Twitch’s commitment to building the most means of monetization for creators has resulted in a massive year-over-year increase in revenue. In 2017, more than double the amount of money was paid to individual Partners with 71% more money generated on average.
  • Twitch Prime, which was announced at TwitchCon 2016, has been a huge success, bringing in 50% more subscriptions for streamers. That works out to one new sub every four seconds.
  • Representing one of the most successful discovery features Twitch has launched is Clips, which are up to 60 second snippets of video. There have been more than 1 billion views of Clips on Twitch since launch, including over 2.4 million views for the most-watched Clip of all timeby JurassicJunkie.
  • Earlier this year, Twitch expanded monetization support to tens of thousands of non-partnered streamers with the Twitch Affiliates Program.Within six months after its launch, over 110,000 creators have joined the program.
  • To ensure the best quality of service, video delay has been reduced an average of 60%.
  • AutoMod, the machine-based learning chatbot that ensures creators can effectively mitigate inappropriate behavior in chat, currently scans over 320 million chat messages a month.
  • Twitch Extensions are a new set of tools that allow developers to help creators customize their channel pages with interactive experiences. They’re flexible, dynamic, easy to build, and easy to use. In the six weeks since launch, streamers have shared their extensions with over 15 million viewers, and more than 1100 developers have registered to create an Extension.

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26th Annual Seattle Hempfest August 18-20

26th Annual Seattle Hempfest August 18-20

The 26th annual Seattle HEMPFEST “protestival” will feature 4 stages of political speech and musical support (featuring roughly 200 guest speakers and musical performances). In addition, HEMPFEST will consist of 350 arts, crafts, food, and informational vendors, a gigantic “circus tent” with panel discussions, and an hour long indigenous tribute to the Standing Rock struggle… Continue Reading

Patriotic pups to walk or jog morning of 4 th of July in support of Seattle Humane in Bellevue

The Bellevue Downtown Association invites the community to the Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk. While Independence Day is a time for fun and celebration, it is also a stressful time for pets due to loud noises and bright sights. This noncompetitive 4-kilometer jog will keep dogs active to ease them into… Continue Reading

KBCS, Northwest Folklife Partner for Acoustic Showcase

Bellevue College’s public radio station 91.3 KBCS is partnering with Northwest Folklife to provide live musical performances for Folklife’s acoustic showcase. The station will bring three artists to the Fisher Green stage on Sunday, May 28 at 1 p.m. “The 91.3 KBCS acoustic showcase is one of the must-see features of Northwest Folklife,” said Patrick… Continue Reading

Startup 425: Founders Learning Series at Bellevue City Hall Starts April 26th

Have a great idea for a product or business? Not sure how to get started? Join Startup 425, the Washington SBDC, and seasoned professionals from SCORE for a series of workshops focused on bringing your ideas to reality, from developing a business plan to crafting a financing and marketing strategy. Each session will focus on… Continue Reading

6th Annual Lake to Lake Bike Ride in Bellevue June 3, 2017

6th Annual Lake to Lake Bike Ride in Bellevue June 3, 2017

An enjoyable, non-competitive recreational ride for the whole family.   Two unique loops; a mostly flat Greenbelt Loop flat 9-mile route; and the Lake Loop which is a more challenging 22-mile route.  Routes are about 80% on-road and 20% off-road (gravel).  The routes take riders to and through Bellevue’s award winning park system exploring hidden treasures… Continue Reading

Seattle HEMPFEST and the former Oregon Hemp Convention have joined forces to produce PDX HEMPFEST Expo in franchise agreement

Seattle HEMPFEST and the PDX HEMPFEST Expo have joined forces in an effort to advance the public profile of the cannabis industry. Sat, June 10, 2017, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Portland Expo Center 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland, OR 97217 Continue Reading

Walk Off The Earth and Keys N Krates to Headline 2017 World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler, BC

Ozomatli, Busty and the Bass, Busta Rhymes, Swollen Members and Grandson Also Scheduled to Perform in the Fido Outdoor Concert Series he World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) has announced artists for the Fido Outdoor Concert Series in Whistler this April. Canadian heroes, Walk Off The Earth and Keys N Krates will be playing free shows… Continue Reading