TwitchCon: Twitch uses its first user convention to unveil features rivaling …

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Twitch announces VOD feature and video uploads.

Twitch lets users broadcast live video of themselves playing or chatting about video games, and it’s easy for people to watch those livestreams or archived recordings.

Emmett Shear, the chief executive of gameplay livestreaming platform Twitch, announced that Twitch will be available this fall across all PlayStation devices.At it’s first-annual TwitchCon, the video-streaming service announced that broadcasters will be able to schedule saved streams and uploaded videos to play any time of day. But Twitch hasn’t had an “upload” function to post previously recorded content, like, say, a nicely produced music video parody or an interview captured somewhere without Internet.

Speaking at the TwitchCon convention in San Francisco, Shear said that players are already broadcasting by the hundreds of thousands on the PlayStation 4. The company announced Friday at its first TwitchCon user convention that starting next year, people will no longer have to broadcast live to get content onto Twitch.

When PlayStation 4 launched in 2013, it offered the ability to easily live broadcast PS4 gameplay sessions using the “Share” button on the DualShock 4 wireless controller and view live PS4 gameplay sessions via Live from PlayStation. Each of the changes fills in where Twitch was lacking compared with YouTube, which this year has tried to catch up to Twitch in other aspects to lure video game enthusiasts. YouTube has more gaming content than Twitch, but Twitch’s staunchly loyal community and stronger social features have turned into a bigger business in the $3.8-billion global market for video game content, analyst firm SuperData Research reported in July. Twitch Chief Executive Emmett Shear said the “ton of new ways to communicate” would allow the company’s 100 million monthly users, who spend 1.5 hours a day on average on the service, to form stronger bonds with video-makers and fellow viewers.

You’ll get to keep your current user name (as long as it doesn’t contain invalid characters, in which case you’ll have to go through a few extra steps to make the transfer), and all your old comments will eventually (not immediately) migrate with you.

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