Broadcast  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Broadcast  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network A wild Gaben appears: Valve CEO responds to Dota 2 Shanghai Major backlash Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:51:26 -0500 Seth Zulinski

If you've been paying attention (or read about it here), you know there's big trouble in Dota China. As the on-going trainwreck that is Tournament Drama Island: Shanghai (or the Dota 2 Shanghai Majors) continues to crash, our friends and fellows over at the Dota 2 subreddit have just received a response from on high in the biggest return of the king since the Tolkien movie.

Gabe "Gaben" Newell, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Valve, LLC (and the father of Valve and Steam as we know it) took a moment to personally comment on the total travesty on-going situation that is the 2016 Dota 2 Shanghai Major. 

Not a "mere" Valve employee. Not someone writing a faceless, nameless clean-cut business response to an incident. Gaben himself took time, came to Reddit, and gave us his personal response to what's been happening in Shanghai. 

Currently, the subreddit, Twitter, and nearly anyone who watches Dota 2 (as well as even some who don't) are going mad over the response. Though reactions are still split, with users responding with anything from "thank f*cking god you are firing that production company" to the slightly more emotionally confused, "I feel like my dad just came home after abandoning our family, kissed my mom, slapped her, then took the dog and left", two immediate things keep popping up --

1. What exactly do you have to do to get booted from a broadcast in the middle of the tournament, and receive a personal reprimand from a multi-billionare CEO of the very company that made the game you're casting? That has to be an achievement unlocked, whatever it is. 

2) Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for saying that the production company (Perfect World, or more accurately Perfect World's affiliate KeyTV) is done before the Main Event of the Shanghai Major -- and hopefully done with Valve events for good, as this is actually the second offense: the Nanyang DotA 2 Championship event, while considerably less horrific than Shanghai Majors, was also riddled with its own issues. 

At any rate, while the exact nature of James "2GD" Harding's transgressions are still up in the air, the good news is this: coverage of Dota 2 events will be much better moving forward, and the company in charge of "production" in the region fired -- hopefully never to return.

The Gaben has spoken. 

Valve's 3 biggest secrets for a successful eSports broadcast Fri, 26 Feb 2016 11:06:46 -0500 Seth Zulinski

The Dota 2 Shanghai Major rolls on, and teams continue to battle it out for their share of the first multi-million dollar Dota 2 prize pool this year. And from the looks of things, Valve has been doing an excellent job of putting on a professional broadcast. Really.

Our friends and fellow eSports fans over at the Dota 2 subreddit and on Twitter have been chomping at the bit with feedback. They've congratulated Valve for "f*cking up a huge event" and even asked for refunds on the compendiums they bought to support the event, so things are clearly going well. Given all this success, we've taken a close look at how Valve has handled this broadcast and compiled three of their best strategies for hosting such a beloved competition. 

So take notes, aspiring eSports broadcasters and producers. If you want to bring your production game to new heights, all you need to do is...

Bring in a fan-favorite caster...then boot them

If the constant Twitch memeing of "Giff 2 GD" (complete with shiny eyes and squishy hug hands) hasn't tipped you off yet, what viewers of major eSports events love more than anything is when companies bring in fan favorite commentators like James "2GD" Harding - then summarily give them the boot after a single day. 

An eye for talent and the realities associated with it is paramount to keeping broadcasts fun and engaging -- but isn't drama more fun than any of that? Try to spice things up during your event by benching one of the more popular and enjoyable commentators after Day 1, and add bonus points if the general consensus is that he's one of the few things keeping a broadcast afloat at all. You really want to keep the action flowing and focus on the dramatic, because that's what attracts viewers, not engaging personalities. Which brings us to our next tip for Major event coverage...

Try Not to Focus on the Players

We know, we know, "Highly Rated Professional Player X" -- you're really glad your team could go out there and give 110% and score a touchdownball, and everyone played really well, and you had to overcome some incredibly tough adversaries by skill and wit. We get it. You're soooo gooood. What about that guy behind the guy with the camera, though? Or the people in the sound booth? What's their story? What's going through their heads?

Luckily, our friends at the Shanghai Major were wondering the same things, and have gracefully given us looks (or rather, listens) at plenty of non-player participants. As the above interview shows, one of the best things you can do during an interview with players from professional team competing at your event is to turn their mic down as low as possible, and instead give us the day-to-day goings on of random workers or passersby. Aren't they the real heroes, after all?

In fact, as our last tip goes to show, we'd much rather you just...

Barely Show the Games at All

If you want to really keep your viewers on the edge of their seats watching events as huge and important as the Dota 2 Shanghai Majors, be sure to...well, not let them do that very much. Try to find major stream outlets that will broadcast to entire sections of the globe, and then riddle your broadcast with as many technical issues as you possibly can.

Slow your in-game cameras to a crawl (or freeze them entirely), try to start as few matches on time as you can manage, cover in-game teamfights with replays, and occasionally just cut the stream altogether. Bonus points if you can do any of these things during pivotal, critical moments in the actual game or tournament. I mean, why would we be tuned in if we actually wanted to watch eSports games with sky-high stakes and some of the best players in the world? 

Since we've already started bringing the axe down on commentators, why not just mute some of the survivors at seemingly random intervals as well? When you're shooting for as awe-inspiring broadcast heights as the DotA 2 Shanghai Major, you have to be willing to go the extra mile. 

Now you'll have a Perfect Major broadcast

Now that you know what makes a Major broadcast of DotA 2, you've got the three tools they used during today's Shanghai Majors. Stick to these, and your very own tournament stream will surely have singles, or perhaps even tens of people watching in no time!

Be sure to make time to come back to us, though, and tell us the tips and tricks you've learned in steady production values. If we all hold hands and work together, we too can soon be living in a Perfect (Broadcast) World. 

Rise of the Tomb Raider: Viewer Interactive Twitch Gameplay Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:28:53 -0500 Andrea Koenig

Those familiar with games like Choice Chamber will already be familiar of the idea of the power of being a Twitch audience. Viewers vote by submitting their choice in chat, and these votes are picked up in-game to change the game completely and determine the gamer's fate. Destroy them or help them, it's up to you.

Now, Rise of the Tomb Raider has joined the cluster, but is one of the first, if not the first major title known to be able to do this via Twitch broadcasts. Xbox One and Crystal Dynamics have teamed up to add two different interactive features to this new release:

  • Expedition Mode - This game mode allows viewers to vote between two different "Expedition Cards" and change the game to be more difficult, easier, or entertaining and humorous.

  • Viewer Reward System - If the broadcasters and viewers are both using the Xbox One Twitch App, then gifts such as in-game credits will be redeemable after the gamer completes events such as side missions, achievements, or challenges. You can redeem gifts via Rise of the Tomb Raider's in-game marketplace within 30 days to receive them. There is no gift limit per viewing session. 

Rise of the Tomb Raider is also available on Xbox 360, PS4, and PC, but there are no announcements of interactive compatibility on these systems yet. Get the latest adventure today, November 10 on Xbox to be a part of these interactive features.

GameStop Expo 2015: Live Broadcast & Schedule Announced Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:39:16 -0400 Andrea Koenig

Since the grand announcements this summer, many gamers have been awaiting a peek at the most anticipated games: Super Mario Maker, Rainbow Six Siege, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Now they can at GameStop Expo 2015 in Las Vegas, NV at Sands Expo & Convention Center. GameStop Expo is open and broadcasting on September 2nd only.

If you haven't gotten a chance yet or just don't plan to buy any of the limited tickets, then you have nothing to worry about. While you won't be on the floor, GameStop Expo will be hosting a live stream service for all of these games among others, including the Street Fighter V Tournament online. Broadcasts will be streaming on this one-day event on Twitch and Youtube.

2015 GameStop Expo Broadcast Schedule
  • 10 AM -- Introduction
  • 10:15 AM -- Make-A-Wish / St. Jude segment
  • 10:30 AM -- Super Mario Maker
  • 10:45 AM -- Rock Band 4
  • 11:00 AM -- Battleborn with special guest Randy Pitchford
  • 11:15 AM -- Assassins' Creed Syndicate
  • 11:30 AM -- Rainbow Six Siege
  • 11:45 AM -- Alekhine's Gun & Lichdom: Battlemage
  • 12:00 PM -- Xbox One games and hardware
  • 12:15 PM -- NBA 2K16
  • 12:30 PM -- Little Orbit games
  • 12:45 PM -- Mega Man Legacy Collection
  • 1:00 PM -- Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
  • 1:30 PM -- "Square Enix Title"
  • 1:45 PM -- Street Fighter V overview
  • 2:00 PM -- Street Fighter V tournament
  • 2:30 PM -- Street Fighter V tournament
  • 3:00 PM -- "Square Enix Title"
  • 3:15 PM -- "Square Enix Title"
  • 3:30 - 4:15 PM -- The Game Informer Show--October cover reveal
  • 4:30 PM -- Disney Infinity 3.0
  • 4:45 PM -- EA

If you do plan on going to GameStop Expo next month, General Admission tickets are currently $40 ($50 after Aug 15) and VIP Admission tickets are currently $110 ($125 after Aug 15). For students, Student Admission tickets are $20.

A full schedule for both admissions are available on the GameStop Expo website, as well as travel guides, what to do in Las Vegas, and times doors open for special tickets. Attendees will get exclusive access to play games not available on the broadcast. 

Once again, GameStop Expo is only open September 2nd. 

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