Livestream Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Livestream RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Startup Betaworks Announces Participants Of 3-Month Livestreaming Camp https://www.gameskinny.com/5tamo/startup-betaworks-announces-participants-of-3-month-livestreaming-camp https://www.gameskinny.com/5tamo/startup-betaworks-announces-participants-of-3-month-livestreaming-camp Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:24:12 -0400 QuintLyn

Today's a big day for five companies hoping to improve on live streaming technology as they've been selected for a special 3-month residency program designed to help them get on their feet. The program, known as "Camp", is hosted by Betaworks, a New York founded start-up platform that focuses on fostering technology. 

Since 2007, Betaworks has been involved in producing innovative internet technology. In fact, some of you might recognize their work in the form of Bitly, Tweetdeck, and the 2012 relaunch of Digg. The company also invests in projects it believes will have a positive impact on tech and the internet. And, as we're reading about today, it runs 11-week long accelerator Camps focused on helping startup founders build their companies. 

So far, there have been three previous camps, all dedicated to a specific area of tech: chat-based, voice-based, and camera-based. This year's camp --"Livecamp" -- focuses on companies that work "on the intersection of live streaming and audience participation". This includes things like esports.

Five companies have been chosen to participate in Livecamp, which is just kicking off. These companies are:

  • Bunch -- An app that lets users group video chat while playing their favorite mobile games.

  • Content Flow -- A Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for cross-channel video live streaming, offering a proprietary player/streaming-engine with a cloud-based cutting engine and interactive widgets.

  • Culture Genesis -- A digital media lab (studio) based in Santa Monica, California, that remixes digital technology for authentic urban culture and entertainment.

  • Ghost Commander -- A new form of interactive game that combines immersive theater and live streaming in a collaborative competition where online viewers affect in-game action with their choices.

  • Journey Meditation -- Live and on-demand guided meditation sessions for high-performance organizations and individuals, to reduce stress and increase focus and productivity.

During Camp, participants will be able to make use of Betaworks' newly opened Studios -- a members-only clubhouse for tech innovators that offers working space, workshops, and exclusive events. On the final day of the program, November 16, participants will be able to present their work to potential investors and partners during a "Demo Day".

The camp is sponsored by leading members of the livestreaming industry, notably Microsoft's Mixer platform. For those unfamiliar, Mixer (originally Beam) is the Microsoft owned live streaming platform.

In addition to the residency program, Camp participants will also receive a $200,000 joint-investment from Betaworks Ventures and Japanese-based mobile game developer and publisher Akatsuki Inc. All-in-all, it's an amazing deal for five lucky companies.

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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Livestream This Week Shows Off New Features https://www.gameskinny.com/2cvpl/sword-art-online-fatal-bullet-livestream-this-week-shows-off-new-features https://www.gameskinny.com/2cvpl/sword-art-online-fatal-bullet-livestream-this-week-shows-off-new-features Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:25:33 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

Get ready Sword Art Online fans, for Fatal Bullet is just weeks away! But that doesn't mean you can't tune in on January 23rd for an exclusive livestream on Twitch.tv from 4 - 5 p.m PST.

Jump into the world of Gun Gale Online, the setting for SAO II. Immerse yourself in identical designs of the manga series world, weapons from the series and sci-fi settings, and an engaging combat system that allows you to customize skills and abilities. Play as the protagonist and interact with characters from the novels, show, and past games.

Join the Bandai stream and special guest, Jacob Dooley, to go over character customization, some of the battle mechanics, and ArFa-Sys, the android unit that will be accompanying the protagonist. There will also be amazing giveaways during the stream. 

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is to be released February 23rd of this year. Keep tuned to GameSkinny for more Sword Art Online news!

 

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Get a Behind-The-Scenes Look at Halo:Warfleet During Livestream Event https://www.gameskinny.com/3il22/get-a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-halowarfleet-during-livestream-event https://www.gameskinny.com/3il22/get-a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-halowarfleet-during-livestream-event Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:56:45 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

On Tuesday, January 16th, the Halo Twitter account posted a tweet announcing a stream that will go in-depth about Halo: Warfleet -- a companion book for the Halo universe. The stream is set to begin Wednesday, January 17th, at 2 p.m. PT on Mixer.

Published on September 5th, 2017, Halo: Warfleet offers more information about various spacecraft found in the Halo Universe. The book also complements Halo Mythos: A Guide to the Story of Halo, which is a reference book for the Halo universe akin to The Silmarillion for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit universe. Though this may not be the new Halo game fans have been hoping for, people can get a behind-the-scenes look at Halo:Warfleet and Halo lore. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Halo news and announcements. 

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Love Trivia? You Need to Check Out HQ: A Live iOS Trivia Game https://www.gameskinny.com/ika3i/love-trivia-you-need-to-check-out-hq-a-live-ios-trivia-game https://www.gameskinny.com/ika3i/love-trivia-you-need-to-check-out-hq-a-live-ios-trivia-game Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:30:42 -0500 Allison M Reilly

Hey HQ-ties! You know who you are! If you don't know what I'm talking about, then you've clearly never participated in a game of HQ Trivia. HQ is a live (yes, live) trivia game show where players participate to win a cash prize. Yes, real American dollars. Think Jeopardy! but multiple choice. Think Alex Trebek but younger and funnier. And all of it in 15 minutes on your phone.

How HQ Works

Here are the basics:

  • Games start at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST on weekdays
  • On weekends, games start at 9 p.m. EST
  • Every game has a pot of money in the prize pool
  • Each game is 12 questions
  • You have 10 seconds to answer each question from the moment the host starts reading the question
  • Answer all 12 questions correctly to win a portion of the prize pool

The questions start off easy and progressively get harder. The topics range from history to music, from TV to medicine. If you answer a question incorrectly, then you're eliminated from the game, but you can keep watching and play along unofficially. If you're able to answer every question correctly, then you win the prize pool! If multiple players win the prize pool, then the pool is split among all the winning players.

The nice part is that you can ask anyone around you for help. The not-so-nice part is that if you win, then you may need to split your prize even more among your helpers.

Is It Really Live?

Yes, and it's pretty easy to tell. First of all, the game has a chat feature that's nearly impossible to read because thousands of people are typing something in at any given point in the game. One of HQ's hosts will call out players by their screennames as they scroll past in the feed. Second of all, the host mentions throughout the game how many people are still left playing or how many people got a specific question right or wrong. That can't be scripted in a game involving live, real-time participation the way the questions or the jokes could be scripted. Third of all, during the Dec. 4, 2017, night game, one of the questions didn't pop up onto the screen as prompted. The host stalled for a full minute, joking about how the question was "fresh from the oven" and needed to cool. The question finally did pop up, and we continued on with the game.

Is It Worth the Hype?

The biggest downside to HQ is the lag. Hundreds of thousands of players join every game, an incredible number for an app that only launched in August 2017. The livestream does lag from when it starts to about the second question, when players have left the app because they've already been eliminated from the game. Players have complained the lag has caused them to miss questions, losing their chance to win the prize pool. HQ says improving the lag is their top priority.

Overall, HQ is a lot of fun and takes only 15 minutes of your time at most. If you love trivia, then you'll love HQ. The variety in topics is great, and some of those multiple choice answers are really meant to trick you. Scott Rogowsky is a witty, high-energy personality, but he's no longer the only one. Journalist Sharon Carpenter has joined the squad, and there are hints that more new faces will appear in future games. Right now, there's quite a bit to be excited about with HQ, and it will be interesting to see where the app goes from here.

HQ is free to play for the iPhone. No Android version now, but one is currently in the works.

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Upcoming Inazuma Eleven Game to Release on "High-End" Console https://www.gameskinny.com/fypme/upcoming-inazuma-eleven-game-to-release-on-high-end-console https://www.gameskinny.com/fypme/upcoming-inazuma-eleven-game-to-release-on-high-end-console Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:52:36 -0400 Erroll Maas

During last week's Inazuma Walker live stream, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino teased that the newest game in the Inazuma Eleven series, Inazuma Eleven: Ares, will release "on something other than 3DS."

Hino later clarified his initial statement saying:

"It may also release on what you might call a higher-end gaming console... just maybe."

Due to two high-quality screenshots seen late last year, there has been speculation that Inazuma Eleven: Ares could be on the Nintendo Switch, or possibly the PlayStation 4.

The Inazuma Eleven series has a history of being on Nintendo systems, getting its start on the Nintendo DS in 2008, and has several sequels on the system and Nintendo 3DS, with a few spin off titles on the Nintendo Wii.

Most games in the Inazuma Eleven series have only been released in Japan, with a few seeing releases in Europe as well. In America and Australia, the only Inazuma Eleven game ever released was an enhanced port of the first game on the Nintendo 3DS eShop in 2014.

It's unlikely that Inazuma Eleven: Ares will be localized. But because the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 are both region free, it may be the second Inazuma Eleven game American and Australian fans will get the chance to play.

Inazuma Eleven is currently available as a digital download on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

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Happy Birthday, Final Fantasy XIV! Celebrate Three Years in Eorzea with 14-Hour Developer Broadcast https://www.gameskinny.com/e96lu/happy-birthday-final-fantasy-xiv-celebrate-three-years-in-eorzea-with-14-hour-developer-broadcast https://www.gameskinny.com/e96lu/happy-birthday-final-fantasy-xiv-celebrate-three-years-in-eorzea-with-14-hour-developer-broadcast Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:32:12 -0400 Patrick Cottingham

It has been nearly three years since Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn launched for PlayStation 3 and Windows. The popular MMO has been celebrating its continued success every year on its launch date anniversary of August 27th. This year is no different. Much like last year, the developers of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be celebrating the anniversary with a 14-Hour live stream event that anyone can watch.

The scheduled start time for the broadcast is Friday, August 26, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. (PDT) and will feature content ranging from sneak peaks of the next content patch for Final Fantasy XIV to the Producer/Director, Naoki Yoshida, personally visiting a random server live on stream. There will also be a concurrent event streamed alongside the main event which will star Final Fantasy XIV Assistant Director, Hiroshi Takai. An important footnote included in the announcement states, however, that the event will only be available with Japanese audio. The schedule for the event has been posted, which you may view below.

8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Yoshi-P's Room
Yoshi-P sits down to talk with the developers as they commemorate FFXIV's third anniversary.

9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. - Letter From the Producer Live Part XXXI
Catch a glimpse of what's to come in the next patch with Patch 3.4 Preview Part 1

11:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. - Adrenaline Rush TV
A special program for PvP enthusiasts.

1:00 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. - NGC's FINAL FANTASY XIV (Season 2)
A special program featuring hosts Edosan and Fumiichi, sponsored by Alienware and NVIDIA GeForce.

2:30 a.m. - 3:30 a.m. - Community Stream Part 13
A closer look at the community team and what they do.

3:30 a.m. - 4:30 a.m. - Yoshi-P's Room Part 2
Yoshi-P talks with special guests about FFXIV and more.

5:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. - Hello? This is ○○○
Having been so well received after last year's anniversary event, viewers will have another opportunity to speak with Yoshi-P live via Skype! This year we'd like to hear from engaged or married couples who were brought together by FFXIV. To the lovebirds of Eorzea: we're waiting for your call!
(*Due to technical limitations, we can only accept calls from Japan-region callers.)

6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. - A Stroll with Yoshi-P
Yoshi-P takes a leisurely trip to a random World in FFXIV.

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Developers versus Yoshi-P
A special talk session with Yoshi-P and the developers.

This is not the first time that the developers have shared in the celebration of their creation. As previously mentioned, there was a similar 14-Hour broadcast last year as well. If you are curious what to expect with the upcoming live stream you can see the unedited broadcast of the previous event on the official Final Fantasy XIV twitch channel here.

Final Fantasy XIV is currently celebrating Moonfire Faire and is available now on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, and Mac. 

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Nintendo holds special events leading up to E3 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/dav5b/nintendo-holds-special-events-leading-up-to-e3-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/dav5b/nintendo-holds-special-events-leading-up-to-e3-2016 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 17:00:42 -0400 JessDambach

Nintendo is going to be at the E3 video game trade show. They are allowing fans to engage with the events happening at E3 2016. These are the 5 activities that are happening before and during the show:

The Legend of Zelda Twitter campaign for Miitomo in-app gifts

June 8th

Miitomo users can check @NintendoAmerica on Twitter. If there are a combined 10,000 retweets, Nintendo will issue a "Link's new hair wig" as an in-app gift to all users of Nintendo's Miitomo mobile app.

More of The Legend of Zelda in Miitomo: 

June 14th

A themed Miitomo Drop game will give players more chances to get The Legend of Zelda-themed in-app gear for their Mii character.

Nintendo Treehouse: Live - Day 1: 

June 14th

There will be an introduction by Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime at 9am as well as the first look at live gameplay of The Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U. Watch live on YouTube, Twitch and Nintendo.

Nintendo eShop sale

June 14th

Starting at 11am until 8:59am on June 21, Nintendo is offering discounts on some of the most popular games. Buy the games at the Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.

Nintendo Treehouse: Live - Day 2: 

June 15th

Starting at 10am the Nintendo live programming will show upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. Again watch live on YouTube, Twitch and Nintendo.

For more information about Nintendo's activities at E3, visit Nintendo.

 

 

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Trouble for Twitch? New Facebook and Blizzard Live streaming Deal may compete https://www.gameskinny.com/gri69/trouble-for-twitch-new-facebook-and-blizzard-live-streaming-deal-may-compete https://www.gameskinny.com/gri69/trouble-for-twitch-new-facebook-and-blizzard-live-streaming-deal-may-compete Tue, 07 Jun 2016 11:32:46 -0400 HaruOfTime

On June 6, 2016, Blizzard Entertainment announced that they will team up with Facebook to integrate new features to allow players to connect and share gaming experiences with friends.

Players will be able to log into Blizzard games using their Facebook accounts. Players will also be able to share live streams of their games through Facebook Live, where friends can subscribe and get notifications about new streams.

Could this move possibly be a threat to the well-known streaming service of Twitch? The answer is yes.

Many of Blizzard's games, such as Hearthstone and Overwatch, are some of the most popular games streamed on Twitch.

Twitch has 100 million users, compared to Facebook's massive user base of 1.65 billion, and its 650 million users that play Facebook-linked games, according to TechTimes

While Twitch is an already advanced, developed, and established streaming site, this means Facebook has to catch up with developing and fine-tuning their streaming services for games.

However, Facebook's enormous user base means more potential viewers for a user's live stream. 

Facebook has already worked with Blizzard to help market Overwatch through Facebook and Instagram.

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5 Takeaways from the Warcraft Live Stream Event https://www.gameskinny.com/zu3oo/5-takeaways-from-the-warcraft-live-stream-event https://www.gameskinny.com/zu3oo/5-takeaways-from-the-warcraft-live-stream-event Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:18:25 -0400 Ray Hachey

In case you missed it, Blizzard Entertainment held a massive, multi-platform media event on June 6th to talk about Warcraft and the Warcraft movie. The red carpet (black, actually) was unrolled in front of the Chinese Mann Theater in Hollywood, and 27,000 fans joined in on the event via Twitch. In addition, Facebook allowed fans to post questions for the cast and crew, while a Twitter event was held an hour earlier.

We have distilled the 2 and a half hour event into five nuggets of wisdom that may interest you enough to go back to Twitch and watch the event yourself.


The countdown is on!

1. Fans don't care about the critics.

Over and over, the guests on the black carpet unequivocally supported the Warcraft movie. They demanded that World of Warcraft players see the movie multiple times to enable the making of a second and even a third movie.

The least enthusiastic statement of support was as follows:

"I'm hoping it doesn't suck."

-- Ben "Leeroy Jenkins" Schulz, who now plays Overwatch.

2. No one actually knows how long this movie has been in development.

Even the hosts' estimates varied widely, probably because the announcement of the movie was first made in May 2006. 

3. Best quote by a Warcraft cast member

This one is a tie.

An inspiring and heroic line from Toby Kebbell who plays Durotan in the film:

"You can only be brave if you do the thing that scares you the most."

And this comical, adlibbed line from Daniel Wu, who plays Gul'Dan (a bad guy) in the film:

"It's hard to look tough on set in a blue onesie with balls on it."

4. Content creators are celebrities.

The first hour of the broadcast was a steady stream of familiar names, if not faces, from YouTubers, Twitch stars, cosplayers and "Warcraft nerds in general" (Jesse Cox). The excitement in the hosts' voices as they met these internet stars was palpable.

Jamie Lee Curtis loves cosplay!

5. WoW fans care about lore.

Another common thread in the interviews and behind-the-scenes videos was speculation about how the movie may alter the lore that players of WoW have come to know so well. No spoilers here, but pay attention to how Gorona is portrayed in the movie, and then compare that her backstory in the Legion expansion.

If these brief snapshots of the event interest you, you can visit the Twitch channel and soak up some Warcraft positive energy yourself. You can learn some secrets to effective cosplay, discover some prime raid dungeons from the game's best players, and perhaps be inspired to dust off your account and get back into the game!

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Twitch announces new feature for capturing and sharing streamed content https://www.gameskinny.com/6afkg/twitch-announces-new-feature-for-capturing-and-sharing-streamed-content https://www.gameskinny.com/6afkg/twitch-announces-new-feature-for-capturing-and-sharing-streamed-content Sun, 29 May 2016 09:21:19 -0400 Kevin Malkiewicz

Twitch recently announced a new feature that they will be integrating into their streaming platform. They are calling the new feature “Clips”. Clips functions much like Oddshot or LiveCap in that it captures the last 30 seconds of the stream being watched, and allows users to share these moments with anyone.

Currently, in its infantile state, Clips lacks a few features that are already being used by Oddshot and LiveCap. These include: longer clip length, an option to download the captured clip, and recording chat activity. However, Oddshot and LiveCap require the user to install a 3rd party extension, whereas Clips is fully integrated into the Twitch platform.

It was inevitable that Twitch would create their own clip sharing and capturing service due to the fact that services such as Oddshot and LiveCap take traffic away from Twitch - and its streamers by extension - while still using their content.

Clips is currently live for a limited audience, as well as partnered streamers, but once the service rolls out to everyone in the next few weeks we will see how it stacks up against the established services and their additional features.

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2nd Elusive Target in HITMAN, the Congressman, Is On The Loose https://www.gameskinny.com/wdtn2/2nd-elusive-target-in-hitman-the-congressman-is-on-the-loose https://www.gameskinny.com/wdtn2/2nd-elusive-target-in-hitman-the-congressman-is-on-the-loose Sat, 28 May 2016 08:20:55 -0400 ChrisDeCoster

Following the success of last week's "Elusive Target" mission in HITMAN's first episode, Square Enix announced that a second Elusive Target, named the Congressman, will be appearing in the second episode for just forty eight hours this weekend.  

Elusive Target missions in HITMAN are contracts available for a limited time only, and each can only be played once per player.  Whether you blow them up with controlled explosives or get shot by a guard, that's your one attempt, and the contract is either completed or lost forever. The missions are designed to be particularly difficult, but completing them will unlock exclusive rewards for players.

Also coming to HITMAN soon is the release of Episode Three: Marrakesh.  This new level sees Agent 47 stationed in Morocco, where he must navigate the sprawling streets and markets and infiltrate the Swedish Consulate building.  This new episode promises tons of freedom to find and execute your contract in the way you see fit -- as well as twenty new challenges to complete to unlock new gear, weapons, and starting locations.  This new episode launches next Tuesday, May 21st.

For more information on HITMAN, check out the developer livestream at twitch.tv/hitman, where they will be taking down the Congressman themselves.

 

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YouTube Gaming and Geoff Keighley Team Up Once Again to Cover E3 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/jt0cu/youtube-gaming-and-geoff-keighley-team-up-once-again-to-cover-e3-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/jt0cu/youtube-gaming-and-geoff-keighley-team-up-once-again-to-cover-e3-2016 Tue, 24 May 2016 16:43:34 -0400 Megan M. Campbell

With E3 just around the corner, the huge gaming event is looking to top the large livestream they had last year. According to a recent tweet from My Nintendo News, YouTube Gaming will be streaming the three day event with Geoff Keighley hosting once again.

The article provides a link that claims Keighley will be hosting a 12 hour stream beginning at 9 AM PST on June 13th. He will also cover the conferences on Sunday and The Legend of Zelda event on Monday (fingers crossed for a release date for The Legend of Zelda: Wii U). Keighley also believes that EA and Activision’s games will be represented at the convention despite not having any booths set up. The event is looking to be the biggest ever with the stream catering to all generations of gamers on a global scale.

Do you plan on watching the livestream? What games are you most excited about? Leave your response in the comments below!

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Persona 5 Livestream Clocked in For May 5 https://www.gameskinny.com/ctrpz/persona-5-livestream-clocked-in-for-may-5 https://www.gameskinny.com/ctrpz/persona-5-livestream-clocked-in-for-may-5 Wed, 04 May 2016 09:34:47 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

Big Persona 5 news may be on the horizon, as it is getting a livestream on May 5 at 8:30AM EST (21:30PM JST) -- you might want to have a early night then.

Unfortunately, the live stream isn't going to be available via YouTube or Twitch.tv but via Niconico -- which you will need to sign up for to watch. Don't fret too much, as Niconico does use an English language registration page.

There isn't much information on what will be in the livestream, but here's to hoping it will be a solid release date, and more about the gameplay intricacies and characters.

Persona 5 is -- unsurprisingly -- the 5th game in the Persona series, following the story of a 16-year-old school kid transferring to the fictional school of Shujin High School in Tokyo, and is being released on the PS3 and PS4 at some point in 2016.

What do you think they will show? On a scale of heart thumping to running around your house with spirit friends, how excited are you? Let me know in the comments below.

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Battlefield World Event Next Week, Focusing on the Future of the Franchise https://www.gameskinny.com/68bco/battlefield-world-event-next-week-focusing-on-the-future-of-the-franchise https://www.gameskinny.com/68bco/battlefield-world-event-next-week-focusing-on-the-future-of-the-franchise Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:23:13 -0400 a antico

Electronic Arts announced a Battlefield event planned for Friday of next week to talk about the future (and past) of the franchise.

The Battlefield Word Premiere event is scheduled for May 6th at 4 p.m. ET, DICE confirmed on Twitter today. Electronic Arts invites players to the stream "for a first look at the future of Battlefield," according to the franchise’s website. Details of the upcoming installment, Battlefield 5, are likely to be announced during the livestream.

Rumors of the setting of Battlefield 5 have been circulating recently - with an apparent emphasis on a World War II backdrop. Other rumors mentioned that the release date of Battlefield 5 is expected for Winter 2016 and it will have four DLC packs, but none of the speculation has been confirmed or denied as of yet.

Battlefield Hardline was the last game released, which took the series into a different direction - focusing on policing and crime instead of military focused gameplay.

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Final Fantasy XV: Uncovered event confirms release date, reveals new movie, anime series, CE, and more https://www.gameskinny.com/7scz5/final-fantasy-xv-uncovered-event-confirms-release-date-reveals-new-movie-anime-series-ce-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/7scz5/final-fantasy-xv-uncovered-event-confirms-release-date-reveals-new-movie-anime-series-ce-and-more Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:30:37 -0400 QuintLyn

Today in California, Square Enix held the long awaited Final Fantasy XV: Uncovered event during which they officially announced -- er... confirmed -- the game's release date.  September 30, 2016.

However, this being an event, the release date was not all that the developers had in store for their fans. During the event's preshow, the hosts highlighted some extremely fantastic cosplay and even revealed a special Final Fantasy XV Uncovered calendar created using art sent in by fans. The calendar was given away for free to fans at the event and will be made available to download for free at a later date. 

Once the main event started, Hironobu Sakaguchi -- the father of Final Fantasy -- came out on the stage and spoke about his relationship with the game series. He talked about the path the series had been on and how the team wanted to bring it back to it's roots. They then showed a full English language trailer, featuring a rendition of the song "Stand By Me" done by Florence + The Machine -- which is simultaneously touching and really, really weird.

They then "Uncovered" more things over the course of the main event before actually pushing the big red button that revealed the release date.. 

That game art...

First was the game's art, titled "Big Bang" and designed by Yoshitaka Amano, the art designer most associated with Final Fantasy games. This piece is special though, because for the first time ever, one of his works was modeled in 3D, and it was gorgeous. It was then brought to the attention the audience that Amano was in the audience, after which they played a special message from long time Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu. The event was just filled with Final Fantasy royalty -- and their attendance did count as some of the uncovering.

Gameplay and environments...

Next, some new gameplay was shown... Including everyone's favorite big-butted yellow birds, the chocobos. And apparently the chocobos can now drift. Then the XV bros hopped into the car and drove around playing the Final Fantasy radio. And, of course, there was a some more combat highlighted -- both in close quarters and in open areas. 

This was followed by a flythrough video detailing some of the game's environments.

Anime and a movie!

The four main bros of the story are getting their own special 5-episode anime series titled Brotherhood that tells their backstory. All episodes will be available for free, and episode one is available NOW. 

Of course, they couldn't stop there, and the anime announcement was followed up with the reveal of a 3D, full CG feature length film titled "Kingsglaive," -- featuring a special one of a kind Audi R8 (not available to buy) -- and the introduction of Lena Heady (Game of Thrones) who voices Luna Freya. The film takes place at the same time as the game and tells the story of what's happening back in the kingdom while the boys are out traveling. Lena shared a short video from Kingsglaive and GoT co-actor Sean Bean.

When it was Lena's turn to leave the stage, they brought out Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) who also appears in the Kingsglaive film. The film will come out before the game, and like the anime will be available to stream online.

Mobile mini-games and demos

The next announcement revealed XV's featured mini-game -- a type of pinball/arcade thing called Justice Monsters V. Like one of it's sibling mini-games -- Triple Triad -- Justice Monsters V was made into a mobile game as well. Pre-registration for it is open now on PreLaunch.me.

Then, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Square Enix America, Matt Kishimoto came onto the stage to introduce a new free Final Fantasy XV demo called "Platinum Demo." Platinum Demo is a separate story that allows you to play as a younger Noctis. The demo is tonight as well.

Deluxe Editions!

After all of that, the hosts revealed the FFXV deluxe edition, which will come with the Exclusive Steelbook, the Kingsglave film and the game. They also introduced the ultimate collectors edition which has so much stuff -- soundtrack, a statue, a ton of DLC items... Sadly, only 30,000 units will be made available, and it will run you $270. These can be pre-ordered starting at 9pm Pacific tonight

Then, finally, they brought Hajimi Tabata, Director of Final Fantasy XV out on the stage to hit the big red button and reveal the release date.

But of course, there was one more thing for them to do after that...show off the fact that the bros' car turns into an airship!

If you missed seeing the event and would like to watch it in all it's glory, you can do so via the Square Enix YouTube page.

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Win a chance to play GTAOnline Jobs with its creators and special guests https://www.gameskinny.com/w2ou0/win-a-chance-to-play-gtaonline-jobs-with-its-creators-and-special-guests https://www.gameskinny.com/w2ou0/win-a-chance-to-play-gtaonline-jobs-with-its-creators-and-special-guests Thu, 06 Aug 2015 19:40:55 -0400 Andrea Koenig

If you are a Grand Theft Auto Online fan and want to win the chance to play with the game's creators and other special guests, great! All you have to do is reply to this tweet from Rockstar Games with your Xbox One Gamertag and they will be choosing winners in time to join tomorrow's live stream on Friday, August 7th at 5PM EST.

This stream will be playing the player-made Throwback Jobs inspired by Manhunt, Midnight Club, and Smuggler's Run. Those who wish to check out the stream can tune in at the Rockstar Games Youtube or their Twitch.

To top it off, all week, GTAOnline fans can get double the GTA cash and RP when they play The Pacific Standard Job Heist. This is the grand finale in their bonus lineup, so get them while you can. Skills and specifics on this bonus can be found here.

Players can also get more updates on the live stream and other opportunities from the developers through their Twitter account.

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Dota 2 International: No tickets? No problem https://www.gameskinny.com/x21lo/dota-2-international-no-tickets-no-problem https://www.gameskinny.com/x21lo/dota-2-international-no-tickets-no-problem Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:14:32 -0400 Andrea Koenig

The 2015 DOTA 2 International Championships are already underway this week (8/3 - 8/8) at the KeyArena at the Seattle Center as 16 teams face-off for a chance to place first for the grand prize $6.49 million of the $18 million prize pool. Many fans of DOTA 2 are tuning in already.

If you missed your chance to reserve a ticket for you and your friends, that's not a problem. The main championship event is available to fans via other resources. For those who want to see the entire show live, they can check it out through live streams through services such as SteamYouTube, Twitch, or even on WatchESPN. You can also sit down your friends who don’t know Dota and have the Newcomer Show fill them in on the basics during a special broadcast every day so that you can focus on the end of the last match. Spread the Dota love, all in the comfort of your home.

What, you can’t fit all of your friends all onto one couch? No worries, Dota has you covered there, too. Fans in the U.S. this week can exclusively check out the Grand Finals in one of hundreds of local theaters all across the country. And for fans all over the world, fans are teaming up to create local events called Pubstomps in several countries. Just select your country from the list and check out the matches with your fellow Dota fans.

Then, after a long day of Dota (or if you missed a match), you can always check out the previous day’s complete broadcast and replay your favorite matches online. Relive every throw-down all over again, and stay tuned to the DOTA 2 Twitter account for live updates on upcoming matches and events.

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No More Streaming Adult Only Games on Twitch https://www.gameskinny.com/9cvgj/no-more-streaming-adult-only-games-on-twitch https://www.gameskinny.com/9cvgj/no-more-streaming-adult-only-games-on-twitch Thu, 28 May 2015 21:11:48 -0400 Victor Ren

Down with the dirty puns, and out with the phallic humor because Twitch has now banned anyone from playing Adult Only games on their streaming service. Just recently the company posted on their blog, "Simply put, AO games are not welcome on Twitch" to let all gamers know that this should not be taken lightly.

Along with this, Twitch will also be updating their rules of conduct to allow everyone a "safe, welcoming, and inclusive" environment. The ROC will be changed to read that all AO games will be banned, instead of just Twitch just naming off certain titles.

There are very few titles that hold the rating of an adult only game. However it is very unlikely that an AO game could hold an audience, being that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the only title that comes into most people's minds. With that said, this is a step toward Twitch being more of a friendly website and avoiding any unwanted attention in the future, as it becomes more popular with the higher amounts of underaged children being attracted to the site.

This announcement comes before the release of the game Hatred, which is sure to have plenty of controversy surrounding it, given that it is a game about killing innocent victims. Furthermore, most fans in forums and comment sections are fine with the idea, as a lot of them probably couldn't name more than two games off the meager list.

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YouTube Live to Return with Focus on eSports and Gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/r0g74/youtube-live-to-return-with-focus-on-esports-and-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/r0g74/youtube-live-to-return-with-focus-on-esports-and-gaming Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:31:07 -0400 Nick Boisson

Many were surprised last year when Google's $1 billion bid to acquire Twitch was rejected for Amazon to swoop in and take the prize. Now YouTube (owned by Google) is looking to reinvigorate its livestreaming service, YouTube Live -- for gaming and esports to take Twitch head-on, reports The Daily Dot.

YouTube Live launched back in 2010 with a middling amount of actual livestream content, including broadcasting cricket matches from the Indian Premiere League, foreign language news, and a handful of Google Hangouts.

Google has dipped its toes in the gaming pool with 2013's acquisition to broadcast the League of Legends Championship Series in US and Europe. But, since that deal is not exclusive, most still choose to watch the livestream on Twitch anyway. Now, YouTube Live is coming back with a vengeance:

“Gaming and esports in particular are going to be a big driving force for the new-look YouTube Live," one source said. "There’ll be huge opportunities for established streamers and organizations soon and I would say that the record numbers of esports viewers are only going to grow when Google start promoting and partnering with these events.”

And Google is taking this new launch of YouTube Live seriously, already gathering a grand team of "50 engineers with expertise in the streaming industry," says one source.

That "is a pretty big statement of intent," one source said. "The time is right as well, with Twitch moving into other areas such as music and so on. Google doesn't want to be too far behind in the arms race.”

With Twitch already dominating over games and now branching into other territories, Google has a steep hill to climb. I'm sure we'll know more by the time E3 comes around. Until then, we'll see what happens.

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Akiba's Trip: How to Trip Up Players With Sleight of Hand on Twitch https://www.gameskinny.com/e028m/akibas-trip-how-to-trip-up-players-with-sleight-of-hand-on-twitch https://www.gameskinny.com/e028m/akibas-trip-how-to-trip-up-players-with-sleight-of-hand-on-twitch Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:11:34 -0500 KieraB

Cooking up all sorts of chaos for PS4 players fighting through in the streets of Akihabara is now possible through Twitch streaming. Viewers watching streams of Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed can get in on some of the fun right from their keyboards.

Despite all the voyeuristic potential Akiba's Trip may have, it doesn't mean the only kicks are to be had sitting and watching Nanashi and crew blaze through the undead and their clothes. You can still sit and watch them do that, but now someone's dear aunt can watch with you in the game. Or perhaps, you can disrupt engagements with local police officers who received an anonymous tip. Make it rain panties if you want to, just because you can. It's all at your fingertips.

As a player, you have the ability to press the "Share" button on the PS4 DualShock 4 controller in use to upload screenshots, videos, or livestreams of your current gaming session. This is where the fun begins. As the viewer, typing certain keywords into chat during livestreams of the game prompts various things to happen in the environment. The players are then left to deal with whatever you've conjured up, however much of a help or hinderance that may be.

Here's the rundown of commands:

  • "Help" - Summons Nana to help out with patrols and combat.
  • "Unison" - Boosts the player's Unison Strip gauge, lending an additional helping hand.
  • "Join [optional message here]" - The commenter gets recreated as an NPC in the game area. The optional message is whatever the author of the command wants to fill it with, and their NPC will then greet everybody with what was written. If the commenter substitutes "Join" with any term for a person, the script will then insert the corresponding type of NPC in the area with the commenter's name, instead of a random NPC. Currently, the known registered list of terms includes: man, woman, boy, girl, geek, nerd, dork, otaku, gothic, lolita, goth, loli, thug, punk, delinquent, aunt, auntie, lady, schoolboy, schoolgirl, foreigner, visitor, tourist, and gaijin.
  • "Look" - Commands everybody on-screen to turn around to face the camera, as something instantaneously draws their attention to it. If this is used with no NPCs around, then nothing will happen.
  • "Attack" - Incites violence for everybody in the player's immediate area, causing them all to swarm and attack.
  • "Police" - If the player is making a ruckus or otherwise doing something that warrants tattling on them, this command anonymously tips off the local authorities and gets them in a bind. If there is no trouble present, the officer will still appear, but no arrest attempts will be made.
  • "Pantyjump" - The wind stirs up all the underwear that's been discarded on the ground and causes them to become airborne. 

A hail of panties, fire, and brimstone in one of Japan's most renowned shopping districts sounds like a pretty dynamic backdrop for fighting an undead invasion. As more chat commands and environment effects are discovered, maybe the characters' unmentionables can be made to dance and fight our battles, too. Only time and curious minds will tell.

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