Twitch’s most popular streamer Ninja hits 400M view milestone

Twitch's most popular streamer Ninja hits 400M view milestone 1

Twitch’s most popular streamer Ninja has surpassed over 400M views today. He annouced on Twitter that he’s hit 400M total views on Twitch and thanks his fans. An aggregate total of 400,071,708 views was attached to the tweet with 12,881,442 followers. Other competitors of Ninja are Shroud at around half the total views and DrDisRespect at … Read more

Blizzard requires account linking with Twitch for Overwatch Contenders

Blizzard requires account linking with Twitch for Overwatch Contenders 2

Blizzard has announced a decision regarding their Twitch chat for the upcoming Overwatch Contenders broadcasts. This will take place during the Contenders Season 3 games. Blizzard will be trying a new moderation system from December 28 to January 12, which viewers are required to link their Blizzard account with their Twitch accounts to chat during the broadcast. … Read more

Streamer Johnny_Now about to complete 30 days of being locked in a cage

Streamer Johnny_Now about to complete 30 days of being locked in a cage 3

A Twitch streamer under the handle Johnny_Now is almost done with his 30-day challenge of being locked in a cage. We wrote about his feat earlier when he was just starting, and now he’s about to complete his challenge.

A 30-day feat in a confined area with only access to his computer and a supply of basic necessities provided by a helper in an attempt to cure his addictions is about to be completed. He’s writing a book to document his progress entitled Into the Cage: Freeing Yourself Within. He believes this process is a self-improvement program which will help him stop his addiction like junk food and soda.

You can watch some popular clips here and here.

He’s “hopelessly addicted to food” and “hopelessly addicted to sugar.” He believes that securing himself in a small human hampster-like cage just may help him be free from his vices. He turns to imprison himself to break free. He plans to change careers before his “next adventure.” He also appeared on Rajj Patel’s dating show but had a tough time with the girls on there.

Johnny has not confirmed that the cage will be unlocked on November 2, 2018, at 9 PM ET. He’ll have a part surrounded by his friends. Hopefully, he doesn’t relapse during this party.

You can also keep up with Johnny’s progress here.

Twitch streamer Johnny_Now locks himself in a cage for 30 days

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Twitch streamer Johnny_Now has confined himself to a cage for 30 days. He says that he wants to break his addiction to fast food and unhealthy beverages (soda) and believes that the 30 days locked into a small area will help him break free.

He believes that this will help him “free himself from within,” as he’s also documenting his progress by writing a book titled “Into the Cage: Freeing Yourself Within.”

Physical confinement can surely drive one crazy, but at the same time, there have been historical figures that have been prisoners for extended periods of time and became “cleansed” when released. Although this feat is on a much smaller scale and in a controlled environment (he has an assistant to bring him meals or other necessities and the cage looks like it’s easily broken), this still is pretty impressive for at-will confinement.

Johnny’s profile outlines and details some of his goals:

“I hope I conquer this cage and come out a better, stronger person. But who knows, the cage might easily conquer me.”

“For the next 30 days, I’ll be living in a cage in my living room. This cage will restrain me from my weaknesses, and hopefully help me become a better person.”

He dubs what he’s doing as a “self-improvement” program. He puts on some oven mitts later on and explains how he’s trying to restrain himself- from himself. He notes he’s “addicted to food” and “addicted to sugar.” In other words, he’s a “prisoner to my own desires” and has taken the extreme route of sending himself to prison.

Jonny also plans to change careers and has another adventure up his sleeve after the 30-day challenge. He’s currently on Day 6 of his personal cleansing and will continue. You can watch his stream on Twitch.

Image via Johnny_Now.

Capcom announces Capcom Connect; Giving away codes for Street Fighter IV

Capcom announces Capcom Connect; Giving away codes for Street Fighter IV 5

Capcom has announced a new weekly live stream called Capcom Connect, which will take place on Capcom Fighters Twitch channel every Tuesday starting at 8 PM PT. The show’s all about Street Fighter with news, updates, matches between pros and local players, and code giveaways.

Capcom Connect will be hosted in partnership with the Esports Arena in Oakland, California. The stream will be broadcasted mainly to allow Capcom to connect with the Street Fighter community, ranging from professional esport players to casual fans who watch streams.

The show will cover news about the Capcom Pro Tour tournaments, announcements, fan art, cosplay, pro interviews, and matchups between pro and local talent all over the nation and possibly globally also.

Viewers will get a free chance to redeem codes for Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition by tweeting to Capcom FIghters by using a unique hashtag identifier before 8:15 PM PT on September 25th- the show’s premiere day. The codes are currently reserved for North American viewers.

Twitch Prime users now have to watch ads; Amazon rids 20% discount for pre-orders

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Twitch Prime users now have to watch ads like the rest of the internet now. And they won’t get the 20% discount off pre-order titles on Amazon anymore. Subscribers aren’t happy.

Twitch announced the new changes coming to the world’s most popular live streaming service, noting that they’ve “continued to add value to Twitch Prime,” yet they’ve also” re-evaluated some of the existing Twitch Prime benefits.” Twitch announced ad-free viewing for subscribers back in 2016, but now they’ve reverted back to the original plan of having all viewers watch ads.

Amazon announced that instead of the 20% discount off new titles, subscribers get a $10 promo credit for pre-ordering select titles starting on April 28, 2019.

It’s a pretty bleak time to be a subscriber to Amazon/Twitch. Twitch’s explanation for the purpose of reinstallation ads:

“Advertising is an important source of support for the creators who make Twitch possible. This change will strengthen and expand that advertising opportunity for creators so they can get more support from their viewers for doing what they love. We want Twitch to remain a place where anyone can enjoy one-of-a-kind interactive entertainment, and ads allow us to continue making Twitch the best place for creators to build communities around the things they love and make money doing it.”

Former Twitch VP, Justin Wong, explained that the reasoning behind it is “BS” in a tweet:

“Partners don’t see any direct benefit from the Twitch Prime ad-free removal. There are possibly indirect benefits depending on whether viewers will subscribe to avoid ads. In other words, the ‘benefiting creators’ shtick is BS.”

In retaliation, some streamers on twitch have been asking their viewers to block the ads, such as Rober Moran:

“Please install an ad blocker if you watch my content on Twitch/YouTube because ads are a waste of your time, and I have no interest building a business off ad dollars.”

This has led to increased usage of ad blockers on Twitch. These are some dark days for the streaming giant. What do you think will happen? Will Twitch revert? Or will the community just “deal with it?”

Twitch gets exclusive rights to Overwatch League for the next two years

You'll only be able to watch Overwatch League on Twitch...but who cares?

Twitch has locked in the third-party rights to stream Overwatch League exclusively for two years. The news rolled out that Blizzard and Twitch (owned by Amazon) have already decided to bring 20 esports categories to the leading streaming platform for gamers throughout 2018. Of course, this will allow Twitch to throw out some goodies for Twitch … Read more