Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Twitch is introducing a new tool that the company believes will mitigate bot attacks wreaking havoc in chatrooms on the video game streaming site.The trouble with bot attacks is that Twitch can’t just ban one or one hundred accounts associated with these raids and be done with it.

AbleGamers Just Got a Big Win for the Disabled Gaming Community

AbleGamers Just Got a Big Win for the Disabled Gaming Community

In November 2020, Twitch helped out by donating $1 million, money that Spohn says will go to hiring and distributing new controllers to disabled gamers like Thad.

Twitch And Reddit Protests May Be Only the Beginning

Twitch And Reddit Protests May Be Only the Beginning

Raven, who goes by RekItRaven on Twitch, helped lead Wednesday’s #ADayOffTwitch initiative in response to an epidemic of harassment on the platform known as hate raids—a huge, often coordinated bot attack that floods streamers’ text chats with bigoted vitriol.

Pokimane Has Done Enough—and Has So Much Left to Do

Pokimane Has Done Enough—and Has So Much Left to Do

“I literally just say ‘hello’ and I feel like crying,” she told Alok Kanojia, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and mental health coach to celebrity gamers who streamed their session last May. She moved a neat curl of hair out of the way and dabbed her eye.

Twitch Will Act on ‘Serious’ Offenses That Happen Off-Platform

Twitch Will Act on ‘Serious’ Offenses That Happen Off-Platform

In the course of investigating those problem users, Twitch COO Sara Clemens tells WIRED, Twitch’s moderation and law enforcement teams learned how challenging it is to review and make decisions based on users’ behavior IRL or on other platforms like Discord.

Twitch's First Transparency Report Is Here—and Long Overdue

Twitch's First Transparency Report Is Here—and Long Overdue

That can include anything from 11-year-olds going live playing Minecraft—exposing them to potential predators —to now-banned gaming celebrity Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm streaming from a public bathroom at E3.In its new transparency report Twitch acknowledges this difficulty and for the first time offers specific details about how well it moderates its platform.

The Queer Appeal of Dead by Daylight

The Queer Appeal of Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight fleshes out its survivors and killers with detailed game lore exploring their backstory and motivations.While he culturally relates to Zarina, Sammy admitted that Dead by Daylight might benefit from additional queer representation among its characters.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Storms Twitch

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Storms Twitch

Ocasio-Cortez was playing Among Us, a recently viral game with Mafia-like mechanics.By the time Ocasio-Cortez went live at 9 pm ET Tuesday night, over 260,000 people had hit “Follow” on her Twitch channel.

Amazon Wants to ‘Win at Games.’ So Why Hasn’t It?

Amazon Wants to ‘Win at Games.’ So Why Hasn’t It?

After more than a decade of concerted effort, the tech company that brute-forced its way to dominance in books, retail, and cloud computing has failed to produce a single successful big-name title.But six former employees of Amazon Game Studios, most of whom had left the company by 2019, told a different story.

A New Hotline Offers Free Anonymous Support for Gamers

A New Hotline Offers Free Anonymous Support for Gamers

The Games and Online Harassment Hotline (GOHH) launches today as a free text-based hotline that anyone can use to begin talking about the emotional issues that emerge all over the gaming industry.

Children Stream on Twitch—Where Potential Predators Find Them

Children Stream on Twitch—Where Potential Predators Find Them

Over the past few days, a half-dozen viewings of Twitch’s recently started live channels in the Just Chatting section have all turned up at least one apparent child within the top five or 10 entries.

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

Twitch Confronts Its Role in Streaming’s #MeToo Reckoning

In posts online shared on Twitter and interviews with WIRED, several question what responsibility king-making platforms like Twitch have when top streamers, accused of inappropriate behavior, are no longer live on camera.

Microsoft's Livestreaming Service Mixer Will Shut Down

Microsoft's Livestreaming Service Mixer Will Shut Down

Microsoft’s livestreaming service Mixer will shut down on July 22 and is “teaming up” with Facebook Gaming to give partnered Mixer streams a new home, both companies announced on Monday.

The Grandmaster Who Got Twitch Hooked on Chess

The Grandmaster Who Got Twitch Hooked on Chess

“I wrote in his chat afterwards, like, ‘That was amazing.’ Then he saw my name in the chat, and was like, ‘Is that the BoxBox?’” Nakamura fished Zheng out and asked him to come on stream and play against him.“He blew my mind with how deep chess goes,” says Zheng.

Twitch Streamers Make Thousands Literally by Just Sleeping

Twitch Streamers Make Thousands Literally by Just Sleeping

Moments before falling asleep live on Twitch, streamer Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo thought about how pissed off his mom would be if he told her that he made money sleeping.

Twitch Is Slowly Losing Some Major Streamers

Twitch Is Slowly Losing Some Major Streamers

In the story, Grayson explores life in modern streamer culture—a world of agents, sponsorship deals, and money moves that seems to have a lot more in common with professional sports or Hollywood than gaming.

An Esports Exodus to YouTube Reshapes the Livestream Wars

An Esports Exodus to YouTube Reshapes the Livestream Wars

Today, YouTube announced that it will exclusively stream three behemoth esports leagues—the Call of Duty League, the Overwatch League, and Hearthstone Esports, all controlled by Activision Blizzard—that had lived primarily on the game streaming platform Twitch.

Twitch Has Become a Haven for Live Sports Piracy

Twitch Has Become a Haven for Live Sports Piracy

As Liverpool soccer player Roberto Firmino clutched out the only goal of the club's December 21 FIFA Club World Cup match before a live audience of over 45,000, at least twice as many fans were tuned in somewhere better suited to FIFA 20, the video game: the streaming platform Twitch.

Can This Notorious Troll Turn People Away From Extremism?

Can This Notorious Troll Turn People Away From Extremism?

It’s less than a year into Donald Trump’s presidency and Bonnell is hosting a debate on his Twitch stream with Masterson, a chippy, mustached “Rand Paul Republican” who helms a weekly podcast called The Dick Show.

Twitch's Non-Gamers Are Finally Having Their Moment

Twitch's Non-Gamers Are Finally Having Their Moment

A new report from stream management site StreamElements indicates that in December, Twitch viewers watched 81 million hours of “Just Chatting,” Twitch’s category for streamers who do exactly that, plus any number of other grab-bag activities.

Want Free Coding Lessons? Twitch Makes It Happen in Real Time

Want Free Coding Lessons? Twitch Makes It Happen in Real Time

Unlike most programmers who work on open source projects on their own in their spare time, she programs as hundreds of people watch online.

2018 Proved Game Streaming Can Still Get Bigger—and Messier

2018 Proved Game Streaming Can Still Get Bigger—and Messier

In March, popular Fortnite streamer and no-talking-to-girls-er Ninja invited the rapper Drake onto his stream, and racked up 1.5 million viewers in a record-setting display for Twitch, the biggest streaming platform in the videogame world.

I Learned About Climate Change By Watching Fortnite on Twitch

I Learned About Climate Change By Watching Fortnite on Twitch

And according to Henri Drake, the graduate student in climate science at MIT who was talking about methane in the video I watched, it specifically gets climate change in front of the young audience who will have to deal with its effects of the actions (or inaction) humans take right now.Related StoriesCarter MelroseWhy Battle Royale Games Like Fortnite Are Everywhere (It’s Not Just Money)Matt SimonClimate Change's Looming Mental Health CrisisEric Van AllenLive on ESPN: Is Esports Finally Ready for Its Crossover Moment?"It builds a community where people can ask the hard questions directly to an expert," Drake says.