Beam New Partnership Requirements

Beam Changing Partnership Requirements

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As Beam grows, so must the partnership requirements. Beam had a partnership path in place already but it hasn’t been updated since they were acquired by Microsoft. Becoming a part of Microsoft likely affords Beam a wealth of back-end resources as well as a considerable amount of increased exposure which will help every broadcaster on […]

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Twitch Buy Games

You Can Now Buy Games on Twitch

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We posted back in February that Twitch would start selling games directly through the website. A couple months and a Twitch application later, you actually can buy games on Twitch. The basics of buying games on Twitch were announced early on and, for the most part, have remained the same. Twitch has partnered with several companies to […]

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Twitch Bitrate Limit

Twitch Adds New Transcoding Options and Guidelines

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Twitch has finally lifted the bitrate cap, previously 3.5 mbps (3500 kbps) to a recommended range of 3-6 mbps and set some general guidelines for achieving a good-looking 1080p broadcast. Firstly, to help scale the higher bitrate cap, Twitch is making more granular quality options available for viewers. Instead of low, medium, high, and source, more […]

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Twitch Event Manager News

Twitch Adds an Event Manager

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Twitch announced a new feature today that is not only available for everyone today but pretty useful as well: an Event Manager. It seems like Twitch is really trying to get everything stream-related all in-house and as directly linked to your channel as possible with a desktop app to keep in touch with your community, a […]

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Humble Streaming Bundle

Humble Bundle Releases A Streaming Software Bundle

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The team at Humble Bundle have released a streaming bundle that includes things like keys for software that you can use while streaming, games with heavy chat interaction, and even a Monstercat subscription for those looking for some music to play while streaming. For just $1, you get: 1-year Monstercat license for a Twitch channel […]

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Elgato Stream Deck Reveal

Elgato Gaming Reveals the Stream Deck

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After quite a bit of teasing, Elgato has announced the Stream Deck. The Stream Deck is a pad with 15 LCD keys that can be customized to control various elements of your stream. In their trailer, they show off controlling OBS to start the stream, switch scenes, toggling on-screen effects, and controlling other media across your […]

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Lightstream

Infiniscene Rebrands to Lightstream

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Infiniscene announced that they will be rebranding to Lightstream. In a post on the Infiniscene blog, co-founder Stu Grubbs talks about the early beginnings of Infiniscene and, in particular, the fact that the name wasn’t necessarily the catchiest thing about their product. Now, they’re ready for a new name going forward, Lightstream, which you will start […]

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Player.me Desktop App Announcement

Player.me to Launch Desktop Application

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Player.me is looking to combine the community-driven aspects of the Player.me website with creation tools in their new free Desktop Application. Player.me established itself as something of a hub for video game-based content across the internet bringing videos and streams from Twitch, YouTube, Beam, and more all into one place as well as associating all your […]

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OBS Version 18 Update

OBS Studio 18.0 Update

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OBS version 18.0 was released today and it adds some pretty nifty features. At the top of the list is audio monitoring. In the advanced settings, you can now set a device to monitor your audio from. For your common, everyday broadcasting needs, this might be a little advanced but for larger productions of video shows […]

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Twitch Announces Communities

Twitch Announces Communities

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At the PAX South Twitch Town Hall, Twitch announced that they’re working on a new directory dubbed “Communities“. Communities goes beyond the game directory and will help more specific activities in each game become more discoverable for both viewers and broadcasters alike. The examples given were subdivisions within the Dungeons and Dragons directory with something […]

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Streamlabs Animated Tip Jar

Streamlabs Launches Animated Tip Jar

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The first update from Streamlabs for the year is their own version of an animated Tip Jar. You may be familiar with the animated Cheer cup from Muxy.io as many people have taken to using it. Streamlabs has taken their own spin on the idea with even more customization. If you’ve ever see the Cheer cup […]

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SteelSeries Siberia Headset Review

SteelSeries Siberia 350 Review

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As I mentioned a while back in my desk tour, I’ve been in the process of evaluating some SteelSeries gear. Today, we’re going to break down the Siberia 350 which is one of SteelSeries’ headsets. It’s not quite as new or shiny as their new Arctis line but it is still a solid headset which […]

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Twitch Adds AutoMod to Improve Chat Moderation

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To build off the moderation improvements Twitch implemented a couple months back, Twitch introduces AutoMod as an added tool to assist with chat moderation. If ever there’s a message that the AutoMod thinks is harmful, the message will be held for an actual mod to approve or reject before it appears in chat. There are […]

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XSplit 2.9 Update

XSplit 2.9 Update Overview

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XSplit’s latest update adds a couple really nice features that make the program more usable especially for anyone playing games on latest Windows 10 Anniversary update. The first and most noticeable change to the XSplit interface is the status readouts at the bottom of the window. These display your FPS output, the CPU usage, GPU […]

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Twitch Adds Pinned Cheers

Twitch Adds Pinned Cheers

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As a small update to Cheering, Twitch released a feature that would pin the most recent Cheer to the top of the chat. Previously, Cheers would go with the regular flow of chat and a Cheer could get lost in more active channels. To make them more noticeable, Partners can choose to have them stick to […]

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Desk Tour with mikeHEARTu

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I’m in the process of evaluating some Steel Series gear but I thought it would be a good idea to talk about what I’m upgrading from. It’ll give you better context when I eventually do publish my review but also, letting go of some of this gear is a pretty big deal. I’ve been using […]

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Streamlabs YouTube Support

Streamlabs Adds YouTube Support

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Streamlabs has finally added support for YouTube in their most current update. If you’ve ever used Streamlabs before, the system works exactly like its used for Twitch. When you try to log into Streamlabs now, there’s a “Connect with YouTube” button and from there, everything is the same. Streamlabs for YouTube supports all the native YouTube and YouTube […]

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TweetAlerts: On-screen Twitter Alerts

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If you’ve ever wanted an elegant, alert-style way to show your favorite hashtag on stream, the folks at TweetAlerts have you covered. If you’re familiar with what Streamlabs provides, just imagine that same exact concept translated over to Twitter notifications instead of follower notifications. TweetAlerts still feels like it’s very much in it’s infancy but […]

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Education Row Overall Thoughts TwitchCon 2016

Education Row Overall Thoughts [TwitchCon 2016 Panel Recap]

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Hi, I’m Mike and I outlined all the Education Row panels from the TwitchCon 2016 panel recap. After watching all the panels in Education Row, the “How to Home Studio” segments from both day two and day three are really really good and if you want something specific to watch, it’s that. From a technical […]

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OBS Getting Started

Getting Started on OBS

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When you open OBS, or Open Broadcaster Software, for the first time, you’re greeted with a blank screen and some buttons. It’s kind of scary but we’ll get you to streaming status in no time. We’ll go through some of the menus to help get you started. Not necessarily everything, but enough for you to […]

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OBS Overview

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When talking about streaming, especially in the context of “Getting Started,” the subject of software quickly comes up. While more options are becoming available, Open Broadcaster Software or OBS has been around for quite some time. OBS is likely to be robust enough to produce any kind of broadcast you’d want to do as a new […]

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Choosing a Streaming Platform

Choosing Your Streaming Platform

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When you start looking into streaming, you may notice that there are quite a few different streaming platforms out there. Especially in the wild and crazy world of streaming video games on the internet, it’s always worth at least being aware of not only what your options are but perhaps what the grass is like on […]

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Upload Studio

Content Creation on the Xbox One

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We published an article about streaming on the PS4 and we couldn’t really leave out the Xbox One. After all, it is very similar to the PS4 in many ways, so similar content creation features aren’t much of a far cry. Some things will work differently on the Xbox One but you will quickly notice that much […]

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Content Creation on the PS4

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It’s no small secret that more and more people are dipping their toes into content creation on Twitch, Youtube, and even going to other, newer platforms to try and make their mark. While many think their first step needs to be buying a capture card, microphone, streaming PC, or video editing software, if you own […]

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