Amazing rendition of Take Me Home, Country Roads sung live on Twitch by Charming_Jo to welcome his English speaking audiences. GREAT JOB!
The video above shows the live stream of a video game streamer named Alex Ramirez when he "allegedly" witnessed a murderer dump a body behind a church while he was playing. You can hear him begin a 911 call, the video also follows up with a separate video where he claims to have been fired from his job. All this led to a lot of people being fooled and some people even donating money to a GoFundMe account which has now been deactivated.
Not everyone was convinced, a person in the comments to this video links Ramirez to a troll account on Twitch that has already been banned for faking similar hoaxes.
One man even did his own sleuthing and called the police department that Ramirez pretended to call and found out that it was, in fact, a hoax.
According to Gizmodo, Uber has confirmed that Ramirez does work for them but hasn't been suspended (yet) and that anyone who donated to the GoFundMe account will be refunded.
WARNING: Strong language near the middle of the video.
These cops really got the wrong guy. Jarid Hamilton was in the process of live streaming on Twitch when the cops came knocking at his door for a noise complaint. His neighbor, Benjamin Michael Frostad, allegedly called the police on Hamilton so he could steal from him.
After giving the police some trouble, Hamilton is taken out of his apartment to be arrested for refusing to give his name to the police.
That's when Frostad sneaks in and takes some shoes and headphones. He also returns for more items a little later. You can see him look straight into the camera to check if the coast is clear.
Obviously, it wasn't. The people watching Hamilton's livestream on Twitch called the police to report the burglary. Now Frostad's facing felony burglary charges.
Some trees are going to be very happy over the next week.
To launch a new creative channel, and honor painter Bob Ross' birthday, Twitch is broadcasting all 403 episodes of The Joy of Painting.
Ross, known for his soothing voice and happy little afro, has become a pop culture icon on the Internet since his death in 1995.
Twitch Creative is partnering with Adobe to launch a creative channel that will feature artists.
Because this is Twitch, the comment section moves so fast you can barely read anything.
Have fun for the next 8 1/2 days!
Twitch has dominated the new market of video game streaming and now YouTube wants a cut of the action.
As they announced at the beginning of the summer, YouTube has planned to launch YouTube Gaming, a separate site dedicated to streaming, watching and chatting about video games. On Aug. 26, they began a slow release of the new platform.
Mashable says the introduction is fairly painless:
Getting started is a simple process of navigating your browser over to gaming.youtube.com and following the steps in a setup process (that includes phone verification). You'll need to set up encoding software, fill out the necessary info for your stream and tick off any optional features. There's a checklist right there on the setup page, but Google also put together a more involved guide to getting set up.
YouTube Gaming supports streaming from PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One consoles, provided you've got a capture device sending video from the console to your computer. Google specifically calls out Elgato's HD60 as a YouTube Live Verified device, but there's a good chance that other game capture solutions work as well. If you've got one, try it out before you run out and buy something new.
Apparently, mobile apps for Android and iOS are also around the corner so you can watch your gaming of the go.
The launch comes only a year after Google prepared a heaping ton of money to purchase Twitch, but then Amazon swooped in with $970 million and bought the streaming service.
There's no telling yet whether the search giant will have any luck in a space already dominated by Twitch and executives at the leading streamer seem to think not.
Matthew DiPietro, Twitch's SVP of Marketing released a statement Aug. 25, basically bragging about how their numbers are so much bigger:
For our current stats, we have 1.5 million broadcasters (11K Partnered channels), 100 million viewers per month who watch 106 minutes per person per day on average, and 38 million installs of our mobile app with 4.7 billion minutes watched across 10.3 million unique devices.
The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion.
YouTube is preparing for U.S. regulators to challenge the Twitch deal, according to sources. YouTube is far and away the No. 1 platform for Internet video, serving more than 6 billion hours of video per month to 1 billion users worldwide, and the company expects the Justice Department to take a hard look at whether buying Twitch raises anticompetitive issues in the online-video market.
Update: This happened.
Last week we highlighted the best thing to ever happen on the internet - The largest crowd-sourced multiplayer game of Pokémon ever! A lot of craziness has happened since and the interwebs are ablaze with the hilarity that has ensued. You can even ask the legendary Helix Fossil for some advice.