In their continued efforts to keep the most popular Twitch streamers streaming on their platform for the long-term, Twitch has officially re-signed Jaryd “Summit1G” Lazar, Brett “Dakotaz” Hoffman, and Josh “JoshOG” Beaver to exclusive deals, according to the Washington Post’s Noah Smith.
With the streaming wars waging on, Twitch has joined YouTube, Mixer, and other platforms in inking popular streamers to exclusive deals in order to keep them from defecting to the competition, which had been a trend since 2019.
Twitch signing Summit1G comes as rumors swirled that Mixer was expressing serious interest in acquiring him.
“It makes me more happy than I could ever explain, they’re the ones I started with,” Beaver said, according to the report. “I’m ecstatic. It’s hard to put in words to be honest. Here I am supporting my mom and family, but I am truly ecstatic and I’m very excited for the future and the content that is going to created,”
“When I started streaming in 2013, no one was making any money … and now it’s come to this, where it’s become this thing where people are getting life changing deals,” said Beaver.
“At a time when community is paramount, these Creators are a core part of Twitch’s mission to bring people together, and we’re excited to continue our partnership as we build the future of gaming and live entertainment” Michael Aragon, SVP of Content at Twitch said in an official press release.
Twitch is off to an incredible start in 2020, and has seen record numbers in viewership and hours watched over the past two months, as everyone has been quarantined and observing stay at home orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
W Series Esports League Partners with Getty Images
Getty Images, the global visual media brand, has officially announced their partnership with the all-female simulation racing competition known as W Series Esports League, which will see Getty Images serve as the official photographer of the league.
“Ever since Getty Images was founded 25 years ago, our specialist operations team and industry-leading photographic talent have been at the forefront of creating innovative sports photography” Ken Mainardis, Global Head of Content at Getty Images said in an official press release. “This partnership furthers the W Series aim in elevating female esports to a global audience and demonstrates how Getty Images leads the way in delivering cutting-edge content to our customers around the world.”
“But although the W Series Esports League provides great on-screen entertainment for fans and poses a stern sporting test for our drivers, there is a bigger purpose to it also: we hope that women and girls who perhaps have not engaged with esports or in particular sim racing, either as viewers or players, will be inspired by the exploits of our 20 female racers to embrace it in greater numbers than they have hitherto” Catherine Bond Muir, CEO of W Series added.”
Simplicity Esports Acquires PL Gaming Texas LLC
Simplicity Esports and Gaming Company has officially announced that it has acquired all assets of PL Gaming Texas LLC, which has been referred to as “one of the most successful franchisee-owned esports gaming centres in its nationwide footprint.”
“Our franchisee has done an excellent job building, staffing, and growing this location” Roman Franklin, President of Simplicity Esports said in an official statement. “The gaming center consists of over 30 gaming stations, gaming related merchandise and accessories for sale, and a quality staff that will remain in place after the acquisition to continue serving the center’s thousands of existing customers.”
Twitch Prime July 2020 Lineup
July is here and that means a new lineup of free games for Twitch Prime members, which comes with any Amazon Prime subscription, so you should be expecting some free PC games each and every month you’re a member.
As of July 1st, you can claim Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Dear Esther, Grip: Combat Racing, Kunai, and Dark Devotion. As always, be on the lookout for Twitch channels streaming the free games available this month (just in case you want to preview).
Here is a more complete breakdown of this month’s offerings:
Free Twitch Prime games for July
Available until July 31st unless otherwise stated
- Turok 2: Bad Seed
- Dark Devotion
- Grip: Combat Racing
- Dear Esther
- Melbits World
- Dream Daddy – ends today
- PictoQuest – ends July 10
- Mad Tracks – ends July 17
- Reus – ends July 24
Free SNK Games
Available through December 31st, 2020
- Art of Fighting 2
- Blazing Star
- Fatal Fury Special
- Samurai Shodown II.
- The King of Fighters 2000
- The King of Fighters 2002
Free in-game Loot
- Available now – Mafia City
- Available now – Words with Friends 2
- July 7 – Black Desert Mobile
- July 7 – The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross
- July 9 – Yahtzee with Buddies
- July 13 – Apex Legends
- July 13 – Big Farm
- July 14 – RuneScape
- July 29 – Legends of Runeterra
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