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Twitch Watch Parties Allows Creators to Host TV, Movie Content

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Twitch’s Watch Parties are giving Twitch streamers the chance to host live streams of content from Amazon Prime‘s extensive catalog of movies and television shows which will include the host’s webcam and live-chat channel features, according to the Washington Post.

While anyone can watch these live-streams, even if they do not have a Twitch account, the Watch Parties require viewers to have an active Amazon Prime membership in order to take part in the livestream events.

“Because Twitch’s desire is to build communities around interactive experiences, we were already set for success when it came to products like this,” Erin Wayne, the director of community and creator marketing at Twitch said, via the article. “We were already on track to launch these types of things ahead of covid-19. It just happened to coincide with all of the things that we were doing.”

Twitch pushed up the timeline for Watch Parties due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has seen a massive uptick, not only in streaming, but in the consumption of content on streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.

With the demand at an all-time high, Twitch moved to ramp up their own supply of content.

“We moved the timeline up,” Michael Aragon, Twitch’s senior vice president of content said. “What we’re looking to do is make sure that we continue to evolve this as quickly as we can.”

Watch Parties add another creative element for streamers to utilize for their Twitch channels, and give viewers another way to interact, in real time, with a specific streamer and that channel’s community.

“I think that people who are either not familiar with Twitch or familiar with us in a very entry-level [way], they tend to think of Twitch as just gaming, which is core to who we are as a company,” Wayne said. “But gamers as people are very multifaceted in their interests and their hobbies.”

“If you’ve got a big enough creator, you can be watching with 30,000 other people,” Aragon said. “That is bigger than any movie theater that I’ve ever seen.

“We’ve always been about community and bringing people together” Aragon added.

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Gamactica Mobile App Update 1.1

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We have rolled out a new update for the Gamactica mobile app for both Android and Apple. Below are the patch notes:

  • Fixed Notifications issues: we resolved the issue where not all notifications were being pushed.
  • Notifications Menu: many users reported that they would prefer the menu tab for Notifications to be more prominent on the Menu, so we moved it to a higher placing for easier navigation.
  • Members Menu item: Officially renamed ‘Members’ to ‘Gamacticans’ in the menu tab
  • Gamactica Global: re-developed the Gamactica Global section, and created a LIVE tab present on the Menu. This will direct you to the Gamactica Global section where you can see streamers from around the world who are streaming live on Twitch, and find live channels based on language, location.
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Gamactica Names Colby Costello Chief Operations Officer

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Gamactica is excited to officially announce the appointment of Colby Costello as Chief Operations Officer (COO).

“Colby is extremely passionate about the Gamactica platform, our business plan, and what we have lined up for the future. Colby brings extensive business experience from operations to sales and customer relations. We feel his addition will help us in both business and member services development. Colby will be our “swiss army knife” dealing with both our Sales/Business Department as well as our Community Relations department and hs already jumped in on a number of key projects. We are thrilled he is a part of our journey moving forward and his addition, along with the launch of our mobile app, are only going to help us move forward with our plans efficiently.” Anthony DiMoro CEO of Gamactica.

Find our more about Gamactica’s Corporate team right here.

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Gamactica Names Allan Stroud Chief Communications Officer

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Gamactica is excited to officially announce the appointment of Allan Stroud as Chief Communications Officer (CCO).

“Allan is one of the first members of Gamactica, and has been along for this incredible journey for many of our major milestones. Allan brings management experience, and valuable, unique experience thanks to his football career. Allan will be heading up our community growth and community relationships. He will work with brands, streamers, esports teams, and projects related to our community growth” Anthony DiMoro, CEO of Gamactica.

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