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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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W Series Esports League Partners with Getty Images

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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.”

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Simplicity Esports Acquires PL Gaming Texas LLC

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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.”

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Twitch Prime July 2020 Lineup

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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
  • Kunai
  • 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
  • Pulstar
  • 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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