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Twitch Announces “Twitch Plays” Game Category

Twitch Plays Pokemon was a huge success back in February of 2014. It was the first large scale “Twitch Plays” game ever played. Today Twitch announced they have launched a “Twitch Plays” game category. There has been tons of adaptations since then and now you can find them all in one place.

Along with the launch of the new game category comes new projects, check them out below!

  • City Stream – Studio Bean, the creator of Choice Chamber is back!  Team up to build and defend a massive geometric city. Whether you’re a builder, gatherer, or at the frontlines of battle, you’ll find your place in City Stream.
  • TwitchPlaysZombidle – This PC title is adapted from Berzerk Studio’s mobile game. Level up your very own Twitch character and join forces with the rest of the chat to wreck havoc on the good guys.
  • Kid Mech – KidMech is a live-action Twitch robot arena battle game comprising of two teams and an unlimited number of users controlling each bot. Gameplay will cycle between various competitive games including: Battle Soccer, Last Man Standing, and Capture the Flag. The arena features several interactive destructive weapons—such as the saw and flamethrower—that can be utilized to score additional points or weaken the opposition.
  • TwitchVersusZombies – Communicate and elaborate strategies with peers in order to eradicate the zombies. In this game where each decision of every individual counts, you will mend, defend, attack, scout, and build your way back to the top of the food chain.

Other active releases featured in the directory include:

  • Twitch Plays Robot – Real life robots controlled by Twitch fight for their mechanical lives in a series of games and events set up by Let’s Robot. The first event will be RobogueLike, which is a real life procedurally generated dungeon crawler full of puzzles, traps, surprises, crafting, and enemy robots. How long can Twitch survive?
  • Twitch Plays Dark Souls – One of the more popular Twitch Plays games, Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2 have already been beaten with the current focus on Demon’s Souls.
  • TwitchPlaysClawMachine – What could make playing a carnival claw machine more frustrating than normal? How about connecting it to Twitch.
  • TwitchPlaysPunchClub: When tinyBuild challenged the Twitch community to beat Punch Club before making it available for purchase, viewers bonded together and quickly completed an abridged version of the boxer’s journey. Given the great response, they are bringing it back to Twitch, except this will be the longer full version of the game players have to face.
  • And of course, TwitchPlaysPokemon! – The progenitor of the Twitch Plays movement is planning its first run of 2016 on February 14 (mark your calendars!). A heavily modified Pokemon Crystal will be played with the game starting in Kanto and featuring a much more sophisticated AI running external to the game.

What qualifies as a Twitch Plays game?

  1. Autonomously running games that utilize Twitch live streams as the primary mode of content delivery.
  2. Interactive experiences that gives the Twitch audience control over “player” actions in the game.
  3. Uncapped number of simultaneous participants.  No picking and choosing.

What is not allowed?

  • “Live” interpretations of Twitch Plays, where a broadcaster is acting out audience feedback directly, is prohibited.  All channels must feature software based implementations.  Sorry Adam Seltzer and Nature Man.
  • Games that feature Twitch integrations, but do not give total control over to the Twitch audience, are not Twitch Plays.
  • As usual, any conduct that violates our Terms of Service and Rules of Conduct is also prohibited.

via Twitch Blog

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Matt

Matt

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