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Hello current and future EVE streamers and viewers!  This Tuesday, December 10th, we are launching Twitch.tv integration for EVE Online and I’m here to give you a quick overview of this lovely feature.

If you aren’t familiar with streaming or Twitch, let me explain quickly.  Streaming is a way of broadcasting media of your choosing (anything from EVE Online to your favorite political protest) live via the magic of the internet to as many viewers as you can attract to your channel.  Game streaming has been growing rapidly in popularity over the last few years as people get their hands on better hardware and streaming services like Twitch keep improving.    If you aren’t familiar with twitch.tv specifically, it’s a web-based streaming service focused exclusively on games.  At any time of day there are more than 100,000 people watching other people play games on Twitch and there are hundreds of people streaming.

What does this have to do with EVE you might say?  Until now, streaming meant getting ahold of software to actually manage the stream output from your computer, which can be costly and/or confusing.   By integrating an SDK created by twitch.tv into EVE, you can now completely bypass the 3rd party software and stream directly from the EVE client.  Amazing!

Here’s how it works:  First, you will have to go to twitch.tv and create an account.  This should be fairly painless and you only need to do it once.  Next, just load up EVE and then look under the "social" tab in the root of the Neocom and you should notice a new “Twitch Streaming” option.  It looks like this:

You can access Twitch options from the root, but I recommend dragging it into the Neocom bar because the Neocom icon lets you know when your stream is active at all times.  When you open the Twitch Streaming window you will see a set of options that looks like this:

From here you simply need to enter your twitch.tv login information that you created earlier (or use the conveniently located link in the window to sign up at this point) and set up some basic streaming options including a title, resolution and frame rate, and then with the push of one button your stream will be active and viewable on twitch.tv at your default page which will be www.twitch.tv/USERNAME.  While the Stream is active, the options window and the Neocom icon give you feedback to let you know you’re streaming which looks like this:

You might wonder if streaming EVE is actually a terrible idea that could only lead to your own suffering, and at first I wondered about this as well.  Not only did I discover that streaming even the most dangerous and intel-sensitive combat I could find was actually incredibly fun, but the more EVE streams I watch the more I value I think this feature has.  Teaching corpmates to d-scan, giving an EVE-UNI lecture, streaming the eyes of your scout for your gang, following around huge fleets in a cloaky Tengu and playing questionable techno or even streaming market trading (which I spent an hour watching the other night and had a really good time) are just a few of the potential reasons to stream.  You can also set your stream to private on the Twitch stream page if you like.  There's a lot of possiblities and we're hoping the easy access means more new applications pop up.

Twitch offers a lot of functionality through their web interface that you should make sure to check out.  Probably the most important is stream chat, a simple chat room attached to your channel where your viewers can give you questions, offer feedback on the stream or simply tell you to ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ Drink the Water ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ.   A second valuable feature is that Twitch will archive your live streams and allow you to set new titles and highlights for them.  Make sure to look into these features and also visit Twitch's rules of conduct while you're there.

If you are already a streamer and find your streaming software useful in setting up a more personalized broadcast, we don’t expect you to switch to the integrated option.  While we would love to add features like overlays, information filtering (such as location or social information) or delay (which is currently only available through Twitch as a partner) we want to hold off for now and see how this is received and work on spaceships in the meantime.  I also have to mention that sadly, if you are a mac user, this feature will be disabled for you.  There is a technical block related to the way we emulate EVE on macs which we are investigating but don't have a fix for at this time.

Please visit us in the feedback thread for this blog and let us know how you intend to use this feature, or how you might want it improved in the future.  And even if you aren’t going to be streaming yourself, make sure to head over to Twitch's EVE Online page and see what your fellow capsuleers are up to and always keep an eye on our official CCP Twitch page

Thanks, and may you all become space famous! 

– CCP Rise

[ original Announcement ]

  • Adamski

    what will this do to server load in big null fights when about 10-25% of the field starts streaming?

    FC command – Stream to crash node

    • sduhb

      was expecting them to address this but surprised they did not

    • Daniel Plain

      what exactly does the traffic to and from twitch.tv have to do with the EVE servers? if anything, it may overload your client machine, as it has to cope with rendering the battle and the overview, while at the same time encoding the video. then again, nowadays you have lots of cores and near infinite memory.

      • Tim

        “near infinite memory”
        You’ve obviously never multiboxed 20 clients.
        It gets… sketchy.

        • Daniel Plain

          no sane person ever multiboxed 20 clients.

          • Moe

            then there are a lot of inane people playing EVE…

          • Daniel Plain

            …that was the joke.

        • ally teams please

          Prolly more of an I/O or IRQ problem, than memory capacity. 24GB should be well enough for 20 eve accounts.

    • Dumbledore

      What? Does the twitch rendering happen at server side? Where does it say that?

      • LTA

        They didn’t because it doesn’t, he obviously doesn’t understand how streaming works…

        If he does read this, then I’ll briefly explain why this doesn’t have any effect on the server. It’s simply outputting your eve screen directly to twitch rather than screen recording you entire screen or a selection of your screen. It has nothing to do with the Eve Servers or Eve’s internet connection. All the encoding and uploading happens on your end, nothing goes to the Eve servers at all.

        • Adamski

          I dont understand, which was why I asked the question. Thank you for the explanation. I am now better informed.

          • best_burek

            So if you have a slow computer and you have an issue running eve don’t stream

  • ccp fan

    if this works like without 85943753829 patches, it’s baller.

  • Provi Miner

    Lmao, I was reading it starting to grove to it, hey I can use this to help new members. Then I get to the end (NOT FOR MAC USERS). LOL ah well can win’em all

    • ally teams please

      Anything Apple related is shit. Like -AAA-.

      • Provi Miner

        Did Job’s touch you in your no-no place, cause it sounds like some butt hurt there bro.

  • Bawk Bawkbagawk

    oh. good. i remember how everyone clamored for this for the last few years. oh wait, no they didnt. its ok CCP dont let unfinished projects keep you from adding more crap.

    • Seraph IX Basarab

      “BUT BUT BUT I WANTED A PLAYSTATION FOR CHRISTMAS NOT AN XBOOOOOX MOOOMMMMYYYYY”

      • Bawk Bawkbagawk

        if you have something you want to get off your sunken chest, dont beat around the bush. get up on your hind legs and say it.

        • Seraph IX Basarab

          Just that we could all be a wee bit more thankful rather than be obnoxious snarky twats hiding behind a computer screen. That is all.

          • Bawk Bawkbagawk

            now see? it wasnt hard to get your message across when you wern’t being an obnoxious snarky twat.
            as a PAYING CUSTOMER i get to complain when a company consistently bites off more than it can chew. if you didnt have your nose buried in CCP’s collective arsehole you might see that.

          • hue

            stop paying if you dont think the product is good enough for you and start paying again when you think your quality standarts have been reached

          • Seraph IX Basarab

            Sorry 15 bucks is breaking your bank so much you have to rage about it here. You’re entitled to an opinion but nobody likes to see whiners.

          • Bawk Bawkbagawk

            raging? says the guy who was all over the caps lock? fuck off drama queen.

          • blubbblubb

            well, stop playing, your attitude isnt welcome anyway!

      • best_burek

        Yeah what Bawk said, if you have something to say get on your knees and speak into the mic……..peder

    • N3 WarHQ

      This is not really a huge thing and likely a rather easy feature to add to the eve client. Having the option to stream from the EVE client seems like modern and correct way to go and more and more games has this feature and why shouldn’t EVE have it then?

      • Bawk Bawkbagawk

        did i say that eve shouldnt have it? no. my concern is that CCP keeps adding bells and whistles instead of fixing existing problems or advancing incomplete features.

        • op success

          “While we would love to add features……we want to hold off for now and see how this is received and work on spaceships in the meantime.”

          and your first thought is to complain.

          go get laid, drink some coffee , start reading more ( your reading comprehension could be improved ) maybe get a hug from someone.

          have a nice day o/

          • Bawk Bawkbagawk

            seems a few people have a problem with what i said, but resort to insults and bullshit trolling rather than attempting to address the actual content of my comments. oh well, trolls will be trolls.

          • op success

            I did not insult you at all. I simply suggested some things that could improve your attitude. And the reading comprehension bit was because you are unable to understand the article or instantly scrolled to the comments to bitch and moan.

            The “content” of your comments is ridiculous. You say ccp is just trying to make bells and whistles while ccp is saying “twitch integration is incomplete but functional so we decided to focus on the core of eve instead”

            So please explain how ccp focusing on spaceships is a bad thing. we are all dying to know.

  • Jay

    This here is why eve is failing epically, all CCP cares about is money. They don’t care about quality products or enjoyable gameplay. I bet in 12 months subs will be cut in half and CCP will go bankrupt.

  • Apollo428

    in before all the streamers cry about being killed by people watching their streams with no delay on.

    • riverini

      If i recall correctly, you set the stream delay on the Twitch.tv preferences, which is independent from the streaming software…

      • Titshit

        Still does not affect darwinism.
        Can’t wait for all the ratting streamers.

  • Alison King

    I wounder if it cost a 30 days plex to activate the feature ?

    • riverini

      Nah, many games have this feature already implemented – in fact this is one of the killer features of the Playstation 4 at no cost.

  • hans peter

    finally i can easily share the clickedyclickclick fest that is my daily production and pi.

    i really do not think that this will totally turn of potential customers from checking out eve.

  • mercfromabove

    Note: If you are in Nulli secunda or Northern coalition you will be kicked for streaming large scale CTA’s

    that is all

    • Titshit

      ~elite pvp~

  • EVE HOME SHOPPING NETWORK

    /me Setups the EHSN – EVE HOME SHOPPING NETWORK Twitch stream – makes billions

  • blubbblubb

    what about someone who runs several clients at the same time and does not have more screens, will the stream notice it when you tab to another client or will you have to stop the stream and restart it on the other account (i´m not familiar with streaming tbh.)

  • Confused

    More Tidi….

  • Titshit

    soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo….

    Lets say :
    2k+ Null Sec Brawl
    aprox. a few hundred streamers
    in a already tidi’d to fuck system.

    How will this streaming hipster shit affect this ?

  • Titshit

    Hey CCP : Nice promises on shit that never worked / got implemented . Keep on giving drakes red stripes and adding stupid shit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ0k0ioROUo

  • lol

    The problem is, EvE is a pretty terrible game to be streaming. This feature is like putting lipstick on a pig.

    If you’re streaming a large battle? Bunch of squares shooting each other.. and they are pretty difficult to regularly get access to…

    If you’re roaming? Pretty boring roaming around trying to find a kill… and the instant you die = most of the audience will leave due to the amount of time it takes to get back into the “action”…

    If you’re PvE’ing? Pretty boring to watch after a while.

    If you’re mining? lol who really gives a fuck…