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It’s now easier than ever for you to make money on Twitch. The streaming platform announced Saturday it’s giving “some love to all the streamers who make Twitch the amazing place that it is.” It’s introducing the Twitch Affiliate Program, which will allow non-partner streamers to make money. Sarah Perez at TechCrunch has more on the specifics of the new program.
Here are the stats your stream has to have to be eligible:
- At least 500 total minutes broadcast in the last 30 days
- At least 7 unique broadcast days in the last 30 days
- An average of 3 concurrent viewers or more over the last 30 days
- At least 50 Followers
According to Twitch, you’ll be notified by email if you already qualify for the program when it launches.
The NES Classic is back on sale today, and it’s yours in-store only at Best Buy. The retailer tweeted out the announcement Sunday along with select accessories.
— Best Buy (@BestBuy) April 23, 2017
Do you want to play ranked matches in Dota 2? Well, prepare to hand over your cellphone number May 4. According to Owen S. Good at Polygon, Valve is requiring cell numbers for ranked play to “curb the creation of multiple accounts by a single user.”
“Phone numbers may be changed but that number will be ineligible for use for three months before it can be registered on a new account,” Good writes. “And yes, phone numbers provided by online services, such as Google Talk, won’t be allowed.”
Games Done Quick’s Summer Games Done Quick has released the schedule for its 2017 event in Minneapolis, Minn., July 2-9. The charity marathon event has, according to Games Done Quick’s website, raised over $10 million for charity. This year’s charity is Doctors Without Borders.
Phoenix1 defeated FlyQuest to grab third place in the NA LCS Spring 2017 playoffs Saturday after loosing to Cloud9 in the semifinals.
Cloud9 went on to fall to TSM in the finals Sunday in an epic back-and-forth 5-game brawl.
C9 struggled from the beginning in game 1. C9 gave up 4 kills in the first 15 minutes. By minute 20, TSM held 8 kills to 1, a 7,000 gold lead and three turrets. TSM destroyed C9’s nexus before the 30-minute mark.
TSM had an early death in game 2 but followed up with 3 kills by the 9-minute mark, which snowballed to 8 kills by 11 minutes in. C9 was able to net a few more kills than game 1, but couldn’t stop TSM’s push. TSM destroyed C9’s nexus at the roughly 23-minute mark. This was the fastest game ever in NA LCS finals history.
C9 came roaring back in game 3, even with TSM’s Svenskeren taking first blood. C9 won the first team fight, took Baron and won the ensuing second team fight to push for its first inhibitor kill of the series. TSM won in the third team fight, but ultimately fell after a waffled Baron fight that let C9 push to its first win of the series.
C9 took the lead early in game 4 and was up 2 kills to 0 at the 10-minute mark. That expanded to 4-0 in the next 2 minutes with a 3,000 gold lead at the 15-minute mark. Twenty-two minutes in, C9 secured its second Infernal Drake with a 6-0 lead, quickly took Baron after and sniped more kills to bring it to 8-1. After taking its third Infernal Drake, C9 pulled out the only Ace of the series at 30 minutes to tie it up at 2-2.
Game 5 saw TSM claw its way to victory. First blood went to C9 3 minutes in, but TSM came back with a kill at 5 minutes. TSM nabbed 2 more kills at 11 minutes for 3-2, and by 20 minutes the teams were in a dead heat with 9 kills a piece. C9 pulled away a minute later with a Cloud Drake and team fight win. C9 killed the first Baron of the game at 40 minutes with a 17-14 kill lead. TSM took Elder Dragon and pushed through bottom lane to end the series.
This was TSM’s second NA LCS championship win in a row.