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Forge now makes it easy to stream to Twitch and YouTube

The easiest way for people to share their favorite gaming moments just got easier. Today, Forge announced its new livestreaming feature with Twitch and YouTube integration, enabling gamers to broadcast their gameplay on their favorite streaming platforms without additional hardware. The app is available to download for free for Windows PC at http://forge.gg/streaming.

Forge, which launched its public beta in February, is a simple way for everyday PC gamers to connect and share gameplay. The app instantly and automatically records the user’s session once a game is launched and runs quietly in the background. Just one keystroke enables the user to broadcast their gameplay live to their connected Twitch or YouTube channel. The stream is also embedded on the user’s Forge profile until they are finished.

Key Features

  • Broadcast your gameplay session live without additional hardware

  • System and network auto-detection to optimize your game session for livestreaming

  • Livestream to Twitch and YouTube, as well as your Forge profile

  • Connect to Twitter to let your followers know when you are live

“Our mission at Forge is to make sharing moments from games as simple as possible,” said Jared Kim, CEO and Founder at Forge. “Many gamers that want to get started with livestreaming are often confused by the many technical hurdles involved in setup. Forge livestreaming transforms that process–which typically requires following pages of tutorials–into a single keystroke.”

In addition to livestreaming, players can seamlessly clip and share short-form gaming videos to the Forge network and other popular platforms like Twitter without exiting their game. Last month, the company announced that it raised $4.5 million in seed financing led by True Ventures and Resolute Ventures.


Valve’s Documentary “Free To Play” is Free To Watch Starting Today


Free to Play, a documentary film from Valve that follows the lives of three aspiring professional gamers, is now available via Steam and Twitch, and coming soon to additional digital platforms such as YouTube and iTunes.

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Machinima announces Mortal Kombat: Legacy II returns September 26th

All of the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy II; will debut worldwide at once Sept. 26, 2013 exclusively on Machinima, the number one video entertainment network for young males around the world. Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, produced by Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, is the hit live action web series based on the legendary Mortal Kombat video game franchise, co-created by Ed Boon, developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Mortal Kombat: Legacy II” is directed by Kevin Tancharoen (“Mortal Kombat: Legacy”) and co-written by Josh Baizer and Marshall Johnson (“Dead Loss”).

The first season of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” was one of 2011’s most-viewed web series and has generated more than 70 million views to date on Machinima. In the highly anticipated second season, the saga continues as Liu Kang and Ermac join the ranks of fighters introduced in the series’ first season, including Kenshi, Kung Lao, Kuai Lang, Stryker, Kitana, Mileena, Johnny Cage, Scorpion and Sub- Zero. This new season uncovers the rivalries and histories of these fierce warriors as Raiden and his recruits clash against the dark forces of Outworld. Chronicling the tournament and the interweaving storylines of the most beloved Kombatants, fans also will learn of the complex relationship between Liu Kang and Kung Lao and revisit the complicated family dynamic of Kitana and Mileena. The epic battle for EarthRealm has finally begun!

“Machinima has a passionate and engaged global audience. Our audience isn’t shy.  They tell us what content they want and how they want to watch and interact with it,” said Chairman, Co-Founder, and CEO of Machinima Allen DeBevoise. “This is why we decided to deliver all of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy II” at once. There is no need to wait to see what happens next, they can enjoy everything back to back. With companies like Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and HBO GO as destinations where consumers can watch multiple episodes consecutively, binge-viewing is a major movement in online video. We’re a part of this movement, and we expect this to make for an amazing and extremely engaging user experience.” 

There has been so much anticipation around “Mortal Kombat: Legacy II,” said director and co-writer Kevin Tancharoen.  “I’m excited to deliver this season to fans. There’s more action, fights, special effects, and overall, more of what fans want.” 

“‘Mortal Kombat Legacy: II’ follows the record-breaking first season of the series and treats fans to an even higher caliber of online filmmaking,” said Lance Sloane, Producer, Warner Bros.

Tancharoen (“Mortal Kombat: Legacy”) returns as director and co-writer of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy II” alongside writers Josh Baizer and Marshall Johnson (“Dead Loss”).  The cast includes Harry Shum, Jr. (“Glee”) as the warlord adviser “Kuai Liang,” Casper Van Dien (“Starship Troopers”) as martial arts film actor  “Johnny Cage,” Brian Tee (“The Wolverine”) as Shaolin Monk “Liu Kang,” and Mark Dacascos (“Cradle 2 the Grave “) as “Kung Lao” – a close friend of “Liu Kang.” Additionally, Ian Anthony Dale (“Hawaii Five-O”) returns as the resurrected ninja “Scorpion,” and Cary Tagawa reprises the role he made famous in the “Mortal Kombat” theatrical release as the powerful, arrogant sorcerer “Shang Tsung.” “Mortal Kombat: Legacy II” is produced by Lance Sloane (“Act of Valor”) and Tancharoen.


Elgato Game Capture HD now supports YouTube’s Live Streaming API

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Elgato announced today that Elgato Game Capture HD is the first game recorder that supports YouTube’s newly introduced Live Streaming API. Gamers with a streaming-enabled YouTube account can broadcast their gameplay directly from inside the Elgato Game Capture HD Software – no matter what game they’re playing or what console they’re using.

Seamless streaming experience
“The new Live Streaming API makes YouTube the most integrated platform for gamers to connect with their audiences,” said Adam Steinberg, Vice President, Marketing at Elgato. “We’ve been working closely withGoogle to provide commentators and pro players with a seamless experience for recording and streaming gameplay on YouTube.” Elgato Game Capture HD makes it extremely easy to broadcast gameplay on YouTube. With just one click, gamers can start live broadcasts that include audio commentaries. What’s more, Elgato Game Capture HD simultaneously captures the stream for later editing and sharing.

Tailored to gamers

Elgato Game Capture HD uses H.264 hardware encoding to record high definition gameplay from Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 in HD quality at up to 30 Mbits per second. At the same time, gameplay is passed through to the TV via HDMI with no delay. Elgato Game Capture HD doesn’t need a lot of cables or even a power supply – the hardware connects directly to the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 using a single cable. Thanks to the unique Flashback Recording feature, Elgato Game Capture HD remembers the gameplay that has preceded it, even if the record button wasn’t pressed. Gamers can simply go back to the start of the scene they want to record and begin recording retroactively. The Elgato Game Capture HD also allows for social interaction and sharing. With just a single click, live gameplay can be recorded for sharing with friends and fans on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter. It’s even possible to trim gameplay videos for later editing using a video-editing program.

System Requirements

Live Streaming via YouTube requires a streaming-enabled YouTube account, and the public beta version 1.3 of the Elgato Game Capture HD Software, available at gamecapture.com/youtube.

Pricing & Availability

Elgato Game Capture HD is available from Elgato (gamecapture.com), Amazon, the Apple Online Store, and selected other retailers for US$179.95. Elgato Game Capture HD software is available as a free download atgamecapture.com/download.


Community Shoutout: Thr3Play

Today’s Community Shoutout goes to the up and coming YouTube group:


Their description is:

3Play is a Youtube channel created by Seth and Eric. Together they give their opinions on video games, movies, and anime. In some cases, they right the wrongs of other reviewers.

The end result is a play on words in three’s. They cover video games, movies and anime. In addition to that, there’s at least usually three people on screen, more than three minutes of video and no less than three swear words per video (the latter may not entirely be accurate). I suggest if you’re looking for something new and interesting – start here as they cover a trifecta of media and deserve your attention.

For more, visit their YouTube or Facebook page (give them a like so they can have a custom URL!)

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