SAN FRANCISCO -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, today announced it has been named the Best Games Related website in the 18th Annual Webby Awards. This marks Twitch’s first time being selected as a Webby Award winner by the official judges and the third time it has won the People’s Voice category. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.
“This award belongs to the Twitch community,” said Matthew DiPietro, VP of Marketing, Twitch. “Twitch’s success is based on its millions of passionate gamers who come together everyday to broadcast, watch and share gameplay. It’s their efforts who have aligned our brand with companies like Hulu, Netflix and Facebook, so this Webby speaks volumes.”
Since launching in June 2011, Twitch now reaches 45 million visitors a month, with the average visitor spending 106 minutes a day on the site. Twitch also features more than one million broadcasters which has benefited from the platform’s presence on Xbox One, the all-in-one gaming and entertainment system from Microsoft Corp., and PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system, Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) next generation computer entertainment system.
Twitch will be honored at the star-studded ceremony on Monday, May 19, 2014 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, where winners will have an opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards' famous 5-Word Speeches. Highlights from last year’s 5-Word Speeches include: Pinterest’s “Pinterest loves you Ryan Gosling”; Bjork’s "A.E.I.O.U"; and Kevin Spacey & Dana Brunetti for House of Cards, "The Oscars should do this." The show will be hosted by critically-acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and actor, Patton Oswalt. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, fans can watch the show in On Demand at Webbyawards.com. A full list of both The Webby Awards and People's Voice Winners can be found at webbyawards.com/winners.
Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers where more than 45 million gather every month to broadcast, watch and talk about video games. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire esports scene. In February 2014, Wall Street Journal ranked Twitch as the 4th largest website in terms of peak internet traffic in the U.S. fortifying the brand as an entertainment industry leader and the epicenter of social video for gamers. For more information, visit: www.twitch.tv
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