Twitch Launches Non-Gaming Section, Twitch Creative | Crunch Report


Slack skews toward enterprise with new user
groups, Nintendo’s big first mobile game gets delayed till next year, Twitch starts highlighting
non-gaming livestreamers, and more. It’s Thursday, October 29th and this is Crunch
Report. Current enterprise messaging service darling
Slack has gained a ton of traction in a short amount of time – Slack says in the last month
at any given time there are 1 million people connected through the service, with 470 thousand
paid team messaging through the client. Now Slack wants to give bigger organizations more
functionality through its brand new User Groups. This new feature is for paid plans only, and
lets notifications be bundled into separate departments, like a company’s engineers, or
marketing teams, or any group of people who should get alerts at the same time. This update
adds the ability to automatically add users to a preset list of channels when they sign
on with a team for the first time for quick onboarding, too. Admins can also map all of
the active Slack user groups to Active Directory with SSO providers like OneLogin and Ping.
This allows them to add huge groups of people into Slack in one batch. Now, give us threaded
comments and we’d really be talking. We have plenty of cloud services that do anything
from photo storage to collaborative document editing to file sharing… iCloud, Dropbox,
Google Drive, OneDrive… but do you just use one service for everything you store in
the cloud? I doubt it. Nobody does that, because there still isn’t that perfect solution for
everyting. UpThere, which is A Palo Alto based company coming out of “stealth” today,
has been on the case since 2011 with a list of investors from Kleiner Perkins, Google
Ventures, and Western Digital, and founders who came from Apple Software’s Engineering
team, Oracle, and Google. Upthere wants to be your total storage solution, with their
own servers. By building a filesystem that directly writes to the cloud, UpThere want
to bypass local storage completely and build off the fact that devices are essentially
always connected to the internet and don’t need their own hard drives. UpThere is getting
ready to release two apps for Mac OS, iOS, and Android, in the next few weeks that demonstrate
how the company handles photo, video, music, and documents, with using folder hierarchy. Nintendo’s first mobile game is coming! Except
that it’s just been delayed to March, 2016. The company partnered with Japanese mobile
games specialist DeNA back in March of this year and was hoping for a release before January.
Nintendo CEO Tat-sumi Kimi-shima said during an investor meeting that more time is needed
to promote its mobile debut…. which will be….not a Mario game. It’s Mii-tomo where
user-created avatars connect with each other.. free to download with in-app purchases if
you actually want to have fun. Nintendo’s share price dipped 7.5 percent right after
the reveal.. Nintendo is staggeringly late to mobile gaming at this point – but Kimi-shima
says five titles are scheduled for launch in 2016. Who will care, remains to be seen. Twitch is making some room for the growing
number of non-gaming videos on its site: creative content, music, art, etc. Today, the company
is launching a dedicated landing page to increase video views and improve discovery for streams
that highlight painting, illustrations, songs, costumes…glass blowing…? Twitch, which
is owned by Amazon, has supported all kinds of content in the past, but it was whatever
gamers would post to their own channels, which could make it hard for others to find. Still,
the company says creative content had been growing at 40% month-over-month, with almost
100,000 broadcasters and 2 million monthly viewers. That’s still just a fraction – Twitch
has 100 million monthly visitors, 1.7 million broadcasters, of which 12,000 are partners
who make money from their channels through ads, subscriptions, and/or merchandise. Twitch.tv/creative’s
page itself is sponsored by Adobe, which posts creative content on Twitch already. The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)
voted earlier today that former US government contractor Edward Snowden should be granted
asylum in Europe on the grounds that he is a “defender of human rights.” The vote
does not actually give Snowden asylum in Europe..the member countries still need to decide if they
want to take on the resolution or not. But this is still important…and symbolizes support
for Snowden in Europe… the resolution passed on a 324 to 271 vote. It specifically asks
EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection
and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status
as whistle-blower and international human rights defender.” Snowden currently resides
in Russia, and he recently said in an interview he’d be willing to return to the United States,
possibly even if that meant going to jail. He faces three charges under the Espionage
Act, a century old surveillance law. The MEPs also issued a press release warning of the
growing dangers mass surveillance poses to its citizens’ human rights. Snowden himself
released certain classified documents that outlined the scope of the American surveillance
state, which has upped tensions between the EU and the US. Parliament also is calling
the European Commission to step up protections on EU citizens’ data entering the U.S. That’s the report for today. I’m Sarah
Lane. Crunch Report airs every weekday at 7 pm Eastern,
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