Client Update, Overwatch Giveaway, and More

New Plays.tv Client Release

 

There’s a new version of the Plays.tv client available. The major changes are

  • Fixed a problem where some users were unable to upload videos
  • Added a preference to customize a watermark on your videos. You can remove it, move it around, and include your username.

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Watermark Update: 5/10/2017

Update 5/10/2017

You can remove the watermark from your videos. Just go to preferences in the Plays.tv client.

Watermark Removal

If you disable watermarks, new videos you record will not have the watermark. We are unable to update old videos that have already been recorded.

Thanks for letting us know how important this issue is to you.

Update 5/5/2017

In our next release, you will have the option to remove the water mark completely through preferences in the client. We want you to know we’ve heard your feedback and trying to make these changes as quickly as possible. Here is more history for you:

Two days ago, we released a new version of the Plays.tv client.  Part of that release included adding watermarks to your Plays.tv videos when you upload. We got a lot of feedback and we want you to know we are listening and reacting as quickly as we can.

Why did we add the watermark?

  • We saw thousands of examples of Plays.tv content shared on other platforms ( Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, etc ) without the creators’ permission
  • In many cases our users let us know about Plays.tv clips being used on other sites with no link to the source
  • Including our brand helps us spread the word. It lets people know they can create and see more clips just like the one they watched.

We learned a lot from this release and your feedback.

  • The watermark was too big.  When we saw it live, it was clear to us we could make it smaller.  The new version addresses that.
  • The username takes up too much space.  We included it thinking our users would like the attribution.  You’ve told us you prefer it to not be there and we removed it.
  • The watermark stood out too much.  We’ve toned down the opacity significantly.

If you want to get in touch feel free to contact us using one of the methods below:

Support: PlaysTV Support
Twitter: @OfficialPlaysTV
Facebook: OfficialPlays.TV
Discord: Plays.tv Discord Server

Thanks for using Plays.tv

Athens Online: We did it UGA!

Last month, we worked with the wonderful folks from Esports at University of Georgia. The team at Esports at UGA created and organized a local LAN called Athens Online. The LAN featured tournaments for CS:GO, League of Legends, and Overwatch.

Athens Online had over $10,000 in prizing — including some fantastic prizes sponsored by Plays.tv.

In addition to the festivities onsite, we ran a video submission contest using #AthensOnline. You can see all of the awesome submissions here.

The winners scored some big prizes, like this gigantic Thresh statue:

Here were our big winners:

League of Legends:

CS:GO

Overwatch:

Of course, pulling off a large-scale event was no easy task. There are definitely a lot of hurdles and challenges to overcome when creating and managing a large tournament.

Annie Lian, Esports at UGA’s co-founder, had this to say about the process: “In order to host a successful event of any type and/or scale, communication, adaptation, and flexibility are the most important attributes that the leaders and staff must have.”

Events like Athens Online are helping expand the reach of collegiate esports.

“I believe collegiate esports is an excellent foundation that enables young gamers to build a strong work ethic and learn how to excel in a team environment. More and more schools are creating esports programs, and this increase will only continue as the legitimacy of esports becomes more well known and understood.” Brendon Ramdeholl External PR Officer of Esports at UGA

We were happy to be a part of Esports at UGA’s incredible Athens Online event and hope to work together again in the future!

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Images courtesy of Esports at UGA

Introducing League Of Legends Emojis

It started as just a post on Reddit. The post was a collection of whimsical League of Legends inspired thinking faces.  The Plays.tv team LOVED these LoL thinking emojis so much that we had to find the person behind them. We thought having awesome LoL emojis would be a great addition to our site.

So, we contacted Helmi Kinnunen ( @Nemulaattori ), the creator of the LoL thinking emojis. She is a digital artist from Finland, who is passionate about video games, and is awesome to work with. You can find more of Helmi’s incredible artwork on her website.

We’re excited to announce that our first project together has just launched! Helmi has created several custom League of Legends icons which can be used in reactions and comments. Here’s how they look on our website:


Now you can react to your favorite videos with iconic League of Legends champions!

Our goal is to have one for every champ and to find more ways to incorporate these fantastic emojis into Plays.tv.  Let us know what you think!

Introducing Highlight Reels and Send Direct

Highlight Reel Promo

Highlight Reels:

Share and relive the best moments from your games. Create summaries of entire games instantly with just one click. Key features include:

  • A personalized intro showing your Name, Champ, and KDA for the match
  • All of your kills from a match stitched together into one video
  • Transitions between kills showing the key event that happened
  • An end screen showing whether you won or lost the match
  • Highlight Reels are created automatically for you. After your match, click one button to create and share highlight reels.
  • Highlight Reels disappear after 7 days

Why Highlight Reels Are Awesome

What if you don’t have one clip that stands above the rest? What if you played a great game but there wasn’t a single defining moment? Highlight Reels solves this by letting you share an entire match.

You don’t have to worry about over-posting or spamming your friends. Post a Highlight Reel to your profile and the videos will disappear from your profile after 7 days.

Highlight reels are fun to watch too. Seeing one clip doesn’t always tell a story. When you watch a whole match, you can see how players snowball, get kills, team fight, etc. You see patterns that you’d never see from one clip.

Plays.tv does this automatically for you. We’ve started by rolling this out to League of Legends players. We will launch this for more games soon.

Send Direct:

Send Direct is a new way to send your favorite clips just to your friends. You can send your highlights to existing Plays.tv users and/or to your friend’s email addresses. There are lots of good reasons to use Send Direct. Here are a few:

  • Your friend did something dumb or embarrassing and you want to share it with just a few friends.
  • Maybe you and your friends are just being silly and made a bunch of funny clips.
  • You might have had a terrible game and want to share your mistakes with friends so they can help you improve

Whatever your reason, Send Direct makes it easier for you to send videos in a more private way to just your friends.

How’d the Parth coaching sessions go? Let’s talk about it!

TSM Parth and Plays.tv

Our coaching contest was a huge success! Thanks to everyone for spreading the word.

In case you were wondering how it went, both winners were able to coordinate with Parth and get really good gameplay coaching from it.

The winners were (Twitter handles only):

@jared_bezold
@ZadyEnglish

And the runners up were:

@JaredHatcher2
@AranIvy

One of the winners, @ZadyEnglish, told us this about his experience:

I learned to to take advantage of playing my main role (Caitlyn) and how to play her more complex. I also learned what to do in certain scenarios, how to think, where to go etc… How to play against different champions and junglers, where to ward, what supports are good with Caitlyn and what the supports should do in certain scenarios. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to evolve as a league player. :)

Here are some highlights from the coaching sessions via notes from Parth:

Continue reading How’d the Parth coaching sessions go? Let’s talk about it!

Release Notes 3/30/17: Desktop Notifications

Notifications and Invites ReleaseNew Features:

Desktop Notifications:

  • They’re also called Growls, but don’t worry they don’t bite!
  • Now you can get live feedback on your video activity.
  • If someone follows you or responds to your videos in some way, you’ll get notified on your desktop.
  • Not your thing? Totally fine, you can disable them in the preferences.

Invite Friends:

  • Inviting friends is now only a link away.
  • Visit the Find People page to find and copy your invite link to give out.
  • When your friends sign up with the link, they’ll automatically follow you!

Bug Fixes:

  • Clicking a notification link will no longer return the wrong page.
  • Champion Intros toggle will correctly remember it’s state for future share actions.

Release Notes 3/15/17: LoL Champ Intros, Reactions, and More

New Feature Video IntrosNew Features:

Add a custom intro personalized to your champ for League of Legends! 

  • Show off your favorite champion plays in style.
  • No matter what you main, you can now add a short intro to your LoL videos that features the champion played.
  • Sometimes showing is better than telling, check it out (page refresh may be needed):

  • If an automatic bookmark was selected, the type of highlight will display (for example: kill, assist, etc.)
  • Here’s where the toggle lives for those interested:How do I...oh there it is

Reactions: 

  • React to videos with a bit more emotion now. Let people know you more than Like them; you Fire Like them.
  • Choose to laugh, cry, or thinking_face when all else fails. There’s more too!

Improvements:

  • Unlisted videos no longer show up for others on your profile page; only you (and you alone).
  • 56 more stickers added for your video decorating needs.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed some DX12 issues.
  • Fixed an issue where double-clicking some client buttons lead to a maximized window.

Wish Plays.tv Had a Partner Program? Help Us Get Started

Without content creators we wouldn’t have so many great videos to watch. We want to reward those that go the extra mile and want them to be recognized for their efforts.

Let us know what you would want out of a partner program so we can make it awesome. Fill out the following and we may contact you for more detailed info on what you’d benefit from the most. Continue reading Wish Plays.tv Had a Partner Program? Help Us Get Started

FIXED Website Issues 2/28/17: Fun With AWS

This Is Fine.

UPDATE: Amazon Web Services has fixed the issue and we are back to normal.

Hey everyone! Wanted to give you a heads up on some web issues we are having today. We use Amazon Web Services (“AWS”), to host content like videos and images for Plays.tv.   AWS is experiencing “Increased Error Rates” today.

Plays.tv will still automatically record your games and let you replay them.  But you may have problems with watching and uploading videos to Plays.tv.  Here’s the latest status from AWS:

Increased Error Rates
Update at 10:33 AM PST: We’re continuing to work to remediate the availability issues for Amazon S3 in US-EAST-1. AWS services and customer applications depending on S3 will continue to experience high error rates as we are actively working to remediate the errors in Amazon S3.

For more info and up-to-date status: AWS Health Dashboard. Please send flowers, cards, and wishes for a speedy recovery.