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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.

Release Notes 2/16/2017: Video Personalization, Unlisted Videos, and More

Add some cheese with stickers!Features to Check Out:

  • Add text and stickers to your videos for that extra spice.
  • Videos can now be Unlisted if you want, only view-able if you have the link.
  • Dashboard of your video stats and performance is available in beta form.

Improvements Detail:

  • Video Personalization:
    • Add text and stickers to your videos while editing.
    • Just hit the T or Circle icon in the yellow clip window like so:How to Add Text and Stickers
    • Text and stickers can be moved and resized.
    • Text can also be colorized to really dazzle!
  • Unlisted Videos:
    • Your uploads no longer have to be totally public.
    • Choose Unlisted when uploading to get a shareable link.
    • Only those with the link can view the video.
    • The video will be shown on your Profile page with an Unlisted overlay and be un-clickable.
    • You can change your video to Public later if you wish, or vice versa. Learn more.
  • Dashboard (Beta):
    • Everyone has access via “Dashboard” in client; additional smaller group has access via “Dashboard” on Plays.tv Home
    • Find stats on your videos like views, comments, and Likes.
    • Sort by day, week, or month to see your top trending videos.
    • Green arrow means an upward trend, keep it up!
  • Notifications:
    • Got a comment on a video? Now you can see what that comment was in the notifications list.
    • Get notified when people you follow post for the first time in awhile.

Release Notes 2/1/2017: Exploring Videos and New Preferences

Feature Intro - Push to Talk

Browsing videos and customizing your recording experience just got easier

Improvements:

  • Check out the new Explore pages:
    • The main page has a bird’s eye view of the hottest videos.
    • Each game also gets it’s own page to narrow things down: from Overwatch to ETS2.
  • Your preferences have a shiny new update:
    • The menu has a new full-sized, night-themed UI.
    • Push-to-Talk has been added to Audio; no more ambient background noise added to your videos, unless you’re into that sort of thing.
    • Manage Applications gives you real authority over which games get recorded, and which don’t.
    • In-Game Overlay has more info and control over what you see, or keep it minimal. The power is yours!

New Preferences: Lots of changes, but we’ve got pics!

Preferences Overhaul

We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s get started.

  • Manage which applications get recorded. Now you don’t have to record all your Hatoful Boyfriend sessions!
  • New status bar overlay helps you keep track of your recording time and bookmark hotkey (you can also turn it off for that minimalist look).
  • Push-to-Talk is in! Choose when people hear your lovely voice.

For more details on those additions and more, let’s dive in.

Continue reading New Preferences: Lots of changes, but we’ve got pics!

Overwatch Smart Highlights – Where Did They Go?

OW logoBack in November 2016, we released Overwatch Smart Highlights, which is our replay system that automatically records your Overwatch matches and tags key moments like eliminations, resurrections, and PotGs. This was one of our favorite features we launched and we received a lot of positive feedback from the Plays.tv community.

In December 2016, Blizzard released a new update for Overwatch which changed the way in-game information was communicated. As a result, we lost the ability to identify key moments and in-game data (maps, heroes, ranks). We’ve spent a lot of time trying to find a workaround but we don’t have one yet and we don’t think we will anytime soon.

It’s not all bad news though. If you play other games like League of Legends, CS:GO, and DotA2, we still support Smart Highlights. For Overwatch, we still support automatic recording of your entire session, hotkeys to bookmark moments in-game, and the ability to clip videos and share them easily. So even if you weren’t selected for Overwatch’s PotG, you can easily share your best plays with Plays.tv.

In 2017 we’re going to keep working as hard as we can to make Plays.tv the best place to replay matches and share highlights for all of your favorite games. Stay tuned!

tl;dr – Overwatch Smart Highlights are no longer working on Plays.tv and to be honest, we’re really bummed about it.

Share Your Feedback and Ideas

It’s the new year and we’re cooking up lots of new ideas for what we can launch in 2017. One of the ideas we are looking into was inspired by videos from DeGuN. The video below has music, sounds, icons and animations. We think it’s pretty cool.

If you have any feedback or feature requests, tell us what you think in the comments below.

Welcome to the 2016 Plays.tv Video Awards!

Welcome to the Plays.tv Video Awards!

Thank you for making 2016 a great year for Plays.tv. You’ve shared awesome team fights, payload pushes, and hilarious reactions on our platform. Here are some of our favorites:

Categories:


BACK PROBLEMS: BEST HARD CARRY

Gold Medal

In the right hands, Widowmaker can be a force to be reckoned with! Lmttz shows us how it’s done by single-handedly eliminating ten targets with deadly precision.

Silver Medal

A gentle choir serenades the enemy team as xFSN_Saber secures a devastating pentakill.

Bronze Medal

KSZNE brought a knife to a gun fight – and almost woke the neighbors.


FULL HAM: FUNNIEST VIDEO

Gold Medal

Riley lends a helping-bullet to a player in need.

Silver Medal

Sometimes, your support needs support. Willykil narrowly escapes falling to his death with the help of his quick-thinking teammates.

Bronze Medal

All we can say is “Wow!” Don’t pick a fight with DeGuN because you may end up in his next montage!


TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAMWORK: BEST TEAM

Gold Medal

You can’t carry if you’re dead. If I had teammates like this, I’d be out of Wood League for sure.

Silver Medal

These guys make dribbling look easy as they hop circles around the enemy team. #GlobeTrotters


IT’S NOT LUCK, IT’S SKILL: LUCKIEST PLAYER

Gold Medal

Morgana had two wins and two losses in gold promos. Her team was way behind, so the enemy team decided to lend a helping hand.

Silver Medal

When in doubt, you just gotta fire and hope for the best.


CLOWN FIESTA: BEST WTF MOMENT

Gold Medal

Be Vewy Vewy Qwiet. I’m Hunting Tewowists.

Silver Medal

xSzopen definitely has the “heart of the cards”. With his lucky draw, he’s able to slowly and painfully kill his opponent in one turn.


SPAGHETTI CODE: BEST GLITCH

Gold Medal
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When Bandit Thugs get bored, they’ll do just about anything to entertain themselves.

Silver Medal

Who needs to walk when you can swim?

A big thank you to the Plays.tv community for sharing so many of your game highlights. We look forward to more in 2017!

And remember to download the Plays.tv client – The best way to replay your games and share highlights with friends.