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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.

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.

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:

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BACK PROBLEMS: BEST HARD CARRY

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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

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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

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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.

Plays.tv now integrated with FACEIT

We're teaming up with FaceIt

We’re very excited to announce a partnership between Plays.tv and FACEIT!

We love competitive gamers and communities that help them succeed. That makes Plays.tv and FACEIT perfect teammates.

There’s a lot to love about FACEIT.

It’s the place to be for online tournaments in a growing roster of competitive games. Now with Plays.tv integration, your point-of-view match highlights can show up on your FACEIT profile and match pages.

Upload videos to stand out

Here’s how you do it:

  • Link your Plays.tv and FACEIT accounts
  • Record your gameplay during FACEIT tournaments with Plays.tv
  • Upload match highlights you want to show off

That’s it. Your videos section on FACEIT will display match highlights on the match page, and player highlights on your profile page. Browse your friends and teammates best moments as well to learn and cheer together.
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Overwatch gets some support from Plays.tv

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The top destination for gameplay footage, Plays.tv now brings its Smart Highlights experience to the Overwatch community.

Download and run the latest Plays.tv client and you’ll get automatically recorded match videos tagged with in-game events like:

  • Eliminations
  • Resurrections
  • Play of the Game

These detailed event tags make finding your best plays easier than ever. Upload and share your videos with friends and other members of the Plays.tv Overwatch community. When you’re done, see how others are playing the same heroes. With us, every play can be your Play of the Game!button_client

New Feature: Your video feed just got an upgrade

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Have you been enjoying our newest addition to Plays.tv?

We’re working hard to connect you with awesome, relevant gaming moments. So now, you’ll get video recommendations in your Feed based on the games that you’re currently playing.

Just keep running the Plays.tv client while you play, and your experience will become more personalized over time.  It’s a great way to keep up with the latest antics and highlights of the games you play the most. Meanwhile, we’re always there to help you capture your own gaming footage to share.

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Plays.tv adds Dota 2 automated highlights and Battle.net account sync

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Dota 2 season is here with The International right around the corner! To celebrate the hype, we are excited to include Dota 2 as the third game to use our Smart Highlights feature. Similar to LoL and CS:GO, it will automatically bookmark key in-game moments to make finding your best plays easier than ever. Continue reading Plays.tv adds Dota 2 automated highlights and Battle.net account sync

Win a Collector’s Edition of Overwatch from us!

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We’re having a blast playing Overwatch and we want to share the fun, so we’re giving away an Overwatch Collector’s Edition for PC! You can enter in just three easy steps:

  1. Follow us on Twitter, @OfficialPlaysTV  
  2. RT our contest Tweet.
  3. Reply to our tweet with a link to your awesome Plays.tv profile! If you haven’t already, register for an account here.

We will not be accepting entries from Twitter bots — however, Omnics are welcome to enter our contest. ;)

Our contest runs from  June 9th  – June 24th. We’ll be contacting the winner via Twitter.

Be sure to check our Twitter and Facebook for more exciting news and promotions!

Full rules down below:
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