Take part in Twitch’s first ever Chat’s Choice Awards

Take part in Twitch’s first ever Chat’s Choice Awards

We’re throwing an all-new award show to celebrate a fantastic summer of gaming. And, because this is Twitch, we’re doing it a bit differently. Chat’s Choice Awards is an award show where we provide the categories and nominees, but it’s up to creators and their communities (that’s you) to decide the winners.

On September 3rd at 5pm PT, you can tune in to your favorite creator’s channel, and together with the community, vote and decide which nominee deserves top honors in all 14 of the categories. Even better, all creators are invited to host their own version of Chat’s Choice Awards, and any nominee can win in any channel.

So if your community is super into Animal Crossing, while everyone else seems way more into battle royales, give Animal Crossing an award! Sure, we have plenty of opinions, but yours are the ones that matter the most.

If you’re interested in hosting your own Chat’s Choice Awards stream, we have all the details ready for you down below.

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Award Categories & Nominees

We partnered with a panel of Twitch creators to determine the finalists but it’s up to you and your community to pick the winners. Watch the awards live and vote with your community to pick the winners of our awards. Drum roll please…

What does the future of Twitch hold? You tell us. We want to know which game announced this summer will be at the top of the charts a year from now. Vote live in THE NEXT TWITCH BLOCKBUSTER AWARD to share your prediction about what the next big game will be. 

Eligible Products: Announcements inclusive of trailers, game play videos and presentations during the eligibility period. 

Eligibility Period: May 1 to August 31.

A new season of content, DLC, or a big patch can fundamentally change a game you’ve played for years in fantastic ways. THE BEST ONGOING GAME AWARD is designed to honor changes to games we know and love, announced this summer.

Eligible Products: Announcements inclusive of trailers, game play videos and presentations during the eligibility period. 

Eligibility Period: May 1 to August 31.

This summer brought an onslaught of demos. THE BEST EARLY ACCESS OF THE SUMMER AWARD honors the best playable (but not fully released) demo or early access game of May 1 to August 31.

Eligible Products: Releases inclusive of demos and early access released during the eligibility period.

Eligibility Period: May 1 to August 31.
 

If you’re like us, you spent A LOT more time indoors this summer than ever before. To honor the amazing games that kept us sane, THE SAVIOR OF QUARANTINE AWARD celebrates games released from March to the end of August.

Eligible Products: Full games first released during the eligibility period.

Eligibility Period: March 1 to August 31. 

The top game on Twitch changes constantly, as new trends climbing the charts can be randomly overtaken by a game from last decade. We want the definitive answer: which game do you think is truly THE KING OF TWITCH?

Eligible Products: Literally any video game is eligible. 

Eligibility Period: Completely open.

The BEST CHARACTER OF THE SUMMER AWARD honors the best character in a game released since March 1. Who did you love? Who did you love to hate? Who is too cute NOT to win?

Eligible Products: Full games first released during the eligibility period.

Eligibility Period: March 1 to August 31. 
 

We want to know what moment made you feel all the feels. THE CUTEST IN-GAME MOMENT OF THE SUMMER seeks to definitively identify the cutest moment in either full games or a game announcement/trailer from March 1 through August 31. 

Eligible Products: Announcements and full games first released during the eligibility period.

Eligibility Period: March 1 to August 31. 

Here it is, the big enchilada. After a summer of triple-A presentations, high profile trailers, and incredible surprises, it’s tough to pick a favorite. But we want to know: what will you be literally throwing your money at once pre-orders start? What is your BEST IN SHOW?

Eligible Products: Announcements inclusive of trailers, game play videos and presentations during the eligibility period. 

Eligibility Period: May 1 to August 31.

Trailers are an art form at this point. With THE BEST TRAILER AWARD, we seek to honor trailers that generated the most excitement, interest, intrigue, or were just super cool.

Eligible Products: Trailers released during the eligibility period. 

Eligibility Period: May 1 to August 31.
 

Exclusive games carry a lot of weight, especially with a new console generation on the horizon. Cast your vote for the BEST CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE AWARD.

Eligible Products: Announcements inclusive of trailers, game play videos and presentations during the eligibility period. 

Eligibility Period: May 1 to August 31.

THE BEST COMPETITIVE GAME ANNOUNCEMENT AWARD seeks to uncover the best competitive game this summer, inclusive of esports, sports games, and shooters.

Eligible Products: Announcements inclusive of trailers, gameplay videos and presentations during the eligibility period. 

Eligibility Period: May 1 to August 31.

This summer brought amazing single-player games announcements that we can’t wait to jump into. Cast your vote for your top pick in THE BEST SINGLE PLAYER GAME ANNOUNCEMENT AWARD.

Eligible Products: Announcements inclusive of trailers, gameplay videos and presentations during the eligibility period. 

Eligibility Period: May 1 to August 31.

Indie studios drive a tremendous amount of innovation in gaming. THE BEST INDEPENDENT GAME ANNOUNCEMENT AWARD honors the best new offering from an independent studio announced over the summer.

Eligible Products: Announcements inclusive of trailers, gameplay videos and presentations during the eligibility period.

Eligibility Period: May 1 to August 31.

How to Participate

For Creators

To set up an award show for your own community, just follow these three steps:

  1. On Thursday, September 3rd at 5pm PST, co-stream Chat’s Choice Awards from twitch.tv/twitchgaming. Learn more about co-streaming here.
  2. Use the “co-stream” tag and Special Events category on Twitch. This will help viewers discover your award show on Twitch. We suggest you give your community a heads up in the days leading up to the show as well. 
  3. Install the Ctrl + extension on your channel as an Overlay, and join the /twitchgaming Event. This extension unlocks voting capability for your community. Step by step info can be found here.

We’ve created a Co-Streamer Toolkit with extension and cross polling install and best practices videos, marketing materials and graphics overlays (overlays available 8/27). This toolkit will take you through all the steps you need to co-stream the show!

F.A.Q.

Q: What does my community get out of this?
A: Your community’s votes will not only be counted in the overall vote total for each award, but each award presented to winners will have a representation of the individual communities where they won the vote as well. On top of this, instead of passively watching another awards show, your chat gets to interact with and discuss the biggest summer games and gaming announcements with their favorite streamer!

Q: Who can co-stream?
A: Anyone who streams on Twitch! Your communities will still be able to vote for each award and they will be represented on the awards presented to winners!

Q: Do I have to use the overlays provided in the co-streamer toolkit for this event?
A: 
Not at all, but we highly encourage using them! They’re designed specifically for co-streaming this event without blocking important content. More questions? Check out the full FAQ in the Co-Streamer Toolkit.

For Viewers

To watch Chat’s Choice Awards, you can tune in on /twitchgaming, or you can watch with your favorite creators. Check out the list below to see who has already opted in. From a creators stream, you’ll be able to vote for your favorite nominee in each category using a custom extension. Chat’s Choice Awards starts at 5pm PT on September 3rd. 

We’re excited to announce that we are partnering with a ton of incredible Twitch creators who will be hosting a Chat’s Choice Awards on their channels and some presenting our awards live. Tune in to watch and vote live in the Chat’s Choice Awards with the below Twitch creators!

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