Earlier this year video-game broadcasting site Twitch announced that it was broadening its horizons and embracing music in addition to games. I have to admit that the first and last time I visited Twitch's Music category was when I was researching that post, though I have tuned in to the Saturday night concerts being streamed from PAX South and PAX East.
For me at least there's just not a lot of incentive to go to Twitch to hear some random performer play; it takes an event to get my interest. An event such as the Ultra Music Festival, happening this coming weekend (March 27th-29th, 2015). The 'cheap' tickets for the festival are sold out, but you can attend virtually because Twitch will stream the show for all three days (for a total of 25 hours). Twitch is the exclusive broadcast partner for the festival.
This isn't coming from out of nowhere; the UMF is all about electronic dance music (EDM) and Twitch is trying to lure more EDM artists to its music category. Still it's something of a coup for the company; last year YouTube streamed the festival. Tune in to http://twitch.tv/ultra on Friday at 4 PM ET to enjoy the show.
In less happy Twitch news, it's time to change your passwords. A post at VentureBeat says Twitch has potentially been hacked and includes this statement from the company:
We are writing to let you know that there may have been unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information.
For your protection, we have expired passwords and stream keys and have disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube. As a result, you will be prompted to create a new password the next time you attempt to log into your Twitch account.
We also recommend that you change your password at any website where you use the same or a similar password. We will communicate directly with affected users with additional details.
As of time of writing this post I hadn't received an email from Twitch, but when I tried to log in I was prompted to reset my password so...better safe than sorry. Take 5 minutes and go change your password if you haven't already.