Aug 22 2016 - 7:07 pm

11 of the best emotes on Twitch

Twitch emotes can be a work of art, a tiny masterpiece of brilliance that conveys emotion or even whole sentences in just one image
Saira Mueller
Dot Esports Managing Editor

Twitch emotes can be a work of art, a tiny masterpiece of brilliance that conveys emotion or even whole sentences in just one image. Viewers often subscribe to a broadcaster just for their emotes. But with tens of thousands of emotes on Twitch it can sometimes be hard to find ones that really stand out.

Emotes are an essential element of the Twitch chat experience, so much so that it can be overwhelming for new viewers who are inundated with these images that convey inside jokes and phrases, especially when everyone else seems to understand what they mean. They’re used to troll streamers or other viewers, show support, or even just say "hi." With more than 15,000 partnered broadcasters on Twitch, not to mention the hundred or so emotes that the company itself has made, that leads to a lot of emotes on the platform—more than 50,000, according to Twitch.

When Twitch first spun off from Justin.tv in June 2011 the site apparently had around 50 emotes. With its rapid growth, it had to implement guidelines for the emotes, with certain content banned, such as nudity, drugs, explicit words, or anything that violates third-party intellectual property or privacy rights—recently the company surprise-banned butt emotes, leading to outrage in the Twitch community.

The amount of emotes that a partnered broadcaster gets depends on how many subscribers they have, with different tier levels allowing for more emoticons. Newly partnered channels get two emotes automatically, two more when they hit 25 subs, and channels with 7,000 subscribers get the maximum number of emotes at 50. Some of the most popular words for emotes, according to Twitch, include RIP (death), Rekt (someone got beaten badly), Hype (celebration), Hello, and Fail.

At TwitchCon last year, Twitch announced a power ranking of emotes, with Kappa topping the list. But so far nothing has really been written that includes broadcaster emotes. That’s where I come to the rescue. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite emotes from both Twitch and streamers themselves, so you can be the coolest kid in chat.

copyThis and pastaThat

Twitch

This two-fold emote is only for Twitch Turbo subscribers (a special subscriber tier that costs $8.99 a month). If you're not familiar with the term "copypasta," you probably haven't been on the Internet long. It's a neologism formed from "copy and paste," and on Twitch often refers to phrases or jokes that are spammed over and over again in chat. Sometimes the copypasta is so intense you want to reference it without using words (or by continuing the copypasta chain), so this copying machine with pasta coming out of it is just perfect.

duDudu

Twitch

This Twitch emote depicting the song “Sandstorm” by dance music producer Darude is a classic. The track has been a meme in the gaming community since around 2007 (even though it was released in 1999), with people in chat often asking “What’s that song” and everyone else answering “Darude - Sandstorm” as a joke. The emote name itself ("duDudu") refers to the song's lyrics, with the absurdity of those lyrics one of the main reasons the track became a meme in the first place. Even better, on big esports streams the chat during countdown music is often punctuated by the duDudu emote. According to the Twitch Emotes website, it’s used roughly once every minute.

KappaRoss

Twitch

The KappaRoss emote was introduced at the end of October last year when Twitch’s new Creative category kicked off with the inaugural Bob Ross The Joy of Painting marathon. A twist on the classic Kappa emote (which is used to denote sarcasm), KappaRoss adds the painter’s famous afro to Kappa’s head. During the eight-and-a-half day continuous stream, the KappaRoss emote was used a total of 3.8 million times—proving that sarcasm lives on, just like Bob Ross does in our hearts.

panicBasket

Twitch

Sometimes you really just need to express your panic, and what better way to do that than with the panicBasket emote. Twitch’s graphic perfectly captures that terrifying feeling of finding out that your food is on fire (because I’m sure we’ve all gone through that at least once), or that a stream has gone down, or that the audio has cut out, or there’s someone creeping up behind the streamer to scare them. The panicBasket emote has proved so popular that it is used around 10 times every minute (down from 297 when I last checked, which hopefully proves that production quality is improving across the board), according to Twitch Emotes.

insaneSalty

Twitch

Twitch is overrun with saltiness. The term, ubiquitous in gaming, refers to anger or annoyance—especially when someone’s losing. And for a lot of Twitch viewers, nothing is more delicious than a very public display of salt. There’s no better way to depict that than through a Grumpy Cat face with the word SALTY underneath it. The internet-famous cat is notorious for always looking crabby or bad-tempered, and Sarina, aka 1nsanitygaming, has captured the mood perfectly with her emote.

2mgPee

Twitch

Yes, even streamers need to pee—and in the case of Ally, aka 2MGoverCsquared, what seems like every 10 minutes. Did you think they just sit there and hold it for the entirety of a 10-hour stream? No one’s paid enough for that. What better way to while away the time when a streamer's doing their business than by spamming toilet emotes in the chat? It pretty much speaks for itself.

lfsW

Twitch

“W” emotes are pretty much a staple for any partnered Twitch streamer. The zoomed-in face originated from Chance, aka Sodapoppin’s, stream and has since taken over. LeFrenchStallion’s “W” emote is easily one of the best on Twitch, with his eyes wide and mouth open in what looks like celebration, who wouldn’t laugh at thousands of those spammed in chat?

scarMEGA and scarLOVE

Twitch

Another awesome two-emote special, Scarfino’s personalized Mega Man tribute is pretty next-level. Mega Man, a CAPCOM game franchise, has been around since 1987 and started off as a series of side-scrolling platformers. Scarfino is a huge fan of the games, so why not turn himself into Mega Man (complete with red beard) firing a loveheart out of his gun. His subs that also have Turbo often use the scarMEGA emote with the MiniK (Miniature Kappa) emote, calling it the Kappa Cannon.

sbzyStitches and sbzySays and sbzyBuffalo and sbzyHook

Twitch

While having an image depicted over two separate emotes is cool, having four is epic. And what could be better than having it as Heroes of the Storm’s Stitches Hook move (think Pudge from Dota 2’s Meat Hook or League’s Blitzcrank with his Rocket Grab). Well played, ShaBooZey, well played.

juliaChair

Twitch

Another Twitch staple, whenever a broadcaster leaves the frame of the camera (most likely grabbing food) and all viewers can see is their chair, chat will often be spammed with chair emotes (usually right alongside Hype emotes). JuliaTV’s chair emote captures a bit of both worlds, with the little pink hearts showing just how exciting and fun chair streams can be—at least until the streamer comes back and ruins the fun.

atpRtsd1 and atpRtsd2 and atpRtsd3 and atpRtsd4

Twitch

For those Twitch viewers that want to be extra trolly, a new-ish trend has users building a giant face in chat with four separate emote slots. A few streamers have done this, but AvoidingThePuddle and Ice_Poseidon do it really well. The emote for AvoidingThePuddle (FGC player Aris’ stream), is popular Street Fighter player Alex Valle.
Jan 23 2017 - 8:37 pm

Armada takes out Genesis 4 Melee crown

His win at Genesis 4 helps solidify his claim as the best Melee player of all time.
Xing Li
Dot Esports

We've seen this story before. Adam "Armada" Lindgren vs. Joseph "Mang0" Marquez for the Genesis Super Smash Bros. Melee title.

Once again, Armada emerged victorious.

Both players are idolized in the Smash community for their stunning success over the years. But if any venue has been the site of their personal rivalry, it's Genesis, where the two have met in the finals again and again. There were other talented players in the field, but this is the matchup most fans wanted to see at Genesis 4.

Armada had the easier path to the final by virtue of his 3-1 victory over Mang0, which sent his rival to the loser's bracket. Armada had a relatively easy time, absolutely controlling stages and strangling life from his opponents. His run seemed relatively routine until he ran into Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman.

Mew2King was on-point with grabs and air attacks on his signature Marth. Many times, Armada was stalling on Peach, trying to get into winning situations. Mew2King had a lead and momentum.

But Peach is hard to finish off and Armada's stalling got him to a deciding fifth game. Even then, Mew2King had chances, but missed key inputs. Small mistakes compound against a talent like Armada, and he punished Mew2King relentlessly.

In the loser's bracket, Mang0 survived by grit and guile, coming back from numerous deficits. First, it was against William "Leffen" Hjelte, where Mang0 mounted an insane comeback to tie the set at two games apiece. But Leffen came out strong in the deciding game and quickly took a two-stock (life) lead. Down to his last stock, Mang0 found his way back to the middle of the stage and went ham, somehow ending Leffen's run. The comeback ignited the crowd, with fans hugging and high-fiving at what they just witnessed.

Things wouldn't get easier. Juan "Hungrybox" Manuel Debiedma, valiantly playing with a broken finger, used Jigglypuff's burst to take big stock leads. But Mang0 continued to control the center of the stage to take Hungrybox down. He then beat Mew2King—reeling from his loss to Armada—to set up the finals rematch.

Fans wanted to see a show, but it was a different one than they might have expected. Though these two have gone back and forth in extremely close sets over the years, Armada has been on a tear for the last several months. And the final against Mang0 was no different. Instead of a close, tightly-fought match, fans got a coronation.

Armada had an answer for everything Mang0 threw at him. He floated around and seemed to take no damage. It was perhaps his most convincing win of the day.

Melee has been ruled by the Six Gods (which includes all the aforementioned players) for years now. But Armada is beginning to separate himself from the pack. He stands alone at the top at the beginning of 2017—if he ends the year in the same position, he could cement himself as the greatest Melee player of all time.

Jan 23 2017 - 11:31 pm

15 celebrities and sports pros that stream on Twitch

Want to chat with T-Pain or Freddie Prinze Jr.? Head over to their Twitch chat.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Photo via Basheer Tome/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Celebrities are just like us. They play video games, too. Streaming on Twitch lets us connect with celebrities and athletes in ways previously unavailable to both sides. And that says something about Twitch itself—its massive success is drawing in even the biggest celebrities and athletes.

Twitch puts viewers face to face with streamers, allowing each side to interact with each other in real time. This kind of access is unparalleled: Even Twitter and Facebook lack the kind of communication that Twitch puts in a streamer’s hands. More than two million streamers take to Twitch each month, according to Twitch. The audience, as you may expect, is even larger—close to 10 million people tune in each day. And that leads to even us regular folks getting ridiculously popular on Twitch—even considered celebrities, sometimes.

Interested in checking out the celebrities and athletes streaming on Twitch? We’ve compiled a list of the most active celebrity streamers trying to make their name in a new field. One of these 15 people is bound to be live at any particular time, if you’re looking for something to watch.

Kyle Long

Screengrab via Twitch

Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long comes from a long line of football professionals: His dad is Football Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, and his big brother is New England Patriots’ defensive end Chris Long. Football is certainly a staple in his life, but it’s not his only passion. Long is also a passionate gamer. One of Twitch’s more regular celebrity streamers, Long plays lots of different games—Overwatch, H1Z1, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, DayZ, and Rocket League included. There aren’t many rules on Long’s Twitch channel, except that excessive football talk is not allowed.

Steve Aoki

Screengrab via Twitch

When electronic music producer Steve Aoki isn’t on tour—and even likely when he is—the musician is playing videogames or streaming music live on Twitch. He’s easily one of the most recognizable names in electronic music, selling out shows all over the world. But he’s looking to take over the esports industry, too. In October, Aoki bought a majority stake in esports organization Rogue, which fields both CS:GO and Overwatch teams.

Jessamyn Duke

Screengrab via Twitch

Jessamyn Duke can kick our butts in real life and in videogames. Her four-year long career as an Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter isn’t her only passion. Gaming is too. In fact, she hopes to stream full-time on Twitch one day. Duke streams regularly (almost every day) and plays a variety of games, including Overwatch, Astroneer, Rimworld, Dark Souls 3, and more.

deadmau5

Screengrab via Twitch

Twitch isn’t only for videogames, but creative endeavors, too. So when electronic music producer deadmau5 signs online, it’s not only to play Rocket League or CS:GO. He uses his Twitch channel to pull back the curtain on his creative process, broadcasting live when he’s working on new music.

T-Pain

A rapper, singer, and songwriter, T-Pain is a man with many talentsincluding being a ridiculously entertaining Twitch streamer. He plays plenty of shooter games like Battlefield 1 and Overwatch, which he apparently calls WonderSnatch. Probably one of the most beloved celebrity Twitch streamers, T-Pain is—thankfully—online a bunch.

Trevor May

Screengrab via Twitch

Minnesota Twins pitcher Trevor May is just like us: He, too, plays a lot of Overwatch. He’s not slinging baseballs on stream, but he’s certainly not giving his mouse hand a rest. And here’s the best part—May is a pretty dedicated support player. With lots of giveaways, too, May’s stream is not one to miss.

Jerome-Max Holloway

Screengrab via Twitch

This featherweight mixed martial arts fighter, who holds the interim UFC Featherweight Championship, has a really varied Twitch channel. He does it all: vlogs, cooking videos, and videogames. You’ll find mostly shooting games like Rainbow Six and Call of Duty on Holloway’s channel, but he’s known to throw in some UFC, too. And that’s fun.

Quentin Jackson

Screengrab via Twitch

Quentin Jackson says he’s not the best videogame player, but he sure is entertaining. He’s got a storied career as a fighter, winning the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship belt in 2007. He’s retired and returned quite a few times, but he’s still at it. When he’s not in the ring, he’s playing Overwatch and H1Z1 on his Twitch channel.

Sam Witwer

Screengrab via Twitch

Sam Witwer’s Twitch stream is no surprise, really. The actor has dabbled in nerd stuff throughout his whole career, with plenty of credits on sci-fi shows like Battlestar Galactica and Smallville. Star Wars is big for him, too. He’s voiced plenty of characters across multiple media genres. His Twitch channel is varied, but his devotion to Star Wars is noticeable through the games he chooses to play, like Star Wars Battlefront.

Jerry Ferrara

Screengrab via Twitch

Jerry Ferrara made his name as Turtle on HBO’s award winning Hollywood comedy-drama Entourage. Now he’s dabbling in internet culture. Sure, he still acts—he has a recurring role on Starz drama Power—but he’s also got a podcast and a Twitch stream where he plays game like Call of Duty and The Division.

Demetrius Johnson

Screengrab via Twitch

Mixed martial arts are still Demetrius Johnson’s main focus, but he’s setting himself up for success on Twitch when he’s ready to retire from fighting, not that it’ll necessarily happen anytime soon. Johnson is still amassing championships in the UFC Flyweight division. A lifelong gamer, Johnson is seriously dedicated to his stream. Amid his intense training schedule for fighting, he still manages to get in ample hours in games like H1Z1 and World of Warcraft.

Freddie Prinze Jr.

Screengrab via Twitch

Freddie Prinze Jr. is the face of film in the ‘90s, with credits for I Know What You Did Last Summer and She’s All That to his name. He’s no stranger to videogames, though: He’s voiced characters in Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Disney Infinity 3.0. His Twitch stream is not limited to just those, though. You’ll see Uncharted 4, Call of Duty, and Gears of War, among other games.

Thomas Middleditch

Screengrab via Twitch

It’s no surprise to see Thomas Middleditch on this list, is it? Known for his role as the nerdy Richard Hendricks on HBO’s tech-inspired comedy Silicon Valley, Middleditch plays games like Ark, Sniper Elite, and XCOM 2 on his stream.

Wil Wheaton

Screengrab via Twitch

Actor and writer Wil Wheaton isn’t playing videogames on Twitch. Instead, he’s showcasing his storytelling skills to connect with viewers. Storytime with Wil is a new thing for him, and we love his experiment with interactive storytelling. Wheaton made a name for himself as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation—a roll that’s influenced the direction of his career since then. He’s remained a staple figure in internet culture for years, and his Twitch stream is certain to add to that.

Hunter Pence

Screengrab via Twitch

The San Francisco Giants pitcher loves card games like Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering. That’s mainly what you’ll find him playing on his Twitch stream. Pence is a pretty regular streamer in the baseball offseason, and we hope he’ll continue that regular schedule into the summer.