As we start into July, there have been many changes have been coming through the entire Team Falcon Network as of late, and we are already starting to roll out Falcon v4.1 with some interesting changes. From Mixer closing its doors in late July to network/family changes happening in August, to tonight … Finally, our news stories in relation to Falcon Live have received yet another huge upgrade today! As of this moment, any new post related to Falcon Live will be posted to our front page (with the other announcements and whatnot), and will simultaneously be posted on our main Falcon Live page. This includes the ability to comment on any post. Unlike our main page, you will only see the first 5 stories when looking on the Falcon Live page. For the full archive, you can click here. For our staff, you will be able to easily Edit or Delete any post on the Falcon Live page as well. This huge upgrade to the channel will assist in saving time for editing and allow for post archives at the same time!
With this new change, it further influences our decision to relaunch Falcon Gaming with the following bullet points:
All Falcon Gaming news will be shown on the front page as well as the Falcon Gaming page
Console specific news will be posted in 3 key areas:
Team Falcon Front Page
Falcon Gaming “Front” Page
That console’s news area
It may not be on day one, but we plan on having our gaming posts also feature links to their specific forum area. Most of these changes can be seen in Team Falcon’s beta theme, but we assure you that Version 4.1 will be pushed out very soon. More information about all changes are available in our Changelog.
Hey guys, as you found out the other day, plenty of things are changing with Falcon Live! Including how our news is presented! For the first time, we now have a WYSIWYG editor for our news postings! We wanted to have some new integrations with Facebook, but the WordPress Plugins we wanted to use are not working the way we wanted. So, we decided to find a way to improve this a little more! There will also be some visual differences in the next couple days, and that’s not including yesterday’s surprising announcement of Mixer closing its doors as of July 22nd. On that subject, though … Facebook Gaming will be “taking the reigns” of Mixer, and that means that some huge changes are happening with Falcon Live. Like what, though?
Streamlabs has relaxed their profile page editing limitations and now allows customizations to profile pages. Not 100%, but enough to now give us the ability to do what we want to do.
Donations will be made within Streamlabs instead of PayPal. Donations are still secured.
Facebook Gaming will adopt what we currently have on YouTube, and YouTube will be removed from Falcon Live.
Twitch archives will be uploaded to our new Facebook Gaming channel, and the Facebook Gaming label will be called Archives.
If we’re not going live anytime soon, our “Live Next” box will be entirely gone. We will turn it on within 72 hours (3 days) of our next broadcast, or you can check out our schedule on our Twitch Profile (coming soon).
Our Live Stream page has been updated with a new Twitch Plugin to give further control of our streams and chat. This also improved our layout even more!
Aside from the Falcon Live page, a new widget is being placed in the Team Falcon site header that will show you our current live status for Falcon Live as well, no matter what page you’re on! When we’re live, you’ll know!
As of July 22nd, Mixer will cease to exist. Essentially speaking, they realized that streaming like that was way too much to handle, and had offered some interesting alternatives for the time being, including Twitch & Streamlabs OBS. To keep the community going though, Facebook Gaming will be “taking the reigns” so to speak. If you’re an Xbox gamer (like me) who likes to stream live, this is a real blow, and changes my entire perspective of how things are gonna go with the Xbox Series X console.
So, what does this mean for Falcon Live? Well, 2 things will happen on August 1st. First, Facebook Gaming is nothing like Twitch, but more like YouTube. While we love our YouTube community, we’re making the decision that on August 1st, YouTube will be removed from Falcon Live. And second, Mixer was the one community that gave us the opportunity to integrate with Discord. We’re hoping that there will be a deeper integration with WordPress enabled websites (through a plugin) at some point. After August 1st, the Team Falcon Discord will be deleted from the Team Falcon site until further notice. The Discord group will remain indefinitely.
And, a 3rd thing will happen next week. On our Falcon Live page, we do have a “Latest News” spot now, but this section will be removed next week in favor of a Facebook widget on the Falcon Live page. This new widget will have our news stories instead, and will allow our Facebook Live community to participate by reacting to our posts and commenting as well! As you can imagine, there’s a lot of ground to cover in the next month!
Just recently, Mixer had updated their site to add some new features. Before, we could stream another user manually where Twitch would do it automatically. Now, Mixer does that same thing. We have activated the feature that will give you even more content to watch when we’re not streaming. Having it on Twitch was nice because there’s a lot of content that goes live. Now, you have options!
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