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Microsoft has acquired Beam

Microsoft has acquired Beam

Microsoft has acquired Beam

Microsoft has acquired Beam

 

Microsoft has acquired Beam, a company that specialises in live game streaming where viewers have the ability to interact with the player. In a Beam Streamed game players will be able to interact in a twitch chat style system where the actions of viewers can affect the game within 

In a Beam Streamed game players will be able to interact in a twitch chat style system where the actions of viewers can affect the game within milliseconds, allowing players to make games harder for the streamer, give the streamer in-game rewards or otherwise affect the gameplay/viewing experience. 

Below are some of the comments from Beam's CEO Matt Salsamendi, saying that Beam will continue to support multiple gaming platforms and that Microsoft's contribution will allow more features and game integrations for Beam's low latency streaming technology. 

 

As part of Xbox, we’ll be able to scale faster than we’ve ever been able to before. We’re expanding the team, bolstering our infrastructure, and most importantly, continuing to grow and support the amazing community at Beam.   

So what changes for you? Nothing right now; we’re continuing our focus on providing streamers with the tools they need to create the most interactive broadcasts around. Beam is designed to work with any game, and we’ll continue to offer broadcasts across all gaming platforms, just as we do today. As Beam becomes part of Team Xbox, you’ll see awesome new features, epic new interactive game integrations, and a huge influx of new community members!

I’ll continue to lead the Beam team in Redmond, now as part of Team Xbox within the Engineering group. You’ll be seeing lots of new faces in the community as we bring on new team members to help grow the platform and I can’t wait for you to meet them.

 

 

Moving forward it will be interesting to see how Microsoft plans on using this new Streaming technology inside their games on both the Xbox and Windows PC platforms. 

 

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11-08-2016, 13:39:50

RobM
I guess thats gonna make things easier for them in their Steam warsQuote

11-08-2016, 15:46:18

Kourgath223
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Originally Posted by RobM View Post
I guess thats gonna make things easier for them in their Steam wars
As of 3:33 PM ET only about 2,621 people are viewing streams on Beam.

Even if they make an app so Xbox One owners can stream to it I imagine most that stream will stick to Twitch due to it having a larger possible audience and those that only watch will also see no reason to switch unless their favorite streamer that they absolutely need to watch makes the switch.*

And since Steam has basically nothing to do with streaming, besides providing a storefront to buy the games that people stream, I don't think this will help Microsoft in their battle for the PC gaming space, where their main competition is Steam.

*I want to think though that most streamers won't make such a switch since if you already have an established community on Twitch making the switch could lead to you losing more viewers then you would gain.Quote

11-08-2016, 16:02:28

Greenback
I had to look up what Beam was, which says a lot tbhQuote
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