Microsoft announced that it has acquired Beam, the interactive livestreaming service today.
Currently, the livestreaming service allows viewers to watch and play along with their favourite game streamers in real-time, allowing the viewer to directly influence the streamer’s gameplay and broadcast.
This brings an obvious partnership with Microsoft, and particularly Xbox and this acquisition could mean some huge additions to Xbox.
Chad Gibson, Partner Group Manager for Xbox Live explained that with the following:
“We at Xbox are excited about this convergence between playing and watching, and want to provide gamers with the freedom and choice to have great multiplayer experiences across all of Beam’s platforms.”
“This acquisition will help gamers enjoy the games they want, with the people they want, and on the devices they want.”
On the Xbox News site, Major Nelson also explained how the Beam system could be integrated with Xbox and the advantages of it.
Using Minecraft as just one example, with Beam you don’t just watch your favorite streamer play, you play along with them. You can give them new challenges and make real-time choices that affect their gameplay, from tool selection to quests to movement; all through simple visual controls. In the highly anticipated Sea of Thieves, which is all about emergent adventures in a shared world, you can watch the drama play out between different crews from multiple player perspectives
One of the best parts about Beam is that interactivity is easy for streamers to enable and customize, regardless of the game or platform. Beam is designed to work with any game, and will continue to offer broadcasts across all gaming platforms, just as it does today.
From today, Beam will be part of Microsoft, however, they have confirmed that they will still continue to offer broadcasts across all gaming platforms, but they would be able to expand their team and build upon their infrastructure further under Microsoft.
You can read more about the acquisition at the source link below.
Source: Xbox News