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Microsoft acquires Live Streaming Service Beam

by on August 11, 2016

Microsoft announced today that they have acquired the live streaming service called Beam.  Beam is a Seattle based service that provides a different streaming experience.

Not only can you watch, but you can also interact with the stream by giving challenges to the streamer and influencing specific areas of the game.  In the blogpost, Microsoft used Minecraft as an example for how you can interact with the streamed game.  You have the ability to manipulate movement, tool selection, and quests.  The blog post also says you can have the ability to see multiple player perspectives.  Not only do they advertise interactive streaming with your audience, but they also advertise extremely low delay times in stream.

No word yet on how Beam will be utilized on Xbox Live.  I am pretty excited about the potential of Beam.  Currently, Twitch is the only platform on Xbox for streaming games.  Having another service, plus the ability to interact and change how a game is played while it is streamed, is fantastic.

We will bring you more details when they are available.  In the meantime, you can go to to find more information.

Are you excited for an interactive stream service on Xbox Live?  Let us know in the comments below!


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