Microsoft’s Xbox division has announced that it has acquired Seattle-based game streaming service, Beam.
In a blog post, Chad Gibson Partner Group Program Manager for Xbox Live said that
Bringing Beam, their award-winning team and their inventive technology into the Xbox family supports our ongoing commitment to make Xbox Live more social and fun.
The streaming service differs slightly to Twitch and YouTube Gaming in that it allows viewers to affect gameplay by presenting new challenges and quests to the streamer through the sites visual controls.
Using “Minecraft” as 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.