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Earlier today, Microsoft announced it had acquired the “interactive livestreaming service” platform Beam for an undisclosed sum. Beam, which was launched January of this year, allows users to not only watch their favorite live streamers, but play along with them.
For those unfamiliar with how the process works, Microsoft offered the example of providing, say, a Minecraft player with challenges and objectives through a set of “simple video controls.” They also mention that with a title like the upcoming Sea of Thieves, watchers would be able to switch between teams and various perspectives.
Although not much has been said regarding Microsoft’s plans for the service, Xbox Live manager Chad Gibson stated that Microsoft wishes to provide viewers with “the freedom and choice to have great multiplayer experiences across all of Beam’s platforms.” Although this currently just includes PC and mobile, we can more than likely expect to see some kind of Xbox compatibility joining the stable.
Beam CEO Matt Salsamendi states that users can expect “awesome new features” and “epic new interactive game integrations” in the future, but for now the service will remain largely the same. Both parties were light on details, but be prepared for anything considering Microsoft’s push towards a more closely integrated console and PC ecosystem.
Check out the announcement video below: