Microsoft Bought Gaming Livestream Company Beam

Microsoft has acquired video game livestreaming company Beam, the company announced today. Beam describes itself as an “interactive livestreaming service” that allows people to watch and play along with livestreams as they’re happening.

One example that Microsoft provided was that a user could watch a Minecraftlivestream and give the streamer challenges and other objectives through “simple video controls.” In the case of upcoming multiplayer game Sea of Thieves, players could use Beam to watch the action play out from different teams from multiple perspectives.

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n its statement, Microsoft lauded Beam for how it “evolved game streaming from a passive, watch-and-chat experience into one with real-time participation by allowing the viewer to directly influence a streamer’s gameplay and live broadcast.”


Xbox Live manager Chad Gibson added that it’s Microsoft’s hope that it can provide users with “the freedom and choice to have great multiplayer experiences across all of Beam’s platforms,” which to date include PC and mobile.

The Beam service launched on January 5 of this year, following a beta period that saw “millions of hours” of streams, according to Beam co-founder and CEO Matt Salsamendi. In his own statement, he said the Beam has over 100,000 users.

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