Microsoft Aquires Streaming Service Beam

Microsoft Aquires Streaming Service Beam

What are you up to, Microsoft? 

Today Microsoft acquired the interactive game streaming service Beam. The service will now become part of the Xbox division, though no word on when or if it will come to Xbox has been announced. 

Beam is a streaming service that differs from the competition by allowing viewers to engage more with streamers. Viewers can interact with the games based on preferences and settings chosen by the streamer. For example, a viewer could help decide which quests a player choses, how they move, and more. Beam also claims to have "sub-second delay streaming". 

Xbox Live Program Manager Chad Gibson wrote a blog post announcing and detailing the acquisition. 

We at Xbox are excited about this convergence between players 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.

Beam CEO Matt Salsamendi will be joining Xbox's engineering team as a result of the acquisition. He noted that the service will continue to work across all platforms, though it is interesting to see what Xbox does with it now. 

Perhaps it will become an exclusive streaming service for Xbox platforms. Xbox has been working hard lately to add tons of new features to Xbox Live users, so maybe we will see Beam make its way over soon. 

 

 

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