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Microsoft Acquires Beam Game Streaming Service, Embracing Alternative To Amazon's Twitch (geekwire.com) 29

An anonymous reader shares a GeekWire report: Microsoft's Xbox group announced Thursday that it has acquired Seattle-based interactive game streaming service Beam, bringing the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant into an arena dominated by Amazon's Twitch. Microsoft said in a blog post the deal will help make Xbox more social and interactive. Beam launched in January, with a goal of giving people watching gamers the ability to participate in the experience. Viewers can affect gameplay by presenting new challenges and quests using visual controls.
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Microsoft Acquires Beam Game Streaming Service, Embracing Alternative To Amazon's Twitch

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  • by jellomizer ( 103300 ) on Thursday August 11, 2016 @12:12PM (#52684569)

    Go with us as a refreshing alternative. We are just as big nasty. But it is an alternative.

    • by EvilSS ( 557649 )

      Go with us as a refreshing alternative. We are just as big nasty. But it is an alternative.

      Unfortunately it's going to take a big company to mount any serious competition to Twitch. A big company other than Google who can't be bothered to no half-ass new products anymore.

  • Somehow I can't believe an antisocial company can pull something like this off.

  • Purchasing a competing version of everything that already exists sounds more like IBM in its doldrums than Microsoft in its heyday. They'd be best served by choosing a core competency and sticking to it.

    Microsoft today is more evil than when Ballmer was running things into the ground.

    • by Luthair ( 847766 )
      The funny part is its a delayed reaction (much like Youtube Gaming), literally years after Twitch became massively popular the giants start paying attention. It seems like Facebook is the only tech company that quickly copies up and coming ideas.
      • It takes a LOT of TPS reports, pointless memos, impotent meetings and middle management to make come about...

  • BEAM = Beam Envies Amazon Market

    This message brought to you by the "Bing Is Not Google" department.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    A better summary from The Next Web (No affiliate)

    Microsoft is getting into the livestreaming game with its latest purchase. The company has picked up Beam, a six-month-old service that competes with Twitch and YouTube gaming.

    Beam’s key advantage over the big players is its super low-latencyvideos, allowing users to interact with streamers in something that approaches real time (instead of the usual 10 second delay). That makes streaming more of an active back-and-forth with broadcasters, adding an int

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