Twitch Rival, Beam, Gets Renamed to Mixer

Beam is a streaming service similar to Twitch, that last year was bought by Microsoft. Since then they have added Beam into Windows 10, and Xbox One. Well today they announced that they are changing the name from Beam, to Mixer. They said that they felt that with the Beam name that they were unable to grow and expand into every market around the world, so they chose Mixer as their new name because it represents what they love about the service, how it brings people together.

One of the big things that they are touting with Mixer, is the ability to interact with streamers in almost real time, so compared with the 12-15 second delay on Twitch, Mixer is actually live.

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Also launching alongside the new name is Co-Streaming. Starting today, they are launching the ability for up to 4 streamers to combine their streams into a single Mixer page. So like the image above shows, you can have 4 different people, even spread across 4 different locations, all playing together and streaming for a centralized experience, they don’t even have to be playing the same game!

Microsoft is also Launching a Mobile app (currently in beta) called Mixer Create on iOS and Android to allow users to self broadcast on the go. It is launching publicly on Android today and invite only through TestFlight on iOS. This will allow people to stream not just mobile games, but all kinds of other experiences as well.

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Mixer is also getting its own Xbox One page on the dashboard, so starting today, for those who are Xbox Insiders, they will see a page full of streamers and streams all happening that they can get in on at the touch of a button.

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Microsoft also announced that they will be streaming their E3 Press Briefing in 4k Ultra HD, and for those with the proper setup, they can watch it on Mixer in a special edition broadcast with all kinds of goodies and digital bonuses for those who watch on that platform.

They released a whole bunch more, in which you can get all the details in the video above.

Source- Xbox News

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter- @DayneCody

Geekoholics LIVE on Twitch: Bloodborne

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I’ll be streaming Bloodborne for the next hour come by and say HI!

Geekoholics LIVE: Dragon Age Inquisition

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Come hang out while I play Dragon Age Inquisition PS4 LIVE on TWITCH. Watch the Stream here: Ricocast or watch the embedded link below.

Twitch To Be Acquired By Amazon, Is Now Official

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Twitch CEO, Emmett Shear has confirmed that Twitch will in fact be bought by Amazon. Rumors earlier this year had Google, or Youtube actually, buying the huge video-game streaming service. But today we have confirmation that Amazon will be purchasing them.

In a an open letter, the CEO states that Twitch will remain seperate, but that now with Amazon’s resources, they aim to give us a better Twitch experience. A Copy of the letter is below

Dear Twitch Community,

It’s almost unbelievable that slightly more than 3 years ago, Twitch didn’t exist. The moment we launched, we knew we had stumbled across something special. But what followed surprised us as much as anyone else, and the impact it’s had on both the community and us has been truly profound.

Your talent, your passion, your dedication to gaming, your memes, your brilliance – these have made Twitch what it is today. Every day, we strive to live up to the standard set by you, the community. We want to create the very best place to share your gaming and life online, and that mission continues to guide us.

Together with you, we’ve found new ways of connecting developers and publishers with their fans. We’ve created a whole new kind of career that lets people make a living sharing their love of games. We’ve brought billions of hours of entertainment, laughter, joy and the occasional ragequit. I think we can all call that a pretty good start.

Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.

I personally want to thank you, each and every member of the Twitch community, for what you’ve created. Thank you for putting your faith in us. Thank you for sticking with us through growing pains and stumbles. Thank you for bringing your very best to us and sharing it with the world. Thank you, from a group of gamers who never dreamed they’d get to help shape the face of the industry that we love so much.

It’s dangerous to go alone. On behalf of myself and everyone else at Twitch, thank you for coming with us.

Emmett Shear, CEO

I haven’t really had a chance to process this newest development, but as of right now I suppose if they leave Twitch to be twitch still and only help the service become better, then that is a great thing. Of course whenever there is a deal like this, the concern is that they will in fact mess it all up. So here is hoping that in this case, things only get better.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

 

Let’s Play Dark Souls 2, We’re Streaming on Twitch LIVE

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We’re streaming some Dark Souls 2, come hang out.
http://www.twitch.tv/ricocast/

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

Xbox One Won’t Have Twitch Streaming At Launch

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Microsoft has announced more details about its upcoming Twitch app today, among them, the fact that the Xbox One will not be able to stream over Twitch at launch, but it will be a feature they are hoping to have sometime in early 2014. The Twitch experience on Xbox One will be open to Xbox Live Gold members when they launch the app. So to at least get all of us excited for it when it finally does come around, they have released this video showing off how the Twitch app will work when it comes out.

I will be very interested to see how this compares to the built in Twitch on the PS4 when it gets released.

Via-Microsoft

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody