Microsoft has confirmed today via its official blog that it has acquired interactive streaming service Beam. The service won Tech Crunch Disrupt this year and seems like a good acquisition to take on rival service Twitch. The blog post uses Rare’s upcoming Sea of Thieves as an example of how the service can be integrated with Xbox Live and Xbox games. You can check out Beam right here.
Bringing Beam, their award-winning team and their inventive technology into the Xbox family supports our ongoing commitment to make Xbox Live more social and fun. Using Minecraft as just one example, with Beam you don’t just watch your favorite streamer play, you play along with them. You can give them new challenges and make real-time choices that affect their gameplay, from tool selection to quests to movement; all through simple visual controls. In the highly anticipated Sea of Thieves, which is all about emergent adventures in a shared world, you can watch the drama play out between different crews from multiple player perspectives