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Microsoft buys Beam's livestreaming tech to grab a chunk of the e-sports market

Mark Hachman | Aug. 12, 2016
Does anyone care about "interactive" game streams, though?

Collectively controlling a game like Overwatch, as Beam’s service allows, doesn’t really work.

Interactivity aside, Microsoft plans to leave things as they are. Beam has mobile apps for both iOS and Android, though not Windows phones.

“We at Xbox are excited about this convergence between playing and watching, and want to provide gamers with the freedom and choice to have great multiplayer experiences across all of Beam’s platforms,” Chad Gibson, partner group Manager for Xbox Live, in a statement. “This acquisition will help gamers enjoy the games they want, with the people they want, and on the devices they want.”

 

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