It’s been one yr since Microsoft rebranded Beam, the game-streaming service it purchased in 2016, as Mixer, and it’s marking the anniversary with the roll out of a redesign of its desktop and cell websites, new instruments to make the expertise extra interactive and a deeper dive into eSports.
A new function known as MixPlay provides builders new instruments to create extra interactive streaming experiences. It allows “experiences on prime of streams, in panels on the facet of video, as widgets round video or as free-floating overlays,” in keeping with a Mixer weblog put up by co-founder James Boehm.
Mixer used the new Share Controller function for example of what MixPlay can do. Anybody broadcasting from an Xbox One can share their controller with Mixer viewers, giving them a completely digital controller to play alongside with the streamer.
Mixer didn’t give an replace on what number of customers it has immediately, repeating the information of 10 million month-to-month energetic customers shared earlier this yr. Mixer says its viewers is 4 occasions the scale it was a yr in the past, with 5 occasions as many streams watched.
A new desktop and cell site is beginning to roll out immediately, first to Mixer Professional customers. Mixer says the revamp is coming in waves, and all customers will see the up to date site by early summer time.
Trying forward, Mixer is diving deeper into eSports. A new PlayStation 4 league of the battle area recreation Smite shall be streamed completely on Mixer, an attention-grabbing flip of occasions given its dad or mum firm’s competitors with PlayStation. Mixer can even carry greater than 15,000 hours of programming from prime eSports firm ESL, together with excessive degree matches in the most well-liked video games like Counter-Strike: International Offensive, League of Legends, and Dota 2.