TwitchTV announced Monday the first game with built-in livestreaming, circumventing the difficult systems players would normally have to use to broadcast their games live.
TwitchTV will integrate streaming into The Showdown Effect , a PC game published by Paradox Interactive. A simple button on the game’s dashboard will allow players to begin streaming their gameplay to TwitchTV viewers.
The partnership represents lowering the barrier of entry to live streaming, according to Matthew DiPietro, Vice President of Marketing for Twitch TV. “We realize it’s not easy for all gamers to share their games, but we’re working on changing that,” DiPietro said, confirming that TwitchTV is working on additional integration partnerships to be announced at a later date.
The Showdown Effect is a shooter that attempts to simulate the over-the-top nature of action movies. According to the Paradox website, gamers will be able to use an arsenal of ridiculous weapons, including grenades, lightsabers and frying pans. Lead producer Shams Jorjani said elements like this will result in a satisfying game to watch and play.
“The game is made to be fun to play but also fun to watch — the two core components that make a game streamworthy. The game has a fair amount of depth, meaning that players will be able to string together outrageous moves and combos — prompting viewers to wonder, ‘how did you do that?!,’” Jorjani said. “Game rounds are short and sweet and the rich customization options give players the ability to craft a visual feast for viewers.”
Jorjani said the partnership with TwitchTV was a natural fit after learning how both Paradox and TwitchTV had similar ideas for fan engagement, and this new development would only increase engagement.
The Showdown Effect will be released later this year.
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