Overwatch streaming headed to Facebook

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A new challenger is approaching the video game streaming arena. Gamers are very familiar with the world leader in gaming stream websites Twitch, and others may be familiar with less popular platforms like YouTube Gaming or Hitbox. While both YouTube and Hitbox have only made a small dent in the viewership of Twitch, that may be changing very soon due to a very recent press release from Blizzard today that outlines plans that will enable players to stream popular Blizzard games directly to their Facebook timelines:

The companies announced today that a major step in their ongoing collaboration will begin later this month with the integration of Facebook Login in Blizzard’s PC games. This will enable players to sign up for and log in to games such as World of Warcraft®, Heroes of the Storm®, Hearthstone®, Diablo® III, StarCraft® II, and Blizzard’s most recent blockbuster release,Overwatch®, using their Facebook accounts (…)  Blizzard is in the process of incorporating Facebook’s Live API in order to create its own “Go Live” streaming functionality for its games. When this functionality is implemented, players will for the first time be able to livestream their Blizzard-gaming sessions directly to their Facebook timelines, and friends will be able to subscribe and be notified when new streams are available.

The way that this press release is written implies that you will simply have to connect your Battle.net account to your Facebook and streaming functionality will be built directly into the game. As many predicted the launch of Overwatch has been a success already racking up over 7 million players in just a little over a week. More impressively than the sheer number of players of Overwatch is the cultural impact of the game. The number of memes, YouTube videos, and press coverage has been staggering. Earlier this year it was reported that Facebook has over one billion users globally. For aspiring video game streaming personalities, you want to broadcast where the largest audience is, and unequivocally that audience lives on Facebook.

It is way too soon to announce this as the death of Twitch, or start calling Facebook a “Twitch Killer”, and in order for this to be true, similar collaborations would have to take place with many more game developers and distributors. We don’t have the slightest clue as to how Facebook would deal with the copyright headaches that have tripped up YouTube and whether streamers will be able to utilize tools like OBS or XSplit in general.

This is pretty significant news for the streamer community. If you would like to read the press release in its entirety: Click Here

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