Microsoft buys game livestreaming startup Beam to integrate with Xbox

[Microsoft] revealed this morning that it has acquired low-latency interactive livestreaming service Beam. Through Beam, viewers can interact and influence the broadcasters game in real time. Twitch and YouTube have turned gaming-related video into a huge category on the web, but those are primarily passive experiences with delayed chat interactions. Beam sets itself apart in the $3.8 billion gaming-video market by offering up live video that has almost no perceptible delay in reaching the audience. This enables those instantaneous interactions that are not possible with 10 second delays on Twitch and YouTube. – Jeff Grubb, VentureBeat http://ift.tt/2baL3tY