As the next generation of game consoles rolls around, there has been a strong emphasis on allowing players to upload footage to the internet easily and securely. Previously, console gaming played a small role among YouTube and Twitch gaming communities simply due to the fact that consoles Xbox 360 and PS3 did not come with built-in capture capabilities.
Capturing gameplay footage as a console gamer is extremely difficult, not to mention expensive (a good capture card can run upwards of $400). However, at Microsoft’s Xbox One press conference yesterday, the company announced that massively popular live streaming platform Twitch would come as a native application within the Xbox One.
It’s a huge announcement for game commentators and performers on Twitch and YouTube respectively simply because the financial curve set in place by current console limitations thinned out the herd of console game commentators significantly. Now, anyone, anywhere with an Xbox One will easily be able to record footage, upload it and flood the Twitch marketplace, which also supports some YouTube crossover.
So how is Twitch planning to protect gamers who have already begun careers on the streaming game platform? According to a Twitch representative who we spoke with on the floor of E3, Twitch is in the process of developing a metadata API. Although, as the Twitch rep explained, “Twitch is all about making itself accessible to everyone on every platform.” The new metadata API will solve the problem that could arise if the Twitch marketplace becomes over saturated with content.
Consider the metadata API like this: If a million people upload gameplay footage, very few examples will stick out. However, once that footage is sorted into different metadata-decided categories, the footage will have a much better chance of shining through. The Twitch rep explained, using “StarCraft II” as an example, that hardcore “StarCraft” fans will have specific matches they search for, which is where the metadata API will come into play.
Essentially, if you are searching for a Terran versus Zerg game on the Shakuras Plateau map, this metadata sorter will spit out specific matches based on that criteria.
With the news of Microsoft and Twitch partnering up, the future may seem scary for some game commentators who now face a potentially flooded market. However, as this new API develops, gaming for a living on Twitch will go on, but in a much more specific and tailored way.
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