Making gaming more social


Beam -- the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt's Startup Battlefield -- is a new livestreaming platform for gamers that lets viewers actually get involved with gameplay.

Every month, "hundreds of millions" of people watch others gaming on sites like Twitch and YouTube, 18-year-old Matt Salsamendi explained onstage at Disrupt. But "traditional platforms don't provide any way for viewers to participate."

Enter Beam, which crowdsources control of the game so viewers can actually engage with gamers in realtime. Viewers can do things like change the gamer's weapon, control the environment and warn them about possible enemies. They can do it all with virtually no delay, which is something that sets it apart from other game streaming platforms, which have delays of several second.

First published May 13, 2016: 10:47 AM ET

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