Microsoft has announced a free Windows 10 update coming in early 2017, called the Windows 10 Creators Update that will allow anyone to broadcast their gameplay to an audience – much like Twitch – and create their own gaming tournaments.
The process will be organized by a new feature called Game Bar, that will run much like the current Game DVR, and will be activated by the shortcut ‘Windows Key and G’. It will allow gamers to start a beam broadcast for any game almost instantly.
“By bringing Beam to Xbox, we’re creating more interactive gaming experiences for both the player and the viewer on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, allowing you to watch live game streams and give you the ability to interact in real time with broadcasters. Best of all, Beam technology will be built right into Windows 10 and Xbox One, so anyone can become a game broadcaster.”
The update will also bring user-based tournaments to Arena on Xbox Live and will allow gamers to set the rules for their tournament, invite friends and track tournament progress across either Xbox One or Windows 10 PC. For example, now you can organise your own tournaments for your Killer Instinct matches!
It’ll also introduce added features including Clubs, Looking for Group and Arena on Xbox Live, and cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10. Arena is available in preview right now!