Live streaming technology has been around for years, and this widely adopted use of live streaming represents one of its more basic forms. In one tech-driven sector, that of digital gaming, live streaming has rapidly developed in its uses and applications.
Building on the standard online streaming, live streaming has spawned a new industry, become a method of gaming, and looks to be integrated into the next step of community-based play. Video calls have proven to be incredibly useful applications. Still, if the developments in gaming are anything to go by, there’re far greater applications on their way to having everyday uses.
The app that launched a $1 billion industry
In 2011, Twitch sought to explore the potential of gaming as a spectator sport. There were several professional eSports in circulation at the time, but Twitch established himself as a place to watch gaming events and for independent creators to showcase content. By 2012, the site was already seeing 20 million visitors per month, making it the fundamental pillar of the now-massive eSports industry – and it’s all down to live streaming.
Video streaming has been a core part of online-based entertainment almost since its inception. Live streaming, though, offers people a direct line to the action, be it for a popular competition or just someone showing what they’re up to. The fact that it’s live gives the content more meaning, makes it a must-watch feed, and adds a sense of authentic connection that can be lost through edited videos.
Taking it from live viewing to real-time play
Classic casino games have always been about the experience of placing your bets at a table and then seeing the results unfold, with roulette being the epitome of this sentiment. When the industry initially moved online, a part of the experience was lost – until live casino gaming came along. New live streaming technology allows the app to show the game being played in real-time, and allows the player to use the app’s interface to interact and place bets on the game being streamed.
It’s become a trendy way to play classic casino games, mainly because it offers both the traditional experience and all of the modern aspects of online casino play. Now, roulette online is dominated by games like Live Immersive Roulette, Dedicated Roulette Live, and the live Penthouse Roulette. Furthermore, the fact that players can use real roulette online strategies simultaneously, such as the Martingale or James Bond, makes it a complete authentic gaming experience through the interactive live stream.
Integrating live streaming into multiplayer gaming
Watching a live stream and playing live casino games connect people to real-time action, but they don’t become a part of the event. With a live stream, you’re a viewer, and with a live casino game, you’re a player wagering on the results determined by luck and the dealer. Now, Google is working on that next step, allowing a live stream user to become a part of the stream itself.
Announced at launch and now being worked on by the game streaming service, Stadia’s hailed Crowd Play feature is claimed to allow people watching a live stream of a game to join the streamer. As the service streams whole games for play on devices, any Stadia user would, in theory, be able to watch and then stream a game being shown in a live Stadia stream to play alongside the initial streamer.
Live streaming is becoming more and more prevalent in our every day and work lives. While the video chats have been revolutionary to many, the gaming space is already showing us how far the technology can be stretched.