When it comes to videogame streaming needs, Twitch has risen to become one of the largest providers across the globe. Garnering over 35 million monthly views and appearing on the Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the service is becoming an integral part of gaming culture – so it’s no surprise that they’d want in on a piece of the proverbial Minecraft pie.
During Minecon 2013 yesterday, Mojang announced it is partnering with Twitch to provide just that: an integrated Twitch feature for both PC and Mac editions of Minecraft.
The entire Minecon event was livestreamed by Twitch, so perhaps there was a certain amount of foreshadowing to the announcement. So far, neither company has pitched a date for when they will be adding the streaming functionality, but Mojang is confident that these services will arrive ‘soon’.
Twitch’s own Matthew DiPietro, their VP of Marketing, commented that the company was very happy to announce the partnership.
Minecraft has struck a very powerful chord with the Twitch community. Its constantly escalating popularity illustrates that people love to watch video games outside of the headline grabbing eSports titles. Expect a watershed moment for both players and spectators once the ability to easily broadcast gameplay directly to Twitch goes live.
The game itself has sold over 33 million copies across all platforms, inadvertently creating a huge community of creative builders, survival mode enthusiasts, and even some official crossovers. With plenty of updates still pouring in from Jeb and the creative team, and the game consistently selling across all platforms, the future of Minecraft is still looking bright.
Minecraft has proven to be a tremendous source of Let’s Play videos, ranging the megapopular groups like Rooster Teeth and Yogscast to a tidal wave of young amateur fans. Considering a YouTube search for Minecraft-based Let’s Plays garners about 10,900,000 results, there’s no telling how many more videos and hours of gameplay the Twitch service will bring to the public eye.
The latest 1.7 Update brought plenty of new features to the table, so those who haven’t played in a while might be enticed to come back for the game’s new biomes, blocks and fixes. Those playing on the Xbox can check out the free Halloween DLC as well.
What do you think, Ranters? Are you excited to be able to stream your server hijinks or do you think there is already an overabundance of Let’s Play videos?
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