Twitch, the world’s largest video platform and community for gamers has partnered with Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) to integrate live broadcasting functionality into SOE’s upcoming games. PlanetSide(R)2 will be the first video game title to feature the ability to stream gameplay directly to the Twitch platform with a single click. PlanetSide(R)2 is the highly anticipated massively multiplayer online first-person shooter (MMOFPS), which will launch in North America and Europe on November 20, 2012.
Matthew DiPietro, VP Marketing of Twitch said,”With the Twitch community now in excess of 20 million gamers, live broadcasting has evolved from a niche novelty to an integral part of the gaming experience. By partnering with Sony Online Entertainment to allow gamers to stream titles like PlanetSide 2 directly to Twitch at the click of a button, the community to will continue to grow since the biggest barrier to entry has been removed. There is no easier way to broadcast game play to the Web than this.”
PlanetSide 2, which is a free-to-play title with optional content available for purchase in the marketplace, offers an unprecedented gaming experience. Players battle in massive environments alongside and against thousands of players engaging in intense air and ground combat that spans the alien planet of Auraxis. Because of its giant fan base and the competitive nature of first-person shooter games, it is the perfect title to enable fans to live broadcast in a seamless, non-disruptive fashion, creating additional content.
Scheduled to deploy in an external beta game update for players to begin testing this weekend, PlanetSide 2 marks the inaugural title in the Twitch and SOE partnership. Future relevant SOE titles will look to incorporate Twitch integration as well.