WSJ – Microsoft Tries to Take On Twitch at Videogame Live-Streaming

The burgeoning live-streaming industry continues to project impressive growth – with experts estimating year-on-year rise from 9.6 billion hours watched in 2016 to 11.4 Billion hours in 2017.

May 25, 2017

‘Microsoft Corp. on Thursday is launching its own videogame live-streaming service called Mixer, setting up yet another battle among some of the biggest names in the technology industry.

Despite its long history in videogames, Microsoft is late to live-streaming, in which people watch real-time videos of other people playing games and esports contests. It faces competition from the leaders, Inc.’s Twitch and Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube. And Facebook Inc., which has two billion monthly users, this year signed esports streaming deals.’

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