If you’re one of those people who loves social media and sharing every single one of your achievements on your wall/feed, you’re gonna love this news.
Blizzard, the mastermind company behind Overwatch, has introduced their own streaming option called Blizzard Streaming. This allows PC users to broadcast any Blizzard game right from the proprietary Battle.net client.
A new update to the client also adds Facebook integration, allowing users to connected their Facebook and Battle.net account together like a conjoined twin. Setting up the Facebook streaming feature is a very simple task as well. After updating the Battle.net client, users will be able to see a camera-shaped icon in the top right corner. Upon clicking it, you will be presented with handful of options. You can enable or disable your microphone and webcam, give your stream a title, choose where to share your stream, as well as setting the stream’s audience (i.e. Friends). After completing these simple steps, you too can stream your game to anyone who might be happening to tune in on Facebook! Facebook users who own their own page can stream Blizzard games on that too, so you’re not being limited to simply personal pages.
Blizzard Streaming is live now in the Americas, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand with worldwide access “coming soon” according to the press release. Streaming is limited only to PC users right now, but the update will be available on Mac soon as well.
The real question is, what does this offer when compared to Twitch? In short, not much except for the convenience of being able to set it up straight out of the Battle.net launcher.
Overwatch is a popular game for streamers and has been routinely topping the charts on Twitch, being among the service’s top five most viewed games since its launch.