I wanted to comment on the news article but thought it'd get a little lost in the tsunami of madness. Hence this forum topic. Mods/Staff, feel free to delete if you deem it inappropriate.
Microsoft announces Upload Outreach Program, offering Xbox One consoles and games to streamers
It would seem that Microsoft recognises the importance of YouTubers in the gaming market, as it announces the Upload Outreach Program. This will see a free console, free games, and a year of Xbox Live Gold go to 20 aspiring streamers.
Calling it a ‘program’ seems a little off, as it’s really more of a competition. If you want to win all you need do is create a one-minute video about an Xbox 360 or Xbox One game you love. Then, keeping with the point of the competition, you put it online and send the link to Microsoft. Full details and the necessary information can be found on the official site.
The closing date is September 15. There are 20 console bundles to be won, each worth approximately £1322. Nice.
It’s a savvy move from Microsoft as the influence of streamers only continues to grow. This is set to carry on into the next generation as both Xbox One and PS4 will let you record gameplay clips and upload them to the ‘net, or stream gameplay live through the Twitch app.
I think this is a superb incentive and a great bit of community-driven thinking from Microsoft.
It promotes their platform, it promotes their games, it's engages users and fosters loyalty and drive.
Personally, I love watching game streams as much as playing games. I posted about a charity drive back in July which concerned itself specifically with speedruns. But I often don't fancy a particular game but will enjoy watching it - Bishock Infinite was the last such game for me.
All in all, I can't see a down-side to this and, being a fan of game streaming, I hope this gathers momentum. It's really great to see a platform manufacturer encouraging this sort of thing.
Going down the road, I imagine, one day, we'll be able to gamble on things too. Saltybet is neat idea that's getting a reasonable amount of attention at the moment. But I could easily see game tournaments broadcast on these platforms allowing gamers to bid on outcomes - all with the push of a button. An extension of that being able to bet on other content such as sports games being delivered through the platform. Yes, it's sneering capitalism, but it'd be very lucrative.