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Twitch To Bring Live Broadcasting To Sony And Planetside 2

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Sony Online Entertainment and Twitch are teaming up to bring live broadcasting of players' gaming sessions to SOE's upcoming PlanetSide 2, with plans to expand the service afterward. The game, which releases November 20, is seen by Sony and Twitch as an ideal testing bed for the integration of broadcasting into SOE's games, with John Smedley, president of SOE, attributing that to PlanetSide 2 being a MMOFPS (and then jumping into some corporatespeak jargon about "emergent experiences" and one-click interfaces and whatnot). Regardless, players should be able to broadcast their exploits to each other and to other Twitch users with ease. This is no small thing, as Twitch had over 23 million viewers and 300 000 broadcasters in October, and PlanetSide 2, currently in beta, will have a patch delivered soon to integrate broadcasting for early adopters. The game's creative director, Matt Higby, calls it a "next-generation experience", and though live broadcasting of games isn't exactly new, this sort of experience does seem to be part of the direction the big players are taking steps toward in the next generation; Sony teaming with Twitch neatly coincides with Nintendo's delivery of the Miiverse on its new home console, which will also encourage players to share their gaming experiences.

As ever, we'll have more for you as it develops.

(This post was updated within an hour of publication as, for some crazy reason, an old, grammatically ridiculous, edit was published in place of what you see above. The content remains the same.)

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