Mixer is heading into its second season, kicking things off this month. Instead of shying away from the autumnal equinox, Microsoft is instead embracing the seasonal change by mixing things up a bit.
One new introduction to the platform will help streamers and fans celebrate together. The addition is known as Skills, allowing the ability for viewers on a stream to send GIFs and things like confetti to appear onscreen. You can also send things like a beach ball, “rallying the community to keep “them bouncing.”
It is noted that whenever you send a Skill through someone’s channel, it “supports them financially.” It isn’t noted whether or not there is a cap or count of the current Skills available at this time. However, it was noted that they will be updated on a regular basis.
Let the Sparks fly
You can now support your favorite streamer even if you don’t have the funds to do so. Sparks Patronage allows you to do just that. You can earn Sparks by watching streams, but now you can also use them to help streaming partners. When you do so, these Sparks will help streamers earn actual money payouts on their end.
To have a more robust assist, Mixer is introducing Mixer Embers. This is a new currency that you can purchase and spend on “high-value Skills.” Essentially: Big money, big celebrations. Unlike the rest of the new items, Embers is still something the team is working on. There is no available release date at this time.
Now that’s progress
A new progression system will be rolling out in 2019. The system will not only support streamers, but it will provide a progression path for those who watch. You can also earn Applause, which is also something that will be coming at a later date.
An overview of some of the technology and changes can be seen in the trailer below. A number of new improvements coming will include automatic bitrate switching, providing a more “graceful viewing experience.” Others include allowing more use of the FTL stream abilities on more devices, along with allowing viewers to report video issues.
For a full overview of Season 2, check out the trailer below. You can also visit the official Mixer Season 2 blog for the rest of the details.
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