Microsoft has announced that it's shutting down its Mixer streaming service, and that it's teaming up with Facebook to enable to the Mixer community to transition to Facebook Gaming.
In an article posted earlier today, Xbox head Phil Spencer explained the reason for Mixer's closure:
"Ultimately, the success of Partners and streamers on Mixer is dependent on our ability to scale the service for them as quickly and broadly as possible. It became clear that the time needed to grow our own livestreaming community to scale was out of measure with the vision and experiences we want to deliver to gamers now, so we’ve decided to close the operations side of Mixer and help the community transition to a new platform."
The company says that it'll be working with interested members of the Mixer community to transition to Facebook Gaming over the next few weeks, and that all Mixer sites and apps will begin redirecting to Facebook's service as of July 22. The ability to stream to Mixer from your Xbox One will also be turned off on that date.
Furthermore, Microsoft will be using Project xCloud in the future to debut "click-to-play scenarios" within the Facebook Gaming and Instagram communities, while Mixer's technology will continue to be used by Microsoft Teams to "support a variety of video-first, virtual experiences from meetings to live events to other broadcast scenarios."
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