Interactive 2.0 streams on Beam

Yes, interactive 2 is out! Woo! So what’s next? Well, here lies some of the streams Streamer Spectrum & myself will be doing this year…

And although we are swamped with projects at the moment, feel free to hop onto our Discord to go over your idea – we might be able to help!

[If you’d rather watch instead of read, check out this video.]

More interactive robot streams

  • Timed robot missions, per viewer, with leaderboards and prizes
  • Battlebots style fighting: viewer vs viewer while other viewers (audience) can control hazards [team play]
  • Defective robot battles: where you have to attack and knock each other off an arena using badly designed robots
  • Puzzles where viewers control the course while other viewers objective is to make the robot go from point A to point B safely [team play]
  • Rocket League with robots: viewers control the goalkeeper, striker & traps on the field [weekly tournaments]
  • Robot racing
  • Augmented reality trickery: where the robots appear to be something else on screen (give viewers control to change the appearance of the robot, customize weapons [as a team], using in-chat currency obtained by staying in chat or via GameWisp tier level subscription, and attack AR enemies & collect AR powerups)

greater Interactive games

  • Viewers will be able to pass the controller, via queued command, and take turns trying new games
  • Teams will be made up of viewers, then face off against each other for a chance to be on the leaderboard and win prizes
  • Challenges will be set for a game where viewers need to complete an objective (and an Xbox achievement will be obtained)
  • Challenges where we assign strange objectives, like having the streamers use a DDR mat to go against the viewers (streamers can be against each other as well)
  • Mixed reality VR gaming: where viewers control aspects of the headset or the game
  • Viewers will visually glitch out the game to distract the streamers while they attempt to beat the game
  • Having viewers control aspects of the game by voice via Discord

funky Camera tricks

  • Spot the difference: where the lights go out and something changes (the viewers need to alter the camera angle to find the difference)
  • Viewers and streamer maze coop: where viewers will have guide real life person through a maze by changing the camera angle, unlocking doors and alter the environment
  • Home alone: where viewers have to protect the house in question from a real life actor by moving security cameras and setting off traps

moarrr Interactive cartoons

  • Loosely scripted cartoon with a plot, where viewers control scene changes and objects while I move around the character and the voice-over actor(s) improvise to adapt to the changes
  • Typical web show, but the people talking are shown as active cartoon characters

Creative stuff

  • Interactive music streams where viewers create hopefully-tolerable music

Future streams on Beam

Interactive 2 grants the ability to turn any stream into a game in itself, granting unique experiences and endless possibilities to people all around the world; the ability to see who is pressing what brings closer viewer engagement and grouped controls allow random viewers to join together.

I think you’ll be seeing a lot of crazier streams real soon.

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Creators update, Beam & Interactive

If you just installed the Creators update for Windows 10 and plan on streaming to Beam, I recommend using some form of interactive controls – whether it be sound presses or real life robot maneuvers!

These interactive controls take advantage of Beam’s sub-second video latency, allowing crazy fucking streams that were not possible before due to technical limitations; I suggest taking advantage of this.

Here are just some of the tools available to get you started:
(If you need assistance, hop on the Streamer Spectrum Discord and yell!)

Keep in mind, interactive 2 is coming out soon and will grant the ability to do even crazier shit (more information can be found here).

Use the keyboard shortcuts below to get around quicker:
(These can be customized in Game bar settings.)

  • Open Game bar  |  Win + G
  • Start/pause broadcast  |  Win + Alt + B
  • Show camera in broadcast  |  Win + Alt + W
  • Microphone on/off  |  Win + Alt + M
  • Record that  |  Win + Alt + G
  • Start/stop recording  |  Win + Alt + R
  • Show recording timer  |  Win + Alt + T
  • Take screenshot  |  Win + Alt + PrtScrn

Hope these tools & tricks help – see you on Beam!
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Bots & tools for Beam

Here is a list of useful bots, vital services and interactive tools to get you going on Beam. Also listed below are willing and able people to help you with any Beam related troubles you may run into.

This list will be updated & organized as new streaming tools spawn. =D

Bots

BlipBot  |  ScorpBot  |  Scottybot

Services

StreamJar  |  No requirements, sign up now!
Easy to use donation tool with no fees attached and an overlay tool that shows recent events – like who just followed, hosted or subscribed.

loots  |  Tweet them for an invite code!
Generate revenue by having viewers post ad-contained messages which appear on screen, as well as posts beta keys to games in chat.

keymailer.co  |  Requires 50 followers on YouTube or Twitch!
Acquire free game keys. This works because streaming and let’s play videos are a form of advertisement – you might as well take advantage.

Gamewisp  |  YouTube or Twitch account!
Viewers can subscribe for privileges like access to your Discord or a monthly giveaway; check out this example. Good read right here too.

Patreon  |  No requirements, sign up now!
Viewers can subscribe monthly for special privileges, though this lacks connections to other services compared with Gamewisp. Example here.

Player.me  |  No requirements, sign up now!
Updates for the games you play, find similar gamers and keep up with upcoming gaming events – good way to sync up.

Discord  |  No requirements, sign up now!
Text and voice chat for your Beam community – a very useful tool to keep your viewers up to date as to what’s going on; it’s like Slack for gaming.

TreatStream  |  Requires 2,000 Twitch followers!
Have people send you food without knowing your address. Check out GasMaskftw‘s page for a good example of how it should be worded.

Restream.io  |  No requirements, sign up now!
Using this is recommenced to bring viewers from other platforms over to Beam – though keep in mind you cannot use FTL while doing this.

StreamLabs  |  Requires Twitch account!
Another tool for accepting tips, which offers different customization options than StreamJar – though I haven’t personally used it before.

Amazon Associates  |  Requires Amazon account!
Use the affiliates program to make money from link referrals; anything in your bio, like computer hardware, should use this for linkage.

Green Man Gaming  |  No requirements, sign up now!
Viewers can buy games from your referral link to generate some revenue for you; be sure to post the GMG pic in bio.

Myinstants  |  Nothing to sign up, just click away!
Board full of entertaining sounds for you to click or download to use with the Interactive Keyboard [which can be found below].

MultiStream  |  No requirements, just select the streamers!
Multiplayer with another streamer? Got a game and want to see who beats it first? Set this up for viewers to see multiple streams, side by side.

Streaming Software

OBS-FTL  |  Settings [GeForce]
This is a version of OBS Studio that can utilize the low latency FTL protocol. If you have issues with setup, let me know!

Tachyon  |  Settings
This is a limited version of OBS but, as of writing this, has lower latency than OBS-FTL. You are, however, unable to use QSV or NVENC with this.

Interactive Tools

Interactive Keyboard  |  Setup guide
The vital tool used to allow people interaction with your games! If it doesn’t work with the game or application you’re trying, let me know.

BeamChatPlays  |  Setup guide
An easier way to get interactive working, along with adding real mouse support – though it is more limited as it can’t use robot-js.

BeamSoundlyInteractive  |  Setup guide
You know those interactive soundboards you see on everyone’s stream? Well, here it is! And it’s very easy to set up too!

Helpful Beamers

SorryAboutYourCats
Interactive / IT / Bio art / Glitch logos

ProbablePrime
Interactive Keyboard creator

Firebottle
BeamChatPlays creator

AustinPowers
Beam streaming guru

Leviathan5
BeamSoundlyInteractive creator

Towe102
Robots / IT

Phone_microwave
Overlays

Beam is a community of useful and intelligent people, so don’t be shy if you need help in any way – we’re all here for each other!