Mixer (website)

Mixer (formerly Beam) is a Seattle-based video game live streaming platform owned by Microsoft. The service officially launched on January 5, 2016.[3]

Like competing services, Mixer focuses on video gaming, including playthroughs of video games and live streaming, but is primarily distinguished by features designed to allow viewers to interact with streams. Using an SDK (software development kit), features can be integrated into games to allow users to affect gameplay or vote on elements using buttons displayed alongside the stream. Users earn "Sparks" for watching and participating in streams, which can then be spent to activate these features. Mixer advertises that there is a latency of less than a second between the original broadcast and when it is received by users, rather than 10–20 seconds, which facilitates these features and encourages real-time interaction between streamers and their viewers without delays.[4][5]

Mixer (website) logo
Type of site
Streaming video service
Available in18[1] languages
List of languages
  • Chinese Simplified
  • Chinese Traditional
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
OwnerMicrosoft (Mixer Interactive Streaming LLC)
Founder(s)Matthew Salsamendi
James Boehm
Alexa rankPositive decrease 2,907 (March 2019)[2]
LaunchedJanuary 5, 2016
Current statusActive


On August 11, 2016, Beam was acquired by Microsoft for an undisclosed amount. The service's team was integrated into the Xbox division.[6][7][3] On October 26, 2016, Microsoft announced that Beam would be integrated into Windows 10.[8] Beam broadcasting was also integrated into Xbox One on the March 2017 software update.[9]

On May 25, 2017, Microsoft announced that Beam had been renamed Mixer, as the previous name could not be used globally.[10] The re-branding came alongside the introduction of several new features, such as the ability for a user to co-host up to three other streams on their channel at once, as well as the companion mobile app Mixer Create. It was also announced that Mixer would receive top-level integration within the Xbox One dashboard, with a new tab curating Mixer streams.[4]

In November 2018, the site unveiled a major update branded as "Season 2", adding features automatic quality adjustment for the player, a new system known as "Skills" that integrates with the existing Sparks currency and a future microtransaction currency that will be known as "Embers", as well as plans for a level-based system for tracking users' engagement with a particular channel over time.[11]

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External links


  1. ^ Bodnarescu, Florin (25 October 2017). "Mixer bumps up support to 21 languages". Neowin. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  2. ^ https://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/mixer.com
  3. ^ a b "Microsoft acquires Beam interactive game live streaming service". TechCrunch. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Microsoft's Beam renamed to Mixer, adds co-op streaming (update)". Polygon. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Microsoft acquires game-streaming site, will integrate features into its games". Ars Technica. Conde Nast. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Xbox Live gets more social with Microsoft's Beam buy". CNET. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  7. ^ O'Brien, Sara Ashley (2016-08-12). "Microsoft acquires gaming startup Beam run by 18-year-old". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  8. ^ "Game streaming coming to Windows 10, and bitstream coming to Xbox One". Ars Technica. Conde Nast. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  9. ^ "The Xbox One gets Microsoft's Beam streaming and a faster interface today". The Verge. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Matt (Mixer co-founder) Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  11. ^ Watts, Steve (2018-11-01). "Microsoft's Mixer "Season 2" Update Adds New Features, Promises More To Come". GameSpot. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
Howie Beck

Howie Beck is a Canadian musician mixer and producer based in Toronto. He has been nominated for three JUNO awards in Canada on three occasions for Adult Alternative album, Engineer of the Year and Producer of the Year (2017).

John Jaszcz

John Jaszcz (pronounced "Yosh") is an award winning music engineer, producer, and mixer.

"Yosh," as he has been nicknamed, currently resides and works in Franklin, Tennessee. He is a well-known engineer in the R&B and Gospel music communities. He has mixed albums for Kirk Franklin (Grammy Award winning 2005 release Hero among others), Dorinda Clark Cole, Tye Tribbett, Israel Houghton, Kurt Carr, and Ledisi.

John Jaszcz got his start in Detroit as an engineer for records by Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Zapp, and Commissioned. His move to Tennessee facilitated his involvement in country and rock music working with artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, John Michael Montgomery, and Collective Soul.

His production credits include Sonicflood (produced with John Lawry), co-production with guitarist Dennis Coffey, and is involved in co-producing and mixing various projects with the Nashville-based production company Zodlounge.

In 2010, Jaszcz started an independent record label, Yosh Bros Entertainment, as a platform for artists he produces. The roster currently includes Kree Woods, DJ Sahnik, and Lacey Mason.

He has won 7 Grammy Awards and multiple Dove Awards.

Maxime Le Guil

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He has produced, mixed or engineered records for Morrissey, Hans Zimmer, Melody Gardot, SoKo, Justice, Melody's Echos Chamber, Camille, Christine And The Queens, Hyphen Hyphen, CocoRosie, Gregory Porter, Lianne La Havas, Vanessa Paradis, Christophe, JoeyStarr, Jean Louis Murat and many others.

He has worked with Nigel Godrich on Radiohead's 2016 Album, A Moon Shaped Pool

In 2016 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his work on Currency of Man by Melody Gardot.

Mike Fraser (record producer)

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Other notable projects include:

Franz Ferdinand (Incl singles "No You Girls" and "Ulysses"), Metallica,

Aerosmith (Pump and Permanent Vacation),

Zac Brown - The Dave Grohl Sessions, Joe Satriani, The Cult, Enter Shikari, Chickenfoot, Van Halen, and Elvis Costello and Led Zeppelin.


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