Mixer Season 2 update brings new features and virtual currencies

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Microsoft has released details of Season 2 of Mixer, which will bring a raft of enhancements and two new virtual currencies to the streaming service.

Microsoft said: “Today, we embark upon the next major evolution on Mixer. Season 2 reflects the living, breathing nature of Mixer with new experiences and new things to try all the time. As part of Season 2, we’re continuing to grow and refine our existing experiences with new video capabilities for streaming and viewing.  And we’re also investing in three big new areas: expression, supporting creators through new monetization, and strengthening streamer communities.”

Season 2 will bring a number of enhancements and additions to Mixer. They include Skills: “There are now way more ways to participate in your favourite stream than just typing a message into chat. From sending animated Stickers and GIFs, launching celebratory Effects like fireworks and laser shows, or rallying the community to keep digital beach-balls bouncing, Skills provide completely new ways to express yourself while watching a stream.”

Sparks –effectively an in-game currency — will allow patronage of your favourite Mixer streamers: “Earn Sparks just by watching streams, spend them on Skills and help partnered streamers reach milestones that give them real money payouts.” Embers will be a more conventional in-game currency: “Celebrate and show support with Mixer Embers, a new virtual currency that you can buy and use on high-value Skills. Embers will be a paid currency that goes a step further than Sparks and provides your favourite streamers with direct financial rewards and bigger celebrations.”

Plus, the streaming service will acquire a progression system, which: “Will reward your entire engagement with a streamer’s community and on Mixer as a whole. Level up by participating in chat, using Skills, earning Applause from other users (stay tuned for more details on how Applause works), or simply coming back each day.” 

Skills and Sparks are now up and running, while Microsoft describes Embers as: “Coming soon;” the progression system is due to be added at an unspecified date in 2019. For more information, head to the Mixer website.

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