Xbox's Mixer Integration Won't Just Switch Over to Facebook Gaming, Microsoft Says

Xbox's Mixer Integration Won't Just Switch Over to Facebook Gaming, Microsoft Says

Microsoft's getting out ahead of privacy concerns and the matter of streamer choice.

The coming end of Mixer has many of the platform's streamers—especially its partner members—wondering if they should follow along with Microsoft's new partnership and start streaming on Facebook Gaming, or head to another service like Twitch. The new arrangement also has some folks wary of whether Facebook will have more of a presence and access to data on Xbox once Mixer's integration goes away.

On social media, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and Director of Programming Larry Hryb have made an effort to clarify exactly how Microsoft's transition to working with Facebook Gaming will work and what it means for Xbox owners. Of particular note, Hryb is reassuring folks that Facebook Gaming won't be integrated as a default Xbox feature straight away, nor will a Mixer streamer's data be shared with the platform unless they ask Microsoft to do so.

As announced earlier this week, when Mixer shuts down on July 22, Mixer broadcasting on Xbox One will be "temporarily disabled" and any Mixer sites or apps will point users toward Facebook Gaming. This, says Hryb in reply to a post on Reddit, does not mean that Xbox owners will suddenly see Facebook Gaming integrated into the Xbox dashboard a la Mixer. Currently, Mixer's the only streaming service that can broadcast straight from an Xbox One without an additional app.

In response to Hryb, one Reddit user expresses that they don't want Facebook "anywhere near" their Xbox or to have "any access whatsoever" to their data. "We are committed to respecting your privacy and personal information," writes Hryb in a reply. "Unless a Mixer streamer takes action to ask Microsoft to share data with a platform, no Mixer streamer personal information will be shared."

Still, with Mixer's broadcasting only set to be "temporarily" out of service and Twitch and YouTube streamers hoping for better streaming tools on Xbox, this still leaves the question of what kind of streaming integrations could take its place. To that end, Spencer tells a user on Twitter that Microsoft "absolutely want[s] to give gamers choice of where to stream from Xbox." Beyond that statement, there's still no telling whether Facebook, Twitch, or YouTube might see the benefits of dashboard integration similar to Mixer's down the road.

So, in the short term, if you're an Xbox player who doesn't stream on Mixer or watch streamers who use it, things won't be changing much. Right now, the more pressing matter is what will happen for streamers who chose Mixer because they wanted an alternative from using Facebook, Amazon, or Google's streaming services. It also remains to be seen where top streamers Ninja and Shroud will go next, having left Twitch last year for lucrative Mixer exclusivity deals.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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