Brighton-based game developer Snap Finger Click has developed a never-seen-before broadcast feature called Live Show for ACT IT OUT! A Game of Charades. In January this year the British studio, founded by former employees of EA and PlayStation, released the well-received party game on PlayStation 4. The new Live Show feature will let players experience an interactive version of the game when broadcasting to Twitch, Ustream or YouTube.
Streamers can use the PS Camera to act, sing, draw or describe the hidden phrases from the game, and viewers guess what the phrase is in order to score points. ACT IT OUT! will automagically recognise the names and guesses from the viewers, giving them the appropriate in-game exposure for guessing correctly and will add them to the in-game leaderboards.
“I saw a lot of popularity for ACT IT OUT! on Twitch, Ustream and YouTube, and having a feature like this was a very popular request from the streamers”, said Martijn van der Meulen, Co-Founder and Development Director at Snap Finger Click. “We love building games that bring people together, and this was such an awesome extension that we started developing it as soon as we could. No other developer has done this before. We’re very proud of the end result.”
Live broadcasting services have seen incredible growth in the last couple of years. Twitch went from 45 million monthly viewers per month in 2014 to an average of 100 million monthly viewers in 2015, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. In 2015 Twitch saw an average of 1.5 million broadcasters a month across the globe. The PlayStation 4 features native integration of live broadcasting over Twitch, Ustream and YouTube.
The new Live Show-feature is fully compatible with Twitch, Ustream and YouTube, and is available as a free update from today, March 22nd. This update also comes with a new lower price for the game which is now available for £5.79 GBP on the PlayStation Store.
Check out our ACT IT OUT! A Game of Charades review to see what we thought of the game.