With Xfire’s release today, we are making the switch from LiveStream to Twitch.Tv. For the last 9 years, Xfire has been 100% dedicated to gamers. Every feature exists to help you play games, find games, and improve & share your skills. We are dedicated to ensuring that Xfire continues to grow and develop with gamers first. We think this mentality should carry through to our partners, so when it came time to evaluate our live broadcast feature, Twitch.Tv, with its 100% dedication to broadcasting games and game content, looked to be a perfect fit.
Xfire’s current broadcasters won’t see too much change and you do not need to have a Twitch.TV account to broadcast. The switch is mostly transparent and will happen with an automatic update. Just as before, all you have to do is call up the Xfire In-Game Overlay (XIG) and click the broadcast icon in the lower right corner of the screen. Alternatively you can use the hot key (Scroll Lock-B by default) to start and stop the broadcast. When your first broadcast is started, you will see a One-Time prompt to either use an existing Justin.Tv or Twitch.Tv account, or to start broadcasting with your Xfire account. If you choose to use an existing Twitch.Tv account, once authenticated, you are good to go. Just close the In-Game Browser and start broadcasting. Your stream will appear on both Xfire.com and on your Twitch.Tv Channel. If you choose to use your Xfire account, we’ll set that up for streaming. Again, once done, just close the browser and start broadcasting. Your broadcast will be viewable on xfire.com. At any time, should you decide to use a Twitch.Tv account, you can do so by clicking the “Twitch.Tv Options” Button found in Tools>Options>Live Broadcasts. No matter which you choose, when your broadcast starts, a chat room will be created so you can field questions from your viewers.
One last note for those of you with previously recorded live stream broadcasts; You will not lose your recordings. They will be moved into your profiles in the next few weeks, as soon as we get them from LiveStream. While we are confident that Twitch.TV will better meet the needs of our game broadcasters, this is not the only change we’ll be making to this feature. In the future, look for this feature to grow to include saving previous broadcasts to your Xfire profile and giving you more ways to attract viewers. As always, should you have suggestions or other feedback about live broadcasting or other features of Xfire, don’t hesitate to click the “Support & Feedback” button on the right side of the page and let us know what you think.