Microsoft has rolled out a series of updates for its streaming service Mixer as part of the platform’s birthday celebrations, one of which allows developers to build interactive stream overlays.
Those widgets, overlays, and on-screen buttons are created though MixPlay, a tool Microsoft detailed in a post on the Mixer blog today.
The Mixer post also notes that developers can use this to create game-specific overlays like leader boards that can then be displayed over live gameplay footage by streamers.
What’s especially interesting here is that Mixer has created a way for developers to create games that are actually played within the streaming platform itself. The blog post calls out a few early creations that do just that by creating games like Truck Stars and Mixer Mini Golf that can be played by multiplay players from a standard Mixer page.
There are a handful of other nifty updates that are included in the roundup as well that are fully detailed in the Mixer blog post.