More ingredients have been thrown into the mix!

Streaming platform Mixer is undergoing a swathe of updates for what it calls its Season 2. Starting today, the first batch of updates are now available for you to try out. Responding to community feedback and looking to get streamers and viewers more engaged with each other, Mixer has launched some new features to increase interaction and participation. The first updates will be ‘Skills’ and ‘Sparks’ available now, followed by ‘Embers’ and ‘Progression’ at a later date.

Looking to grow the platform, and compete with its competition (the likes of Twitch and YouTube) Mixer is looking to invest in three big new areas: expression, supporting creators through new monetization and strengthening streamer communities.

Here are more in-depth details of the new updates:

  • Skills [Available Now]. The first and most visible change you ’ll notice are new forms of expression. 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 beachballs bouncing, ‘Skills’ provide completely new ways to express yourself while watching a stream.
  • Sparks Patronage [Available Now]. Now, you can support your favourite Streamer without breaking the bank by using Sparks. Earn Sparks just by watching streams, spend them on ‘Skills’ and help partnered streamers reach milestones that give them real money payouts.
  • Mixer Embers [Coming Soon]. 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.
  • Progression [Coming in 2019]. The Mixer progression system will reward your entire engagement with a streamer’s community and on Mixer as a whole. Level up by participating in the chat, using Skills, earning Applause from other users, or simply coming back each day. Show your support for the community, unlock new Skills and stand out from the crowd.