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The Showdown Effect

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Developer: Arrowhead Game Studios
Release Date: Q1 2013

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'The Showdown Effect' Will Allow You To Stream Your Matches

by Rainier on June 4, 2012 @ 6:53 p.m. PDT

The Showdown Effect is a 2.5D multiplayer action game in which players will be participating in death-matches to gain glory and fame.

Become a cliché action star and duke it out with other Rambos, retired cops, and that one guy who “lost his identity” by using a variety of weaponry and hundreds of customizable options to creatively kill your friends. And, of course, warm up your best catchphrases and be ready to quip with the best of them!

Paradox Interactive will be the first publisher to enable players to broadcast live gameplay directly from their games to the TwitchTV community. The Showdown Effect is their inaugural title featuring this functionality in the form of a direct link from the game’s dashboard to TwitchTV’s broadcasting platform. Given the proliferation of marquee brands streaming content on TwitchTV, the trend toward making the process more accessible for their fans was a logical next step.

“We’ve seen explosive growth in the live broadcasting industry which is happening organically with gamers and strategically with publishers, both of which recognize that gaming has evolved into a spectator phenomenon,” said Emmett Shear, CEO of TwitchTV. “Enabling players to stream their games to TwitchTV with a quick click - such as what Paradox Interactive is doing with The Showdown Effect - opens the door even wider to potential streamers in the gaming community.”

“We wanted players to be able to easily broadcast The Showdown Effect directly from their computers since many of our games are already being streamed in a less turnkey manner,” said Fred Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “The Showdown Effect is a multiplayer game inspired by 80’s and 90’s action movies and packed with weird and wild weapons from frying pans and broomsticks to light sabers and shotguns; it really lends itself to a spectator driven medium like TwitchTV.”

On Tuesday, June 5th at 12:00pm, Paradox Interactive will premiere their latest content from The Showdown Effect at TwitchTV’s stage in the South Hall (Booth #347). TwitchTV will also be live broadcasting new and upcoming content daily from some of the biggest video game publishers in the industry, including 2K Games, Ubisoft, Activision, SEGA, CAPCOM, Electronic Arts and more.


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