Four of the First Games with Interactive Livestreams Previewing at Play NYC 2020

Mobile and PC Titles from Major Indie Studios Highlight the Impact of Genvid-Powered Streams on Viewers and Players

Play NYC 2020 attendees will be among the first consumers to see four upcoming games that integrate the unique interactive livestreaming technology from Genvid Technologies. Deadhaus Sonata, In The Black, Retroit, and CHKN – and each game’s interactive livestream enhancements – will be showcased at Play NYC via demos featuring leaders from each studio. In addition, two extended presentations will provide deeper dives into interactive streaming and its potential to redefine livestream viewing as well as game design and development.

Talks and Game Demo Airtimes: (all times Eastern)
“Breaking Down the Barriers Between Player and Viewer”: Thursday, Aug. 13 @ 5 p.m.
Genvid business development manager and hobbyist indie game dev Jonathan Munoz will examine the history, evolution, and future of viewer participation in games of all kinds. How do spectating experiences change as the audience gains more agency? Esports is just the tip of the iceberg.

“The Future of Livestreaming Will Be About the Viewers”: Saturday, Aug. 15 @ 2:45 p.m.
Genvid CEO Jacob Navok will sit down with games industry pundit and editorial veteran Brian Crecente for a discussion of how interactive livestreaming will help shape the future of game playing and viewing, with benefits for players, audiences, and developers alike.

Deadhaus Sonata from Apocalypse Games – Sunday, Aug. 16 @ 1:56 p.m.
Denis Dyack’s forthcoming F2P narrative-driven RPG Deadhaus Sonata is deep, dark, and groundbreaking in its use of livestream audiences to drive what happens in the game. While players battle legions of undead, viewers can set everything from traps to laws, individually and collectively. The game will even let individual viewers take over NPCs like innkeepers and blacksmiths.

In The Black from Impeller Studios – Sunday, Aug. 16 @ 3:51 p.m.
Impeller Studios’ sprawling space combat sim In The Black factors everything from Newtonian physics to bounties that viewers can place on hot-shot squadron leaders to shift a battle’s focus and maybe more. Featuring deep space starship skirmishes between teams of three or more players (up to at least 10 per team) and boasting a fanatical focus on realism, In The Black kicks off its Closed Beta this summer. Play NYC 2020 attendees will receive a special link to reserve a free Closed Beta key!

CHKN from Katapult Studio – Saturday, Aug. 15 @ 3:30 p.m.
CHKN, an open world, sandbox game from Katapult Studio, lets players create fantastic hybrid creatures, explore, craft, and duel with other monstrous beasts. Arena mode features old school brawls between two teams of creatures you make yourself or find in the Steam workshop. Livestream viewers can send items into the game as well as cheers that boost their favorite creatures in mid-battle.

Retroit from Black Block – Sunday, Aug. 16 @ 1:05 p.m.
Retroit, the mobile-first sandbox MMO from Helsinki-based Black Block, is a persistent digital metropolis with the players driving vehicles ranging from getaway cars and police cruisers to garbage trucks and pizza delivery vans. Viewers serve as the eyes, ears and conscience of Retroit, able to monitor the goings-on via controllable CCTV cameras, directly impact gameplay by dropping objects onto roadways, and even engage with the dynamic job economy.