Borderlands 3 will allow Twitch viewers to interact with streamers

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It’s not direct interaction, though

Gearbox is going hard on Twitch integration for Borderlands 3. The developer announced today that a brand new extension, called the Borderlands 3 ECHOcast, will allow viewers of applicable Twitch streams to interact with the game in a variety of ways. This won’t be similar to how Warhammer: Vermintide 2 allows users to vote on gameplay modifications, but more a fun way to explore the world of Borderlands 3 while watching your favorite streamer play it.

The ECHOcast will allow viewers to poke through the streamers load outs, explore the contents of their backpacks, and get a breakdown of their skill trees. Special loot chests will be littered throughout the game that, when opened by a streamer, will allow users to opt into a challenge. Called the “Rare Chest Event,” this challenge will potentially give the viewer a copy of whatever item the streamer receives. It will be handed out in the form of a SHiFT code and will be scaled to the viewers level when redeemed in their game.

With the Borderlands 3 gameplay reveal coming later this week (May 1), the ECHOcast extension will be made available to coincide with that. Various content creators around the world will be live streaming the game and we’ll all get a firsthand look at how this Twitch integration will work. If users link their Twitch and SHiFT accounts together, they’ll be able to watch the event and receive items for when Borderlands 3 launches later in the year.