Elon Musk Introduces Twitch-Inspired Functionality to X, Showcases Live Stream of Himself Playing Diablo IV


Elon Musk Posts a Video of His Live Stream of Diablo IV on X (Formerly Known as Twitter); Billionaire Testing Twitch-Like Feature

Elon Musk’s passion for gaming is well-documented, and his ambition to transform X (formerly known as Twitter) into the comprehensive ‘everything app’ is widely recognized. This may explain his pursuit of competing head-on with Twitch, a popular platform for live-streaming video games. On a recent Monday, Musk logged into X using what appears to be his gaming alias and embarked on an hour-long live stream of himself playing Diablo IV. This game enjoys immense popularity and presents a challenge even to casual gamers, yet Elon, currently at level 95 in the game, has clearly made significant progress, sharing a brief gameplay video.

At the outset of the livestream, Musk interacted with viewers, inquiring about the audio quality and screen visibility. Once viewers confirmed they could see and hear him, he chuckled and commenced playing the game. Towards the livestream’s conclusion, the billionaire mentioned that only Twitter Blue subscribers would have access to the chat option during the livestream. Additionally, viewers could share the livestream video and watch it in a picture-in-picture mode while browsing Twitter.

Just a quick test of X video game streaming,” Musk posted from his gaming alias. Despite the livestream lasting over an hour, Musk shared a short clip of it on his official account, along with the message, “Tested the X video game streaming system last night. It works. Will attempt to complete a Tier 100 Nightmare dungeon tonight live on this platform.” In another tweet, Musk reminisced about his earlier days as an intern at a video game company, where he wrote software code. He also mentioned his former manager from that time, who happened to be one of the first Tesla buyers when the car was launched.

Musk’s fascination with gaming has been explored in Walter Isaacson’s biography of the billionaire. The book delves into how Musk’s gaming passion ignited at the age of 13 when he created a video game and sold it to a magazine. Isaacson details how Musk taught himself programming using Pascal and Turbo C++. At just 13, he developed a video game called Blastar, where players had to destroy an alien space freighter carrying deadly hydrogen bombs and status beam machines. Musk sold this game to a magazine for $500 and subsequently sold two more video games to the same publication. One of these games resembled Donkey Kong, a popular arcade game from the ’90s, while the other was a roulette and blackjack simulator.

The biography also includes a quote from Musk’s cousin, Peter Rive, who remarked, “If you are playing with Elon, you play pretty much nonstop until finally you have to eat.” Furthermore, the book mentions a recollection by Musk’s ex-girlfriend, Grimes, who recounted how Musk stayed up until 5 in the morning playing Elden Ring after expressing interest in buying Twitter.

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