Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!
Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT), we'll be playing SMITE from Hi-Rez Studios. SMITE is the incredibly popular third-person MOBA (multiplayer online battle game) currently available on PC and in semi-closed beta on Xbox One. To sweeten the deal, we're giving out tons of beta codes for Xbox One plus some premium skins to lucky viewers.
Update: The stream has ended. Read on for the condensed video replay in YouTube format, quick impressions, and contest winners!
MOBAs like League of Legends and DOTA are super popular on PC, but they can be tough for new players to learn. SMITE achieves mainstream appeal by playing more like a third-person action game than traditional MOBAs. The camera tracks your character from behind, putting you right into the action instead of distancing it.
SMITE also has a very cool theme, with players taking on the roles of warring gods. The game features stylized versions of gods and other mythological characters from numerous cultures, such as Zeus, Thor, Loki, Kali, Osiris, and even Cupid. Players get free access to a rotating selection of 10 characters, with others available to permanently purchase via in-app purchase (a $29.99 purchase of the Founders Pack unlocks all characters and the full game right now).
Teaming up with up to four friends or AI teammates and battling another team of human or computer players in SMITE is quite fun. Join us tonight for your chance to gain Xbox One beta access, or a premium skin if you already play!
- See SMITE on the Xbox Store
- Get SMITE for Windows PC (use my referral link to get us both the hook up!)
We'll be streaming SMITE for ~90 minutes tonight, starting at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT). During that time, we'll be giving out a total of 37 codes:
- 25 SMITE beta keys for Xbox One
- 3 Medusa "Black Gorgon" skins for Windows (Redeem in the Windows version and then link with Xbox One to transfer over
- 3 Xbalanque "Shinobalanque" skins for Windows (Redeem in the Windows version and then link with Xbox One to transfer over)
- 3 Bellona "Torment" skins for Windows (Redeem in the Windows version and then link with Xbox One to transfer over)
- 3 Bakasura "Ravenous" skins for Windows (Redeem in the Windows version and then link with Xbox One to transfer over)
To enter, just follow me at Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch (making sure to enable email notifications!) and tune in during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you need to actually participate in the stream chat to have a chance at winning. We'll deliver codes to the winners via Twitch message (PM) during the stream. No code begging!
If you enjoy the stream, be sure to check our schedule and come back for more!
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Next week's stream
Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? Here's next weekend's contest stream. The stream always starts at the same time: 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT).
- Mystery game! Check back on Saturday for the announcement.
We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.
Come back here after the show to see the list of winners.
Xbox One beta keys
Medusa "Black Gorgon" skins
Xbalanque "Shinobalanque" skins
Bellona "Torment" skins
Bakasura "Ravenous" skins
Thanks to Hi-Rez Studios for providing tonight's prizes. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!