If you've ever popped into a Borderlands 3 Twitch stream, you've probably seen the Borderlands 3 ECHOcast Extension in action. This nifty overlay, featuring glorious pixel art animations of Claptrap, Marcus, and your favorite Vault Hunters, was built from the ground up to offer unprecedented levels of interaction between livestreamers and their viewers. Whether you're a broadcaster or an audience member on Twitch, the Borderlands 3 ECHOcast Extension can directly benefit you via easily accessible information, surprising in-game events, and even a chance for viewers to score in-game loot. For anyone not yet familiar with how the ECHOcast Extension works, no worries—we're here to help.
As Gearbox's Senior Technical Director Scott Velasquez shared at a TwitchCon 2019 panel, streamers who play Borderlands 3 with the ECHOcast extension enabled garner 62% more minutes watched on average. The ECHOcast Extension is free, compatible with desktop, mobile, and tablet viewing, and is currently available in 12 languages (English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Thai) so viewers around the world can enjoy it.
Here's a full breakdown of what the ECHOcast Extension can do, including initial setup and all the in-game Events it can trigger.
If you're watching someone stream Borderlands 3 with ECHOcast enabled, you can start enjoying its many features within moments. To make sure you're reaping in-game rewards—more on those in a bit—you'll want to link your SHiFT and Twitch accounts ASAP. SHiFT accounts and Twitch accounts are free. Here's the step-by-step:
If you don't have a SHiFT account, you can create one here: Gearbox SHiFT site. SHiFT accounts are free.
If you don't have a Twitch account, you can set one up by heading over to Twitch and using the "Sign Up" link at the top of the page. Twitch accounts are free.
Linking your accounts is easy. Visit the settings tab on your SHiFT profile page by clicking the little gear icon, click on the Twitch logo under "Connections," and follow the onscreen instructions to link your account. Alternatively, sign in to your SHiFT account over at the Gearbox SHiFT site, click on "Gaming Platforms" on the left, and then click on the "Link" option under the Twitch logo. You can also click the "SHiFT Account Link" button under the Events tab within the ECHOcast extension itself to navigate to the SHiFT site and link your accounts if you haven't done so already.
Twitch steamers who want to incorporate the ECHOcast Extension in their Borderlands 3 stream have to take a few more steps to enable it, but you'll be ready for livestream mayhem in a jiffy. Once you've linked your SHiFT and Twitch accounts following the steps above, visit the Borderlands 3 ECHOcast Extension page and click "Install" in the upper right. Once it's installed, click "Activate" to add it to your stream as an overlay. If you're a variety streamer, you'll be glad to know that the extension will only activate when your stream's category is set to Borderlands 3, and will automatically deactivate for all other categories. For more information on extensions in general, check out the official Twitch extension how-to.
As a streamer, you can dictate if the ECHOcast Extension is turned on or off, as well as which Events you want enabled, via the ECHOcast tab in the in-game Social menu. This is also where you can set the threshold for how many Bits of Sugar will trigger the Moxxtail Events (more on those in a bit). The ECHOcast tab is also where you can track helpful details, like ensuring that your Twitch and SHiFT accounts are properly connected, the current extension version, and even your current channel title and viewer count.
Now let's move to the ECHOcast features you can enjoy as a viewer!
At any time during an ECHOcast livestream, you can find out pretty much everything you'd want to know about that streamer's Vault Hunter via the ECHOcast overlay. First up is the Streamer Profile, which gives you a quick overview of a streamer's chosen Vault Hunter; their character level and Guardian Rank; their difficulty, playthrough, group mode, and Mayhem Mode settings; all their currently equipped weapons and gear; and finally a top-level look at how they've spent skill points in their Vault Hunter's Skill Trees.
That's a lot of info right from the get-go, but you can find even more details pertaining to this particular broadcast by switching to the Streaming Stats tab. Here you'll find Time Played, Damage Dealt, Enemies Killed, Times Downed, and Deaths all tracked by ECHOcast since the start of that stream. You can also see a boatload of per-session Event stats like the number of Rare Chest Events (and the number of winners), number of Badass Events (and how many Badass viewers have been killed), number of Piñata Events, and the number of Moxxtail Events (along with the total number of Bits donated).
The other tabs let you drill down into the streamer's loot and character choices in even more detail. In the Inventory tab, the Equipped Gear section will show you a full loadout of the streamer's currently equipped items that updates in real time and displays the exact stats of the streamer's unique collection. You'll find a similar level of real-time accuracy over in the Backpack section, which shows every item in the streamer's Backpack with their stats and even which ones the streamer has marked as their Favorites. You'll also get insight into the streamer's in-game savings including Golden Keys, Eridium Shards, and Cash.
In the Skill Tree tab, you can peruse which skills the streamer has selected and their respective effects, along with their chosen Action Skill(s) and Action Skill Augments.
The Guardian Rank tab tracks the streamer's progression in Borderlands 3's endgame experience system, with the Guardian Rewards section detailing which rewards the streamer has unlocked as well as their effects. The Bonus Stats section of this tab displays in granular detail the exact effects granted by the streamer's investment into the Enforcer, Survivor, and Hunter categories of Guardian Rank progression. Next, let's get into the Events made possible by ECHOcast:
RARE CHEST EVENT
Few things in life are better than free loot. Whenever the streamer opens up a Rare Chest in-game, that's your cue to spring into action for a chance at in-game loot with the Rare Chest Event—specifically your choice of the gear found in the newly opened chest. After opting in by clicking the Rare Chest Event notification during the brief window of opportunity, each viewer has a 25% chance of getting free loot, no matter how many people are currently in the audience. If you're randomly selected, you can choose one item from the contents of the chest, and a copy of that item will be sent to you shortly via the in-game mail system accessed via the Social menu. Even if you don't own the game yet, as long as you have a SHiFT account, those items will be held and right there waiting for you when you start playing Borderlands 3. Better yet, the loot automatically scales to your level when you retrieve it from your mail, so you can take it for a spin whether you've just started out or you're a seasoned vet. If you’re lucky to get loot from a Rare Chest Event, it has no cash value and cannot be transferred, sold or used outside of the game. All Borderland 3 game rules apply to use of any loot gained through a Rare Chest Event.
BADASS VIEWER EVENT
Nothing says "mayhem" like causing a streamer to get attacked by an ever-strengthening enemy out of nowhere. That's the gleeful struggle of every Badass Viewer Event, which lets the chat go to war with the streamer using an in-game badass enemy as their collective avatar. When this event begins, a random nearby enemy immediately powers up to become a buffed badass and takes on the name of someone currently in the chat. Once it's spawned, viewers can vote to give this new badass enemy an effect, like healing it over time, leveling it up, doubling its damage, or making it drop health items in an act of mercy to the streamer. Every 10 seconds these polls will refresh, with a live vote percentage to see if people in chat have the host's back or want them dead. Streamers be warned: it's usually the latter. Thankfully, streamers who need a break from taking on souped-up enemies championed by the chat can adjust the cooldown timer on the Badass Viewer Event in the Streaming menu, or simply turn them off entirely.
Who doesn't love a piñata party? It's the intrigue of unseen goodies mixed with the destructive thrill of bashing it open to find out what's inside. The Piñata Event can trigger whenever a streamer levels up their Vault Hunter's character level or Guardian Rank, delivering a piñata full of treats (or tricks) chosen by the viewers. When activated, the Piñata Event spawns an adorable piñata somewhere near the streamer, which must be tracked down by following the totally relaxing sound of Claptrap's voice. Once it's melee-attacked open in true piñata fashion, the streamer will find out if the chat decided to stuff the papier-mâché prize full of items, cash, or even live grenades. The host won't know for sure until they take the plunge and pop that precious piñata.
It's a nice gesture to buy someone a drink from across the bar—but have you ever sent a complimentary drink from across the internet? With the new Moxxtail Events added to the Borderlands 3 ECHOcast Extension on Twitch, you can mix a drink for your favorite Vault-hunting streamer using Twitch Bits and power them up with some helpful buffs!
Moxxi is lending her bartending skills and mastery of mixed drinks to Vault Hunters all across Twitch, and Moxxtail Events are a way for the audience to show appreciation with some buff-imbuing beverages. To trigger Moxxtail Events, you'll need Bits of Sugar, which have a 1:1 value with Twitch Bits. Twitch Bits are a virtual good that can be bought directly via Twitch, and let you offer a small tip to streamers you enjoy. Now those tips can be used to help out the streamer in-game as well as monetarily!
There's nothing but top-shelf ingredients behind Moxxi's bar, and she'll mix and match them into a powerful brew depending on your order. Each ingredient offers a unique temporary buff, so take a look at the full menu:
- Varkid Bitters - Increased Max Health
- Rakk Vermouth - Increased Max Shield
- Quadruple Sec - Increased Health Regen
- Sonic Water - Increased Elemental Damage Chance
- Drub Soda - Increased Elemental Damage
- Gamaretto - Increased Gun Damage
- Skagnac - Increased Critical Damage
- Kill-you-a - Increased Ammo Regen
- Cream of Kapow - Increased Fire Rate
- Hey Sugar - Reduced Action Skill Cooldown
To start a Moxxtail Event, someone in the audience must donate a Bits of Sugar amount equal to or greater than a threshold that's set by the streamer, provided the streamer has the Moxxtail Event enabled and the event is not already active. Once someone triggers the event, Moxxi will present her tip jar to the audience. At this point, everyone can pile on the tips; the more Bits of Sugar get donated, the more effective the buffs granted by the drink will be, with five tiers of drink strength in total. If someone else started the event and you've got some Bits of Sugar burning a hole in your pocket, now's the time to toss them in! The Moxxtail Event window keeps track of who's donated the most, who donated first, and who donated most recently.
After all the Bits of Sugar are collected, Moxxi will present the entire audience with a random selection of the aforementioned drink ingredients. Now it's time to vote in a quick poll. The most popular choice will provide a Rank 1 effect, which is the most potent, while the second most popular choice offers a lesser, but still helpful, Rank 2 effect. The rest of the ingredients are put back behind Moxxi's bar until the next Moxxtail Event.
From there, Moxxi will work her drink-mixing magic, and voila! A chest containing the freshly made Moxxtail will spawn directly into the streamer's game, complete with a special name based on the chosen ingredients, as well as props for the audience member who kicked things off (First Love) and whoever contributed the most Bits of Sugar (Most Endowed).
Everything has led up to the moment when the streamer puts this precious Moxxtail to their lips and surges with power from the resulting buffs, surely wreaking copious amounts of mayhem in the process. There are five tiers to each ingredient's potency, based on how many Bits of Sugar were added to Moxxi's tip jar. Depending on what kind of drink Moxxi and the audience mixed up, the streaming Vault Hunter could reach the kind of absurd damage output they've only dreamed of, or become an unstoppable killing machine that barely feels the impact of any bullets.
EXTRACTOR BREACH EVENT
When streamers are playing Arms Race in the Designer's Cut DLC that's included in Season Pass 2, the existing Moxxtail Event, Badass Viewer Event, and Pinata Event all work the same way, but the Rare Chest Event is replaced by the new Extractor Breach Event. When the streamer successfully extracts precious gear during a run through the Stormblind Complex, the Extractor Breach Event gives viewers a chance to score a copy of that gear for their in-game bank! In addition, the ECHOcast Extension now displays critical Arms Race information, including player location, respawner points, extraction locations, and the movement of the encroaching Murdercane.
Here's something even ECHOcast experts may not know: enabling ECHOcast will add helpful, automated filters to your stream that let viewers more easily find what they're looking for. While perusing the Browse section of Twitch, entering key terms into the "Filter by" field can zero in on exactly what kind of Borderlands 3 stream you want to watch. For example, you can seek out new streamers by searching parameters like "Vault Hunter: Zane" or "Mode: True Vault Hunter" to refine your search for streaming goodness.
The Borderlands 3 ECHOcast Extension isn't something viewers just run in the background and forget about—it's a constantly engaging way to directly affect the experience for streamer and chat alike, with more mayhem and loot as the end result. Whether you're a Twitch streamer or a viewer, a Borderlands veteran or a newcomer to loot-shooters, we hope you continue to enjoy the Borderlands 3 ECHOcast Extension and everything it has to offer!
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