You still have to wait more than four months before Borderlands 3 releases to retail, though Gearbox Software has come up with a clever way of awarding in-game loot starting right now. How so? It requires installing a Twitch extension and watching prominent streamers play during today's Gameplay Reveal Event.
"Hundreds of the biggest streamers will be playing and livestreaming Borderlands 3, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be debuting the official Borderlands 3 ECHOcast Twitch extension as part of the experience," Gearbox Software said.
To take advantage of this opportunity, you have to link your SHiFT and Twitch accounts, and install the official Borderlands 3 ECHOcast extension. Doing this will allow you to interact with livestreams of Borderlands 3 in a variety of ways. For example, you can poke around a streamer's loadout to see gear what he or she is carrying, dive into their skill trees, and so forth.
Beyond being an active spectator, linking your SHiFT and Twitch accounts comes with the added benefit of being able to participate in the Rare Chest Events.
"One of the most exciting features of the ECHOcast Twitch extension affords you a chance to receive the same in-game loot that you watch a streamer finding in rare chests, which are typically guarded by powerful enemies. Keep an eye out, because once the streamer opens a rare chest you have only 30 seconds to opt into the event," Gearbox Software explains.
These are doled out randomly to viewers. They are also scaled to your level when you retrieve them from your in-game mailbox.
The negative side to all this is that it opens up streamers to increased scrutiny. Viewers may not agree with a streamer's choice of gear or how he or she has allocated skill points. That comes with the territory, though, and as long as people are not too nasty about the feedback, it is all part of the fun.
On the flip side, this provides an opportunity for viewers to learn from their favorite streamers, while simultaneously building up some loot well ahead of the game's launch. That is the ideal scenario, anyway.
If you don't have a SHiFT account, you can register one for free at the Gearbox SHiFT site. Likewise, you can sign up for a Twitch account at twitch.tv, if you don't already have one. To link them, visit the settings tab on your SHiFT profile page, click on the Twitch logo, and follow the instructions. You can also link them by signing into your SHiFT account at the Gearbox SHiFT site, clicking on "Gaming Platforms," and then clicking the "Link" option under the Twitch logo.
Follow this link to turn into the Borderlands Twitch channel.