- Jonas Eriksson
- March 29, 2019 | 7 min
You Streamed — We Clipped
During Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2 Open Beta, we ran the You Stream. We Clip challenge where we invited streamers using the Tobii Ghost Twitch extension to stream The Division 2 during the weekend for a chance to be featured in a promotional video. Check the video out below:
Originally by Marcus Hoy
We wanted to get to know our fantastic community a bit better, so we had a chat with 3 of the 10 most active streamers during the weekend to learn more about who they are, what they think about the eye tracking features in the game and why they use it in their streams. (We’ll present the other 7 in upcoming posts.)
The glorious people we’re meeting today are:
CptSniff: Håvar or Cptsniff is a 22-year-old Norwegian gamer with interests in games, music and fixing up his house and cars. He decided to get into streaming after being inspired by sodapoppin and other streamers who could entertain and spread joy to so many people.
His goal is to give bored people something fun to watch (which he says isn’t hard given the horrible plays and jokes he makes…).
Cptsniff discovered eye tracking after seeing videos on YouTube of some of the “big boy streamers”, and after being asked by one of his subs to get it as well, he thought: why not?
Luckily, his girlfriend surprised him with an eye tracker as a present. And now he can’t go back to not using it!
Raziel317: Since he was 8, Raziel has been gaming mad. Now at 46, he has seen trends come and go and decided to start streaming to share his experiences with everyone. He combines his stream with a review website to give people a down-to-earth, honest view on the games he plays. He’s always happy to try new games and take requests from his viewers.
Having only been streaming for a month now, Raziel317 hopes to build a community where everyone is welcome.
He originally discovered the Tobii Eye Tracker when it was announced and, being a tech lover, he just needed to have it. He thought it could add some brilliant new interactions to games, and has not looked back since.
Tsukimara: Well, Tsukimara did something a little different for us (which we were totally blown away by). We don’t want to spoil anything, so keep reading to see what he did!
Q: What do you think about the eye tracking features in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2?
Cptsniff: The Division 2 blew my mind. The way you get pulled into the game with the eye tracker is intense, you lose all connection to the outside world and just focus. If it’s hiding from the enemy behind a car or moving up on high-value targets, it makes sure you don’t screw up and it keeps you on the edge. Lurking from cover to cover, and then finally when you are ready, release hell upon the enemy.
The ability to just look where I wanna go, gaze and shoot, gives me an edge I didn’t know you could have in-game.
My favorite has to be the ability to move from cover to cover using my gaze. I usually run around like a maniac, but this feature keeps me shackled down and in the zone, sneaking up on the enemy and then striking when it’s needed.
Raziel317: Using the eye tracker in the beta has been interesting, the eye tracker is accurate, responsive and becomes intuitive to the point that you miss it if you turn it off.
The ability to use your eyes to extend the display by moving the camera yet still run forward adds a level of realism that cannot be seen outside of maybe VR. Marking targets by looking at them is very cool, fast and easy, you can be aiming at a target and see someone move out the corner of your eye, look and they are marked, your teammates can see them and react.
The most impressive feature for me is being in cover, looking at the place you want to move to then simply pressing space — it’s so much easier with the tracker, the bonus is that you can continue to move, and your eyes can track enemies as you do. Once you are in cover you can use the look to aim feature to be ready to shoot, which is also very cool.
Q: How do you feel eye tracking benefits your stream?
Cptsniff: I have gotten a huge response from my regulars about the eye tracker. Most of them like it, but not all — that’s when I guide them to how they turn it off from their browser thanks to the amazing extension. It usually starts with someone asking “Sniff, what the heck is that dot on the screen and why is it all over my screen?”. That’s when I tell them about the eye tracker and how they can see where I am looking.
It’s been giving me more chatter in the stream and I really enjoy that. I enjoy being able to talk to my viewers and it helps me keep talking as well.
Raziel317: It helps people watching see where the streamer is looking and interact more with what is on screen, being able to see where a streamer is looking and noticing something they may have overlooked. If the streamer is willing, they can point it out.
It removes a barrier between the viewer and presenter that TV cannot replicate. I have no doubt it would be super useful for tutorial streams.
I also like that if someone points something out in the chat, say a mob coming from a certain direction that they think I have or have not seen, they can tell me — if I don’t respond but have looked it, at least they know I’ve heard them. The extension is very interesting and the support team at Tobii is awesome, always keen to help on Discord and via the website with issues on setting it up. It needs work, but with the help of streamers willing to try the tracker and extension, it will get there. And let’s be clear, it’s close already.
So as we mentioned, Tsukimara did something a little different and actually made a video response to his thoughts about The Division 2 eye tracking features and the Twitch Extension. Check it out below:
Q: Any final thoughts?
Cptsniff: Being optimistic, I’d like to see eye tracking features in every game. I love the fact that the Tobii community reaches out to streamers, giving them challenges. Streaming 6 hours in the closed beta sounded easier than it was, but I figured, if they are keen on a challenge, I’m not the kind of man to decline.
I also wanna give the community a huge shoutout, both for helping out when I had trouble with the Ghost app and when I was looking for good games to play with the features.
Raziel317: If it would be possible, I’d like to see some sort of two-way interactions with the extension, so if say, a viewer wanted to know what a specific thing was on screen they could ask in chat and the streamer could ask them to click on the screen. This would have to be some sort of permission-based thing or it would be messy.
Tsukimara: A Streamer Affiliate program would be amazing! Without getting too much into detail about it, my thoughts about this are more in-depth than a simple “Use code xxx for % off. It would be more in the direction where both parties help each other and use each others potential and influence to benefit from it.
That's all for this post! Once again, we’re super grateful for the engagement in our community, and being able to hear what players think about the features in games like Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, as well as how they incorporate it into their streams.
Next time we will be hearing from Rodamas Zero, Minkr and FitnessWiberg — stay tuned!
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 released 15th of March 2019 and is available with eye tracking. To find more about the features or to learn more about the Tobii Ghost Twitch extension follow the links below. 👇