Most gamers stream using sites like Twitch, YouTube, or even Facebook. All of them share your stream publicly. We’re old, and drinking, and just want to have fun. The last thing I needed was a bunch of young trolls commenting on how bad we are. (Get off my lawn!) This was a private party, and the solution was an app we use every time we game. Discord.
For four years Discord has been the go-to platform for gamers to talk with friends while, “saving the world.” It’s cross-platform, low-latency, and free. Three days before the LAN party, Discord went live with video chat. Not only could we stream our game, but up to 25 people could join with video. It was the perfect solution and I didn’t hesitate to spend $10 for better quality video support.
The virtual LAN party was a success. We gamed all day, friends and family popped in to say hi, then stuck around to watch. This may have evolved how we game, because I would do this any night.