Score Borderlands 3 Loot with Twitch During May 1 Gameplay Reveal

Watch Twitch streamers playing Borderlands 3 during the May 1 Gameplay Reveal Event and you’ll have a chance to score in-game loot thanks to a brand-new Twitch extension. Tune in to the Borderlands Twitch channelstarting at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm BST on May 1, 1am GMT+8 / 3am AEST on May 2.

The Borderlands 3 Worldwide Gameplay Reveal will soon be upon us, where 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. What does this mean for you?

We’re glad you asked.

Assuming you have linked your SHiFT and Twitch accounts, the official Borderlands 3 ECHOcast Twitch extension will let you interact with livestreams of Borderlands 3 in a bunch of fun ways and even get a head start on assembling your in-game arsenal ahead of the game’s September 13 release. Linking your SHiFT and Twitch accounts isn’t required to make use of the ECHOcast extension as a viewer, but not doing so means you won’t be able to participate in the Rare Chest Events which are detailed below. Trust us, you’ll want to participate in these events, so get to linking! Here’s how:

  • If you don’t have a SHiFT account, you can set one up via the SHiFT logo at the top of this site or over at the Gearbox SHiFT site. SHiFT accounts are free.
  • If you don’t have a Twitch account, head over to and use 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, click on the Twitch logo, 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. Once version 1 of the ECHOcast extension is available on May 1, you’ll also be able to use the SHiFT button in its menu to navigate to the correct SHiFT webpage and link your accounts if you haven’t done so already.

While watching any of the hundreds of content creators who will be streaming Borderlands 3 on Twitch with the ECHOcast extension enabled, the extension will empower you to look through your favorite streamer’s loadout, explore the contents of their backpack, and even poke around their skill tree. To enable the extension when you join a stream, you’ll need to click on the small Vault symbol at the bottom of Twitch’s video player.

There might be a brief delay as the extension initializes and connects to the required backend services; this is totally normal. Don’t worry, you’ll be entertained while you wait.

Once the ECHOcast toggle button appears on the left-hand side of the video player you can click on it to expand and contract the ECHOcast menu. Depending on the resolution of your display, the expansion will be horizontal or vertical.

With the menu expanded, you’ll see buttons that correspond to your favorite streamer’s Vault Hunter profile, current inventory, and skill tree, as well as a SHiFT button via which you can check your link status, create a SHiFT account, or link/unlink your Twitch account.

Vault Hunter Profile
Here you can check out a high-level overview of the Vault Hunter you’re watching, including not only their class and level, but also overviews of their gear and skill trees. Note that if you hover over a piece of gear you can check out all the same stats and information about it that you’d see in-game.

Loot! Here’s where we suspect you’ll spend a lot of time checking out all your favorite streamer’s gear, toggling between equipped and unequipped gear by clicking on the left and right arrows. Dynamically-rendered thumbnails let you see how cool each item looks, and if you hover over them you can check out the items’ all-important stats as well.

Skill Tree
Dive into each skill tree to see where the streamer has allocated their skill points as well as which augmentations they’ve slotted. This is a great way to learn about the Vault Hunters’ different skill builds, which will likely be a topic of discussion in the streamer’s chat. You can hover over a skill’s icon to see an explanation of how that skill works.

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. Note that the loot you receive will automatically scale to your level when you retrieve it from your in-game mailbox.

If you’re one of the winners, the extension will notify you and give you 30 seconds to choose which of the items from the chest you’d like to receive. That item will automatically be added to your Twitch-linked SHiFT account so that you can claim it from your in-game mailbox once Borderlands 3 is released on September 13. Score!

While you’re here, consider joining the Vault Insider Program. As a Borderlands VIP, you can immediately start earning points that will be redeemable for Borderlands 3 in-game items in future and which can already be redeemed for Gold Keys that unlock chests in current Borderlands games. Currently, you can earn points by reading articles, linking Twitch and social media accounts, watching trailers, redeeming codes, and that sort of thing. More exciting activities and rewards are planned for the Vault Insider Program soon.

More to Come
Thanks for reading and big thanks to everyone who helped make this vision a reality, it was a true team effort! In no uncertain order:

  • Michael Dube and Benoit Verreault (Gearbox Quebec)
  • Brandon Johnson, James Dwyer, Maarten Goldstein, Ray Barham, Wesley Powell, Seung Kim, Daquan Sease, Paul Sage, Jeremy Neroes, Pat Guarino, and Cullen Sweet (Gearbox Software)
  • Richard Deveraux (aka lowlines)
  • Rick Casey (aka Goose)
  • Travis Brown, Humberto Garza, Adam Butterfoss, Drew Smith, Greg Smith (Twitch)

You must be 18 or older and have a SHiFT and Twitch account to participate in this Promotion. Promotion takes place on 5/1/19 between 10:45 am PT and 1:45 pm PT and between 4:45 pm PT and 7:45 pm PT. Rewards have no monetary value. Borderlands 3 game and Shift account required to redeem rewards. Unredeemed rewards will be forfeited. Void where prohibited. For Terms and Conditions including how to participate, click here.

-Scott Velasquez


So, this is just to get a jump on in game loot. I can still just run around and find this stuff on my own. Nifty. Also, I am now even more anxious about skill trees, but I shall reserve judgement until I actually know what they’re like.

Also also, those little sprites and menus are adorable. I say adorable because I know that the actual menus in the game won’t look like they’re from a mobile game.

This Wednesday… I’ll see what I can do. I’m way more interested in seeing actual gameplay footage than getting a piece of gear, but I should be there.

Can I use that function on the mobile app or PS4/Xbox one app or does it have to be the PC or website version to work?

1 Like

I am just glad to see the three skill tree system confirmed as returning. Thank you for not watering Borderlands down for the n00bs.

I get to work out how to watch the stream while simultaneously attend an on-line editorial meeting running on the EXACT same schedule and not be obvious about it.

Let’s see if they included a stout UVHM in BL3. :wink:

Also - I don’t have a ‘favorite streamer’; if someone has a recommendation, I’ll take it

In regards to the upcoming gameplay reveal stream, some dude figured out how to preview the Twitch viewer’s BL3 UI that you can use to look at a player’s build, gear, etc. and a bunch of people covered the development and discussed the skill trees of Zane and Amara. I thought I would just let y’all know. I hope this is in the right section.

…and please don’t post any links to such footage here, thanks.

1 Like

I promise I won’t. I don’t like being spoiled too.


i hope that’s your ps1 menu graphics because they are terrible

You mean the HUD for Twitch? The one that isn’t a part of the actual game? Or are you referring to the original Gameboy that Amara is holding with a static menu which doesn’t breath any life into the game but probably isn’t a true reflection of the actual in-game menus?.. I hope.

Honestly, I want to have faith in the team that designed it. They know how much people enjoyed BL2 and that the lively menus were a part of that. They wouldn’t revert back to a static 2008 era menu scheme.

Ain’t gonna lie - I’m pretty freakin’ hyped right now. BL3 has a lot of cool features.

  • Instanced loot
  • Instanced damage
  • Various Tediore reload types
  • Zane’s Teleport to hologram
  • Loot Lost and Found
  • Ammo fillup
    More I haven’t even seen yet.

Was it me or was there no loot during the stream?

Plenty of loot? Are you talking about red-texted Uniques? I think I saw one (the equalizer-themed thing)?

Oh I see it’s not until you watch other people streaming, beyond this stream. I was talking about the Borderlands 3 ECHOcast Twitch extension

Ah, yeah.

Did you catch the ability to knock explosive barrels around without destroying them in your face? I will be doing this to like every single barrel. :laughing:

edit - did I see someone throw a grenade while sliding?


The menus look so ■■■■■■■ BEAUTIFUL! (cough) Sorry. Honestly, I’m feeling pretty happy with what I’ve heard and seen thus far.

1 Like

So, um, has anyone got the Echocast Extension working? 'Cuz I haven’t been able to yet. :thinking:

Working for me. Takes like a minute to load their stats though.

edit - who are you following?