By default when you first create an Experience, it will be in the Ready to Start state. While in the Ready to Start state, your crowd will not be allowed to interact with your Experience. If your audience visits your Experience URL (a.k.a. Crowd URL) on their mobile device in this state, they will be shown a message that the Experience will begin shortly.
Starting an Experience
To make your Experience Live to allow players to participate, you'll first need to "Start" it by locating the Playback Control box in the top left corner of the Experience Dashboard. If your Experience has the Countdown Timer enabled, simply click on the blue Start Countdown Timer button under the Playback Control.
Playback Control with a Countdown Timer
If the Countdown Timer is enabled, click the green circular Play button under the Playback Control box in the upper-left corner of the Experience Dashboard. After clicking the Play button, your Experience is now in the Live state and is open to interaction.
Playback Control with no Countdown Timer
This is in the top left corner of the Experience Dashboard, under the Title of your Experience.
The Status Bar
This is in the top right corner of the Experience Dashboard
Your Experience will now allow your crowd to participate if they are logged into your Experience on their mobile device (more on this later!) The previous green Play button now turns into a yellow Pause button if you need to pause your Experience.
Pausing an Experience
During your live event and Experience, there may be times when you want to pause. Pausing your Experience will temporarily stop your crowd from interacting and will show the crowd an "Experience Paused, Will Resume Shortly" message on their mobile devices as displayed below:
Participant View displays a paused Trivia Game
To pause an Experience, simply click on the yellow circular Pause button under Playback Controls. After pausing the Experience, the Experience Status located at the top right of the screen will display Paused with a grayed-out bar.
Experience Status displays "Paused"
|Yellow Pause button under the Playback Controls|
To continue an Experience and resume interaction, simply click the button again which has now reverted back to the green Play button to indicate that this will resume your Experience.
Experience Dashboard with the green Play button to resume the Experience
The "Live" State
Your Experience will remain in the "Live" status and open to new participants in your crowd until you either pause it or finish it entirely.
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