Twitch Goes Mobile With Broadcasting Games.
Twitch has announced today its finally moving on to the mobile world of game streaming. After its first arrival with live-streaming games from PC desktops, the company decide to include gaming console. With the Playstation 4 having launched with Twitch since its debut and the Xbox closing in on streaming on the 11th of March, the company has made it clear on including their services to the mobile world.
Introducing Mobile Gamers.
Twitch will introduce mobile gamers on both iOS and Android the full use of its streaming services allowing them to play games and stream said game while its in play. Twitch viewers will have the same interface as any other platform for mobiles. Twitch will also be taking on any implementation of the game that has been chosen to be played by the mobile gamer.
“Our vision is to provide the Twitch community with the ability not only to view, but to broadcast live video game content wherever they are, whether they’re on the go or in the living room,” said Matthew DiPietro, VP of Marketing, Twitch. “We’ve achieved that with our PC and console integrations, so the trifecta will soon be complete with our deep and concerted foray into mobile broadcasting.”
While a Twitch app does currently exist for both iOS, and Android, which has a total of 10 million downloads, this move will all be up to developers for it to work. Developers of mobile games will have to work alongside with a Twitch provided SDK (Software Development Kit) to integrate their games with Twitch streaming capabilities.
The SDK Capabilities.
Here is a list of what can be done by developers with the SDK. Due note that this is all up to whether or not the developer is willing to use any of these to their full affect or only partially.
• The ability to capture and broadcast gameplay video and audio
• Video capture from the front-facing camera
• Audio capture using an internal or external microphone
• Videos can be archived for immediate viewing on Twitch and uploaded for sharing
• Broadcast quality can be toggled between High, Medium, and Low settings
• Robust chat options including emoticons badges and chat colors
• The easy discovery of related broadcasts from other gamers
Developers will be asked to visit dev.Twitch.tv to move forward from here. We can all expect to see some exciting games created by mobile game develops, to start appearing on twitch in the near future.