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Twitch brings Game Streaming and SDK to Mobile

by Wessel Minnie (Sillicur)  Posted Monday, March 10, 2014 7:51:00 AM


The game-focused streaming service Twitch has recently announced that they will be releasing the Twitch Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK), a new program that will enable live broadcasting, capturing, and archiving of mobile game videos.

Currently, the free Twitch mobile app for iOS and Android has reached 10 million installs, yet it only allows users to view game streams, not broadcast them. With the new SDK, the same functionality Twitch users have enjoyed on Sony's PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC Games will be available through popular mobile games.

This means that videos captured on mobile games can be archived for immediate viewing on Twitch and uploaded for sharing, and there will be robust chat options which include chat colors and emoticons. Not only that, but while in game you will be able to find broadcasts from other gamers which I believe will help foster a more cohesive mobile gaming community.

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Features offered by the Twitch Mobile SDK are as follows:

  • The ability to capture and broadcast gameplay video and audio
  • Video capture from the front-facing cameraAudio 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

Matthew DiPietro, Twich’s vice president of marketing states: “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. 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.” - Source

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So far, Twitch has not confirmed which game developers would be integrating the SDK first or which devices it will support, yet it is a safe bet to assume it will be as widely available as humanly possible. There is no official date for the release of the SDK to developers, but Twitch has assured the mobile gaming community that it will happen very soon.

Closing Thoughts

Twitch has been growing rapidly over the past few months. As of January 2014, the site has over 45 million unique viewers a month and 6 million broadcasts per month. The inclusion of mobile gaming will only bolster their numbers further and as an avid player of mobile games I can not wait to watch some top mobile gamers stream their gameplay!

Which mobile games would you watch someone else play via Twitch? Have you ever broadcasted a video via Twitch? Do you plan to do so over your mobile device when the functionality is implemented into mobile gaming? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Sources: AppAdvice, Twitch Blog

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