Now Twitch is eyeing mobile game streaming

Streaming service provider announces Twitch Mobile SDK, which will enable live broadcasting, capturing, and archiving of mobile games.

Game-focused streaming service Twitch today announced the Twitch Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK), a new program that will enable live broadcasting, capturing, and archiving of mobile games. Twitch already offers an SDK for console and PC developers.

Currently, the free Twitch mobile app for iOS and Android--which has now reached 10 million installs, Twitch says--only allows you to view game streams, not broadcast them.

"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," Twitch marketing executive Matthew DiPietro said in a statement. "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."

Below is a breakdown of the features that the Twitch Mobile SDK will offer when released.

  • 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

Twitch has not announced a launch date for when the functionality will go live. The company has also not said which smartphones and tablets will be supported.

The streaming service has dominated headlines recently, with the massively popular Twitch Plays Pokemon reaching a staggering 36+ million total views and 1+ billion minutes watched. Twitch broadcasting is finally coming to Xbox One on March 11 alongside Respawn Entertainment's multiplayer shooter Titanfall. Twitch has also been a runaway hit on PlayStation 4.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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27 comments
ScottOakley
ScottOakley

If someone played through games like Uncharted or Gone Home I wouldn't mind watching them through twitch. It is an awesome possibility to enjoy story based games without buying them. The chat makes it interactive so you can actually help the players. It gives single player games a kind of multiplayer option.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

Twitch is going to get to that point like Facebook. Its going to be shoved into everything gaming and it will eventually die out and only 13 year old kids will use it to stream there CoD matches.

I personally dont see the point in twitch at al. I have no desire to watch someone play a game that I have on my shelf. I just really don't see the point in this but.....to each their own.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

I fail to understand this fascination with Twitch.

Notice that i said FASCINATION and not not twitch itself.

Saidrex
Saidrex

Nice. At last i will be able to watch Farmville pros!

megakick
megakick

flappy bird on twitch!!!

ECH71
ECH71

Jesus, what is it with everyone's incessant fascination with sharing every god damn thing they do?

Patohua1
Patohua1

Yes because everyone wants to watch other people play Bejeweled -.- oh the excitement!

bluefox755
bluefox755

Live streaming flappy bird, woot.

DIGN
DIGN

Only thing I watch on Twitch is SaltyBet. Funnest thing to do with spare time if I don't have access to my Gaming PC or consoles.

themc_7
themc_7

Why would you want this? So you can watch people play flappy bird and candy crush?

Sw1tched
Sw1tched

Why? The PS4 and XBOXcrap already fucked twitch up buy making them insert a mandatory 30-60 second stream delay. Streamer and viewer interaction is basically gone now. It's basically Twitchtube, your just watch a recorded video. Yeah, this will make it much better

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

It is kind of dull watching other people play. Except Danny on here but that is because he is awesome.

On Twitch though I can't stand it. Games are to be played not watched like a movie. A very tedious and annoying movie that doesn't play like I like to play!

IF YOU STOPPED MOVING THE CAMERA LIKE A MAD MAN YOU'D SEE WHAT THE FUCK YOU NEED TO DO! HHHHHUUUUURRRRRGGGGGHHHHH! HUUUURRGGGHHH! Wheeze! Paper bag noises.

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

Watching people play video games is really a thing? I guess some paraplegic people might be interested in this.

theartery
theartery

@notfrylock1987  eSports.  You can play your own game of basketball very easily.  Or you could watch Lebron and the Heat play at a professional level.  The same thing applies here with pro players of their own respective games (League of Legends, Dota, CoD, etc.)  It may sound silly to you but eSports is a fast-growing form of entertainment.

fede018
fede018

@Evil_Sidekick some people think is fun watching for an hour other people play video games *shrugs

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@Evil_Sidekick  If you mean why we have been seeing headlines from it recently a lot of it comes from the Pokemon stream. It was something unseen before to have so many people all playing a game together and this was great news in a way. Though with it now over people are curious what comes next and for a while Twitch will be a big interest and will make good articles here that get views. We will be seeing more from them for a while.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

@themc_7  F*CK CANDY CRUSH!! I'm sorry, I react like this everytime I read the name of this sh*tty mobile game.

Sw1tched
Sw1tched

@jimmy_russell I watch 5-10 hours a week, because of my artist job for 15 years i have stress injuries on my hands and wrists. I can't play video games as long as i would like. So i watch, and enjoy it

Sw1tched
Sw1tched

@jimmy_russell @Sw1tchedNo it was implemented for the onslaught of PS4 and XBOXcrap streamers and so league of legends at 70,000 viewers could get high quality and no buffering issues. Obviously your new and haven't read the company's posts, update notes and statements

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

@Sw1tched @jimmy_russell I'm a web designer of 15 years and a gamer of 25 years. I play mostly FPS games that put extreme strain on my wrist. Regardless, I am still going at it.

malec_1
malec_1

@jimmy_russell


Broadcasters have always had the option to manually set a delay on their channel. Most broadcasters sacrifice having the possibility for stream sniping to have better chat interaction. The current 30 second delay doesn't completely kill interaction, but it certainly has harmed it significantly.