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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.

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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.

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