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Twitch mobile game streaming is on the way soon
Twitch mobile game streaming is on the way soon
March 5, 2014 | By Mike Rose

March 5, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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With Twitch's dominance in the PC and console game streaming space, it's unsurprising that the company has been delving into the potential for streaming mobile games -- and it may be closer than you think.

Today the company announced the Twitch Mobile Software Development Kit, which will soon enable live broadcasting, capturing and archiving of mobile games.

Apart from broadcasting and recording game footage, the Twitch Mobile SDK will offer the ability to capture video from your smartphone or tablet's front camera while you play, while also recording audio from an internal or external microphone.

The company says that its current Twitch app, which allows mobile users to watch PC and console streams, has been downloaded more than 10 million times, evenly split across iOS and Android.

More details on when the SDK will be released to developers are due to be unveiled soon. You can check out the Twitch dev blog for more information.

This news may well be bad for companies like Everyplay and Kamcord, who have been looking to corner the mobile game video sharing market over the last couple of years.


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David Verney
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I don't have excellent broadband where I live cos we're half way up the highest hill in the West Midlands. I tried OnLive last year and it kept cutting out. World of Tanks was crap with the speed we get here and I even have problems with the speeds of WoW. Altogether, if it is a streaming service, we're not likely to get a great reception. Even the TV struggles with our aerial strength.

Wes Jurica
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Wrong story?

Mark Rusich
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Are there many people who stream mobile games? They tend to be more casual, so I don't think that there's much interest among mobile gamers in this sort of thing.

Wes Jurica
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Isn't this the same thought behind a lot of the surprising aspects of mobile? There will never be people playing MMOs on mobile. Mobile gaming will never overtake console/pc gaming. AAA has no place on mobile. And on and on.

Give people a platform and they will exploit it. Twitch and similar services will be a perfect fit for mobile.

Ryan Christensen
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With Twitch SDK and Unity buying Everplay the other day, I think it will get huge. As the generations of mobile advance I think this may be the biggest part of streaming gameplay. With the new world of game marketing being Let's Play videos, this is huge and about to blow up. Everyone will figure things out this year and next year it will be the norm.

The reason is time viewed, it is the secret of the surge of Let's Play videos. Lots of gaming sites will add these streams and up their viewing time and ads just like it has boosted youtube per video viewing time. The economics say it will be there. We'll have to see how long it takes the tech to get solid enough or possibly another generation of mobile hardware to handle it but I believe it will take off immensely.

When you go read a review you might even see someone playing the game there on a stream or streams will also be used a metric to retention/interest. It will probably be used like likes/follows and it might show how many gamers are streaming a game at any time. You'll have people paid to stream games all the time and eventually everyone will do it.

The good side of it is it will show another side to the game, a true gameplay snapshot which adds consumer details more than a promo video or review can add alone. The other fun side of that is the ability to go in and just watch one of your customers play your game and see their experience, almost like a quality assurance delta. Might also help for debugging game bugs and customer support.


Bruno Xavier
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Wait... How attention whores and ex-porn actresses will show off their, hmm "skin" on twitchTv mobile?
Don't forget to give them a way to appear on screen while playing else LoL will no longer dominate the stream channels.

Mutlu Isik
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This could be cool for new types of games that we don't typically see on desktop. For example, location-based games, or games that use the camera as part of gameplay, not just to show your face.


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