Twitch on Mobile: Twitch Brings Broadcasting to iOS and Android Devices
It looks like pretty soon video game broadcasting service Twitch will be bombarded by Flappy Bird clone streams, as today they have announced that Twitch is coming to mobile devices. In a press release issued today by the company (via Joystiq), Twitch has revealed that iOS and Android devices will soon support broadcasting through the use of a new Development Kit created by the company.
Twitch Mobile Software Development Kit will allow mobile game developers to enable broadcasting, capturing, and archiving of footage to Twitch through native support within their games.
"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."
Whereas the current Twitch mobile app only allows for viewing broadcasts and talking in a stream's chat, today's announcement reports that mobile devices will soon be on-par with that of PCs and consoles.
Broadcasting live gameplay making the use of a mobile front-facing camera, audio capture through a microphone, and video archiving will make mobile streaming as close as possible with the feature-set already available on home devices. More chat options (emoticons & chat colors) and broadcast quality options will available, as well.
Twitch has been expanding a lot lately from its PC-centered demographic. With full support on current gen consoles, streaming has been easier than ever. I'm particularly fond of it as well. I mean, if I'm already talking to myself when I play video games, why not let people watch and listen? … What? I think out loud, that's all!
Information on the Development Kit is already available on Twitch's developer site. I wonder how long it will take to see the first mobile game make use of the feature.