Twitch to let mobile gamers stream online

5 Mar 2014

Twitch, the online video-game broadcasting channel, has created a software development kit (SDK) in its mobile app to let gamers on mobile devices stream directly online.

The website is one of the proponents of e-sports, whereby some of the industry’s largest gaming titles, such as Starcraft 2 and World of Warcraft, are streamed online by popular gamers to people across the world.

Now however, they are moving from the desktop PC and laptop to people’s mobiles and tablets, thereby tapping into other more casual titles that would be popular on these devices.

Twitch already has an Android and iOS app that has been downloaded by 10m people so far and will now allow users to broadcast live, as well as capture and archive their mobile games.

In an official statement, Matthew DiPietro, vice-president of marketing at Twitch, described the company’s intentions with the new service: “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.”

Twitch has grown considerably as a company in the last number of years, with 2013 proving to be its most successful yet, with estimates of 45m viewers tuning into their favourite gamers.

It has also been a part of recent online phenomenon with Twitch Plays Pokémon, which gave its viewers the chance to play the popular Nintendo game by entering commands into the chat box.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic