Twitch live broadcasts headed to Android/iOS Games

twitch logo mar 2014

Pretty soon you might be able to show the world how good you are (or not) at Angry Birds Go! or Candy Crush Saga. Twitch announced Monday a new software development kit (SDK) for mobile game developers designed to let you live broadcast gameplay from Android and iOS devices.

Before you can use the new Twitch features, however, game makers will have to integrate the functionality into their games.

Twitch is promising a ton of functionality with the new SDK. Beyond live broadcasting, you will be able to use your device’s front-facing camera for video capture—presumably so people can watch you and your gameplay at the same time.

When broadcasting you’ll be able to choose between high, medium, and low settings. Audio capture will work through your device’s internal or external microphone.

You’ll also be able to upload and share video, as well as archive streams for immediate viewing on Twitch. Finally, the new SDK offers a chat component complete with different colors and emoticons.

The Twitch Mobile SDK sounds like it will be pretty feature-complete. It will even have a few features you won’t find on consoles yet: Archiving Twitch streams will be available on the Xbox One when Twitch lands on the new Microsoft console next Tuesday. The PlayStation 4, however, is still lacking Twitch archive support.

Twitch says it sees adding mobile game streaming to its services as completing the “trifecta” of popular gaming platforms that also includes consoles and PCs.

Twitch told TechHive the mobile SDK is already in the hands of developers, but the company has yet to announce any partners that will integrate broadcast functionality into their games.

Broadcasting your next session of Minecraft—Pocket Edition or Infinity Blade III may sound like an appealing notion for Twitch fans and vain gamers. But you have to wonder how heavily live broadcasting gameplay will hammer your battery. When Twitch broadcasting does finally land on your favorite mobile game, you might want to have a charger nearby just in case.

This story, "Twitch live broadcasts headed to Android/iOS Games" was originally published by TechHive.

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