Twitch Mobile SDK Will Allow Gamers To Stream From Android & iOS


Twitch, the hugely popular video streaming service for gamers, today announced a new SDK that will allow Android and iOS developers to integrate Twitch into their games. It will give users the ability to broadcast, capture, and archive their gaming sessions on their smartphones and tablets.

Twitch is already big on mobile, with more than 10 million installs on Android and iOS — but it’s about to get even bigger. Thanks to the new SDK, gamers will be able to live-stream gameplay footage directly from their mobile devices, allowing fans to watch them play handheld titles for the first time.

“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 at 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.”

Twitch integration on mobile will be very much the same as that on consoles like the PlayStation 4: gamers will have the ability to capture and broadcast gameplay video and audio alongside video from a front-facing camera, which can then be archived for viewing on Twitch. It will also include “robust chat options” that will allow gamers and their viewers to interact.

It’s now up to third-party developers to integrate Twitch into their Android and iOS games. Given the popularity of the service, we shouldn’t have to wait too long for that to happen.