Twitch, the streaming service dedicated to gaming video content, is going mobile. The company today announced their mobile SDK, which aims to overcome certain limitations present in iOS and other mobile devices in order to allows gamers to capture live video of their virtual adventures for sharing or saving for later viewing.
The SDK allows game developers to embed Twitch broadcasting capabilities directly into their apps, clearing the hurdle presented by iOS’ multitasking limitations. Twitch would typically require a secondary app on platforms like Mac and PC to manage video streaming, but this simply is not possible given the way iOS handles multiple apps running simultaneously.
The SDK will allow for the broadcast of gameplay video and audio as well as the ability to capture video with a device’s front-facing camera and audio from a built-in or connected microphone. The SDK will also make it easy to save and share video, participate in chats, and get tipped off to related broadcasts. Of course, the breadth of features included in a particular app will be up to the discretion of the developer implementing the SDK.
Twitch has seen a spike in popularity thanks to its inclusion on Sony’s PlayStation 4. Microsoft will also be bringing Twitch to the Xbox One this month.
No release date was announced for Twitch’s mobile SDK, and specifically supported devices were not detailed. Twitch currently offers an iOS app, though it is limited to the viewing of streams originating from other platforms.