Twitch users can presently live-stream Android games from their PC

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 5:12 PM

Streaming is a serious business — Amazon paid near to $1 billion to acquire Twitch, and the service’s users look more than twenty billion minutes of video each month.

Twitch users can presently live-stream Android games from their PC

Twitch is making its easier for its community of gamers to stream mobile games today, after it linked up with BlueStacks, a company that emulates Android games on desktops.

Streaming is a serious business — Amazon paid near to $1 billion to acquire Twitch, and the service’s users look more than twenty billion minutes of video each month. But, when it comes to mobile, it gets tricky.

Currently, Twitch users have to leap through a lot of hoops to stream mobile games. The setup requirements comprise wires and a webcam which can divert from actually playing. Presently Twitch users can utilize BlueStacks to play mobile games on their desktop and then stream the footage with a click. That lets them keepl the same setup that they've for their PC streaming sessions, not smartphone needed.

Five-year-old BlueStacks, which has raised $27 million from investors and claims one hundred thirty million users, believes there’s plenty of synergy between its service and Twitch.

“BlueStacks users are already playing mobile games like Hearthstone, Castle Clash, Vainglory and others, we just built a bridge between our platforms,” CEO Rosen Sharma said in a statement. “This combines the power of two enormous user bases.”

Beyond users, the setup could be a useful option for developers, since it prevents them needed to drop an SDK into their apps, but it's Android-only so any iOS exclusives aren’t covered. The alternative for hardcore mobile game streamers is to leap ship from Twitch altogether. That’s what some top streamers have done for mobile games, with Y Combinator-backed startup Kamcord netting gains here.

Kamcord is committed entirely to mobile. For iOS users the setup requires cables and committed software, but Kamcord’s Android app got an update last year that enables users to stream right from their device. That ease of utilize has helped the company entice large streaming names, Clash Of Clans specialist Chief Pat is one such example. He's 1.7 million subscribers to his YouTube channel and uses Kamcord for mobile. He’s one of the platform’s biggest names, with more than 47.000 followers, but that in itself demonstrates the challenge that Kamcord and others face — Twitch and YouTube are just so much bigger.

Those wanting to actually play on their phone may choose Kamcord over Twitch, even with this BlueStacks integration in place, specific presently that it's exploring ways to assistance its broadcasters create money. There’s also an argument that Twitch’s community slants towards console and PC games, with mobile and casual games not taken as seriously.

Either way, today’s news is another way Twitch is working to close that mobile gap, and assistance encourage its current users — and prospective ones — to choose its platform ahead of others. Number doubt it's further plans in the not too distant future.

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