While almost every other app is trying to become TikTok, TikTok is apparently trying to be more like Twitch.
Thusday, Tech Crunch reported that TikTok is testing something called TikTok Live Studio, a Twitch-like feature that allows users to livestream their PC game.
Gaming is an increasingly popular genre on TikTok, with many app users using the existing live-streaming feature to record themselves playing popular console games while interacting with viewers via real-time feedback. But streaming from mobile is a relatively crude setup for most gamers, who need a gaming console connection and desktop-compatible software to deliver a neater viewing experience. .
— Zach Bussey (@zachbussey) December 15, 2021
An overview of the software tweeted by journalist Zach Bussey shows that the program is still relatively rudimentary and is currently capable of pulling images from apps, mobile devices, and cameras in addition to individual games. Users will also apparently have the option to stream in portrait mode, which is the format their TikTok audience will be in, as well as in landscape mode for wider shots. Once downloaded to desktop, users can enter their TikTok credentials to access the program, which will sync their content and follower list.
The ability to stream from a desktop computer isn’t new to TikTok – users could previously use third-party software like Streamlabs – but this is the platform’s first foray into its own streaming software. proprietary desktop broadcast. On mobile, live audiences have the ability to send tips and “roses,” and creators can schedule events and assign moderators to patrol the live chat. According to TechCrunch, while TikTok Live Studio is currently set up to give creators many of these same capabilities, including the ability to enable giveaways and comments and set up keyword filters, they won’t be able to assign moderators. or schedule streams – at least not right away.
While the program is currently only available to a few thousand users in a handful of Western markets, according to TechCrunch, the new software could one day become a crucial part of TikTok’s plans to spice up its live content offerings and design new strategies to keep its users. to never stray outside the application.