While almost all other apps are try to become TikTok, TikTok is apparently looking to be more like Twitch.
Thusday, TechCrunch reported that TikTok is testing something called TikTok Live Studio, a Twitch-like feature that allows users to live stream their video gameplay to PC.
Gaming is an increasingly popular genre on TikTok, many users of the app using the existing live streaming feature to check in while playing popular console games while also interacting with viewers via real-time commentary. But streaming from a mobile is a relatively crude setup for most gamers, who need a game console connection and desktop compatible software in order to provide a more refined viewing experience.
Software overview tweeted by journalist Zach Bussey shows that the program is still relatively rudimentary, and that it is currently capable of extracting images from applications, 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 of their TikTok audiences will be used to, as well as in landscape mode for wider shots. Once downloaded to the desktop, users can enter their TikTok credentials to access the program, which will sync their content and subscriber list.
The ability to stream from a desktop 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. owner desktop broadcast. On mobile, live broadcast audiences have the ability to send tips and “roses,” and creators can schedule events and assign moderators to patrol the live discussion. According to TechCrunch, although TikTok Live Studio is currently configured to offer creators many of these same capabilities, including the ability to enable giveaways and comments and set up keyword filters, they will not be able to assign moderators. or schedule flows, 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 from ever straying from the app.