The first day of the Game Developers Conference 2014 finds Twitch Interactive making a huge jump into the mobile marketplace.
The company announced Monday (3/17) that Gameloft's iOS app Asphalt 8: Airborne will be the first to feature built-in support for the Twitch video platform. This has big implications for fans of mobile gaming, as you'll now have the ability to broadcast your gameplay via a smartphone or tablet.
For those who are still uninitiated, Twitch's platform allows users to stream and watch live and recorded streams of video game tournaments, or air their own gameplay and programs. It has consistently engaged the video game audience and boasts more than a million people using the service to broadcast themselves playing video games. Just last week, Twitch Interactive finalized their partnership with Microsoft to support broadcasting on the Xbox One.
Prior to the announcement, it was nearly impossible (or at the least very difficult) for players to stream their game (see: Flappy Bird) from a mobile device.
"Asphalt 8: Airborne made perfect sense to integrate the Twitch mobile SDK," Baudouin Corman, vice president of publishing with Twitch, said in a statement, "and we can't wait to see the excitement it brings to our users." The Asphalt 8's streaming capabilities will be shown this week at GDC, including a 24-hour live stream starting today on Gameloft's Twitch channel. All the features will demonstrate what happens once live streaming is added to the game. At the time of writing this, Twitch has not said when or if live streaming functionality would be added to Asphalt's 8's Windows Phone, Android or Blackberry versions.
There also isn't a specific date announced for the Asphalt 8: Airborne's iOS update, as the company has said it would hit the iTunes App Store "soon."