Well that didn’t take long. Earlier this month, Twitch let the world know that they wanted to expand beyond the world of desktop computers and home consoles; that they wanted to show their audience what games in your pocket look like. A new mobile SDK, they announced, will allow developers to embed Twitch-streaming functionality right into their games.
And it looks like Asphalt 8 is going to be the game to kick things off.
A racing game that earned a damned near perfect score in our review last summer, Asphalt 8 will add in Twitch-functionality in a free update “soon.” Not only will players be able to stream gameplay, but video and audio courtesy of your iOS device’s front-facing camera. Streaming will be optimized for A7 chip devices (iPhone 5S, iPad Air, iPad Mini). There no word on whether older devices will be supported.
With a 24-hour livestream planned later this week on Gameloft’s own Twitch channel to show off the integration, it seems as though Gameloft is betting big on Twitch. It’s a smart move, too. Gameloft has a number of past titles that failed to reach the audience they were hoping for, but seem custom-built for the eSports nature of Twitch. Could livestreaming integration breathe new life into Heroes of Order & Chaos? Or maybe Blitz Brigade?
It will be interesting to see which game they decide to add Twitch to next.