BlueStacks on Friday announced it is integrating live streaming service Twitch into the Bluestacks App Player to allow users to more conveniently stream mobile games. The integration enables a user to stream gameplay from mobile games on their PC with a single click. This also makes it easier for people to watch streaming content.
BlueStacks is a popular emulator app that allows users to run Android - and its apps - on a desktop platform such as Windows. Not long ago it was updated to version 2.0 on Windows to add multi-window support. The company is now addressing users' Twitch streaming capability.
Game developers can utilise this feature as well without having to put in much effort. "We've been approached to put an SDK in our games, but that's bandwidth we don't have. We'd rather focus on our games. The fact that millions of people can stream Castle Clash to Twitch without us doing anything is massive," said Mark Zhang, the senior vice president at IGG, the developer of the popular Castle Clash title.
"The simpler streaming becomes and the more games that are easy to stream, the better for the whole ecosystem," said top Hearthstone streamer Aleksandr "Kolento" Malsh in a statement. "If I'm going to stream mobile games, I don't want to change my PC setup. This lets people keep everything the same."
"This was a natural combination," said BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma in a statement. "BlueStacks has mobile equivalents of the most popular games on the Twitch platform -- midcore [role-playing] titles especially. It used to be hard to stream a mobile game. It involved multiple devices: a tablet, a webcam, and wires. We've cut all of that out. From a PC, it's easy to stream. It's why Twitch has become so popular so fast."
The company also announced that its app has been downloaded over 130 million times, up from 109 million times as of December last year. The update comes four months after BlueStacks got updated on Windows to v2.0. The update brought along a range of features including the ability to run multiple Android apps simultaneously.