TikTok Testing PC Game Streaming App That Could Help It Take On Twitch
TikTok is testing new desktop streaming software called TikTok Live Studio that allows users to stream live footage from games and other desktop applications, TechCrunch reports. The software is currently being tested with a small number of users in some Western markets, according to TikTok, but its official page on the TikTok site appears to have been removed upon release.
If released, TikTok Live Studio could mark an interesting change for TikTok’s live streaming strategy. Rather than focusing on streaming users directly from mobile devices, this could expand TikTok Live’s focus to include game streaming, putting it in competition with Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming.
It’s super basic in its current state.
Has both landscape and portrait scenes.
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Emojis are limited to the original ones. pic.twitter.com/oOHwUbSdUF
– Zach Bussey (@zachbussey) December 15, 2021
According to Zach Bussey, who shared screenshots from TikTok Live Studio. on Twitter, the software is currently in a barebone state. It would support both landscape and portrait streaming, and can shoot images from games, personal programs, mobile devices, and cameras.
It was previously possible to live stream from a desktop device to TikTok using third-party software like Streamlabs, but a help page for features says access is limited and by invitation-only. There are also tutorials that use third-party services like Loola.tv as a workaround to connect TikTok to streaming programs like OBS. But even these aren’t perfect – a Loola.tv help page notes that “TikTok streaming is currently disabled for most users” in July of this year.
It’s unclear when TikTok might expand its Live Studio test to more users. But if it becomes widely available, desktop streaming could bring much more variety to the platform’s catalog of live content.