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Gamers can now use the livestreaming software Streamlabs to go live on Twitter from their desktop computers or mobile phones thanks to an integration with X, Streamlabs announced Thursday.
Twitter, also called X, isn’t exactly known for its live video content. But in recent months, X owner Elon Musk has livestreamed games via Twitter’s new Media Studio feature that was rolled out for paying X users back in October.
Now, gamers will have another way to go live directly on Twitter through the Streamlabs desktop and mobile applications—all they have to do is connect their X accounts.
“When we saw that Elon was streaming Diablo and stuff like that, we reached out to folks on their team and they were quick to take the call,” Streamlabs Head of Product Ashray Urs told Decrypt's GG in an interview.
“We were able to talk to them and understand a little bit more about how they were thinking about livestreaming and gaming,” Urs shared, adding that the Streamlabs mobile app will also be able to stream mobile games directly from users’ phones to Twitter.
“I think that was the part that really resonated with the X team,” Urs said. “Mobile gaming is the number one use case for that [Streamlabs] app.”
Urs told Decrypt that Android users will be able to use their front cameras while streaming mobile games, but that iOS users will have to choose between whether they want to stream their camera or a game.
The desktop version of the Streamlabs Twitter integration also allows users to monitor chat messages within the app, enable custom widgets like tip goals or emoji walls, and create alerts. Verified or paid Twitter users will be able to participate in chats that use the Streamlabs integration.
But Streamlabs’ Twitter streams aren’t limited to a single platform. Creators can also choose to simultaneously cast to other sites like Twitch, according to a statement (Twitch recently changed its rules to allow simultaneous streaming for all streamers).
Streamlabs’ latest Twitter integration promises to make it easier to go live on X—but the social media platform still has to compete with more video-centric platforms like TikTok, YouTube, and Twitch.
Edited by Andrew Hayward