TikTok is putting a PC game streaming app to the test to see if it can compete with Twitch
According to TechCrunch, TikTok is testing a new desktop streaming software called TikTok Live Studio, which allows users to broadcast live footage from games and other desktop applications. According to TikTok, the software is currently being tested with a small number of users in a few Western markets, but its official page on the platform appears to have been removed as of publication.
TikTok Live Studio, if released, could signal a significant shift in TikTok's live streaming strategy. Rather than focusing on users streaming directly from their mobile devices, TikTok Live could expand its focus to include game streaming, putting it in direct competition with Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming.
The software is currently in a barebones state, according to Zach Bussey, who shared screenshots of TikTok Live Studio on Twitter. It is said to support landscape and portrait streaming, as well as footage from games, individual 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 access was limited and invite-only, according to the feature's help page. There are also tutorials that show how to connect TikTok to streaming programs like OBS using third-party services like Loola.tv as a workaround. Even so, as of July this year, "TikTok streaming is currently disabled for most users," according to a Loola.tv help page.
It's unclear when TikTok will expand its Live Studio test to include more users. Desktop streaming, on the other hand, could add a lot more variety to the platform's live content catalog if it becomes widely available.