Twitch’s own “Twitch Studios” aims to compete with other broadcasting applications like OBS Studio and XSplit.
Right now, most streamers broadcast to Twitch (although with Ninja’s jump to Mixer, perhaps this could be changing). However, in order to set-up their broadcast, most streamers use third-party applications like OBS Studio or XSplit. Such apps help streamers configure their stream and customize its interface. Today, though, Twitch has announced that it is opening up beta testing for its own in-house broadcasting suite: Twitch Studios.
Twitch Studios is born from a desire to “simplify things for streamers who are just getting started.” And though Twitch says that this beta only has “limited features,” it does look to test a few things that will make setting up a stream easy. For instance, you’ll have a chance to work with a guided optimization process, a number of customization templates, and a built-in activity feed. These aren’t world-changing features, though, so perhaps the real simplification that Twitch Studios offers is its ability to eliminate the use of third-party applications. With the advent of Twitch Studios, you won’t need to use anything but Twitch to set up, capture, and stream your gameplay.
If you’ve ever wanted to stream but didn’t know how or where to begin, this may be a good opportunity. The technical side of streaming can be a frustrating barrier to entry, and I appreciate that Twitch Studios aims to deal with this frustration. Furthermore, if they listen to those who are beta testing the app, I’m sure that Twitch Studios can become a quality broadcasting application.
You can apply to join the beta here. Twitch won’t be able to accept everyone right now, but they have said that more spots will open in the future. Better to apply early.
Check out the rest of the Twitch Studios beta announcement and let us know what you think.