TikTok tests desktop waters as it looks to take on Twitch and Facebook Gaming

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December 16, 2021, 2:54 PM UTC

The ByteDance-owned company is testing the software across some Western markets, with a small number of users.

TikTok is testing TikTok Live Studio - a new desktop streaming software that will allow users to broadcast live footage from desktop applications like games. This update marks a change in TikTok’s streaming strategy, which has so far only focused on streaming directly from mobile devices.

If released for broader audiences, TikTok Live Studio will compete with other streaming platforms like Twitch, YouTube Gaming and Facebook Gaming.  According to reports, the current version of the software supports landscape and portrait streaming and can feature footage from games, individual programmes, mobiles and cameras. So far, TikTok users have relied on third-party software like Streamlabs to livestream from desktops.

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