The world’s most popular video game streaming platform, Twitch, announced Wednesday that it will soon start to make games available for mobile and TV, with the goal of eventually turning the entire platform into a game streaming hub.
“We’re thrilled to announce that we’re about to launch a new platform for our customers, Twitch TV, which will offer the most advanced games and experiences for their viewing experience,” Twitch CEO Sean O’Brien said in a statement.
“As Twitch grows, we want to build on that platform and extend it into new platforms.
We’re thrilled that Twitch TV will be able to bring our fans the best of Twitch to their mobile devices, tablet computers and TVs, and to their TV sets.”
The move comes at a time when mobile games have emerged as a key platform for gamers, and Twitch has long been one of the more popular ways to stream those games.
Twitch TV already offers games, with games like League of Legends, Dota 2 and Hearthstone all available on the platform.
But the streaming platform also allows developers to get their games on a variety of devices.
That means a number of platforms can stream a wide range of games from the likes of Angry Birds to Minecraft.
The platform’s new streaming option will be called Twitch TV and will allow Twitch to bring its games to devices including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV.
The platform will be powered by the Twitch SDK, which makes it easy for developers to create streaming apps.
Twitch also says it plans to stream games through its gaming app on other devices, like the PlayStation Vue app.
The announcement comes after Twitch announced last week that it had reached a $3 billion deal to acquire the video game maker Riot Games, which was founded in 2007 by former NBA star Kevin Durant.
The deal was valued at more than $10 billion.
In the statement announcing the new streaming service, Twitch said it will use the $1.6 billion it received from Riot to make available the best content to viewers.
“Our Twitch TV platform will offer a broad array of gaming experiences for your viewing pleasure,” O’Briens said.
“Our goal is to make Twitch TV the streaming hub for your mobile device, TV, or PC, and eventually for your entire home.
As Twitch grows and becomes a platform for games, we’re excited to make it a destination for everything you want to watch on your television, from casual games like Candy Crush Saga and League of Legend to the biggest, best, and most-watched live events.”
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