According to TechCrunch, TikTok is developing a new desktop streaming program called TikTok Live Studio, which allows users to broadcast live footage from games and other desktop apps. According to TikTok, the program is presently being tested with a small number of users in a few Western areas, although its official page on the platform appears to have been removed as of publishing.
TikTok Live Studio, if published, might signal a significant shift in TikTok’s live broadcasting approach. Rather than focusing on people broadcasting directly from their mobile devices, TikTok Live might broaden its focus to include game streaming, putting it in direct rivalry with Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming.
The program is now in a barebones condition, according to Zach Bussey, who provided screenshots of TikTok Live Studio on Twitter. It is said to enable landscape and portrait streaming, as well as footage from games, specific applications, mobile devices, and cameras.
It was previously possible to live broadcast from a desktop device to TikTok using third-party software like Streamlabs, but access was limited and invite-only, according to the feature’s support page. There are additional instructions that show how to link TikTok to streaming tools like OBS using third-party services like Loola.tv as a workaround. Even still, as of July this year, “TikTok streaming is now blocked for most users,” according to a Loola.tv support website.
It’s unclear when TikTok will expand its Live Studio test to include additional users. Desktop streaming, on the other hand, might add a lot more diversity to the platform’s live content collection if it becomes widely available.