TikTok is trying out a new desktop streaming software called TikTok Live Studio, which allows users to broadcast live footage from games and other desktop applications, according to TechCrunch. According to TikTok, the software is currently being tested with a small number of users in some Western markets, but its official page on TikTok’s site appears to have been removed as of publication.
If published, TikTok Live Studio might represent an important shift in TikTok’s live broadcasting strategy. Rather than being focused on users streaming directly from mobile devices, TikTok Live’s focus could be expanded to include game streaming, putting it in competition with Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming.
According to Zach Bussey, who provided screenshots of TikTok Live Studio on Twitter, the programme is now in a backend condition. It is said to allow streaming in both landscape and portrait modes, and it can pull footage from games, particular applications, mobile devices, and cameras.
It was previously possible to live stream from a desktop device to TikTok using third-party software such as Streamlabs, but the feature’s help page states that access is limited and invite-only. There are additional techniques that leverage third-party services such as Loola.tv as a workaround to link TikTok to streaming apps such as OBS. Even these aren’t perfect — 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. However, if it becomes widely available, desktop streaming might significantly expand the platform’s collection of live content.