The point of owning and maintaining a beautiful aquarium is to show it off. Now, with the power of Twitch, one game is going to let you show off your virtual fish live online.
Twitch support is coming to TouchFish, a virtual pet game that has players raising fish on mobile devices. This is only the third game on iOS to get Twitch support, and developer TouchFactor is only the second studio to take advantage of Twitch’s gameplay live video streaming on smartphones or tablets.
The expansion of Twitch to include something like TouchFish fits well with the company’s desire to bring in new audiences. The video site has 60 million viewers each month, but a huge chunk of those people are young men. Yesterday, at the GamesBeat 2014 conference in San Francisco, Twitch senior vice president of sales Kym Nelson explained that the company was hoping to work with different kinds of mobile games with the hopes of bringing in a bigger audience of women and casual players.
“We see Twitch as the next evolution in social engagement,” TouchFactor chairman Julian Eggebrecht said. “[It enables] us to create, share, visit, play, and collaborate in unrealized new ways on iOS.”
Eggebrecht has a well-established history in the gaming industry as the founder of developer Factor 5, which is probably best known as the studio responsible for the Nintendo 64 starfighter sim Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (and its GameCube sequels). He says that he wants his TouchFish players to treat their virtual aquariums like studios to communicate with other fans of the game.
In the video below, you can see how TouchFish actually places a video of the broadcaster behind the aquarium, which makes it look like the player is really standing behind the virtual tank.
For Twitch, the roll out of its technology on mobile has come at a deliberate pace. In March, Twitch announced that iOS gamers could start broadcasting from developer Gameloft’s Asphalt 8 racer. Since then, only one other game — also from Gameloft — has adopted the livestreaming tech. Twitch on mobile could start getting a boost due to the upcoming iPhone 6 and 6+ smart devices from Apple. They both feature a new processor, which should better enable livestreaming during a game.
“Our goal is to not only be everywhere gamers are, but to work with developers to find new ways to expand what is possible with live broadcasting functionality,” Twitch director of business development Brooke Van Dusen said. “With TouchFish, everything from the way the broadcaster is placed in the virtual world to the ability to visit other broadcasters’ creations illustrates the type of innovation that excites our community.”