Allow overlay extensions to overlay the video on the Twitch Mobile App and Website
With Twitch Extensions, the Twitch community can interact in ways that were never thought possible. Additionally, it also frees creators to stream from non-traditional devices, while still maintaining the quality we have come to expect on the Twitch Platform.
Traditionally, creators use powerful desktop computers to encode video in real-time and stream to Twitch. With broadcasting software, such as Open Broadcasting Software or OBS, creators can produce a unique experience for their community through a video overlay that represents their personality and brand, and most importantly, helps them differentiate themselves from other creators on the Platform. Differentiation is crucial to a creator’s success, but unfortunately, powerful desktop computers are expensive, and this is often a financial barrier most creators on the Twitch Platform cannot overcome.
In contrast to desktop computers, gaming consoles and mobile devices are considerably more affordable, and we are seeing a growing number of creators streaming from these non-traditional devices. These devices free creators from the shackles of “the desk” and allows them to stream from anywhere, creating truly unique experiences for their communities and for the Platform. Creators are not the only ones being freed; more viewers are watching conveniently from their mobile devices too.
While these devices represent the next frontier of content creation, as seen with the rise of TikTok and YouTube Shorts, there is currently one drawback: it is difficult for creators to create experiences that differentiate themselves through branding and personality because the broadcasting software does not support it or the device itself is not powerful enough to encode video and embed an overlay at the same time. There are several cloud-based solutions, but these also present a significant financial barrier and produce streams of higher delay and of lower quality compared to what the Twitch community have come to expect from the Twitch Platform.
The Twitch Extension Platform is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between freeing creators to stream from non-traditional devices and, with extensions such as Overlay Expert, maintain the quality of content the Twitch community have come to expect from the Platform. The Overlay Expert Twitch Extension allows a creator to stream from any device with an overlay that represents their personality and brand. Overlay Expert also allows a creator to offer a unique overlay experience per viewer; something that will forever be impossible with traditional broadcasting software.
I have created a proof-of-concept of what the Overlay Expert Twitch Extension experience might look like on mobile devices here at https://overlay.expert/w/overlayexpertreview, and any Overlay Expert user and their community can access this experience by going to https://overlay.expert/w/TWITCH_USERNAME.
In addition to pushing the boundaries of what is possible with respect to community engagement and interaction, the Twitch Extension Platform offers something TikTok, YouTube and Instagram cannot, the ability for content creators to offer a completely unique experience to their communities, but it cannot do this effectively without the support of overlay extension on the Mobile App and Website. Until the Mobile App and Website supports overlay extensions, platforms such as TikTok will continue to threaten the success as a whole of the Twitch Platform.
This UserVoice follows https://twitch.uservoice.com/forums/904711/suggestions/40301335 that has 6,983 votes, over 2,000 comments and was in the top-5 of all requests on UserVoice. While the response was greatly appreciated, it failed to address the financial barrier inherent to streaming from desktop computers, supporting creators streaming from non-traditional devices, supporting communities watching from mobile devices, maintaining the quality of content the Twitch community has come to expect, or the threat from competing platforms such as TikTok and YouTube. As a passionate developer helping Twitch creators get started, love streaming, and grow communities on the Twitch Platform since 2015, please Twitch, listen to your community and bring overlay extensions to the Twitch Mobile App and Website.
Yeah how ??
@daddie133 how so?
i think i got it to work
@iama_wizardman they only seem to show on web browser stream windows right now, i think they are working on mobile support. once i am back streaming from PC i will resume using OBS and my custom one though...
Why the **** cant I see my overlays? I've been making new overlays for ******* hours and yet I cant seem to actually ******* use them.
with love...I am a wizard.
i really like this website, though i can't get overlay to load on my twitch stream
I liked "Overlay Expert" too much for my low end PC needings!
I think it would make people wanting use more you can see it on all platforms
I hope twitch manager will consider adding the overlay expert to be viewed on mobile devces cause its something innovative and can attract more people to start streaming their content here on twitch!
YE SLET IT HAPPENs
Deberían permitir esto ya que yo soy de consola me encantaría que mis alertas se vieran en dispositivos moviles así mis seguidores se emocionaran
A more solid and reliable mobile application
Please make this happen to work on mobile app! Everyone need this.
Me personally really want this and I know at least 4 others that definitively want it too. We're streaming from console and because of that we can't have overlays or alerts unless we use extensions.
I thought my thing was broken but no