Game-Streaming Platform Twitch Launches First Desktop App for Mac

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    Popular game-streaming platform Twitch officially launched its first desktop app on Thursday, allowing Mac users to enjoy all the features of the existing web-based platform within a standalone native application.

    Based on the CurseForge platform acquired last year, the Twitch Desktop App lets users watch live streams, clips, and video on demand, all while chatting with fellow gamers. Plus there's a new Friend Sync feature that promises to help users find friends "across the creator-verse".

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    In addition to private messaging, Twitch on Mac supports voice and video calls, indicating a clear bid to compete with rival platform Discord, which began testing a new video chat feature yesterday. The app also supports thousands of game add-ons made by the modding community, as well as in-game overlays so users can manage calls without needing to switch between windows.

    The desktop app also includes the Dark Mode recently introduced in the mobile version, making watching streams in low light environments easier on the eyes. Amazon-owned Twitch is also promising a cloud storage feature in the near future that will allow users to access their data remotely.

    In addition to established features, the Twitch desktop app introduces Servers, a new virtual home for gaming communities where users can watch video, play, and chat together even when a game stream is offline.

    The Twitch desktop app for macOS is available now and can be downloaded for free directly from the Twitch website.

    Article Link: Game-Streaming Platform Twitch Launches First Desktop App for Mac
     
  2. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    When can I get an Apple TV app? Or would the interface be too limited for monetisation purposes?
     
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    How cool! Now we can watch people play PC games. Someday maybe we can see someone play a Mac game.
     
  4. RamGuy macrumors 6502a

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    This desktop application is really flawed. It's just the Cure Client with the Twitch-logo strapped to it. You can't even access older videos / vod's using the desktop client. You can only watch live, and only from the channels that have specificly enabled the use of Twitch Desktop App Server. It's a real mess.

    Was really looking forward for a desktop app as I love to have a standalone app that I can resize to what ever size I want etc.. But it's next to useless when it does give you half the features you have on Twitch.tv.
     
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    I for one wouldn't even think about running this on my Mac, it's Fugly and looks like it's made for Windows and just cheaply ported over to macOS, I bet it asks you if you really-Really-REALLY want to quit upon App close.
     
  6. Sasparilla, Aug 11, 2017 at 5:18 AM
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    Bit odd to think they want to spend all this money on something that doesn't go much further than the web interface, have to check it out.

    You have to get Amazon to do that, they own Twitch. In the mean time there are 4 private twitch apps for you to choose from with 2 of them being actively developed (they both seem to work very well).
     
  7. iKrivetko macrumors 6502a

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    Yay, now I can do all the same things that I can do via web, but with no way of blocking ads!
     
  8. Sasparilla, Aug 11, 2017 at 5:23 AM
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    Totally got you covered Jason. The world championship for what is one of the most played games on Steam - Dota 2 - (Mac and Linux versions available - and the game itself is free, the author - Valve - just makes money off selling skins) has been going on all this week. Top team takes $10 million. And the game's requirements are (for a game) easy on the hardware so the Mac world where gaming means mobile versions of GPU's, actually work.

    https://www.twitch.tv/dota2ti_newcomer

    Broadcasting starts around 11am CST'ish. The final is tomorrow (Saturday) but they have a bunch of stuff today for this rather complicated but fun to watch game:

    https://www.dotabuff.com/esports/leagues/5401/schedule

    A little background on the game (Dota 2):

    https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017...onal-is-upon-us-with-23-million-up-for-grabs/
     
  9. MH01 macrumors G4

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    mac user watching a PC user..... interesting.
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    when teams start using macs, Linux or mac support means little in the gaming industry , and they are not going to using macs, as they will need to boot camp, so what is the point..... :)
     
  10. xinam macrumors member

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    I use an app called Twitchy. Does the job great.
     
  11. Sasparilla macrumors 6502a

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    Um, because its not a boot-camped game, its native in OS X / Mac and the original guy wanted to see a native Mac game. Just because Apple doesn't make top of the line gaming rigs that are used in the current broadcast championship doesn't change that. Mac users can play this game natively and watch this huge game live on twitch.

    Now as for a Mac only game, your moving the yardstick...although with all the channels on twitch I wouldn't be surprised if there was something - if its actually important to you, you should go look. Cheers...
     
  12. mrzz macrumors newbie

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    no, it doesn't offer even the functionality of the web app + as you said, it won't likely be possible to block one of the most annoying ads implementation ever .. better to use web iface where you can block that super-annoying crap or ios app on jailbroken device. I'm paying 2 subscriptions and still getting this ads crap on other channels .. "you have to pay more to get rid of them" .. sure, in such case you won't get anything! :) I lost my patience a long time ago ..
     
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    I was so excited until I realized this is just a wrapper aka not native mac OS code. :( Their website is good enough for my lunch-break viewing.
     
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    There are actually a few third party apps for the Apple TV that work pretty well for viewing Twitch streams. I think the one I've been using is called Twitchy, and it works pretty well.
     
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    Quit the app, after a while my fans kicks in very loudly. A process called "Twitch" maxes the CPU even though I quit the app o_O
     
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    Twitch without BetterTwitchTV is like eating pizza without cheese.

    Glassed Silver:ios
     
  20. MH01 macrumors G4

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    You are correct , though as popular as the game is, it would be interesting to see what % are mac gamers .
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    It's simple. Imagine you like drinking beer, you can watch people drinkimg beer on a TV channel......yeah I'm too old too..... :( pub for me....so old school
     
  21. CarlJ macrumors 68000

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    Is there a decent one that doesn't require logging in? The one or two I looked at asked me to log in first thing. I'm not a fan of putting site logins into 3rd-party apps I've never heard of before. I'll have to take another look.

    Hmm, given that they're from Amazon, maybe we'll see an official app at the same time as the Amazon Video app this fall.
     
  22. DCJ001 macrumors 6502

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    Search for the Apple TV app called Twitchy.

    It works well.
     
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    Will do. Thanks.
     

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