The first mobile game to include Twitch broadcast options within the app is Gameloft's Asphalt 8: Airborne, Twitch announced today. An upcoming update for the iOS racing game will allow players to stream gameplay, their voices and faces using the iPhone and iPad's front-facing cameras and view their channel's chatroom while playing. Asphalt 8 broadcasters will also have the option to archive their streamed gameplay and share them with others.

Twitch unveiled its expansion into the iOS and Android market with its software development kit earlier this month. following the company's official rebrand in February. Asphalt 8, currently free to download on the App Store, will receive its third, broadcast-enabling update "soon." Twitch broadcasting functionality in the game is optimized specifically for iPhone 5S, iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display devices.
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Twitch Partners with Gameloft for First Ever Mobile Streaming Experience

Critically-acclaimed Asphalt 8: Airborne to feature fully interactive Twitch broadcasting functionality

SAN FRANCISCO- March 17, 2014 - Twitch, the world's leading video platform and community for gamers, today announced that Gameloft's Asphalt 8: Airborne for iOS will be the first ever mobile game to feature Twitch's live streaming functionality. Gameloft will demonstrate the game's broadcasting capabilities during the week of the Game Developers Conference with a 24-hour live stream event on Twitch.

Published by Gameloft, Asphalt 8: Airborne is an award-winning mobile arcade racing game where players race against the A.I. or real world players, while performing dynamic, high-speed aerial stunts. With more than 48 million installs and a hard-to-achieve 91 Metacritic score, including perfect ratings from several top media outlets, it is the ideal game for introducing live streaming to the mobile games market.

"This first-ever mobile game integration with Twitch opens the door for gamers to broadcast and share game play experiences like never before," said Baudouin Corman, VP of Publishing for the Americas, Gameloft. "As one of our most popular games, Asphalt 8: Airborne made perfect sense to integrate the Twitch mobile SDK, and we can't wait to see the excitement it brings to our users."

Beyond broadcasting gameplay to the player's Twitch channel, Asphalt 8: Airborne's Twitch integration unlocks the door to a host of interactive functions. These include the ability to stream your voice and image using your iOS device's microphone and front-facing camera, and to monitor chat from people viewing your stream. Players can also archive their streams and share them on the Web, or discover streams from other Asphalt 8 players from within the app.

"Live broadcasting represents one of the most important shifts in the way people play games," said Matthew DiPietro, VP of Marketing, Twitch. "Twitch has quickly found a home on consoles, so by partnering with Gameloft to launch the first streaming-enabled mobile game brings us one step closer to being everywhere that gamers are. Also, being integrated into Asphalt 8: Airborne, one of the highest rated mobile games, should ensure it resonates with our community."

To showcase this mobile gaming innovation, Gameloft will be hosting a 24-hour live stream event during the week of March 17, 2014 on their Twitch channel: http://www.twitch.tv/gameloft. The broadcast will feature a walk-through of all the streaming options, interviews with the development team, giveaways every three hours, and a Q&A session with Twitch viewers. Stay tuned for more details on the exact time and date.

Twitch functionality is currently optimized for iPhone 5S, iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display, and will be live as part of Update #3. This update includes brand new events and cars, as well as a new area and user interface, all of which will be available soon on the App Store.

For more information on Twitch, visit our press center and blog, and for more information on Gameloft and Asphalt 8: Airborne, visit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/asphalt-8-airborne/id610391947?mt=8.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.