Did you know that 800,000 mobile games are available on the App Store? That equates to over a third of the 2.2 million apps offered to iOS users. Did you also know that 75% of revenue generated from the App Store comes from mobile gaming?
That got us thinking: If that many games are housed on the App Store and they generate that much revenue, what technology are people using to show off their skills?
Social video platform services such as Twitch offer gamers an opportunity to turn their recreational hobby into interactive gaming experiences that others can enjoy. Programs such as Gameshow, XSplit and Open Broadcasting Software (OBS) offer a way for enthusiasts to stream gameplay and connect with friends and fans over a shared love of games.
To start your streaming experience, you need to sign up for the streaming service, Twitch. On the top right of the Twitch website, select “Sign Up” to create your account. Don’t worry, it’s free!
2. Download and Install Gameshow
Now that you have a Twitch account, you will need to download and install Gameshow (also free) to share your gaming with the world. This software is compatible with Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit, MacOS X El Capitan and MacOS Sierra.
3. Stream Mobile Games to Twitch
To start, open Reflector 3 to wirelessly mirror your device screen to your computer instead of using a cable. Connect your mobile device to Reflector using its native AirPlay or Cast technology. We recommend mirroring your device screen to Reflector first.
Open Gameshow from your computer Applications.
Gameshow may prompt you to “Register” to be informed about new features and updates. Select “Skip” or “Register.”
Click “Start Streaming.”
Choose a template for your stream. You can choose one that is already formatted for the game you are streaming, or you can make your own.
In this example we chose to use the “Game” template. Yours may differ.
Next is configuring your document
Stream To: Twitch
Game Title: Enter and select the game you want to stream
Encoder (we are using x264)
Encoder Settings (we are using Twitch: 720p30 x264 1250 kbps)
Continue configuring your document
Game Source Type: Computer
Game Process: Select Reflector 3
Window: Your device name and type should automatically appear (if your device is connected to Reflector 3)
The Gameshow window will appear on your screen
The document that you just configured will appear under “Master Layer 1” in the template you selected
Click on your document so it appears in your preview in the Gameshow window
Click “Output” in the menu bar and select “Output Settings”
Select your stream settings
Authenticate Twitch account
Ingest Server (same as what you selected when configuring document)
Encoder (same as what you selected when configuring document)
Encoding (same as what you selected when configuring document)
Optional: Record Settings
Click “Output” in the menu bar, hover over “Start/Stop Broadcasting” and select “Start Twitch: [stream key]”
Click “Output” again, hover over “Twitch” and select “Active Broadcast.” This will open up your Twitch account in your preferred browser.
Click “Go” below your preview window in Gameshow
21. What you see in the Gameshow window should be the same image that appears in your “Video Preview” on your Twitch dashboard page and on your channel homepage. There may be a slight delay of up to 30 seconds.
Note: It may take a few minutes to connect depending on your network conditions. Additionally, you may need to refresh the Twitch website if the stream does not appear immediately.
This update allows Reflector to run in the background and continue to allow connections even when not visible on the screen. When a device connects, Reflector will automatically launch to the foreground and present the device.
You can download the update by visiting the Google Play Store on your device.
This update also applies to Amazon Fire TV. Fire TV users should expect the update to be available soon.
We’re excited to announce that Reflector 2 is available on Android TV for the first time. Users can now enjoy the same Reflector mirroring experience on their TV screen that they're accustomed to on their computer screens.
Newer Sony, Sharp and Phillips TVs come equipped with the Android operating system. In addition, Reflector is compatible with any set-top box using Android TV.
It’s now possible to mirror and stream content from a wide range of devices directly to your TV screen. Devices include:
Mirroring provides a real-time view of mobile devices on the TV. Streaming allows users to play movies, music and any other type of media files through the TV, wirelessly.
How to get Reflector 2 for Android
Download Reflector 2 for Android ($6.99) by visiting the Google Play store on your TV. Our recent updates include quality enhancements, many miscellaneous bug fixes, Android TV compatibility and YouTube, Vimeo and Hulu streaming support.
It’s safe to say this is a pretty major Reflector for Android update. Enjoy!
Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. We create high-quality, budget-friendly screen mirroring and device management software that’s compatible with today’s most popular devices. To date, our software can be found in hundreds of thousands of classrooms, businesses and homes. Follow our blog for all the latest product updates, Squirrels news and technology insight!
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