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Twitch livestreaming goes mobile with Asphalt 8: Airborne

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

The iOS version of racing game Asphalt 8: Airborne will be the first mobile game capable of livestreaming to Twitch, the service announced today at Game Developers Conference 2014.

Asphalt 8's streaming capabilities will be shown this week at GDC, including a 24-hour live stream today on Gameloft's Twitch channel.The event will demonstrate all the features available once livestreaming is added to the game. Twitch did not say when or if livestreaming functions would be added to Asphalt 8's Windows Phone, Android or Blackberry versions.

Not only will users be able to livestream their play sessions, but also they may stream their voices and images using the microphone and front-facing camera of their iOS device. Players will also be able to archive their streams, share them on the Web, and view others' streams.

Asphalt 8: Airborne launched last August on iOS and has been a critical and commercial success for its developer and publisher, Gameloft. "Asphalt 8: Airborne made perfect sense to integrate the Twitch mobile SDK," Baudouin Corman, vice president of publishing with Twitch, said in a statement, "and we can't wait to see the excitement it brings to our users."

Livestreaming will be added to Asphalt 8: Airborne with the game's third update on iOS. That update will also include new events and cars. Twitch didn't give a specific date for that update, only saying it would hit the iTunes App Store "soon."