The YouTube app for Android has added a new feature that lets you livestream games from mobile. Per XDA Developers, a new feature that gives you the ability to stream live content from your Android phone’s display has been activated.
This new feature did not come as a surprise considering how important gaming has become to YouTube. Over the last couple of years, livestreaming on YouTube has become hugely popular, and the company is determined to offer people with the right platform as well as the right tools to achieve their aims.
When starting a new livestream from the YouTube app, a prompt will appear at the top of the interface highlighting the new “screen broadcast” feature. The livestream will change to a gaming-focused stream with an option to choose a specific game once you select screen broadcast.
As soon as a livestream is started on the YouTube app for Android, you will immediately be taken back to your home screen to select the game and an overlay will appear on top for starting the main stream. The overlay will also display a front-facing camera view of the streamer.
In other related news, YouTube is opening up more ways for creators to make money—and this would be by way of enabling them to engage fans so more revenue can be generated. The Google owned streaming site announced this last July at an event to launch YouTube’s new products like channel memberships, merchandise shelves, premieres and more. The streaming site is expanding existing options with new features, while new products including Super Stickers and Learning Playlists are also being added.
YouTube is introducing Super Stickers as a way of building on the successes of Super Chats, which was launched in 2017. According to the company,” Super Chat is now the number one revenue stream on YouTube for nearly 20,000 channels – an increase of over 65% over last year.” Now, Super Sticker is out to complement that achievement by allowing fans to purchase animated stickers during live stream and Premieres to show their favorite creators how much they enjoy watching their videos. These stickers will come in different variant and designs across various languages and categories including gaming, fashion & beauty, sports, music, food, and many more.
Channel Membership is another product that enables fans pay an access fee of $4.99 to get unique badges, new emojis, and special perks. The special perks could include exclusive live streams, extra videos, or shoutouts. YouTube is adding one of the most requested features—membership levels.
Membership levels will let creators set up to five different price points for channel memberships, with each one of them coming with varying perks. “We’ve been testing levels with creators like the Fine Brothers Entertainment on their REACT channel, who have seen their memberships revenue increase by 6 times after introducing two higher-priced tiers,” a statement on the YouTube official blog read.