Twitch introduced another feature designed to bring viewers closer. The live streaming service now supports SharePlay on iPhone and iPad, so up to 32 people can watch the same stream while in a FaceTime call.
Everyone in the conversation will need to sign up for the Twitch app – the service has confirmed to Engadget that each person will count as an individual viewer. When you first open the stream while on FaceTime, Twitch will ask you if you want to play it for yourself or for all call participants and will remember your choice. If you choose to share it with everyone, SharePlay will sync the transfer across everyone’s devices so everyone is watching the same moment at the same time. Playback and pause controls will also be synced across all devices.
Anyone in the call can move anyone to another Twitch channel. Everyone will be able to communicate with the streamer’s chat, follow them or subscribe to them and send Bits from their account. You can watch the stream in portrait or landscape orientation, but, at least for now, you can’t continue a SharePlay session on Twitch’s Apple TV app.
A SharePlay session ends when the stream closes, leave a FaceTime call, or end SharePlay. If you close the stream, you will be asked if you want to interrupt it for yourself or for everyone. Selecting the latter will not actually close the stream on all other devices, but playback will not be synchronized.
Twitch is one of the largest streaming platforms. It’s a welcome addition to the growing line of SharePlay-enabled services that Apple introduced last month in iOS 15.1. Gathering a bunch of friends in a FaceTime invitation to watch killer fast races at Awesome Games Done Quick sounds like a fun way to spend time together, even when you’re at home.
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