Forget Twitch? Download TikTok LIVE Studio to try out the new desktop streaming software for Windows

TikTok is currently testing a new desktop tool that will allow users to stream their own footage live on the platform. TikTok LIVE Studio is currently only available for download for Windows, and it looks like that’s TikTok’s answer to Twitch.

If you have a TikTok account, the beta software can be used to stream content from a variety of sources. It could be games, as it does with Twitch, or an app or webcam capture – or, as the intro text says, “broadcast and share experiences directly on TikTok ”.

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Creators who choose to use TikTok LIVE Studio for streaming can choose to enable comments to allow some degree of audience interaction. There is also the option to enable freebies so that the live streams can be turned into income streams.

Since this is beta software and is in the testing phase, it’s impossible to say exactly how what’s available now will compare to the finished product – or even if it will definitely be released. In fact, TikTok told TechCrunch that there is no guarantee of deployment.

TikTok LIVE Studio is available for download here … for now at least. It should be noted, however, that the software is not available to all users in all countries. It is only available for Windows and there is no indication at the moment that it will launch for macOS users or for mobile platforms. And if you are expecting something advanced, try not to expect too much. By its nature, this is beta software, it is a first look at the app and the options it contains are limited.

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