There is no doubt that mobile games are slowly taking over the gaming sector. Mobile games are the preferred choice of gaming in most parts of Asia and are slowly making their way over to America and Europe. Mobile games are attractive to so many people because they are quick and easy to play. These games are designed to play on the go while you find yourself with a few minutes of free time.
Mobile games are not only fun to play, but also a lot to stream. Especially for streamers that prefer more frequent but shorter streams, mobile games are the way to go. You can fit a good amount of games into a short stream, where PC or console games often take longer. But where do you stream mobile games? There is only one platform where mobile games are absolutely blowing up at the moment, that being Facebook Gaming.
How Do You Stream Mobile Games
There are in essence three ways to stream a mobile game to a streaming platform like Twitch, Facebook or Youtube. Two of these ways my fellow author EndWarO7 has already covered and you can find his articles on the website or in video format on his YouTube channel. He covers step by step how to stream with only your phone, as well as mirroring your phone through your PC and having your computer handle the stream.
In this article I will cover how you can stream a mobile game from your computer without actually needing a smartphone. The reason I am going this route is, because it is the easiest way to go. You do not have to worry about syncing up your camera footage with your gameplay as well as your microphone audio. You also do not have to concern yourself with alerts and overlays. Everything is done on the computer, nothing is overheating, the connection is stable and the quality is crisp.
No Phone Needed
The first step is to download an emulator. An emulator is a piece of software that emulates your smartphone. It allows you to download mobile games through your Google Play store onto your computer, however that is not all. The emulator also automatically switches all controls over to make them work on mouse and keyboard, so you do not have to assign buttons yourself. The emulator turns a mobile game into a PC game.
Once you have the emulator downloaded, and I recommend BlueStack or GameLoop, you can search for the mobile game you would like to play. Download the game and enjoy. If you have started the game on your phone already and you would like for progress to carry over, simply log into your game account when the game launches within the emulator. You only need to do that once after that you are automatically logged in.
Hooking Up A Controller
There are several reasons for why you want to hook up a controller and play with that instead of mouse and keyboard. If you play a mobile game on your phone you notice that the movement of your character is always done with your left thumb in a joystick motion. When you switch over to mouse and keyboard, you are limited to WASD. These controls often feel choppy and clunky. I have noticed a major disadvantage using a keyboard because I can only move in 90 degree angles. A controller will give you a more native feel of movement within the game.
Both emulators are able to be used with a controller. For that simply plug in your controller into your computer and you are good to go. The emulator will recognize the controller and switch over the controls from mouse and keyboard.
It is important to mention that with BlueStack as of now, only Xbox controllers are supported. GameLoop on the other side does support PS4 controllers as well. I would recommend connecting the controller with your USB cable for a more stable connection, however you can also connect the controller through BlueTooth, but do not forget to charge it in between.
This is how I have been streaming mobile games on Facebook Gaming for over one month now and I will never go back to mouse and keyboard or even bother to use my phone. But how about you? Have you ever thought about streaming a mobile game and what method will you use?
My name is Luk and I am here to help you set up your live stream. I believe live streams are one of the best forms of communicating with your target audience. Let’s get to work!