Barely a month after the most popular games streaming service on the planet Twitch integrated the subscription option into its Android app, the Amazon-owned company now works with BlueStacks, the makers of one of the most widespread Android emulators on the planet in order to enable the streaming of Android games to Twitch without an actual Android device.
More specifically, the BlueStacks team has recently integrated Twitch's first and latest applications programming interfaces (APIs) into its platform, which means that its users can now not only watch Twitch streams on the BlueStacks App Player, but also stream mobile games running in the said App Player to Twitch with just a click of a button. The player currently officially supports Windows and OS X, so basically you just need a Mac or a PC in order to stream a mobile game to Twitch; no smartphone required. This is not only good news for gamers, but also for developers who previously didn't have enough bandwidth to enable streaming of their mobile games. BlueStacks and Paris' Glory4Gamers are also hosting a Hearthstone tournament today to commemorate this occasion. The eSports event will feature some of the top Hearthstone players in the world who'll compete on the mobile version of Blizzard's collectible card game which will be streamed to Twitch using the aforementioned method.
It's worth noting that BlueStacks is actually not an emulator per se, but a piece of virtualization software which only simulates software and not the hardware itself. While that may not seem like a huge difference to end users, do keep in mind that running some games and other apps on officially unsupported devices is a breach of their terms of service. Kabam is a pretty well-known example of a company who has banned users in the past for such transgressions. As you may have guessed, the app has no problem deducing that it's being run on an officially unsupported platform when you use software such as BlueStacks because such creations don't even attempt to imitate the hardware for which the app was originally designed. Naturally, it's still unlikely you'll get banned if you play something like Star Wars Uprising using BlueStacks, but do be aware of the possibility.