Controversial streaming platform Kick released the one thing viewers have been claiming for, an Android app.
Kick is attempting to establish itself as a direct competitor to Twitch. The platform is making waves in the streaming industry by recruiting creators with significant followings like Corinna Kopf and others. Kick is offering a space with looser rules and a better revenue split.
While the financial aspect is attractive to some creators, the lack of true moderation has led to some alarming content. According to Tyler “Trainwreckstv” Niknam, Kick’s biggest promoter, some streamers have misinterpreted the Terms and Conditions. While they believe anything goes on Kick, the truth is that it has regulations that streamers must adhere to.
How does the Kick app compare to Twitch?
On the technical side, Kick is still behind Twitch and only recently launched its own Android app. The Kick app is available on the Google Play Store for free.
The Kick app has limited functions. Viewers can create an account or log in using a Google account. On the Home section, you can find the featured streamers, the top categories, and a variety of recommended channels. The most popular categories are GTA RP, Slots & Casino, and Just Chatting.
On the Browse tab, you can find the same content as in the Home tab. This is due in part to the low number of content creators on the platform. On the Profile tab, you can see the content on your channel and enable notifications. When you try to change the settings, the app sends you to the browser version of Kick.
At the time of this publication, it is not possible to stream from the Android app. When browsing through different channels, the app closed suddenly and had to be restarted. The app is good for watching, but nothing else.
Improvements to the app and Kick as a whole are to be expected.
Through Twitter, Trainwreck promised Kick would implement a “TikTok-like” system to increase discoverability.