However as Twitch notes, for now only the controls have been changed to HTML5 while the video remains in Flash, at least for now. Twitch’s staff member on Reddit said the unoptimized version of the HTML5 player the company is testing now uses a third of the CPU and a sliver of the memory its current Flash player does.
The move today is only for the player part of the equation, but a full HTML5 solution should be forthcoming.
Livestreaming will be the first destination for the new HTML5 player, which should bring improved performance and no need for a plug-in. “The problem is that we do EVERYTHING in Flash right now, so we have to port every feature one-by-one into HTML/JS before we can release the player”. Many web-based games also still use Flash, and although there are game-suitable replacements for Flash now available, they’re not now in widespread use.
The debate over Flash’s security vulnerabilities earlier this month reached a flash point when Google and Mozilla pulled support for the platform from their Chrome and Firefox browsers.
Tech companies, which move from Flash to HTML5, encounter a lengthy transition period, since everything is converted into an entirely different coding scheme from scratch. Over the next few days we should see the new controls spread to all players and users.
The second step, which is much more arduous, involves transitioning the actual video player to HTML5/JS.
Twitch is now the strongest videogame streaming platforms, with many gamers around the world conducting live streams or world renown competitions, such as E-Sports, engaging its services for live coverage of their events.
Twitch is finally transitioning from Flash to HTML5