Mobcrush

App review by
Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Lively community for teens to stream and watch mobile games.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Super easy to watch any gaming stream, whether you're logged on or not. It's also easy to comment and to stream on your own. 

Violence

Some violent games streamed, but it's possible to avoid them. 

Sex

Some games may contain suggestive content, and some users have made sexually charged comments.

Language

Some games contain profanity, and user comments can get salty.

Consumerism

Though you don't have to pay to use Mobcrush, a lot of the streams are for paid games, and gameplay can feel a lot like watching product endorsements.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some streams are from games that involve drinking, drugs, and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mobcrush is a popular tool for live-streaming mobile games. There are two parts to the user experience: Users can log into Mobcrush on a mobile device to stream while they play a mobile game, and anyone can then visit the Mobcrush website to view live and archived streams from other users. Anyone can visit the website to watch streams, but users have to be over 13 to create an account, which lets you stream your own gaming and comment on other users' streams. There are some great sections of Mobcrush that are geared toward younger users, such as the lively community around Minecraft - Pocket Edition, but there are other, more mature games streamed here that parents may find inappropriate, such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas or Game of Thrones. You can view the app's privacy policy here

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What's it about?

MOBCRUSH is an app that lets users stream gameplay from their mobile devices to the web. Without a user account, anyone can use the Mobcrush website and watch people play games, and they can watch other users comment and chat in a live stream on-screen. Users over 13 can create their own accounts, comment on other users' streams, and create their own. You can search for streams by username or game, and there are active, lively communities who frequently stream games such as Minecraft Pocket Edition, Lara Croft GO, and other popular mobile games. 

Is it any good?

Though it's a mostly positive place for people to share their gaming experiences, the access to mature content and exposure to users who say inappropriate or abusive things makes it best for teens. However, there's a lot of positive peer pressure to be supportive, and there are good features for reporting inappropriate behavior. Since anyone can visit the Mobcrush website to watch user streams, parents might consider viewing with their kids and talking about what they see. Overall, it might be a fun way for teens to engage with a community of other people who love their favorite games within a more contained environment than YouTube, but it's still best for teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Mobcrush is often compared to Twitch, another tool for live-streaming gameplay. Read our parent guide for what parents need to know about Twitch.

  • Read more about how to protect your kid's privacy online with our parent guide here

App details

For kids who love social networking and teen games

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