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YouTube to take on Twitch with YouTube Gaming

By Koh Wanzi - on 15 Jun 2015, 10:42pm

YouTube to take on Twitch with YouTube Gaming

Image Source: YouTube Blog

YouTube has announced that YouTube Gaming will launch this summer in the US and UK, marking its official foray into the live streaming gaming space. YouTube already supports live streams, but YouTube Gaming will be a dedicated application and website that will host only gaming-related videos, streams and communities.

YouTube Gaming is an obvious challenger to Twitch, the go-to platform for live streams of e-sports tournaments and gameplay from streamers. But while Twitch does include the feature to replay previous broadcasts if a certain channel has made it available, it is still primarily a live streaming platform.

On the other hand, YouTube Gaming will serve as an aggregate of gaming-related content – including videos, streams, and commentary – from both game publishers and gamers. More than 25,000 games will have their own page, allowing gamers to easily search for their favorite game and view all relevant content.

Gamers can also add a game to their collection for quick access and to stay updated on the latest videos easily. And like Twitch, gamers who subscribe to specific channels will receive a notification when the channel goes live. YouTube Gaming also takes a leaf from YouTube’s book by offering gamers recommendations based on the games and channels they’ve shown a preference for.

According to YouTube, live streams will feature prominently on YouTube Gaming’s homepage to allow gaming communities to congregate around live gameplay. Furthermore, it is launching an improved live experience that will make it simpler for streamers to broadcast their gameplay to YouTube. There will be a host of features to help streamers reach out to their audience and get quality content out there, like support for 60fps streams, DVR, and automatic conversion of streams into YouTube videos.

In addition, YouTube Gaming will be built around sharing and community-building, so streamers and publishers alike will be able to share all of their streams with just a single link.

You can sign up to be notified when YouTube Gaming goes live here.

Source: YouTube Blog