YouTube Challenges Twitch With New YouTube Gaming Service
The world's most popular online video streaming website just announced its official expansion into the video game industry with YouTube Gaming. This video game-based initiative is YouTube's answer to Twitch, which it tried to purchase last year for over $1 billion. Twitch was officially acquired by Amazon when Google (who owns YouTube) couldn't come to an agreement with the streaming service in terms of antitrust issues. Now, YouTube Gaming intends on contending with and exceeding Twitch's offerings by hosting live streams and videos for the greater good of helping the gaming community.
"YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favorite games and gamers, with more videos than anywhere else," YouTube Gaming manager Alan Joyce said. "From Asteroids to Zelda, more than 25,000 games will each have their own page, a single place for all the best videos and live streams about that title. You'll also find channels from a wide array of game publishers and YouTube creators."
We wonder how YouTube's video game personalities like PewDiePie, Markiplier and the 5x5 team feel about this new announcement. YouTube representatives note that there will be over 25,000 games each having their own site on YouTube Gaming, ranging from Asteroids to every entry of The Legend of Zelda series. As you would expect, video and content creators are going to be happy with YouTube Gaming's new offerings, including an app that will house everything game-related together. You can expect 60fps, DVR services and the ability to automatically convert your stream into a YouTube video with this new service.
"When you want something specific, you can search with confidence, knowing that typing 'call' will show you Call of Duty and not Call Me Maybe."
The YouTube Gaming initiative will launch this summer. Expect an official app for it launching on the iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation formats in the near future.