YouTube Gaming Launches Today to Take on Twitch
Google's YouTube Gaming is going to go live just 366 days after Twitch was sold to Amazon.
Sorry Twitch, but the world's most popular online video streaming website is invading your territory. YouTube Gaming is about to launch, Ars Technica reports, and its video game-focused initiative intends to be Google's answer to Twitch. Don't forget that Google (the owners of YouTube) tried to buy Twitch last year, but couldn't settle on an agreement due to antitrust concerns. As a result, Amazon ended up acquiring Twitch. Today, YouTube Gaming will be launching its official app and website service that focus on video game coverage and livestreaming.
YouTube Gaming is going to feature specific pages for more than 25,000 games, which probably includes every official video game title you could ever name. This initiative intends to be the Internet's go-to-place for livestreaming video game-oriented content. YouTube Gaming will have an organized category system for picking games, where you'll be able to see who is streaming and who isn't. The streaming on YouTube Gaming is done via HTML5 and can even let viewers rewind.
"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. 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 Android and iOS apps for YouTube Gaming, along with its official website, are expected to officially launch later today.
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