YouTube Gaming Launches Today to Take on Amazon’s Twitch
Google-owned video site YouTube has launched its video gaming service as it looks to take on Amazon’s Twitch in the growing market for watching and broadcasting live video game action.
Known as YouTube Gaming, which comes as an app and website, caters for more than 25,000 titles, with each featuring videos and high-quality live streams.
The new service aims to keep gamers connected to the best players, while offering all the latest information about their scene. Players will be able to stream their own gameplay conveniently, without needing to schedule an event in advance.
Viewers can also chat with other members during livestreams. Further, each stream has a custom URL for easy sharing. YouTube Gaming will stream at 60fps.
YouTube says the streaming element will be “front-and-center” of the new service.
Back in 2014, Google competed with Amazon in a hope to purchase Twitch.tv, but ultimately it lost out to the retail giant. Then by the end of last year, the audience for Twitch had risen from 45 million monthly viewers in 2013 to 100 million.
While YouTube Gaming might not quite top Twitch’s numbers, there is certainly competition for the viewing of big gaming events.
The new service initially launches in the US and UK, and will expand to other regions in the coming weeks.