Google launching ‘YouTube Gaming’ to compete with Twitch

Google takes on Twitch with "YouTube Gaming". The app and website will be available later this summer.

YouTube Gaming

Twitch officially has a new competitor, “YouTube Gaming”. As it was previously rumored, Google has just announced a new website and app dedicated to video games that will offer on demand videos and live streaming from gamers. Google is expected to launch YouTube Gaming later this summer, initially in the US and UK — no specific date has been announced.

Google is building YouTube Gaming as a separate experience from YouTube tailor to video games. The official YouTube blog explains that search has been refined, so that users typing “call” will show them “Call of Duty” and not “Call Me Maybe”. The new experience will offer channels that anyone can subscribe, and notifications for new live streams. The company says that it will be improving the live experience in the coming weeks to simplify broadcast of gameplay in YouTube.

YouTube Gaming will feature the new high frame rate streaming at 60fps, DVR, and automated stream conversion to YouTube video. In addition, users will no longer have to schedule live events, and there will only be a link to share all the video gaming streams.

Gallery

Google will be demoing the new Twitch competitor at E3, the site will go live under gaming.youtube.com, and you can follow @YouTubeGaming on Twitter.