This summer, Youtube will launch a new service called Youtube Gaming, a website and app focused on gaming content including live streaming and speed running.
Alex Joyce, Product Manager at Youtube, spoke on the service in Youtube's Official Blog:
Today, the gaming world is much more diverse than the one I grew up with, and the community has created new formats that have made gaming more collaborative and interactive. On YouTube, gaming has spawned entirely new genres of videos, from let’s plays, walkthroughs, and speedruns to cooking and music videos. Now, it’s our turn to return the favor with something built just for gamers.
YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favorite games and gamers, with more videos than anywhere else. 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.
Keeping up with these games and channels is now super easy, too. Add a game to your collection for quick access whenever you want to check up on the latest videos. Subscribe to a channel, and you'll get a notification as soon as they start a live stream. Uncover new favorites with recommendations based on the games and channels you love. And 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.”
Youtube Gaming will be available this summer and will start in the United States and United Kingdom. Youtube Gaming will feature high frame rate streaming at 60fps, DVR, and will automatically convert your stream into a Youtube video. Users will no longer need to schedule ahead of time to make a life event. Users will also have a single link they can share for all their streams.
Last year, it was heavily speculated that Google would be purchasing Twitch, before a surprise move by Amazon purchased the popular streaming platform. Youtube Gaming seems to be a direct competition to Twitch, and Youtube's vast network of gaming focused channels makes this platform a strong viability for Youtube channels that previously used Twitch for live streams to their fans.
Twitch responded to the recent announcement: