New Delhi, 26 August: In an attempt to compete with Twitch, YouTube has launched a dedicated service for gamers, YouTube Gaming. The live streaming company tried to buy last year.
Amazon-owned Twitch currently leads the game live-streaming business with milestones such as around 2 million concurrent viewers. The launch of YouTube Gaming came months after Google reportedly failed to acquire Twitch due to potential antitrust concerns.
The YouTube Gaming service will offer gamers more than 25,000 game-specific pages to let them quickly find game-related videos and other content. The service will also curate live-streams from thousands of gaming-related channels.
Not only does YouTube already have a much bigger fan following than Twitch, it’s also really popular with advertisers already on the site. There’s also the fact that, aside from v-loggers and gamers on YouTube, Twitch players have also been turning to YouTube to post their recorded videos, seeing as Twitch recently introduced a limit to the amount of past videos that can be archived.
As per sources, Ryan Wyatt, YouTube’s head of gaming, said: “Gaming is so big now. We’re doing billions of hours of watch-time a month, with hundreds of millions of users. It’s astonishing.” YouTube Gaming will utilise HTML5 technology to stream content. It will also allow streamers to use a “DVR Mode.” DVR Mode will allow gamers to buffer last four hours of a stream and play it at a later time.