There were a lot of rumors in the gaming community all over the world that YouTube is all set to launch a new website and application solely dedicated to video gaming. Well, it is now clear that those were not rumors after all as the company’s product manager Alan Joyce announced the launch of separate website and application in the company’s blog.
“This summer, we’ll launch YouTube Gaming, a brand new app and website to keep you connected to the games, players, and culture that matter to you, with videos, live streams, and the biggest community of gamers on the web-all in one place,” announced Alan Joyce who is the company’s product manager.
This news has sent a wave of joy in the gaming community all over the world as the world’s most reputable video streaming website is now stepping in this market.
There are some other well known websites already present and established in this sector. The most popular of all is the twitch which is owned by the Amazon, the largest online shopping hub. Twitch allows the gamers all over the world to watch and interact with live broadcasts of others playing games. Google will be hoping to break the gamers away from this rival gaming service twitch which is ruling this market for now. Some 12 billion hours of live gaming is being watched on this site monthly but YouTube is very likely be able to lure a large number the gamers away from this site owing to the company’s trusted name and excellent repute among the general public. There are other competitors as well in this market like “Steam Broadcasting” but they are not as much popular and seems very unlikely to pose a challenge to this new YouTube gaming.
Google tried to bid for twitch last year but was beaten by the Amazon’s $970m offer.
“On YouTube, gaming has spawned entirely new genres of videos, from let’s plays, walkthroughs, and speed runs to cooking and music videos. Now, it’s our turn to return the favor with something built just for gamers.” Alan Joyce further added in the blog post.
According to the Google’s announcement, this new service will completely be separated out from the rest of the YouTube. This new gaming service will offer around 25,000 games, each of which will have its own page. This will also include the channels from a wide range of renowned game publishers.
Some other features that will be offered by this new service will include high frame rate streaming at 60fps, DVR and all live streams automatically converting into YouTube videos.
YouTube gaming will initially be launched this summer in two countries only the U.S and U.K.