Earlier today YouTube finally announced its official competitor to Twitch – and it’s called YouTube Gaming.
Alan Joyce, Product Manager of YouTube went into specific detail about what YouTube and Google’s new endeavour will entail, explaining that YouTube Gaming is all about simplicity and having quick access to what you want. “YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favourite 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.”
Joyce also went on to point out how the system will work, “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 favourites 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” with show you “Call of Duty” and not “Call Me Maybe.”
“On top of existing features like high frame rate streaming at 60FPS, DVR, and automatically converting your stream into a YouTube video, we’re redesigning our system so that you no longer need to schedule a live event ahead of time. We’re also creating a single link you can share for all your streams.”
Finally, Joyce confirmed that YouTube Gaming will be available first in the U.S. and U.K. and will be arriving in Summer (which is Winter for Australia), which is very soon indeed. YouTube Gaming will be garnering a lot of feedback and will cater to issues present to make it the best streaming service possible, which will surely start to push Twitch — its main competitor — to strive for bigger and better things.
The streaming war is about to begin, and it’ll be very interesting to see how Twitch responds to this announcement. The best part about this all, though, is that now it’s not a one-horse race and will see both sets of streaming platforms constantly improving to better each other which is a big win for the gaming audience.