Gaming! On YouTube! This has never been done before!
YouTube Gaming will feature over 25,000 specific pages dedicated to individual game titles. The platform is due to launch later this summer.
YouTube Gaming will apparently place a lot of emphasis on live streaming, pitting it directly against Twitch, the live-streaming platform that spun off from Justin.tv and is currently owned by Amazon. In January of 2015, Twitch hit about 1.5 million broadcasters and 100 million visitors per month.
After YouTube made the official “YouTube Gaming” launch announcement on YouTube, Twitch actually responded with this snarky tweet.
Hey, come on, kids. Play nice.
In addition to a shiny new website and mobile app, YouTube Gaming will offer some new features designed to make posting video game livestreams easier and more immediate. This includes the option to stream at 60 fps, a faster system for converting livestreams into saved videos that can be viewed later and the option to take a stream live immediately rather than scheduling it in advance.
Creators and fans everywhere will get a first look at YouTube Gaming when it debuts at the YouTube booth at E3, the video game expo, which begins next week.