Google is all set to launch YouTube Gaming to compete Amazon Twitch
Google’s YouTube is poised to take on Twitch — the live-streaming video game company it tried to buy before Amazon snapped it up last year — with the public launch of a dedicated gaming destination and enhanced live-broadcasting tool.
The Internet-video giant plans to launch YouTube Gaming on Wednesday, comprising more than 25,000 game pages and channels, providing users personalized gaming recommendations based on the games and channels they follow. YouTube has been beta-testing the service with several thousand users for the last several months.
The YouTube Gaming service, with more than 25,000 dedicated game pages will be available on the web and as an app on Android and iOS devices. It will also support videos and live streams. The platform will give hardcore gamers an option broadcast their gameplay on the web.
But for now, Canada is not part of the equation. Initially, YouTube Gaming, which automatically pulls in all gaming-related videos and live streams from YouTube related to a specific title, will only be accessible in the U.S. and U.K. It will be available to these users on the web (gaming.youtube.com) as well as for Android devices from Google Play and iOS via Apple’s iTunes.
About a year ago, YouTube reached a preliminary deal to acquire Twitch for around US$1 billion, before Amazon.com clinched a deal to buy the company for about the same price-tag.
According to Google, the new live-streaming service makes it easier to broadcast gameplay video. It supports streaming of up to 60 frames per second, and automatically converts live streams into an on-demand YouTube videos.