In a statement released Friday, Google-owned YouTube announced it has plans to launch a gaming hub this summer so users can follow their favorite games as well as stream their own virtual content.
YouTube says it will revamp it’s Live product to allow users to stream game content directly to the video sharing website, which means they will be going toe to toe with Amazon and their recently acquired Twitch. Twitch currently has more than 100 million members and 1.5 million broadcasters. Ever since Twitch’s inception it has reigned king in video game streaming but it seems Google has other plans for the new and profitable genre of the internet.
Although a full list of games has not been released Google states the gaming hub will give more than 25,000 video games their own channels for users to look up game play, walkthroughs and other content related to the titles. “Let’s Play” videos, which are previously recorded commentated playthroughs will almost certainly make their appearance as well. Popular game publishers will also be getting their own content channels.
The Service will be launched this summer and be available in the US and UK. Expect demo content at E3 2015 this coming week in Los Angeles as YouTube will surely be there to show it off.
YouTube Gaming will be available on not only computers but also on smartphones and tablets, similarly to it’s main competitor Twitch, but with 60fps playback and interface mechanics to help new users discover content that they might enjoy viewing.
“Live Streams bring the gaming community closer together, so we’ve put them front-and-center on the YouTube Gaming homepage,” Said YouTube Product Manager Alan Joyce. “On top of existing features like high frame rate of 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.”