Update: YouTube Gaming Will Connect You To Games, Community, and Culture


Via a new Twitter account and website, YouTube officially debuted a new service this afternoon: YouTube Gaming. Few details have been released as of yet, but the service promises to connect the gaming community:

In a blog post announcing YouTube Gaming’s launch that was shared with The Washington Post and will be posted publicly later today, Alan Joyce stated:

"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…When you want something specific, you can search with confidence, knowing that typing ‘call’ will show you ‘Call of Duty’ and not ‘Call Me Maybe.’”"

Based on Tweets from the account, YouTube Gaming will be an app service that focuses solely on gaming, including live gaming. The service will be available online, as well as mobile and tablet for both Android and iOS. Individual games will each have their own pages to condense specific content and make it easier to find and organize, plus individual pages for YouTube content creators and game developers.

Content will be divided into three categories: Games, Feed, and Channels. New livestreaming services will be made available, with notifications whenever streamers you are subscribed to begin to stream.

Looks like YouTube’s stepping up and ready to compete with Twitch. Another official Tweet promises improved moderation and latency, and the interface looks pretty nice too:

YouTube Gaming will be available this summer in the US and the UK. You can check out the official website, where more info will hopefully be posted soon.

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