Google will launch the YouTube Gaming platform on Wednesday – a new portal dedicated to videos focused on gaming. Since YouTube hasn’t officially announced the launch of the service going live just yet, there are now no details about how the pay model will work for streamers, although those details should surface sometime after YouTube Gaming is live.
Google’s inclination towards getting or designing a game-streaming platform of its own was pretty evident in its last year’s attempt to purchase Twitch.
The standalone app and website will offer more than 25,000 game-specific pages to make it easy for gamers to quickly find game-play clips and other content related to their favorite titles.
Google wanted to acquire Twitch past year but lost to Amazon, which acquired the video streaming platform for a reported $970 million. Starting tomorrow, users can head down to http://gaming.youtube.com (or download the app) to check out the new interface, see who’s streaming, or start a stream themselves.
“The opportunity in gaming video is enormous, and others have clearly taken notice”, Twitch senior vp marketing Matthew DiPietro said in a statement.
A link is all a viewer needs to be able to watch a live “show” on YouTube. Nearly every Twitch streamer also uses YouTube for archival purposes and as an additional revenue stream, and now YouTube is a one-stop-shop for every kind of gaming video on the Web.
As YouTube stands now, gamers can use it to video stream their gameplay, but YouTube’s features have been lacking.