For fans of live videos of games streamed live over the Internet, there’s a new app available for Android on Google Play called YouTube Gaming. It’s a dedicated app to watch game-related live streams and videos hosted on the service, and seems to be a direct competitor for Amazon-owned site Twitch. Downloading the app is currently limited to US and UK residents at launch, however.
YouTube Gaming now live
If you have used Twitch to watch gaming content on the move, the YouTube Gaming experience will be quite similar. Content is organised by game, with a pop out player, inline chat and support for Google Cast. The new app pulls in gaming videos and live streams directly from YouTube, and viewers can also get recommendations of what to watch based on their channel subscriptions and the games they own.
YouTube takes a large portion (45%) of the revenue that video owners generate on the service. In comparison, Twitch requires that content owners need around 500 simultaneous viewers to your streams on average before they’ll pay out, compared with YouTube’s requirement that you just regularly upload content and don’t infringe anyone’s copyright.
It will be interesting to see how the new service takes off – YouTube is typically the place where ordinary people become mainstream celebrities if they create a viral video, as well as being the place to watch random videos. Twitch is already the main website for people to find live streamed game videos, which is already starting to create videogame celebrities…