Google on Friday officially introduced YouTube Gaming, its take on the increasingly popular game streaming market. It’s launching sometime this summer and will be a direct competitor to the current powerhouse, Twitch, which was acquired by Amazon last year.
YouTube Gaming will provide users with the ability to browse through more than 25,000 game titles, all of which will have a landing page in the service and will provide quick access to live streams and videos. I recently started playing Elder Scrolls Online, for example, and I might be able to bring up that section of YouTube Gaming to view livestreams of folks playing that game, or other feature videos that are shared inside of the Elder Scrolls Online portal. Streamers will have the option to livestream games up to 60fps, and users will have DVR capabilities, YouTube said.
One key component will be getting the livestream software into the right places. Twitch already has apps for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, for example, so YouTube Gaming is going to need to hit those platforms, too. For consumption, it appears that there will be mobile applications in addition to a dedicated website.
YouTube Gaming is set to launch this summer in the United States and in the United Kingdom.