YouTube Gaming, Google’s direct competitor to the hugely successful streaming service Twitch, is set to make its big debut today, according to a new report. Users in the U.S. and the U.K. are expected to get it first.
Google reportedly entered the bidding for Twitch, but after the service was acquired by Amazon, the search giant decided it would launch a competitor. YouTube Gaming was first announced back in June, and according to TechCrunch, it will go live today.
Just like Twitch, YouTube Gaming will allow gamers to broadcast the titles they’re playing in real-time to YouTube users around the world. Viewers will be able to participate in chat, as well as subscribe to their favorite streamers.
YouTube Gaming will be available via the gaming.youtube.com website, and through dedicated apps for Android and iOS. You’ll find a whole bunch of screenshots from these in the gallery below if you want to check them out before they arrive.
We don’t know what time YouTube Gaming will go live yet, so be sure to keep an eye on the website throughout the day.