June 13-2015
YouTube targets gamers with new website, app

Looking at tapping the rapidly changing gaming world, YouTube is all set to launch a separate site, app for gaming videos.

On YouTube, gaming has spawned entirely new genres of videos, from let’s plays, walkthroughs, and speedruns to cooking and music videos. Now YouTube has built something just for gamers. Called YouTube Gaming, the site and app will keep gamers connected with games and players with videos, live streams, and the biggest community of gamers on the web—all in one place.

Slated to launch this summer, YouTube Gaming is built to be all about people’s favorite games and gamers, with more videos than anywhere else. From Asteroidsto 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. The site will also have channels from a wide array of game publishers and YouTube creators.

YouTube Gaming has made it easy for gamers to keep with the games and channels. Gamers can add a game to their collection for quick access whenever they want to check up on the latest videos. They can also subscribe to a channel, and get a notification as soon as they start a live stream. Features such as favorites, recommendations based on favourite games and channels and specific search have also been introduced.

Since live streams bring the gaming community closer together, YouTube has put them front-and-center on the Gaming homepage.

In the coming weeks, YouTube Gaming will also launch an improved live experience that makes it simpler to broadcast gameplay to YouTube. On top of existing features like high frame rate streaming at 60fps, DVR, and automatically converting your stream into a YouTube video, the company is also redesigning its system so that one no longer needs to schedule a live event ahead of time. YouTube Gaming will also create a single link one can share for all their streams.

YouTube Gaming will be available this summer, starting in the US and UK.