5 things you need to know about YouTube Gaming launching in Ireland

10 Mar 2016

YouTube Gaming goes live in Ireland today

YouTube today launched its YouTube Gaming mobile app in Ireland, which will connect gamers and all those interested in gaming culture to the content that matters most.

YouTube Gaming, YouTube’s rival to Twitch, launched in the UK and the US last August. So it’s about time Ireland got a go.

Here are five things to know about the platform.

1. Powerful gaming experiences direct to your mobile

YouTube Gaming will be available on the App Store and Google Play from today in Ireland. It will keep you connected to all the games, players, publishers and creators.

2. Broadcast your gameplay

On Android, you will be able to record and live-stream mobile gameplay on-the-go directly from Android devices using Mobile Capture in YouTube Gaming. Just tap Go Live in the YouTube Gaming app, turn on your selfie cam and record your commentary with your phone’s microphone.

3. YouTube Gaming is purely for the players

The YouTube Gaming app pulls in all gaming-related videos and live streams from YouTube to YouTube Gaming. More than 25,000 games from Asteroids to Zelda and Call of Duty will each have their own page featuring the best videos and livestreams about the titles.

4. Make YouTube mirror your games collection

The new gaming portal will also be a showcase for game publishers as well as YouTube creators. Users can add a game to their own collection for quick access to the latest videos or subscribe to a channel to be notified of new livestreams. Users can also uncover new favourites with recommendations based on favourite games and channels.

5. Accurate searches for gaming content

If you want something specific, you can search with confidence knowing that typing “call” will show you “Call of Duty” and not “Call Me Maybe.”

Mobile gaming image via Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years