YouTube Gaming, YouTube’s rival to Twitch, to go live today

26 Aug 2015

YouTube’s live-streaming games platform YouTube Gaming, the video giant’s answer to, is set to go live today (26 August).

Users can go to to get updates on when the platform launches and where they can download the relevant apps for iOS and Android.

YouTube Gaming is being envisaged as a go-to location for all gaming information and entertainment and YouTube will automatically categorise its gaming content by game and the content of video.

A beta version of a new live-streaming dashboard is also due to launch today and streaming will be done on HTML5.

Unlike Twitch, streamers will be able to enable a DVR mode that buffers the last four hours of a stream so users can rewind.

YouTube gets its game on


This will be the first serious rival that has emerged for Twitch, which was acquired by Amazon for US$970m a year ago to the day.

Twitch had been the subject of a bidding war and Google was rumoured to have offered US$1bn for the company.

In the end, Amazon bought Twitch for US$970m in cash.

YouTube, which is effectively the second-biggest search engine on the planet, no doubt is already a go-to location for gaming information and trailers but adding streaming to the mix is a compelling opportunity.

Game streaming image via Shutterstock

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