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

26 Aug 2015783 Views

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

Users can go to https://gaming.youtube.com/coming_soon 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.

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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.

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John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist who served as editor of Siliconrepublic.com for 17 years.

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