YouTube announced their plans to launch YouTube Gaming this summer.
YouTube Gaming will consist of a website and app to organize gaming videos for gamers. It will include videos, live streams, and the gaming community. Over 25,000 games will have their own page to collect the best videos and live streams for that title. You can also subscribe to a game by adding it to your collection.
Live streams bring the gaming community closer together, so we’ve put them front-and-center on the YouTube Gaming homepage. And in the coming weeks, we’ll launch an improved live experience that makes it simpler to broadcast your 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, we’re redesigning our system so that you no longer need to schedule a live event ahead of time. We’re also creating single link you can share for all your streams.
YouTube Gaming will be available this summer, starting in the U.S. and U.K.
The announcement comes just before E3 next week, where YouTube will have a booth. You can watch live at youtube.com/e3.
Amazon bought Twitch last Summer and Google might provide some serious competition with YouTube Gaming if they get it right.
You can sign up to be notified when YouTube Gaming goes live at gaming.youtube.com. You’ll be greeted with the pixelated heart seen below. You can click on each triangle and hear a different classic video game sound including some from Mario, Super Smash Bros, Sonic, Zelda, Street Fighter, Metal Gear Solid, and more while the heart animates corresponding with the reference.