Posted Wed Aug 26, 2015 at 07:25 AM PDT by Brian Hoss
Google takes aim directly at Twitch.
Ask any heavy Twitch user, and they'll let you know that Twitch is not a great place for archiving footage. Likewise, YouTube, which has been great at archiving and getting even better with some changes over the past year, has not offered exactly what Twitch has become so go-to for, streaming games (while making money).
Of course, it was YouTube parent Google that was gunning to acquire Twitch when fellow titan Amazon swooped in. Game-streaming is big business, and it's only getting bigger. It's also a key area for getting to young demographics. The next salvo in this battle for game-streams hits today, with the launch of YouTube Gaming.
Announced last June, YouTube Gaming means to pick up on the success of let's plays, walkthroughs, speedruns, and just about anything else gaming-related on YouTube and band it together with livestreaming and a "community" of gaming. While the YouTube Gaming destination will be here, it's the app that seems to be an even bigger focus. (Download it here.)
While it will take an impressive business side to lure Twitch streamers away, YouTube has already impressed many with its live streaming dashboard. The current dashboard is built on HTML 5 and allows viewers to rewind back up to 4 hours.
Source: YouTube Gaming
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