YouTube Unveils New Gaming App

YouTube Gaming will feature content specifically tailored to gamers

YouTube debuted a new app and website specifically for gamers on Friday.

The app, called YouTube Gaming, will feature videos targeted to gamers, organized by game title, publisher and YouTube content creator.

“On YouTube, gaming has spawned entirely new genres of videos, from let’s plays, walkthroughs, and speedruns to cooking and music videos,” YouTube product manager Alan Joyce said in a statement. “Now, it’s our turn to return the favor with something built just for gamers.”

In a bid to challenge to Twitch, a popular gaming site that Amazon acquired last September for $970 million, YouTube Gaming will also highlight live streams of users’ gameplay.

The new app will still include existing  features like high-frame-rate streaming at 60fps, DVR and automatic conversion to YouTube videos.

But the system will no longer require users to schedule live streams in advance. It will also give users a single link to access all of their own streams.

The app will be available in the U.S. and the U.K. later this summer.


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