Google quietly launched YouTube's spin-off platform for gamers today. YouTube Gaming is a dedicated app and website focusing exclusively on gaming content, with a greater emphasis on live steams. YouTube want's to "tackle a fragmented experience" for the gaming and is "fighting back" against rivals like Twitch and Daily Motion.
YouTube has said on their Official YouTube Blog:
YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favorite games and gamers, with more videos than anywhere else. From "Asteroids" to "Zelda," more than 25,000 games will each have their own page, a single place for all the best videos and live streams about that title. You’ll also find channels from a wide array of game publishers and YouTube creators.
Keeping up with these games and channels is now super easy, too. Add a game to your collection for quick access whenever you want to check up on the latest videos. Subscribe to a channel, and you'll get a notification as soon as they start a live stream. Uncover new favorites with recommendations based on the games and channels you love. And when you want something specific, you can search with confidence, knowing that typing “call” will show you “Call of Duty” and not “Call Me Maybe.”
I ask this with particular interest to content creators. Launching with classic gamers in mind too, do you think you'll be using YouTube gaming? Will you be watching or posting?