YouTube recently launched the YouTube Gaming, a platform for gamers for live streaming which will compete against famous Twitch. The platform is launched exclusively for gamers for the gameplays and live streaming. Its specific app will also be available for smartphones and tablets in the U.S. and U.K.
It will work like the Twitch, but there’s an addition of a feature called as “DVR Mode” which allows capturing up to four hours of streaming so the users can watch it again. One YouTube representative said to BBC that they expected to deal with a “fragmented experience” for the gamers.
YouTube’s Gaming chief, Ryan Wyatt stated, “Gaming is so big now. We’re doing billions of hours of watch-time a month, with hundreds of millions of users. It’s astonishing. We want to make live simple. We’ll definitely explore other opportunities to see how we can make live easier for people on consoles and phones, both for streaming and capturing content,”.
Gamers usually browse through the YouTube for gameplay footages and other related videos. YouTube’s famous star Felix Kjellberg, commonly known as PewDiePie, is also gamer. He earned around $7.4 M in 2014 from his YouTube channel.
It was reported that the Google was more interested in buying Twitch back in 2014 but Amazon managed to win against Google and bought Twitch for around $970 Million.
“We are focused on the comment system at YouTube as a whole. In the gaming portion, we rebuilt the live-streaming platform and and built out chat moderation, the ability to ban users, time-out users, ban filtered words and so forth,”
“It’s important to maintain the integrity of chat while having a live stream, and indicate who the broadcaster is, who the moderators are and so on. It’s a good first step, but there’s a lot more we can do with chat in the future.” said Ryan Wyatt.
Source: The Guardian