YouTube Gaming launch sees Google take on Twitch.TV

YouTube Gaming, Google’s competitor to Twitch.tv, will launch from 25 August 2015.

The game streaming service will be available as an app for Android and iOSand online at gaming.youtube.com. More than 25,000 games will have a dedicated page for videos and live streams, alongside a number of channels from game publishers and YouTube video creators.

According to Ars Technica the website will work in all countries “where YouTube is available” — although will remain English-only for the time being. The Android and iOS apps will only be available in the US and UK, with “other countries coming soon”.

When YouTube Gaming was first announced back in June it promised to collect together “the biggest community of gamers on the web — all in one place”. As well as a service for live streaming, Gaming will also collect together all gaming videos from the rest of YouTube.

A beta version of YouTube’s new live streaming dashboard will also launch alongside Gaming. The changes will make streaming easier and allow people to start streaming whenever they want.

The service will be the first genuine competitor for the now Amazon-owned Twitch.tv, which Google attempted to buy last May for $1bn. When the deal fell through Amazon completed its $970m purchasein September.

In January Twitch announced it had more than 1.5 million broadcasters and 100 million visitors per month.

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