Twitch meets a formidable competitor in YouTube Gaming – which works surprisingly well on its first day out.
Google’s striving to make its services more stream-friendly with Youtube Gaming – a new games-centric site launched today. Designed as a direct competitor to Twitch – it puts streaming front and center while also functioning as a new launchpad for the extensive Let’s Play and general gaming library already on YouTube. I’ve been spending some time with the new set-up and it’s pretty nice. Twitch might have its work cut out for it.
YouTube’s been looking to break Twitch’s near-monopoly on videogame streaming for a while. When Twitch was up for sale last year one of the major rumors was that Google would be the buyer. Instead when Amazon picked Twitch up for a whopping $970 million Google started grooming YouTube to compete directly with the service – bolstering its streaming capabilities and offering the ability to upload videos running at sixty frames per second.