Google launches a YouTube especially for gamers

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By Larry Banks

Google said last week that it’s to launch a live streaming gaming service to be called YouTube Gaming, a rival to Amazon’s own Twitch service.

The new service, which will be an app and a website, will focus exclusively on gamers and gaming.

YouTube Gaming launches

More than 25,000 games will have their own page, with videos and live streams about titles in a single space, Google said.

Users will also be able to add games to their collection, subscribe to channels, and receive recommendations on new games based on the games and channels they follow.

“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,” Google said in a blog post.

Amazon acquired Twitch Interactive in 2014 for $970 million, beating a bid from Google.

“We welcome new entrants into the growing list of competitors since gaming video is obviously a huge market that others have their eye on,” said Matthew DiPietro, Twitch’s vice president of marketing.

The YouTube Gaming service will available on the web, mobiles and tablets, for both Android and iOS operating systems, according to a tweet from its official account.

The service will launch this summer, with the the United States and UK being first to launch.

SOURCE: Reuters.

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