YouTube is taking its support for video game let’s plays, walkthroughs and the like to a new level with YouTube Gaming, a separate website and app dedicated entirely to video game coverage. As its teaser site reveals, YouTube Gaming will launch in the U.S. and UK in summer 2015 with full support for live streams and videos.
YouTube Gaming will give over 25,000 games their own individual page, “a single place for all the best videos and live streams about that title,” Product Manager Alan Joyce wrote on the YouTube blog. How these pages will sort high- and low-view content remains to be seen. Furthermore, viewers will have the option of subscribing to game pages in addition to individual content creators. Further subscription improvements include scheduled notifications for the start of live streams. The new site will also feature a refined search engine, so “typing ‘call’ will show you ‘Call of Duty’ and not ‘Call Me Maybe.’”
Live streams will be a focal point for YouTube gaming. Fidelity improvements aside, YouTube streams will no longer have to be scheduled ahead of time. A single page which aggregates all previous streams will also be available to content creators. Streamers will still be able to automatically convert their streams into video, however.
YouTube will have its new gaming page on display at E3 2015. YouTube Gaming will surely become a competitor to Twitch, especially with the backing of Google, so you can bet the crowd will be ravenous. Personally, I’m wondering how this will affect YouTube’s copyright system, as well as the income of YouTubers.