We’ve known for a while that Youtube was cooking up an answer to Twitch, and it’s almost here.
Youtube Gaming, their rather unimaginately named game related streaming service, is launching today.
As you might expect, this service works in a similar way to Twitch, in that you can watch thousands of streaming videos and lets you search by game, popular content, or streamer.
It will have something that Twitch is currently lacking, though, that being the DVR Mode buffer that will automatically capture the last four hours of the livestream, allowing you to rewind.
It will also have a companion app on both iOS and Android, which you can use to keep up to date with who is currently streaming or start a stream yourself. The app and the website will be launching later on today in both the US and the UK.
I am definitely going to be paying attention to this one. Twitch has been the big daddy in streaming for some time, with nary a challenger to it’s throne. There are other streaming services, of course, but none of them have the user base of Twitch.
Can Youtube Gaming crown itself the new King of game streaming? Possibly. If there’s anyone who could take down the monolith, it’s Google. Previouisly, the streaming available on Youtube was quite lackluster but that was just something tacked on to the main site.
This, now, is a fully fledged streaming service with all the bells and whistles. It will be very interesting to see if this has the chops to take on Twitch.
Twitch vs Youtube Gaming…. FIGHT
Update: It’s now live! You can check it out here.