YouTube has announced plans to launch an online game-streaming service through an app and a website, challenging Twitch.tv for the crown.
Dubbed ‘YouTube Gaming’, the website will support over 25,000 games each with their own page, with each page acting as a hub for the game where users will be able to browse through both live, ongoing streams and archived video footage through YouTube.com and YouTube Gaming.
As with Twitch and Youtube’s main website, it will also be possible to subscribe to individual channels, and as is similar with Twitch, subscribers will receive notifications whenever an individual host starts streaming content.
“Uncover new favourites with recommendations based on games and channels you love” YouTube says in the official description for the service. “And 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””
“On top of existing features like high frame rate streaming at 60FPS, DVR, and automatically converting your stream into a YouTube video, we’re redesigning our system so that you no longer need to schedule a live event ahead of time. We’re also creating a single link you can share for all your streams” YouTube concluded.
YouTube gaming is currently set to launch in the UK and US this summer, although no word yet on whether users will be able to stream directly from their consoles.