It looks as though there will be a newcomer to Twitch’s live video game streaming kingdom in YouTube. It has been long speculated that the Mountain View-based company would jump into game streaming following the long term success of gaming on YouTube, scuttlebutt that Google would purchase Twitch last year, and with improvements in streaming on the site to better benefit fast moving footage.
“Today, the gaming world is much more diverse than the one I grew up with, and the community has created new formats that have made gaming more collaborative and interactive,” said YouTube Product Manager Alan Joyce on the company’s blog. “On YouTube, gaming has spawned entirely new genres of videos, from let’s plays, walkthroughs, and speedruns to cooking and music videos. Now, it’s our turn to return the favor with something built just for gamers.”
The site will feature some 25,000 games for users to follow in addition to individual channels. Granted it will work similar to YouTube, when you sign in you will likely be greeted by a lot of content for stuff you follow and recommended from your tastes. For those wondering, videos by content creators will be accessible between YouTube and YouTube Gaming.
Currently the company is looking to launch YouTube Gaming later this summer in the U.S and U.K. So far there’s a placeholder site so it shouldn’t be too far off—perhaps prior to or during E3 2015 at the earliest.