Google Launches YouTube Gaming on iOS, Android, Web

The YouTube Gaming platform is a destination for gamers to discover and follow games, channels and live streams.

After announcing YouTube Gaming in June 2015, Google today launches the service on iOS and Android devices, as well as the Web. The platform looks to take on Twitch as a destination for gaming content, including live streams, across a database of more than 25,000 games to start.

With YouTube Gaming, each game has its own page or hub within the app, offering users access to the game’s description, current live streams, popular related videos, let’s plays, video reviews and more (all where available). Users can search for and mark their favorite games to have easy access to these hubs from the YouTube Gaming home screen, which also provides lists of currently trending and popular titles.

Users can watch videos and live streams within the app, and in the case of live streams, can chat with others in real time. Videos and live streams are presented alongside their details and descriptions, as well as a tab for viewing other ‘suggested’ videos. When users subscribe to a channel, they’ll receive a notification when these subscriptions have started a live stream.

The app’s home screen offers two additional tabs: ‘Feed’ and ‘Channels.’ The Feed tab shows users videos from their favorite channels, while the Channels tab allows users to browse these uploaders, or a list of featured channels. Like games, each channel has also received its own hub in YouTube Gaming, containing the channel’s description, uploads, past live streams, playlists and more.

YouTube Gaming rolls out today in the U.S. and U.K. on iOS, Android and the Web.

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