YouTube Gaming is an app that seeks to keep gamers connected to the games, players, and culture with videos, live streams, and the community.
Globally, video games are quite a spectator sport unlike in India where they are mostly a living room affair. In China for example, there are huge gaming contests that get a lot of media coverage, including live transmission, and involve big prize money as well.
To live stream from the Youtube Gaming app, you don’t any additional hardware or software—just tap Go Live in the YouTube Gaming app, turn on your selfie cam and record your commentary with your phone’s microphone
“We launched YouTube Gaming in the U.S. and U.K. last August, and we’re excited to invite new players to join us,” said Ines Cha, Head of YouTube Gaming Content & Partnerships, Asia Pacific.
You can continue to access YouTube Gaming on your desktop on gaming.youtube.com as well.
“YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favorite games and gamers, with more videos than anywhere else. We automatically pull in all gaming-related videos and live streams from YouTube to YouTube Gaming.
“From “Asteroids” to “Zelda,” more than 25,000 games will each have their own page, a single place for all the best videos and live streams about that title. You’ll also find channels from a wide array of game publishers and YouTube creators,” Cha added.
Users can add a game to his or her collection. This enables the user to check up on the latest videos, or subscribe to a channel to get a notification as soon as they start a live stream.
“Uncover new favorites with recommendations based on the games and channels you love. 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.””
There’s also a dedicated destination for live gaming streams within YouTube Gaming app.
“On Android, we’ve also made it simpler to broadcast your gameplay to YouTube. You can now record and live stream mobile gameplay on-the-go directly from Android devices using Mobile Capture in YouTube Gaming.”
You can download the app here.