YouTube wants to dethrone Twitch!

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To compete with Twitch, YouTube is creating a website dedicated to video gaming and apps. Twitch is a popular streaming service, which allows players to stream their games for on-line spectators to watch. Previously, YouTube’s parent company, Google, made a failed bid to acquire Twitch; Amazon scooped it up for $970 million (£620m).

Twitch is the current King of on-line, video game, broad casting. Twitch currently streams approximately 12 billion hours of content each month. The only other real competitor in the live game streaming market is Steam Broadcasting; its stats are not even in Twitch’s ballpark.

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YouTube plans to launch its new service later in the summer of 2015.

In support of YouTube, blogger and YouTube Gaming Products Manager Alan Joyce stated, “On YouTube, gaming has spawned entirely new genres of videos, from let’s plays, walkthroughs, and speed runs to cooking and music videos. Now, it’s our turn to return the favor with something built just for gamers.” YouTube Gaming will initially limit its launch to just the U.S. and U.K.

YouTube’s new service will provide a separate area for spectators to watch live streaming of their favorite YouTube channels. YouTube Gaming will consist of approximately 25,000 individual gaming ports, consolidating each game into one cohesive web page for easier viewer accessibility. YouTube believes that the ease of finding multiple channels for popular games, combined with its name recognition, will lure spectators and content creators away from Twitch.

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