of the video game industry’s big E3 convention next
week, YouTube is launching a new gaming app and website
to provide a better experience to an online community
that has flocked to alternatives.
new app, announced Friday, highlights the company’s
attempt to compete with Twitch, an Amazon.com-owned
online streaming service that focuses on video gaming.
Twitch says its site hosts more than a million
broadcasters and 100 million visitors per month.
new app will combine videos, games and live streaming
with the aim of creating the biggest community of gamers
on the Web.
says its new app will include videos on about more than
25,000 games, including classic titles like
"Asteroids" and "Zelda" that have
their own pages. For example, a user can view a video
that shows how to navigate a certain level, or watch a
live stream of other people playing the game.
Gaming will be available to the public in the U.S. and
U.K. this summer.
some of the features that already exist on the video
sharing website like high-resolution streaming at 60
frames per second, the company is redesigning its system
to make it simpler to broadcast game-play and create
redesign will allow users to create a single link to
share all of their streams, and eliminate the need to
schedule a live event ahead of time.
will also get recommendations for new games based on the
games and channels they already enjoy. And searches will
be more accurate. For example, typing "grand"
in a search box will show "Grand Theft Auto"
and not "Grand Budapest Hotel."