YouTube About to Launch Service for Watching Video Games


After failing to acquire Twitch, YouTube has built its own competing service.

After allegedly failing to acquire Twitch, a video network for watching video game players play video games, YouTube has built its own and it’s set to go live on Wednesday, the company has confirmed.

YouTube announced in June that it was preparing get into the video game streaming business with its own Twitch competitor. Twitch, which spun-off from a previous video-broadcasting startup in 2007, ultimately sold to Amazon for about a $1 billion last year, making it clear that people not only like to play video games, but they also like to watch others play.

YouTube Gaming will launch at 10 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday, with 25,000 games to start, the company says. The English language version of the site will be available anywhere YouTube is accessible, and the iOS and Google Play apps will be rolling out in the U.S. and U.K. on Wednesday as well. More countries will be added soon.

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SOURCE: Kia Kokalitcheva

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