YouTube Live to stream live video games and esports; goal is to take on Twitch

YouTube Live to stream live video games and esports; goal is to take on Twitch
According to a report published today, later this year YouTube is expected to launch a live video game and esports streaming service called YouTube Live. Google will be challenging Twitch, which is the leading app in the category. While it might be possible to see Google introduce this at Google I/O in May, sources say that YouTube Live will be unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June.

Last year, there was talk that Google would buy Twitch for $1 billion, but anti-trust problems forced Google to back away. Since Amazon stepped in and bought the video game streamer for $970 million, Google's response was to produce its own streaming service. To that end, the tech titan is rumored to have hired 50 engineers with experience in streaming, and is ready to start promoting esports on the regular YouTube site.


YouTube has been taking a stab at streaming esports as it has covered the League of Legends Championship Series since 2013. But YouTube does not have an exclusive on it and most League of Legends' fans end up watching on Twitch. Google is hoping that the YouTube name still carries enough of a cachet to take on the competition and grab the bulk of live video game and esports viewers.

source: DailyDot via arstechnica, AndroidCentral

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13 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

lol rip rip Twitch...Youtube taking everything by storm now.

6. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

in india you tube lossing share becoz at here all poplular content like cricket match , top movie and tv show acquired by hotstar ,, now you tube downfall start

11. DeathTripp135

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

India is a very small part of the world....

10. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

YT was first, so it is no 1. Also google acquired yt same as they did with android. Google is so pathetic.

2. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Youtube live stream is awesome, but sometimes it can be a major pain in the ass.

3. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

goodbye twitch

4. ysk79

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

how I wish Youtube can stream all sports around the world. Ready to pay for it

5. Wrightdj21

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

If I can start a stream from my phone then I will defiantly support YouTube on this

7. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

youtube rip in india soon

8. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

You do realize google bought twitch some time ago, PA?

9. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Ok, nvm amazon bought it. Isn't YT for peasants to make trash movies to milk adsense? Google + is trash and failed miserably against FB. Twitch is an established brand for esports, so google can go and screw themselves. Players prefer twitch, so the only way for yt now is to sway the game owners and get the exclusive rights to stream their game.

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

eSports can die in a fire. I love watching streams for entertainment or to see skill in beating games and such (like AGDQ and such) but this LoL and Starcraft nonsense is pathetic and boring, i'd rather watch golf or nascar (and those are terribly boring already, but at least demonstrate some class).

13. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

This could be very interesting...my concern would be the scrutiny being shown by video game and entertainment firms on videos like Let's Plays and game reviews: I've seen cases where they would file copyright claims to force YouTube to take the videos down, screwing gamers in the process. YT doesn't investigate many of these claims before taking that kind of action. I guess when a multi-million/billion dollar companies twist your arm, you don't have much of a choice. I don't see Twitch going away anytime soon, even if YouTube Live does succeed early on.

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