Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

YouTube launches new gaming section and scraps YouTube Gaming app

YouTube launches new gaming section and scraps YouTube Gaming app

Gaming content has a new spot on YouTube. Once it's shut down for good, you'll need to head to this new gaming portal on the main YouTube site in order to browse content.

According to Google's blog post on the YouTube Gaming revamp, the site has "built dedicated shelves for live streams and trending videos", and will allow users to "find gaming videos from all over YouTube, related to that specific game on new game pages". The landing page shows you recommended streams and videos, along with the most-streamed live games. "People go to different places for live content, and YouTube for video on demand". The YouTube Gaming site will redirect users to a new destination for gaming videos on YouTube itself while the YouTube Gaming app will be phased out by March 2019. On that page, you'll find a list of the top live games (something that's nearly certain to be dominated by Fortnite for the foreseeable future), along with recent videos and current live streams from your subscriptions.

The retirement of the YouTube Gaming app is likely a move by Google to better compete with rival services like Amazon-owned Twitch.

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Meant to be a platform to connect with personalities in gaming culture, Ryan Wyatt, YouTube's director of gaming content and partnerships, would later concede to The Verge that "there was confusion with the YouTube gaming app". 50 billion hours of gaming content has been watched on YouTube in the a year ago alone.

Google will cater the suggested videos to you based on what it thinks you want to see, just like with regular YouTube videos, so the more you watch the better its suggestions will become. Existing features such as Super Chat and Channel Memberships will be carried over to the main YouTube experience. YouTube will also use this page to highlight content creators who are on the rise, much like Twitch dedicates front-page time to a number of streamers each week.

A few hours ago, YouTube announced that it would be retiring the dedicated YouTube Gaming app, and tried to make the decision sound like a success story.

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