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YouTube Gaming

21th century is the best time for attention-seeking people. You don’t longer have to be unique and stylish in any kind of activities to earn your audience. You can gather people around you just by playing videogames. Each person chooses for himself is it good or bad, but it is still a fact. And, of course, you need a good platform to stream on in order to gain popularity.

Usually, when you talk about streaming services, you think about Twitch, but this point of view is very bounded. Yes, Twitch allows you to be a part of a social network based around streaming but this will segregate you from people who enjoy videos more than streams. That’s why you should take a look on YouTube Gaming.

What is it?

YouTube Gaming is an offshoot of YouTube that features both live and on-demand video game content. The new platform curates YouTube’s existing gaming videos, allowing you to more easily find your favorite ones.

YouTube Gaming looks considerably different than plain old YouTube, with an all-black interface that puts a stream of popular game-related videos front and center. As with standard YouTube, you can follow channels to stay on top of their content; unlike standard YouTube, you can also follow specific games to ensure you’ll never miss the latest League of Legends match or crazy Street Fighter comeback.

YouTube Gaming’s interface has been streamlined considerably, mixing its crowded sidebars in favor of separate tabs for getting right to your favorite games and channels. There’s even a dedicated “Live” section that makes finding the biggest live broadcasts easier.

Features

Connection with Youtube

Most people have their own Youtube channels. If you create something, it is almost an obligatory to have it. Your channel on YouTube Gaming is the same as on the main YouTube app/site. You’ll sign in to YouTube Gaming with the same Google Account that you use for YouTube.

YouTube Gaming filters videos from YouTube to give you the best experience for watching gaming videos. You’ll find everything that’s in YouTube Gaming on the main YouTube app/site, but only gaming content on YouTube Gaming. Actually, if you upload a non-gaming video via Youtube Gaming it will appear on your channel page, but not anywhere else on YouTube Gaming.

Simplicity of using

If you’re on PC, you can stream on YouTube Gaming using broadcasting applications such as Open Broadcaster Software or XSplit. Fortunately, if you’re not especially into tech devices (or just love mobile games), Google recently rolled out the ability to stream directly to YouTube Gaming from your Android device. Once you open the YouTube Gaming app on Android and tap Go Live, you’ll be able to broadcast any Android game you like, complete with a webcam feed taken from your phone or tablet’s selfie cam.

You can also stream right to YouTube Gaming from your PlayStation 4, so long as you have the system’s latest 3.0 update. As of this writing, there’s still no way to stream directly to the service from Xbox One, which means you’ll have to rely on PC and capture card for the time being.

When the stream is live you can interact with the audience using live chat, i.e. you can share the link across social media platforms using their SHARE tool. When the stream is over, just stop sending content from your encoder and Youtube Gaming will end your stream. This service will automatically archive the event up to 12 hours and make it available in the Video Manager.

Social aspect

No one can argue that most of twitch streams remain unwatched. Actually, if Twitch streamer will not mark his stream by the name of the game he is currently playing, you will never find this stream without the direct link to it. And if you mark the wrong game, you can sometimes even get banned. But not in Youtube Gaming.

If you have ever watched some game-based videos, similar videos might have appeared in your recommendation section. So will streams do. That will help you to find streams with the games you want to look at, and it will help streamers to gain at least some audience.

Completely Free

You never have to pay to use it. Ever. This may also help you both as a viewer and as a streamer.

Youtube Gaming or Twitch?

It’s easy to write off YouTube Gaming as a flattering imitation of Twitch at first glance, but the platforms have some key differences.

For one, YouTube Gaming appears to put an equal emphasis on live and on-demand content, which isn’t surprising given YouTube’s expertise with the latter. Twitch is the current king of live streaming, but its on-demand offerings are limited and hard-to-find by comparison.

YouTube Gaming also has the potential to one-up Twitch in the live department. Live YouTube videos already offer the ability to rewind during a live broadcast (something Twitch still lacks), a feature that could be crucial for those who tune in late to a major tournament.

However, YouTube Gaming does have some work to do in order to become an all-encompassing video destination for gamers. YouTube is notorious for hitting its creators with sometimes unwarranted copyright claim warnings, even when the game developers themselves have no issues with their content being used in a clip. Also, many popular Twitch streamers have the ability to offer fans a monthly subscription fee in exchange for special rewards; a feature that YouTube Gaming is only starting to roll out to select streamers in beta.

Now let’s do a little sum-up.

8.5 Total Score
YouTube Gaming isn't quite the Twitch killer it was positioned as, but it one-ups gaming's biggest streaming site in some significant ways.

However, while Twitch can learn a thing or two from YouTube Gaming's super-slick interface and live DVR functionality, it's still the best place to both watch and broadcast live-gaming video, thanks to its massive community of popular streamers and excellent broadcasting tools. Still, YouTube Gaming's selection of on-demand gaming content is unrivaled, and YouTube Red offers far more value than Twitch Turbo for those willing to pay for ad-free video. Given the wealth of excellent videos on both platforms (and the fact that many popular creators use both sites), the real winner of this competition is anyone who loves to watch people play video games or is willing to start their own streaming channel.

PROS
  • Simple to use
  • Uses not so much RAM&PC resources
  • Grants you a lot of useful features
  • Free
CONS
  • Rare bugs can end your stream earlier than you have wanted to
Add your review
8.5 Total Score
YouTube Gaming isn't quite the Twitch killer it was positioned as, but it one-ups gaming's biggest streaming site in some significant ways.

However, while Twitch can learn a thing or two from YouTube Gaming's super-slick interface and live DVR functionality, it's still the best place to both watch and broadcast live-gaming video, thanks to its massive community of popular streamers and excellent broadcasting tools. Still, YouTube Gaming's selection of on-demand gaming content is unrivaled, and YouTube Red offers far more value than Twitch Turbo for those willing to pay for ad-free video. Given the wealth of excellent videos on both platforms (and the fact that many popular creators use both sites), the real winner of this competition is anyone who loves to watch people play video games or is willing to start their own streaming channel.

PROS
  • Simple to use
  • Uses not so much RAM&PC resources
  • Grants you a lot of useful features
  • Free
CONS
  • Rare bugs can end your stream earlier than you have wanted to
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