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YouTube Gaming is no more, with YouTube having shut down its standalone entity for gaming. To make matters worse, not all of YouTube Gaming’s features have made it across to the main YouTube app. Here are the best YouTube Gaming alternatives for gamers.
What Happened to YouTube Gaming?
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In 2015, YouTube launched YouTube Gaming to compete with Twitch. It was a dedicated site and app for both streaming and discovering gaming videos. YouTube Gaming had special tools to attract professional gamers, and the viewers who watch their videos.
In May 2019, Google killed YouTube Gaming. This wasn’t because YouTube Gaming failed to garner the amount of engagement Google was hoping for. On the contrary, gaming has grown into one of YouTube’s most active verticals.
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Google Kills the YouTube Gaming App
The YouTube Gaming app is no more. Instead, YouTube Gaming is being incorporated into YouTube itself.
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Ryan Wyatt, YouTube’s Director of Gaming Content and Partnerships, tried to explain the decision, saying, “We have 200 million people that are logged in, watching gaming content every single day and the majority of them, quite frankly, are just not using the YouTube Gaming app for their gaming experiences.”
Therefore, it no longer made sense for YouTube to ask its users to visit a separate app for watching or streaming gaming content. Which is why YouTube is incorporating YouTube Gaming’s best features on its main app and site.
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YouTube has already added a new dedicated gaming destination. Here, you’ll find gaming videos, live streams, YouTube Original shows, and more. YouTube also indexes the catalog by games and ranks them based on what everyone is watching.
You can either subscribe to YouTube’s new Gaming channel, browse it from your recommendations, or bookmark YouTube.com/Gaming. Plus, YouTube has retained the Live Now button which plays a random stream its algorithms think you might enjoy.
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