The rapid increase in demand for live streaming video games and esports over recent years has been huge, evident in the fact that both SONY and Microsoft were quick to acquire Twitch as an integral app in their new consoles a couple of years ago.
Now YouTube is going to try it’s hand in the field of electronic competition by relaunching its live streaming platform with a “renewed focus on live gaming and esports”. One source states that “gaming and esports in particular are going to be a big driving force for the new-look YouTube Live”.
It’s hard to argue that this isn’t a smart move in an era where watching esports let alone partaking in it is becoming hugely popular with gamers across the globe. Moreover, last year Google attempted to acquire Twitch for their own, so you can’t suggest that they haven’t explored other avenues.
It has been said that 50 experienced engineers who know more than a thing or two about the streaming industry have already been recruited to YouTube solely in regard to this endeavor.
“There’ll be huge opportunities for established streamers and organisations soon and I would say that the record numbers of esports viewers are only going to grow when Google start promoting and partnering with these events” said one YouTube representative.
So what do you make of this news? Do you have any cool new ideas for features that should be implemented into the streaming/esports industry? Do you think that YouTube will be successful with its streaming service? As always, voice your opinion in the comments below.