Google is shutting down YouTube Gaming (but that isn't a bad thing)

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The new YouTube Gaming page is accessible right here.

Appearing in YouTube's left navigation bar, is the site's revamped gaming hub that will highlight personalized content at the top of the page.

Some of the app's features, including streaming gameplay live from your phone, aren't available at the new destination, but the company will work on moving more elements across before the YouTube Gaming app is shuttered in March or April 2019. There's a carousel of top live games along with new and upcoming live streams from subscribed channels, as well as trending videos and recommended videos based on your subscriptions and history. 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.

According to YouTube, over 200 million people watch gaming related content on their website everyday, but the platform on which they do so is about to change considerably. YouTube will also show some love to smaller creators each week via a new "On The Rise" feature. If I were to be really picky when it comes to the design, I'd say it's less Twitch-lite and more YouTube, but it's otherwise not that noticeable of a difference.

He explains that outside of Ninja, the biggest gaming content creators, for example Markiplier and PewDiePie are on YouTube.

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The YouTube Gaming app launched back in August 2015 as a competitor for industry leader Twitch.

So many of these users are just using YouTube and the regular YouTube experience.

Wyatt hopes that YouTube will become the number one destination not just for gaming video, but also livestreaming - a crown worn comfortably by Twitch at the moment.

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.

The Gaming portal today launched in the USA, and it's rolling out to other countries in the coming weeks.


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