Is YouTube planning its own game streaming service?

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YouTube could be about to take on Twitch by launching its own live streaming service for gamers, according to one report.

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According to The Daily Dot, Google currently has 50 coders working on the new service, which would be a modified version of YouTube Live dedicated to e-sports.

Such a move would make sense as Twitch is perhaps the one category that is making inroads into Google’s online video dominance – and Google knows this, as it nearly bought the service last year until Amazon pulled out the carpet from underneath and picked Twitch up for a $1bn.

Given that the PS4 and Xbox One both already upload to YouTube and stream to Twitch, there’s also a natural route into the consoles for YouTube too, as the relationship between the companies (and the correct parts of the companies) is presumably already there.

James O’Malley