In a possibly not-so-surprising turn of events YouTube has officially announced plans to launch their official streaming platform for gamers later this summer. Named ‘YouTube Gaming’ the service will launch as a standalone app this summer, providing real competition for existing services such as Twitch. The service will be rolling out first for the United States and United Kingdom, with remaining territories launching later on as the platform is developed.YouTube officially announced the platform with the following statement:
“This summer, we’ll launch YouTube Gaming, a brand new app and website to keep you connected to the games, players, and culture that matter to you, with videos, live streams, and the biggest community of gamers on the web—all in one place.
YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favorite games and gamers, with more videos than anywhere else. From “Asteroids” to “Zelda,” more than 25,000 games will each have their own page, a single place for all the best videos and live streams about that title. You’ll also find channels from a wide array of game publishers and YouTube creators.