When google launched Youtube Gaming earlier this year, we knew it was no joke. After all, when you have a game video-viewing platform backed by world’s most robust infrastructure and promoted by world’s biggest video hosting platform, you know it is going to make even the best, sweat.
Google says that its game video streaming platform already has over 144 billion minutes of gaming videos and live streams on Youtube and to heat up its battle of dominance with Twitch even further, Youtube Gaming has today announced some brand new features — most notable of them all being the mobile capture feature.
Starting today, you can now record and live stream mobile gameplay on-the-go directly from Android devices using Mobile Capture on YouTube Gaming. You don’t need any additional hardware or software—just tap Go Live (or your avatar on a phone) in the YouTube Gaming app, turn on your selfie cam and record your commentary with your phone’s microphone.
In short, all of those Clash Of Clans or Games Of War videos which all of us mad fans have been viewing on Youtube, can now also be accessed LIVE , in real-time, on Youtube Gaming.
Another interesting addition which Youtube Gaming gets today, is something called ‘Sponsorships’.
With sponsorships, Youtube is making it even easier for you to back and donate to your favourite live streamers, so that they can continue to beam awesome live-gaming content for you to watch. Though currently in beta to a small group of creators, you can now support the live streams and videos you love with Fan Funding and Sponsorships. For a monthly payment, sponsors receive extra perks including a live chat badge chosen by the creator and access to exclusive chat sessions. Youtube says that it’ll continuously expand the list of beta channels in near future.
Additionally, based upon user feedback, Youtube gaming is also getting the following minor but vital changes :
- More easily see when there are live streams for games in your collection
- Easier video bookmarking with Watch Later
- Improved performance and a redesigned watch page on gaming.youtube.com
- Better search navigation on iOS by remembering your previous searches
- Import existing subscriptions anytime from YouTube via Settings
All of these new features have been updated on the youtube gaming app for the U.S. and U.K. Play stores.