In a move to compete with Twitch.tv, the leading video game streaming platform, Google launched YouTube Gaming ( Wednesday, a new site that features people live streaming the games they play, instructional walk-throughs and much more.
The site has been in the works for almost a year and YouTube clearly wants to capitalize on the explosive growth in video game watching as a spectator sport. Much of that growth has been fuelled by competitive video gaming, known as e-sports, which are already huge in Asia and growing in North America.
YouTube Gaming is squarely aimed at Twitch.tv, a video game live-streaming site which was bought in August last year by Amazon for $970 million (U.S.). Google was reportedly also interested in purchasing that site, but Amazon beat them out.