Last year, rumors swirled of YouTube's apparent intent to purchase game streaming service Twitch for a reported $1 billion USD. But later in 2014, Amazon would eventually acquire Twitch, with some reporting the deal with YouTube fell through over "antitrust" issues.Now, it seems YouTube is ready to forge its own path, leveraging its superpower as an online video site to begin dedicated streaming of eSports and other gaming content.
Clearly, YouTube is already a force to be reckoned with in regards to gaming, thanks to the countless Let's Play and other pre-recorded video game content uploaded to its site every day. But starting a game streaming service, at least one to compete with the likes of a powerhouse like Twitch, will still require some work.
While live events already exist on the YouTube platform, they've taken a backseat in recent years. But when the renewed eSports and gaming-centric service is revealed--possibly during E3 2015--the streaming market is certainly in for some new competition.