Report: YouTube to Relaunch with Gaming-Focused Livestreaming, Reveal Coming at E3 2015

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It seems like Google is looking to up the ante with their YouTube-integrated livestreaming service, in the wake of Amazon purchasing Twitch TV last year.

In a report via The Daily Dot, various sources have claimed that Google is going to completely relaunch their livestreaming options on YouTube, only to shift their focus onto the burgeoning Let’s Play scene.

As one source reportedly said:

“Gaming and eSports in particular are going to be a big driving force for the new-look YouTube Live. There’ll be huge opportunities for established streamers and organizations soon and I would say that the record numbers of eSports viewers are only going to grow when Google start promoting and partnering with these events.”

YouTube responded to questions about the report, although their response to the Daily Dot was quite the tease. Another source told the Daily Dot that hiring for the new project has already begun, and there are 50 engineers who are working on the team.

Finally, the sources are claiming that Google will make the announcement for their new, revamped livestreaming during E3 2015, which goes down on June 16-18. For now, classify this as a rumor – but we’ll keep you guys posted.

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  1. Morningstar
    March 27, 2015 at 3:15 am

    This ought to be interesting, maybe this will come with some protection from the copyright trolls?

    If not, then I’m certain some people will see this as a honeypot to attract people to the courtroom or prison

  2. DeusEx
    March 28, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Protection from copyright trolls.

    Admission price: Give us double the ad money we sponge from you already.

  3. chaoguy
    March 28, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    This is my biggest concern. It can be the best experience for the consumer, but if it screws over the content provider, then it’ll die.

    Plus, whenever someone uploads to youtube but has their own website, I watch it their instead. Youtube kinda has a monopoly on video streaming TBA (even though there are alternatives, no one goes on them).