YouTube announces live streaming for Android games
With game streaming being all the rage nowadays, YouTube has chosen the first day of the Tokyo Game Show to announce that Android gamers will soon be able to live stream their mobile gaming sessions directly to the service.
The announcement was made in part due to the ever-rising popularity of mobile gaming in Japan, which is why YouTube also revealed that the country would be the next to receive a version of the YouTube Gaming app.
In a statement, YouTube’s Global Head of Gaming Partnerships Ryan Wyatt said “Japan’s mobile games define its gaming culture, far more so than in other countries,” and that the mobile gaming trend “shows there’s a real need for gamers to easily share what’s on their screen with the gaming community, as it happens.”
Though YouTube Gaming faces tough competition from Twitch in the rest of the world, the Amazon-owned game-streaming service is not generally used in Japan, and does not yet cater to mobile gamers (outside of the odd iOS game), leaving YouTube Gaming open for a chance at securing that market.
YouTube Gaming launched last month in the United States and United Kingdom, and while no official release dates have been given for Android game-streaming or the service’s Japanese release, YouTube says both will be coming “soon”.