YouTube and Twitch Wants to Compete on Home Turf

The video streaming service YouTube Live is about to undergo a major overhaul. The purpose? Focus on video games, especially the e-sport.

Following the failure of negotiations to acquire Twitch, Google seems to perceive the new Amazon property as a significant threat. So that rumor suggesting that YouTube could revive its live streaming service with a focus on video games. To do this, the company has approached content producers and players working within this industry.

“I predict that we will reach a record number of spectators after Google became partner and begin to promote this kind of events.”

“Video games and especially e-sports will be at the heart of YouTube Live service,” said an informant to the blog The Daily Dot. “Broadcasters and established organizations in the community will soon be offered attractive opportunities, and I predict that we will reach a record number of spectators after Google became partner and begin to promote this kind of events.

YouTube and Twitch

Note that the ability to stream live video on YouTube has been available since 2010. However, live streaming has never become a true phenomenon before the arrival platform dedicated to this type of distribution. While YouTube has built its reputation as a portal of pre-recorded videos, Twitch (and its previous version, was always presented as a fully dedicated to the live video platform.

According to another source familiar with the matter, YouTube would have recruited a great team including 50 engineers in the video webcast.

“It is also the right time, with Twitch moving into other areas such as music and so on. Google does not want to end up running out of ammunition.”

A relaxation of restrictions imposed

In recent months, many content creators on video games have seen some of their capsules be removed from YouTube for violation of copyright. This was the case of Denis Talbot, host of Radio-Talbot podcast, who is now obliged to remove the audio portion of the game broadcast excerpts in critical or new that deal with the game in question.

“If it appears that YouTube intends to reduce its policy on copyright, this is good news,” Talbot told us. “The algorithm that verifies our content is far too severe. Radio-Talbot commented news. Often we were stuck in trying to illustrate a point with a video. And the worst is that we must discuss with a machine that does not understand…”

There are exceptions for fair use, which provide for the use of a work for purposes of criticism, report or news reporting does not constitute an infringement of copyright.

“Many of our programs have been blocked or simply banned from broadcasting. In one case, while we were talking about the release of the latest Call of Duty, the issue was abolished world because we used the trailer of the game. Ironically, it was sent to me by the company.”

“The robot does not discern these shades. It is the same for music. It is sometimes worse: even if the game designers are with me during the show, and they allow me the use of their game images, we prefer to cut the original music and replace it with a cane in tune generic and released Rights to avoid the YouTube guillotine… It’s ridiculous!”

Faced with this situation, the popular host chose to host his own videos to circumvent these restrictions as abusive. It has also launched its portal this week, where we find all the videos previously aired on Radio-Twitch account Talbot.

So if really want to compete with YouTube Twitch on live video streaming, the company will have no choice but to adjust their algorithms to do no harm to its users.

To watch this summer

All indications are that YouTube will launch the new version of its video streaming service at the next E3, the annual gathering of the video game industry, taking place from 16 to 18 June.

Albert Palacci is technology geek who is constantly searching for the latest news. More about him you can find on his and his profiles.

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