YouTube will reportedly take on Twitch with game streaming push later this year

Called YouTube Live, the service would go up against popular streaming service Twitch, which has already amassed the lion's share of the game streaming market.

The report comes from The Daily Dot citing unnamed sources:

"Gaming and esports in particular are going to be a big driving force for the new-look YouTube Live," one source said. "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."

The Daily Dot goes on to note that, according to its sources, Google has already assembled a team of 50 engineers with experience in the streaming sector to back the project, which is set to debut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June.

For some background, Google has been looking to break into the game streaming arena for a while now. It was reported last year that the company was looking at acquiring Twitch for more than $1 billion. Those ambitions seemed to be dashed, however, when it was announced that Amazon had acquired Twitch for $970 million. While the Twitch acquisition may not have come to fruition, a renewed push into game streaming would make sense for YouTube, which hasn't yet enjoyed much success in the growing esports and game streaming scene.

Hopefully we'll get more in the way of details as E3 approaches. However, keep in mind that nothing is official until we hear something from Google on the matter.

Source: The Daily Dot; Via: Ars Technica