The stand-alone YouTube Gaming application will close on May 30. YouTube announced the impending closure of its site last year, saying the fallout had caused “confusion” among video game fans. Instead, it has integrated the service into its main application, launching a gaming hub that has already largely replaced the old YouTube Gaming application.
In a help page, YouTube directs all other YouTube Gaming fans to this new hub. He also merged the YouTube and YouTube Gaming subscriptions, although people apparently lose the list of games they have saved. “We launched YouTube Gaming as a stand-alone application for players where we tested new features based on feedback from the gaming community,” the page explains. “We want to continue to build a stronger home for the gaming community that thrives on YouTube.”
YouTube Gaming launched in 2015. YouTube presented it as a way to improve the live streaming experience and keep irrelevant content away from game fans, as well as being a test bed for features such as channel subscriptions and dark mode. But according to the company, most users were still watching game videos on the main application, and many didn’t even understand what YouTube Gaming was for. Its best features came later on the basic platform – where many more people saw them.