Google launches YouTube Gaming app in Australia

Alex Kidman 11 March 2016

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Games fanatics in Australia can now access YouTube’s gamer-friendly app in Australia for iOS and Android smartphones.

A lot of the video content on YouTube revolves around gaming, whether your games drug of choice is Clash Of Clans, Minecraft or The Division.

YouTube has had its own specific gaming app, not terribly creatively named YouTube Gaming, available in the US since last year. Today it has announced that the app, which is available for iOS and Android devices is also available in Australia and New Zealand.

YouTube Gaming essentially gives you a gaming-specific version of the YouTube app, meaning that searches default to gaming topics rather than a more generic match that you might find on the regular YouTube app. The app itself allows you to add sponsor channels you like. Today's update of the Android app also allows you to capture mobile game footage as you play and then upload it to YouTube if you fancy setting up a YouTube Games channel yourself.

YouTube Gaming also simplifies following YouTube gaming channel creators and even specific games, with the promise, according to Google, that it has pages for "more than 25,000" games.

Obviously the more popular titles dominate, but the range of more obscure retro classics is fairly impressive. We tested it out with older fare such as 1985’s Fairlight, 1998’s No One Can Stop Mr Domino and the Amstrad-specific obscurity Roland In Time, and it found pages for all of them without missing a beat (albeit with limited content in some cases).

We did find one title it had video but no page for, however, and given its terribly specific Australian nature, it’s a tad disappointing to find it missing at launch. If you’ve been hanging out (and, we’ll admit, the chances are astonishingly low) for a YouTube Gaming page for Gameboy title Agro Soar, you won’t find it yet. It’s probably just a matter of time, or in the case of that game, maybe taste.

YouTube Gaming is available as a free download for iOS devices from this link, and for Android devices from this link.

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