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YouTube Gaming is a dedicated app and website focusing exclusively on gaming content, with a greater emphasis on live steams.

The video sharing giant told the BBC it wanted tackle a "fragmented" experience for the gaming genre.

Gaming videos are a big draw for YouTube and the company said its visitors spent billions of hours watching them every month. YouTube's most-followed star Felix Kjellberg, known as PewDiePie, is a gamer too.

YouTube has been facing competition from services such as Amazon-owned Twitch, which has become the go-to platform for gamers who want to broadcast live.

Hundreds of thousands of people visit Twitch daily to watch live steams of other people playing video games.

YouTube said it had redeveloped its live streaming function for its gaming app, but confirmed that live broadcasts would be subject to its standard copyright checks.

The company's Content ID system will terminate broadcasts if "third-party content" such as music is detected, a feature absent on Twitch.


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