YouTube annouces live streaming API for game developers

Posted Mar 28, 2013 by Milton Este
Google's YouTube video hosting and sharing service is adding a new feature to their platform. This time, the focus is on video game developers and providing the option of live streaming to video games.
At the 2013 Game Developers Conference, YouTube introduced a programming developer tool to provide game developers the ability to incorporate live streaming features into their games.
Currently, only selected game titles such as the popular Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 support such feature. However, YouTube is working on providing the developing tools to bring this feature to all games and platforms.
The target is a set of development tools capable of allowing developers to integrate this feature with PC games, console based games, and mobile games. As a result, not only will Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 console gamers have this feature, but also PC, iOS, and Android devices as well.
The ultimate goal is to provide a more social experience for gamers, giving them the ability to share these experiences with friends and the general public.
Although this feature isn't new, YouTube is the first to take the side of working with game developers. Currently, Xfire also has the live stream capability, but only through other Xfire users. Meanwhile, Sony, during their Playstation 4 launch, also mentioned having the live streaming (UStream) capability through the use of a "share" button on their dual shock controller.