Tech giant Google announced last year that it will be shutting down its YouTube Gaming App by the end of March 2019.
However, users were granted an additional two months as the company didn’t do so. Now, Google has confirmed that the YouTube Gaming app will go away on May 30, 2019. In an official statement the company said,
“The YouTube Gaming App will go away on May 30, but you’ll be able to find all of your favorite gaming videos in the YouTube main app at www.youtube.com/gaming.”
Google had launched YouTube Gaming as a standalone app for gamers where they tested out new features based on the Gaming community’s feedback. Explaining the shutdown, Google rep quoted:
“We want to continue to build a stronger home for the gaming community that thrives on YouTube, not just the YouTube Gaming app. More than 200M of you come to the main YouTube app to engage with your favorite games and creators every month.”
YouTube Gaming launched in 2015. YouTube promoted it as a way to improve the live stream experience and keep irrelevant content away from gaming fans, in addition to being a testbed for features like channel memberships and a dark mode. But according to the company, most users still watched gaming videos on the main app, and many didn’t even understand what YouTube Gaming was for. Its best features later came to the core platform, where far more people actually saw them.
The company has also suggested the users to merge their subscription across YouTube and start enjoying their gaming content on the Gaming homepage in the main YouTube app.
Last month Google announced the shut down of its email app — Inbox. Along with the Inbox app, the company also pulled plugs from its social network Google+ and its instant messaging app Google Allo. The company said that all these services were discontinued as part of company’s Spring Cleanup.
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