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Google starts testing instantly playable online games on YouTube

2023-09-07 16:44 by
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YouTube is launching an in-app platform for bite-sized games, adding to the ways you can interact with content on the popular video service. Sadly, this is no full-fledged cloud-gaming experience - think of it more like Miniclip living inside the social video site. The games will live in a new "Playables" section on YouTube's home feed, and can be accessed on both desktop and mobile.

This is an experimental offering and, as such, only available to select participants or beta testers. Users who may have been selected by the streaming service should begin noticing a Playables section beside typical content on the homepage. The test has already begun, so lucky participants may begin seeing the feature appear as we near the end of the week.

YouTube has yet to provide any details about what sorts of games will be available on the service. One of the games employees tested was Stack Bounce, featured on Google's GameSnacks platform. However, it is unknown if Stack Bounce is part of this test or if other GameSnacks games will be included. It's also unclear how game developers can get their games on YouTube, should they want to.

The experiment comes less than a year after Google announced it would kill its cloud gaming service Stadia after it failed to gain enough traction, likely struggling to compete with Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now. According to statistics shared by the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Stadia had an estimated 0-5% share of the cloud gaming market in 2022, compared to Nvidia GeForce with 20-30%.

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