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YouTube Gaming's app and site will shut down on May 30th

over 3 years ago by IanDorfman

If you used YouTube as a gaming hub, major change is on the way in only a couple of days.

Originally announced in September of 2018 to be discontinued in March of this year, the standalone YouTube Gaming app and website will now be shut down on May 30th. The service was originally positioned as Google's answer to streaming sites such as Twitch and Mixer, though its adoption never seemed to take off in quite the same way.

The new date was published via an official support page, which reads as follows:

"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

We want to continue to build a stronger home for the gaming community that thrives on YouTube, not just the YouTube Gaming app. After May 2019, we’ll retire the YouTube Gaming app and focus our gaming efforts across YouTube."

Though video game streaming will still be supported by YouTube, it will be folded into the main site entirely, with no separate dedicated gaming apps and services. Other than the above statement, no further details were releasing considering the shutdown's delay from March to the end of May. No other apps or services for the world's largest video sharing site will be impacted by the impending shutdown.

All that said, YouTube Gaming will imminently join the likes of Google Reader and Google Plus in the Killed by Google graveyard.

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