Three Major eSports Leagues Shift Their Competition Streaming Over To YouTube Rather Than Twitch

Three Major eSports Leagues Shift Their Competition Streaming Over To YouTube Rather Than Twitch
Credit: Overwatch League via YouTube

Maybe it is a YouTube world, and we are all just living in it. I mean, I cannot think of anything else that might be the case after the latest round of very powerful news coming out of the world of video broadcast streaming. Yes, it is that bad. Or is it good? Only you can decide, esports fans. But whatever you decide, you better figure it out fast.

In a recent announcement, several big-time gaming companies came out to announce that their video game esports competitions will be taking place on YouTube and not on Steam. This is some pretty big news for those of us who love to watch the games being played, for those of us who love to cheer on our favorite teams, and everybody else. They are coming, and we have to choose whether we want to watch or not.

The news comes after the people behind games like Overwatch, Call of Duty, and Hearthstone are saying they will host their immensely huge and powerful league games on the behemoth of modern internet video. That’s right, it’s nothing but YouTube all the way down.

A powerful group of gamers has decided to rise up in opposition. They claim that YouTube is attempting to gain control of a very specific market, which has all of them on the run. So what they want to do is to turn back the clock to the way things were before YouTube stepped in to seize part of the market. Good luck to them, I guess.

In the old days, Twitch used to be the mainstay of the environment.

But now things have changed. Back then, Twitch was an egalitarian platform that enabled everyone to be able to broadcast and do whatever it was that they needed to do. They would get on there, push out their level of gameplay, let everyone else see what was going on, and everything was all gravy.

But absolute power corrupts absolutely, and the call to use the power of YouTube was too strong. These days, gamers are out there wondering who is going to make the most cash, who will get the most views, and they also want to learn how to protect the level of monetization going on here.

It seems the big-time gaming companies are paying attention, and they are trying to follow the crowd. But that doesn’t mean Twitch is done yet. We will have to wait and see what is going in the future. Stay frosty, friends.