YouTube has been working on improving its new YouTube Gaming feature since last September, and the latest update adds some new features. One of these new features is the ability to stream live from a mobile device, and another feature, Fan Funding and Sponsorships, gives sponsors extra perks, such as a live chat badge and access to exclusive chats in exchange for a monthly payment.

On their official blog, YouTube described how the new features work.

“Every day, games are played while waiting for the bus, riding the subway, or lounging on the couch — but what about live streaming your mobile gameplay? You heard it from us at the Tokyo Game Show and now it’s here to stay. You can now record and live stream mobile gameplay on-the-go directly from Android devices using Mobile Capture on YouTube Gaming. You don’t need any additional hardware or software — just tap Go Live (or your avatar on a phone) in the YouTube Gaming app, turn on your selfie cam and record your commentary with your phone’s microphone.”
— YouTube blog

“Support the live streams and videos you love with Fan Funding and Sponsorships, now in beta to a small group of creators. For a monthly payment, sponsors receive extra perks including a live chat badge chosen by the creator and access to exclusive chat sessions. We’ll continuously expand the list of beta channels, so keep your eyes peeled!”
— YouTube blog

The following changes will also be made to the YouTube Gaming feature.

  • Easily see when there are live streams for games in your collection
  • Easier video bookmarking with Watch Later
  • Improved performance and a redesigned watch page on gaming.youtube.com
  • Better search navigation on iOS by remembering your previous searches
  • Import existing subscriptions anytime from YouTube via Settings

Source: YouTube blog

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