YouTube Gaming with live Content ID debate

Gamers will soon be able to experience a rival service to Twitch with YouTube Gaming. The highly anticipated hub from Google is going to be launching on Wednesday August 26 meaning that it could go live at any moment.

We wanted to give you a heads-up however on the pressing question that a lot of you have been asking about as you ponder switching over from Twitch.

Will YouTube Gaming have Content ID measures in place? The easy answer to that question is yes, they most certainly will and you will probably want to know in advance that YouTube Gaming Content ID will run in realtime.

Once the service launches, Google will be using Content ID to automatically monitor live streams. In order words, Content ID will be able to detect when you are using copyrighted material such as music and display an instant message to the broadcaster.


If the broadcaster doesn’t act on this with a set time period, then your stream will be blocked until Google intervenes manually to settle the case – which could obviously take a while.

This is all done automatically, so it goes without saying that you should be cautious when embedding a clip of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call me Maybe when uploading footage of you playing Destiny or Black Ops 3.

For those that plan on using original content entirely, you have nothing to worry about. For those that like to supplement their broadcasts with some familiar music – you probably have everything to worry about.

Let us know your thoughts on this and whether you agree that this is a rule that Google needs to enforce to keep copyright holders happy.

Will you be broadcasting on YouTube Gaming or will you stick with Twitch?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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