YouTube Gaming Gets a New Homepage : Is YouTube Gaming App Going Away?

On monthly basis, over 200 million gamers use the main YouTube (YT) app to engage with their favorite games and game creators. YouTube Gaming (YT G) is a standalone gaming app for gamers created by YouTube for the sole purpose of testing new features. The feedback from one of the biggest community of gamers has aided YT in the design of a new gaming homepage for YT. Hence, the plan to retire the YouTube Gaming app in the first quarter of 2019.

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The new YT G homepage will consolidate the gains made so far. YouTube wants to build a stronger home for the gaming community that will thrive on YT as a platform, not just the YouTube Gaming app. If you’re a big user of the Gaming app, you can merge your subscriptions across YouTube. This will help you to start enjoying your favorite Gaming content on the Gaming homepage in the main YT app.

What’s Gaming New Homepage?

YT G new homepage refers to the use of the main YT app or website (www.youtube.com/gaming) for gaming instead of the YT App. Under this arrangement, all gaming efforts are focused on the main YouTube app and web portal. The Gaming homepage in the YT app allows you to watch all the gaming content you want at any time. It also allows you more access to your favorite creators anywhere in the world. In other words, the new Gaming homepage helps gamers and gaming creators to connect where everyone is watching, ie., in the main YouTube app.

How to Use the new Gaming Homepage

The new YT G homepage makes it easy to find and watch gaming content from YT on your PC, Windows phones, MacBook, Android or iOS smartphones or tablets. We shall have a look at how you can add a game, add a channel and search for games and channels on the new Gaming homepage. When you add a game, you’ll be able to keep track of all the newest videos and live streams for that game.

Here are the steps to add a game:

  1. Go to www.youtube.com/gaming on the web browser of your device.
  2. Sign in with your “Google account”, if prompted
  3. Type the “Name” of the game you want on the search bar at the top of the page
  4. Click on the “Game art” to go to the game page.
  5. The tap the “Add” button. You can find your added games and browse featured games under the “Games” section on your homepage.

How to Search for Games and Channels

Just use the search bar at the top of the homepage to type in the name of a game or channel that you want. You’ll see suggested search results or search queries that might help you find what you’re looking for. Use search filters if you want to further refine your search criteria.

How to Add or subscribe to a Channel

On the homepage, click on the red colored “SUBSCRIBE” button. Once you click on it, you will see “Subscription Added” notification. You can do this while watching a video or from your search results. To see all your subscriptions and channels, you can click on “Browse Channels” at the left-hand corner of your homepage.

How to Combine your Existing YouTube and YouTube Gaming Subscriptions

Below are the steps to combine your existing YouTube and YouTube Gaming subscriptions:

  1. Sign in to YT Gaming at gaming.youtube.com or via the mobile app using your YouTube account information.
  2. Select your “Account” icon.
  3. Navigate to “Settings” and click on the “Settings” icon.
  4. Select “General”.
  5. Choose “Combine subscriptions with YouTube”.

Note that YT G works well on your Computer, Android phone, iPhone & iPad with Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Opera. You will have a great experience if your smartphone or tablet has Android 4.1, iOS 9 and higher.

On the new Gaming homepage, you’ll find top live games (auto-generated by YT), trending videos (hot & fresh), top live streams (sorted by most viewers in your region), and Recommended (based on your subscriptions and history). Happy gaming!