YouTube making it easier for game developers to build in livestreaming capabilities

YouTube plans to introduce programming tools to make it easier for game developers to built livestreaming functionality into their games, the company said during a session at the 2013 Game Developers Conference today, reports The Verge.

A few games already feature such capabilities, including Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, but YouTube said it will open up the new programming APIs to more developers and allow games to be streamed to iOS and Android devices as well as computers.

The APIs will let developers connect their games to YouTube, so the game can send a live gameplay stream directly to YouTube, which will transcode the video on the fly so people can watch it in real time. Content creators will be able to build breaks into the streams, such as for placement of still images or advertising.

During its PlayStation 4 unveiling last month, Sony said Ustream capabilities are baked into the PS4 hardware through the Share button on the new DualShock 4 controller, but the company did not announce any other partners like YouTube or Twitch.

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