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When Google tried to purchase Twitch last year, they ended up losing out to Amazon. And yet while that was certainly a negative in Google’s eyes, could it be seen as a positive for us? Now Google is looking to YouTube to fill the livestream-shaped hole inside of them, and according to The Verge, it’s paying off.

YouTube is no stranger to live streaming, having done so with political debates, music concerts, and as of last year, international videogame tournaments. Unfortunately, YouTube’s livestreams of last year’s TI4 Dota 2 championships were unreliable and plagued with buffering issues.

Fast forward one year to the T15 Dota 2 championships, which YouTube is once again livestreaming right alongside Twitch. This year, however, YouTube’s streams were not only much improved, but they were just as good as anything Twitch had to offer. Add in the bonus functionality of YouTube’s platform, which includes DVR-like capabilities, and YouTube effectively does Twitch’s job better than Twitch does.

Now the issue is getting the word out about YouTube’s livestreaming capabilities. Twitch remains the name when it comes to streaming videogames, and that’s going to be hard to take away.

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