YouTube Gaming preview build now available for Android

You can now watch live streaming and game clips from Google's new Twitch rival.

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Now’s the chance to get your hands on Google’s plot to unseat Twitch as the king of video game streaming.

A “creator preview” build of the YouTube Gaming Android app is live on APK Mirror and rolling out (slowly) to the Play Store (so don't be alarmed if you don't see it just yet). 

Even though it’s a preview build, the app has a lot of functionality. You’re greeted with a spot for live video at the top, which you can swipe through to check out four other live feeds. With Gamescom in full gear, this is an ideal time to unveil news about YouTube Gaming.

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YouTube gaming follows Google’s Material Design aesthetic with lots of game-friendly goodies.

The app is organized much like the YouTube app, with two other sections you can get to by swiping to the left or right. You’re able to star favorite games or channels, and of course tap into YouTube’s search capabilities.

The story behind the story: After losing to Amazon in an effort to buy Twitch, Google decided to build its own competitor from scratch under the YouTube umbrella. With YouTube’s strong identity as the hub for all online video and Google’s wide reach of services expect the company to make a strong effort. Defeating Twitch may be a tall order, but as with other services, there is often room for two or more at the top.

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