17 May 2019
It was during September last year when Google announced its plan to kill the standalone YouTube Gaming application. It had set a shutdown timeline for March 2019 but as anyone can guess, that deadline passed about a couple of months ago. And now, Google has announced a new deadline which is May 30th for shutting down YouTube Gaming app.
The exact reason for the app's shutdown delay is unknown. It is known that Google has been working on migrating app's features to the main YouTube application. It seems like the delay might have something to do with the migration process. Nevertheless, Google is all set to bid a farewell the application in a few days from today.
YouTube Gaming application was originally launched in 2015 with a goal of competing with online game streaming giant Twitch. The app allowed users to find gaming-related content on YouTube quite easily. It was one single place for users to find all sorts of gaming videos as well as live streams.
Since the time Google decided to migrate all these features to the main YouTube app, it made almost no sense to keep the standalone YouTube Gaming app alive. If you are a regular user of the app, you don't have to worry about anything as all those functionalities will be available via the YouTube app.