The social media giant is testing the waters in video game streaming in an attempt to compete with Twitch and YouTube, two of the largest streaming sites on the web. It will include a way to tip streamers, but only a select few have access to it at this time.In a developer blog post, Facebook’s Global Director Leo Olebe announced that the Gaming Creator Pilot Program would begin rolling out to select gaming creators picked by the platform.
StoneMountain64, with over one million followers, was listed as an example. Though in the early stages, it is most likely meant to compete with the likes of Twitch and YouTube. Unless already handpicked, gaming creators must sign up for a waitlist to determine if they will be accepted into the pilot program.
The announcement promises that participants will be able to live stream in 1080p/60fps. The wording on monetization is a bit fuzzy but from what I can tell it means that at the very least, initial participants in the program will be eligible for it:
"To that end, many gaming creators monetize their videos directly from the support of their passionate fans, and we’re actively exploring ways for fans to back their favorite gaming creators via payments during select live streams on Facebook.com. Based on the results of our initial tests, we’ll expand our fan support monetization initiatives to more gaming creators, including participants in our initial pilot program."
Do you think Facebook can compete with Twitch and YouTube or are they jumping in too late into the game on this? Time will tell and so can you if you would like in the comments below.