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Google’s YouTube Is Testing an Online-Games Offering

Google's YouTube is testing a new product called Playables, giving users instant access to a selection of online games on its site and app.

  • YouTube is internally testing a product for playing online games called Playables.
  • Users would be able to play the games instantly via the YouTube site on web browsers or the YouTube app via devices running Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS mobile systems.
  • The product would give YouTube a larger footprint in the gaming sector as Chief Executive Neal Mohan seeks new areas of growth following a slowdown in advertising spending.
  • Simple, easily shareable games such as those being tested for Playables have had moments of popularity on services such as Tencent’s WeChat and Facebook.
  • Google previously said last year it would wind down a consumer-gaming service called Stadia because it had failed to attract enough users.
Google’s YouTube Is Testing an Online-Games Offering
The new service, called ‘Playables,’ is part of CEO’s push into new areas amid advertising slowdown