Gaming on YouTube has been around since the platform launched, but recently the work of video game content creators has received the exposure and respect it deserves both from other gamers as well as major game publishers alike.
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Did you know that 15% of all YouTube content revolves around video games? Minecraft takes the top spot for most views, with PewDiePie the most subscribed to YouTube gaming channel. Video gaming content also generates nearly twice as much engagement as other topics.
What does Earned, Owned, and Paid Media mean for brands and marketers when it comes to video content on YouTube? We break down the strategies on this week's TubeTalk, the best YouTube marketing podcast around.
Did you know that more people watch YouTube videos about Minecraft than any other video game? But the overwhelming majority of its views come from videos created not by the brand, but from its YouTube fans. The Minecraft company has embraced this earned media opportunity, and scored massive success without allocating huge resources to video marketing.
Activision's 'Call of Duty' YouTube channel has more than 2.3 million YouTube subscribers, and has generated over 500 Million views. 'Call of Duty' has also earned its parent company a 9.4% share of voice on YouTube with owned media. But 'Call of Duty' influencer videos (earned media) have been viewed 9.7 billion times, almost 20x the number of views for the brand's owned videos.
With digital video now available on an unprecedented number of devices, U.S. based 18-34 year olds are watching 53% more of it than this time in 2013. But don't be fooled into thinking that it's just the Millennials who are consuming more online video. Those aged between 50 and 64 are watching 60% as much, while those of us lucky enough to fall into the 35-49 age bracket are watching 80% more.
Video games are the second largest category on YouTube after music. And if you take away Vevo, games are the largest category that is driven by independent YouTuber channels. YouTube videos have a big impact in the gamer ecosystem, so let's take a look at how video game rivals Call of Duty and Battlefield compare.
YouTube has announced lots of new features, and the site's new functionalities include the ability to upload video at 48 and 60 frames per second, something that the video-game streaming community has long been calling for. There's a raft of new tools for creators too, including more opportunities to monetize.
Gaming walk-throughs are one of the most popular verticals on YouTube, but did you know that views of videos from independent creators vastly outnumbered those released by game publishers, even accounting for all paid promotions of those videos on YouTube? This ratio was remarkably consistent across the board, with earned media averaging 95% of all video game views. In other words, YouTube users watched fan-made videos over brand-made videos at a rate of 19 to 1!
According to a breaking story at Variety, the world's biggest and most popular video site, YouTube, is acquiring videogame-streaming company Twitch, for an estimated $1 billion. Although both YouTube and Twitch have declined to confirm or deny the story, sources near to the deal confirm it's on.
There is a rabid fan base out there consuming billions and billions of live video streaming minutes each month. You might have an idea of the site, which draws on average, 45 million unique viewers a month, and you might not. They have grown from a category, into a spin off, into a major Internet video force and they show that when you build it right, as in really, really right, they will come, and continue to come for months and years.
Digital was once prophesied to be the death of TV with all ad dollars pouring out of TV and into online video. It was video killed the radio star all over again, except, it hasn't. In fact, there's now a major synergy between TV content and digital video content which we have an inside glimpse into now thanks to Think with Google.
KontrolFreeks, heard of them? If you're a gamer and on YouTube, you probably have. If you're not, it's hit or miss. However, they did such a great job marketing their product on YouTube by hooking up with other Creators that they claim 30% of revenue can be traced back to the platform and sales jumped 50% in a year. How'd they do it? Read on!
Twitch, the video gaming live streaming video platform, is ahead of Facebook, Hulu, Amazon, and Tumbler when it comes to the market share of peak U.S. internet traffic. It ranks fourth, behind Netflix, Amazon, and Apple. Not bad for such a young company.