YouTube, the popular video sharing platform owned by Google, is reportedly conducting internal tests for new games features that allow users to play online games directly on the site.
The Wall Street Journal revealed this development in a report on Friday, which cited an email sent to employees at Google.
Inviting its own staff members to participate in the trial, YouTube tests a new games features called ‘Playables.’
The report mentioned that games available for testing included titles like Stack Bounce, offering an interactive gaming experience to users.
The report states that users can access and play the games on YouTube’s website through web browsers and on devices that run Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS mobile operating systems.
Additionally, a spokesperson for YouTube acknowledged that gaming has long been a significant focus for the platform.
They mentioned that YouTube tests new Games features, including this game-hosting capability, although they currently have no official announcements to make regarding the development.
Wall Street Journal’s report also revealed that Neal Mohan, the CEO of YouTube, is actively exploring new avenues for growth in response to a decline in advertising spending.
Leveraging its immense popularity as a platform for game streaming and live streamed gameplay, YouTube aims to capitalize on the gaming community’s engagement by testing the hosting of online games.