YouTube launching games

YouTube is testing Playables — a feature that gives users access to a range of games — with its Premium subscribers to incentivize users to pay for the service, Droid Life reports.

Playables is a standalone section of the YouTube app or desktop website that lets users play various card games, and some Premium subscribers have received notifications from YouTube telling them how to enable the feature.

Once enabled through settings, users can choose from 37 games available immediately without waiting for any downloads.

The game titles run directly on the desktop browser and the YouTube apps for Android and iOS.

Notable games include Angry Birds Showdown, Brain Out, Daily Solitaire, The Daily Crossword, and 8-Ball Billiards Classic.

YouTube Premium’s notification stated that the games would be available until 28 March 2024.

However, it doesn’t appear to have reached Premium subscribers in South Africa yet. We scoured through the settings of our YouTube Premium account and couldn’t find any reference to “games” or “Playables”.

YouTube has recently expanded the benefits it offers with its Premium subscription. The company added a video chatbot for testing in early November 2023

“To help you dive deeper into the content you’re watching, we’re experimenting with a conversational AI tool,” said YouTube.

“This tool lets you get answers to questions about the video you’re watching, recommendations for related content, and more, all without interrupting playback.”


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