YouTube for Gamers?

Still in Beta, GameVideos.com now has 700,000 monthly visitors, according to Jason Freidenfelds, spokesman with site owner Ziff-Davis. (It’s part of ZD’s 1UP Network for gamers.) That’s a lot of gamers looking at trailers, industry interviews, and segments from ZD’s video programming, which is what led Entertainment Weekly to dub it “the videogame version of […]

Still in Beta, GameVideos.com now has 700,000 monthly visitors, according to Jason Freidenfelds, spokesman with site owner Ziff-Davis. (It’s part of ZD’s 1UP Network for gamers.) That’s a lot of gamers looking at trailers, industry interviews, and segments from ZD’s video programming, which is what led Entertainment Weekly to dub it “the videogame version of YouTube” last year.

That may be overstating it, though its relative success does suggest a danger for YouTube, which could lose out to niche video sites like this one, if they don’t make it easier for viewers to find the content they really want to watch— as opposed to wading into YouTube’s morass of mistagged/deceptive/just plain bad videos. (By contrast, GameVideos has the human filter of an editorial staff that ultimately select the videos which go up.)

From my vantage, at least, it’s going to take some time before it’ll reach YouTube’s heights, if ever. Unlike YouTube, many of the site’s videos come embedded with commercials, and the community tools are still relatively scarce or difficult to navigate.

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