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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 17:35

Amazon—not Google—reportedly buying Twitch for $1 billion

3 months after Google/Twitch rumors, another suitor supposedly comes calling.

 

The well-sourced site The Information (subscription required) is claiming that Amazon is in "late stage talks" to purchase Twitch.tv, the video game streaming site, for $1 billion.

 

Three months ago, Variety first reported that Google was set to purchase the site for the same amount, but we've yet to hear anything official from either company. We've been starting to wonder if the Google/Twitch deal would ever become official; if Twitch is still courting other suitors, it would explain why the deal has yet to happen.

 

The site live streams video game footage to 45 million viewers a month, and has been cleaning up the site lately with aggressive copyright enforcement and a mass deletion of old videos, possibly in an effort to attract a buyer.

 

According to the report, an Amazon/Twitch deal "could be announced shortly."

 

Source: Ars Technica




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Posted 25 August 2014 - 20:07

It's confirmed:

 

A Letter from the CEO – August 25, 2014

 

It’s almost unbelievable that slightly more than 3 years ago, Twitch didn’t exist. The moment we launched, we knew we had stumbled across something special. But what followed surprised us as much as anyone else, and the impact it’s had on both the community and us has been truly profound.

 

Your talent, your passion, your dedication to gaming, your memes, your brilliance – these have made Twitch what it is today. Every day, we strive to live up to the standard set by you, the community. We want to create the very best place to share your gaming and life online, and that mission continues to guide us.

 

Together with you, we’ve found new ways of connecting developers and publishers with their fans. We’ve created a whole new kind of career that lets people make a living sharing their love of games. We’ve brought billions of hours of entertainment, laughter, joy and the occasional ragequit. I think we can all call that a pretty good start.

 

Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.

 

I personally want to thank you, each and every member of the Twitch community, for what you’ve created. Thank you for putting your faith in us. Thank you for sticking with us through growing pains and stumbles. Thank you for bringing your very best to us and sharing it with the world. Thank you, from a group of gamers who never dreamed they’d get to help shape the face of the industry that we love so much.

 

It’s dangerous to go alone. On behalf of myself and everyone else at Twitch, thank you for coming with us.

 

Source: Twitch blog



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 20:09

Funny how companies state they will keep their independence when eventually, they will lose it.

 

Anyway, good deal.  Hopefully Amazon can take it to the next level.  Google really didnt need it and if they wanted to, can do the same thing with YouTube.



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 20:20

Interesting.  I think this is definitely better than Google controlling yet another large video site.  Competition is good.



#5 Grunt

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 20:46

Interesting twist. It could work really well. We'll see how it plays out



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 20:56

I don't want to live on this planet anymore. The fact that a network where kids sit like zombies and watch other kids / people play video games is crazy. Then to think this service is worth $1 Billion.

My Nephew does it to, he will sit like a Zombie in front of the computer and just watch Mindcraft videos.

 

I understand that some people arn't good at certain games, so they watch the game they suck at being played. But I don't think that's this. I think the movie Idiocracy is closer than we think! In my day, sure we played video games, but at least we played them. We just didn't sit in front of the TV watching other people play them.



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 20:57

This is a lot better than Google. 



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 20:59

 

I don't want to live on this planet anymore. The fact that a network where kids sit like zombies and watch other kids / people play video games is crazy. Then to think this service is worth $1 Billion.

My Nephew does it to, he will sit like a Zombie in front of the computer and just watch Mindcraft videos.

 

I understand that some people arn't good at certain games, so they watch the game they suck at being played. But I don't think that's this. I think the movie Idiocracy is closer than we think! In my day, sure we played video games, but at least we played them. We just didn't sit in front of the TV watching other people play them.

 

I'm sorry but I don't like your opinion. I think Twitch is awesome, and who cares if people sit at a computer watching it. It's something they enjoy, so don't worry about what other people are doing.



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 21:00

 

I don't want to live on this planet anymore. The fact that a network where kids sit like zombies and watch other kids / people play video games is crazy. Then to think this service is worth $1 Billion.

My Nephew does it to, he will sit like a Zombie in front of the computer and just watch Mindcraft videos.

 

I understand that some people arn't good at certain games, so they watch the game they suck at being played. But I don't think that's this. I think the movie Idiocracy is closer than we think! In my day, sure we played video games, but at least we played them. We just didn't sit in front of the TV watching other people play them.

 

 

It seems you have made your definition of what twitch is based on preconceptions because you've heard it's a video site for game videos. sure there are game videos like you describe there, but those aren't the ones with viewers. Those with viewers are the ones that have a host showing you how to do stuff in games like EQ Landmark and interacting with the users and videos of competitive esposrts games that show tournament games or how to play, as well as live show channels that may or may not be game related. 



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 21:01

This is a lot better than Google. 

 

I don't know, I could see Google putting this as a PERFECT fit to youtube. Amazon on the other hand..... umm... Maybe for their firetv?



#11 Andrew

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 21:02

Thank god it wasn't Google :yes:

 

The recent changes still suck and I miss Justin.tv though :(



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 21:03

It seems you have made your definition of what twitch is based on preconceptions because you've heard it's a video site for game videos. sure there are game videos like you describe there, but those aren't the ones with viewers. Those with viewers are the ones that have a host showing you how to do stuff in games like EQ Landmark and interacting with the users and videos of competitive esposrts games that show tournament games or how to play, as well as live show channels that may or may not be game related. 

 

Link me to something interesting on Twitch.tv that restores my faith in the future of our youth.



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 21:07

Thank god it wasn't Google :yes:
 
The recent changes still suck and I miss Justin.tv though :(

Which ones exactly? The only one that I didn't like, was the stream delay; which isn't that bad if you don't use the chat.
 

Link me to something interesting on Twitch.tv that restores my faith in the future of our youth.

http://www.twitch.tv/lirik is live now and he's hilarious. Try him.

#14 Andre S.

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 21:10

VERY happy that it's not Google. I rarely was so angry as when rumors were floating that Google would acquire Twitch. I hope Amazon doesn't enforce the kind of content auto-deletion scheme currently in use at Youtube, because that would kill Twitch.



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 21:16

 

I don't want to live on this planet anymore. The fact that a network where kids sit like zombies and watch other kids / people play video games is crazy. Then to think this service is worth $1 Billion.

My Nephew does it to, he will sit like a Zombie in front of the computer and just watch Mindcraft videos.

 

I understand that some people arn't good at certain games, so they watch the game they suck at being played. But I don't think that's this. I think the movie Idiocracy is closer than we think! In my day, sure we played video games, but at least we played them. We just didn't sit in front of the TV watching other people play them.

 

 

How is it different than watching TV, or going to see a movie, or watching any other form of entertainment?