Report: YouTube in Buyout Talks With Twitch

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rumors are circulating that Google's YouTube video service is in talks to buy out streaming service Twitch. According to reports in the Wall Street Journal and Variety, those talks are still in the preliminary stages. The deal is rumored to be worth $1 billion to Twitch if it comes to fruition.

Twitch was launched in June 2011 by Justin.tv co-founders Justin Kan and Emmett Shear and focuses on live video game streams and eSports broadcasting. The site has more than 45 million visitors per month and recorded 1 million monthly broadcasters earlier 2014.

According to Variety's report, YouTube is preparing for U.S. regulators who might challenge the Twitch acquisition deal on the grounds that the move would prove to be anticompetitive. According to WSJ's story, YouTube and Twitch are still in an "early stage" of discussion and the "deal isn't imminent."

We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Source: Polygon


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Re: Report: YouTube in Buyout Talks With Twitch

I have a feeling this would be terrible for Twitch users.  They'll probably add their stupid automatic digital rights management system and every streamer will be banned.  Youtube doesn't even allow you to use the in-game music for a lot of games.  It is ridiculous.  

They'll also probably force you to sign in with Google+.  

Re: Report: YouTube in Buyout Talks With Twitch

Most of the LP,s that get a strike on youtube is not for the game, but for the copyrighted music.

Re: Report: YouTube in Buyout Talks With Twitch

I've never gotten a strike, but I've had plenty of videos that have to be muted, monetization disabled, or can't be shown in certain areas.  Almost all of them are because I had in-game music on.  I even had custom StarCraft game where I had absolutely no music in it disabled from monetization because it had "Lord of the Rings" in the name right before The Hobbit movie came out.  There are tons of stupid reasons they disable monetization.  

And monetization is the main reason for a lot of the content on youtube and twitch.  

Re: Report: YouTube in Buyout Talks With Twitch

Hey, if it means native Chromecast support then awesome.

Re: Report: YouTube in Buyout Talks With Twitch

This looks like it will be a good buy for Google. Quality live streaming is something that Youtube has lacked. 

Re: Report: YouTube in Buyout Talks With Twitch

In all fairness, considering Comcast's constant spats with Level3.net, the experience hasn't always been great for Twitch users either. There was one point where people used to go to Own3d simply because it was honestly more reliable for streaming. This was before certain facts came to light, however (and the site subsequently shut down). Things have improved a lot since then, but it used to not be a pretty picture: http://forums.comcast.com/t5/Basic-Internet-Connectivity-And/Twitch-tv-s.... Think Netflix / Comcast.

On another note, they still have issues with stuttering (http://www.reddit.com/r/leagueoflegends/comments/1mr3ru/twitch_tv_should...) - and there were no shortage of people  (myself included) who weren't appreciative with the arbitrarily imposed stream delays. It was especially harmful to smaller channels where streamers (I'm talking the streams with 20-200 viewers, not the streams carrying 2000 viewers (and higher)) do their best to interact in real-time with viewers (Day9, Reddit). Their response did not ease things over either, but the outcry has mostly subsided as of late.

Either way, their model is still better than YouTube's for the most part, but Twitch has also never had to deal with streaming to several million persons at once. At most, they've in the hundreds of thousands on a single stream (and that includes taking into account the recent "Twitch Plays Pokemon" community event, which rarely topped 70,000 simultaneous viewers).

I'm imagining two detrimental things to end-users here: Forced Google+ integration, and ContentID. A lot of Streamers play music in the background of their streams as well - even the pro-level players. I don't think this will turn out well for them.

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Papa Midnight

Re: Report: YouTube in Buyout Talks With Twitch

Last week there was a LoL tournament that had over 250,000 simultaneous veiwers on twitch and it was running fine.

Re: Report: YouTube in Buyout Talks With Twitch

I never said they didn't even enter the hundreds of thousands. In fact, I explicitly mentioned that they would enter the range of the hundreds-of-thousands. Even the PhantomL0rd incident had nearly 300,000 simultaneous viewers at the time. However, Twitch has have never gone beyond that range whilst YouTube itself has seen streams literally carrying millions of simultaneous viewers (such as that seen during the Ultra Music Festival).

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Papa Midnight

 
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