CONFIRMED: Amazon, Not Google, Buying Twitch

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UPDATE: Twitch has confirmed that it has been acquired by Amazon.

"Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon," said Twitch CEO, Emmett Shear. "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."

ORIGINAL STORY: Reports in late July from GamesBeat and Variety indicated Google had signed a deal with game streaming service Twitch to buy it for over $1 billion, but two new reports dispute that, indicating that someone else might be angling to purchase the company.

According to reports from The Wall Street Journal and The Information, Amazon might buy out Twitch and make an announcement on the deal "soon."

While previous reports on just who will buy Twitch have caused some confusion, it's pretty clear that Twitch is getting its house in order for some major changes. That house cleaning includes muting highlight videos that have copyrighted music in the background and shutting down parent service Justin.TV.

We cannot at this time confirm whether Amazon or Google is buying Twitch, but when we know more we'll let you know.


Comments

Re: CONFIRMED: Amazon, Not Google, Buying Twitch

Well... at least it's not Google... not like it matters much, Twitch's content ID system is worse than Google's.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Unconfirmed Report: Amazon, Not Google, Buying Twitch

This has been confirmed: http://www.twitch.tv/p/thankyou

Re: Unconfirmed Report: Amazon, Not Google, Buying Twitch

HA! If it indeed turns out that Google has nothing to do with this, so many bloggers and vlogers are going to have some explaining to do. Many of them have already claimed that they could "feel google's influence" already degrading the service, etc etc. doom and gloom stories. When the copyright detection thing came to light, everyone blamed google for that too.

This has the chance to be hilarious.

 
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