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Amazon has acquired Twitch.TV photo
Amazon has acquired Twitch.TV
by Jordan Devore

[Update: It's confirmed. Amazon has officially acquired streaming site Twitch.TV.

"Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Twitch for approximately $970 million in cash, as adjusted for the assumption of options and other items. Subject to customary closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2014."

Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch, also released a statement on the acquisition.]

It was believed that Google was ready to acquire videogame streaming site Twitch for $1 billion but "those talks cooled in recent weeks," reports The Wall Street Journal. Now, it's Amazon who is reportedly stepping up to buy Twitch, according to the WSJ and The Information.

The deal isn't done until it's formally announced, as we saw with the earlier Google rumblings, but sources say an announcement could happen as soon as today.

There's been talk of which acquisition would be better for Twitch users. I'm still undecided.

Amazon to Buy Video Site Twitch for More Than $1 Billion [The Wall Street Journal]
Amazon Nears Deal to Acquire Twitch [The Information]

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1:00 PM on 08.25.2014

Mega Mensch 'Mohel Man'

This brilliant piece comes from long-time friend Jake Kaufman, composer on tons of videogames including Shantae, Ducktales: Remastered, Boot Hill Heroes, Contra 4, and many more. His music is incredible. He's a dear friend, ...

Dale North



Shadow Realms, the new BioWare RPG, has a lot of strong and unique ideas photo
Shadow Realms, the new BioWare RPG, has a lot of strong and unique ideas
by Brett Makedonski

Anytime you sit in on an early look at a new videogame, the presentation's sort of structured the same. Throughout the introduction to the title, the developers always -- always -- pepper the speech with catchy phrases about the approach that they wanted to take, their influences, and what they want to elicit from the players.

BioWare's showing of its newly announced Shadow Realms at gamescom 2014 fell right in line with these expectations. What makes it noteworthy is the sheer amount that the studio hopes to accomplish. After listening and talking to developers from BioWare at gamescom, it's evident that they have big ambitions for Shadow Realms. It's a title that aspires to do a lot of different things in a lot of different ways, and it's unclear right now how some of it will be executed. But, there appears to be solid framework to build around for now.

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12:00 PM on 08.25.2014

Rumor: Full Smash Bros. roster leaked

For a very long time now, the Smash Bros. community has been on the edge of its seat as Nintendo slowly dripped reveals as to the roster for the upcoming Wii U and 3DS games. One huge leak may have smashed that stra...

Brett Makedonski

11:30 AM on 08.25.2014

Alienware Alpha Steam console to debut in Japan at Tokyo Game Show 2014

Alongside all of the crazy Japanese things we expect to see at Tokyo Game Show next month, we're adding one very American thing. Alienware will debut their Steam gaming console, the Alpha, at the September 18-21 event. It was...

Dale North

11:15 AM on 08.25.2014

Meet a few of Titan Souls' ruthless bosses that will kill you over and over

Acid Nerve's Titan Souls was one of the few games I saw at E3 that I couldn't get enough of. It left a lasting impression on me, and by the time I was done, I just wanted more. Death after death was doled out by bosses ...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 AM on 08.25.2014

Is P.T. a work of art, or a pixel-hunting exercise in frustration?

When P.T. was announced at gamescom a few weeks back, no one really jumped for joy. Billed as a "playable teaser," the interactive trailer was very much a game, and come to find out -- it had many elements of old school ...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 08.25.2014

Mighty Gunvolt will be getting DLC in the future

Mighty Gunvolt, a free game that comes with Azure Striker Gunvolt, is set to hit the eShop soon as a classic 8-bit revival much like Capcom's own Mega Man 9 and 10. To give you a bit of background on the game, deve...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 08.25.2014

Classic Street Fighter games are heading to Japanese arcades again

According to Siliconera, Capcom is launching a new initiative in the near future to bring back some of their classic fighting games to arcades. The list includes Hyper Street Fighter II, Darkstalkers 3, Street Fighter III: Th...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 08.25.2014

Half-Minute Hero 2 gets a 'Late Access' sale on Steam

Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming will be hosting a "Late Access" sale, which will run from August 25 until August 31. At that time the game will be available at 33 percent off on Steam, and will also include a free copy of...

Chris Carter





8:00 AM on 08.25.2014

The PSN should be back to normal, maintenance for today rescheduled

In case you haven't heard, Sony had some unexpected issues yesterday as a result of a denial of service attack, which brought down their entire network. They've been working to get the PSN back online since then and late last...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 08.25.2014

The Long Dark will be on Early Access September 22

I'm finally playing a game in Early Access (Invisible Inc., which is incredible; expect a longer impressions piece soon) and come September 22 I might be playing another as The Long Dark hits Steam. I've been waiting on...

Steven Hansen

10:00 PM on 08.24.2014

Shantae's secret origin lies in... Xtreme Sports?

Before WayForward hit Kickstarter success and critical acclaim with their Shantae series, they got their feet wet on the Game Boy Color with Xtreme Sports. It was their first game on the handheld, giving it special senti...

Jonathan Holmes

9:00 PM on 08.24.2014

You can buy Deep Under the Sky with fan art

Colin Northway (Incredipede) and Rich Edwards (Pineapple Smash Crew) have a new game out, and it looks beautiful. Deep Under the Sky is obstacle course exploration game about a one eyed Venusian Jellyfish that doubles as "a ...

Jonathan Holmes

8:00 PM on 08.24.2014

DDoS attackers now tied to Xbox Live outages

Xbox Live users are now reporting intermittent sign-in issues, and the group claiming responsibility for today's PlayStation Network attacks and bomb threat is again taking credit. Microsoft seems to be aware of the...

Kyle MacGregor

6:00 PM on 08.24.2014

Sekai Project announces Clannad localization for PC

Clannad is coming to Steam, localization house Sekai Project announced this weekend at Japan Expo USA in San Mateo, California. The visual novel was initially released for Windows PC in 2004, but has since come to severa...

Kyle MacGregor