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4:00 PM on 09.21.2014

Here's this week's Streamtoid schedule

Happy Sunday!Here's your Streamtoid schedule for the week of September 21st - September 27th.Remember, if your're interested in streaming, all you need to do is hit the link below and read up on what you need to do.

Bill Platt


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2:00 AM on 08.26.2014

Google supposedly bailed on Twitch deal because of antitrust issues

Amazon's recent acquisition of Twitch.TV for more than $1 billion might come as a surprise to anyone that had been following various suitors' attempts to buy the streaming mogul. As of late, it had seemed as if Google was poi...

Brett Makedonski



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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3:30 PM on 08.20.2014

Watching fish play Street Fighter II live is actually entertaining

First there was a fish playing Pokémon over a Twitch stream like it was a human or something, and now we've got two fish fighting each other in Super Street Fighter II Turbo. If you're new to this phenomenon, the tank...

Jordan Devore

8:15 AM on 08.12.2014

The Halo Channel is a thing (Update)

[Update: Trailer now included.] At Microsoft's press conference, right after talking a bit about the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection, 343 took the stage to reveal The Halo Channel. It's for watching "all things Halo," including shows, streams, and recorded play. It's like Mario Kart TV. Kind of. A partnership with Twitch for the channel was also announced. 

Dale North

2:15 PM on 08.08.2014

Twitch viewers can screw with you in #killallzombies

Dumb name aside, I quite like the premise of #killallzombies. It's a top-down shooter for PlayStation 4 in which zombie survival has become a televised sport, and there will be real, human spectators watching you play (if yo...

Jordan Devore

1:45 PM on 08.08.2014

Twitch removes time limit for highlights, adds 'appeal' system for videos on demand

It seemed inevitable that Twitch was going to roll out a system for flagging copyrighted music in past broadcasts, but what streamers and viewers got this week felt largely unfinished. The company is adding an "appeal" button...

Jordan Devore

3:45 PM on 08.07.2014

This fish is playing Pokémon very slowly, and a lot of people are watching

Twitch has a thing for playing Pokémon. Typically, it's a crowdsourced game with tens of thousands of players all helping input controls. Some college kids recently scaled that back and are trying to accomplish the sa...

Brett Makedonski

7:00 PM on 08.06.2014

Yikes: Twitch launches system to block copyrighted audio in videos on demand

Some more changes to the way archived broadcasts work at Twitch, and you're not going to like them. The live streaming site is now using technology in partnership with Audible Magic "to scan past and future [videos on demand]...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 08.06.2014

Twitch is changing its approach to video archives

Twitch is changing the way it handles video on demand and that's going to mean the end of the "save forever" option for past broadcasts on the site. Broadcasts that are cut down into highlight clips can still live on the site...

Jordan Devore

4:00 PM on 08.05.2014

Live streaming site Justin.tv is no more

After seven years, Justin.tv has been shut down. The live video site, mobile apps, and APIs are no longer in service as Twitch Interactive Inc.'s focus shifts entirely to its gaming-focused site, Twitch. Getting ready for th...

Jordan Devore





2:30 PM on 07.25.2014

Modified 3DS hardware created for Twitch Plays Pokémon X

It was slightly surprising to hear that the Twitch Plays Pokémon community is still active if for no other reason than I thought folks would have beaten all of the games by now. Not quite! There's still Pokémon ...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 07.24.2014

Google buys Twitch for a billion bucks

Nintendo may think watching Twitch streams is not fun, but a lot of people disagree. Twitch has 50 million active users per month. That's more than the population of California. That's more than 20 times the amount of people ...

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 07.09.2014

You've gotta be kitten me with this Catlateral Damage telethon

Catlateral Damage has already been funded via Kickstarter, but in order to reach those stretch goals, they're doing an all-day telethon via Twitch. Counting down the final 50 hours until the campaign ends, the stream will fea...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 PM on 06.25.2014

Hearthstone, Counter-Strike: GO among most-watched games on Twitch

Twitch has come out with its top games for May 2014, as determined by overall number of minutes watched per title. The top two -- League of Legends and Dota 2 -- come as no surprise whatsoever. But Hearthstone: Heroes of Warc...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 06.12.2014

Nintendo won't be supporting a Twitch app because 'gameplay by itself is not fun'

Do you like Twitch? Do you like Nintendo? Well don't expect the two to meet intimately anytime soon, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. Speaking to Polygon, Reggie stated, "we don't think streaming 3...

Chris Carter