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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...

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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

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

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

8:00 AM on 07.31.2014

PlayStation Now open beta on PS4: Is it working for you?

PlayStation Now, Sony's PS3, PS4, and Vita streaming service, is now in an open beta for PS4 users. PlayStation Now is integrated in the PS Store, sapping funds from your directly from your PS wallet when you decide you...

Steven Hansen

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

10:30 AM on 07.16.2014

Yogscast participating in revenue share to promote Space Engineers

YouTube streaming group Yogscast has announced that they will form a partnership with Keen Software. In return for a share of sales revenue for a month of the game Space Engineers, Yogscast will offer a series of vi...

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

12:52 PM on 06.25.2014

Razer micro console powered by Android TV revealed at Google I/O

A new product, a Razer "micro-console" powered by Android TV, was shown as part of the keynote at Google I/O today. This is a device that will stream games and other content to televisions. Razer says that it will be priced t...

Dale North





1:30 PM on 06.17.2014

Summer Games Done Quick starts this weekend!

Speed Demos Archive is holding its next speedrun gaming marathon, Summer Games Done Quick 2014, real soon. The non-stop week-long event kicks off Sunday, June 22 at 11:00am Pacific and as with all of these streams, I highly ...

Jordan Devore

9:21 PM on 06.09.2014

PlayStation Now open beta coming July 31

Sony is taking its closed beta for PlayStation Now and making it an open one. At least for PlayStation 4s in the United States and Canada, on July 31. "Shortly after," the open beta will extend to PS3 and Vita, as well as "se...

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 05.19.2014

PlayStation Now closed beta on PS4 begins tomorrow

Sony's streaming game service PlayStation Now isn't the type of thing I'd like to experience in a pre-release capacity but you can register here for a chance at entering the private beta. While it's currently accessible on PS...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 05.07.2014

War Thunder is the first MMO on OnLive

Gaijin Entertainment's MMO War Thunder has been announced for OnLive, making it the first MMO on the cloud streaming service. The game will be added to their new CloudLift subscription, which lets users play PC games anywhere...

Dale North

11:45 AM on 04.30.2014

Stream AAA games through your Ouya with Playcast Media

Cloud streaming beta program Playcast Media lets you stream some top games through your Ouya. It uses Amazon's AWS infrastructure to beam games from top companies like EA, Ubisoft, Konami, Square Enix, Namco Bandai, Capcom an...

Dale North