Following several reports that the two were in talks, Google has reportedly reached a deal to acquire streaming video giant Twitch for approximately $1 billion. With more than 50 million monthly active users, Twitch is a wildly popular service that allows gamers to stream live video of themselves as well as live feeds of whatever video games they might be playing. Venturebeat reports that Google’s YouTube division is in charge of the deal and will presumably oversee Twitch in some capacity moving forward. Google has not yet confirmed the acquisition.
Google is reportedly ready to purchase another company in a deal worth $1 billion, focusing this time on live streaming service Twitch (or Twitch.tv), which is a very popular platform for live gaming videos. According to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to The Verge, the two companies have agreed on a price and are ironing out the final details of the sale “such as how independent the Twitch company and brand will remain.” More →
Twitch has been making headlines recently as Microsoft and Sony duke it out for a more robust game streaming experience, but the most exciting news from the increasingly popular platform has nothing to do with home consoles. Earlier this month, Twitch announced that it would be bringing live game broadcasts to mobile devices, and now the company is ready to reveal its first mobile partnership. More →
The launch of live game streaming on the Xbox One is still a week away, but Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb took to Twitch last night to show off why the feature has been mysterious absent for the past few months. Reddit user rotj used Twitch Analyzer on the Xbox One stream last night and discovered that the quality of the stream is noticeably better than that of the PlayStation 4. More →
Twitch streaming on the Xbox One might have been worth the wait after all. The Associated Press reports that Twitch will be bringing its increasingly popular streaming service to the Xbox One on March 11th to coincide with the launch of Titanfall. Not only will Xbox One owners be able to stream their games live on Twitch, the Xbox One version of the service will also feature voice controls to initiate streams, plus the ability to archive recorded streams and join in on other broadcasters’ games. The PlayStation 4 Twitch app has been criticized primarily for its inability to archive streams. Although the app has been delayed extensively, Xbox One owners will be receiving the full-featured Twitch experience in return for their patience. More →
The streaming platform popular enough to beat Facebook during peak traffic hours is currently playing host to one of the most ridiculous and entertaining events in its relatively short history. As of this writing, 72,000 Twitch viewers are currently participating in an interactive playthrough of the first Gameboy Pokemon game by entering commands into chat. TwitchPlaysPokemon, as the channel is called, has been running for nearly 5 straight days, increasing its traffic to the point of dominating the top spot on the site consistently. More →
It has been yet another year of exponential growth for Twitch, the streaming platform dedicated to video games. Launching in June 2011, what started as a spin-off of Justin.tv has quickly become the most popular resource for video game live streams on the Internet, reaching over 45 million viewers every month. In fact, Twitch reaches more viewers during prime time than MTV, TNT and AMC. More →