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Amazon ready to snatch Twitch away from Google: more updates

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Remember that rumored $1 billion deal Google worked out to purchase the internet's most popular game-streaming service? Amazon may be taking it over. According to The Information, folks close to the deal say that Twitch and Amazon are in late stage talks for a $1 billion acquisition. Why the change in buyer? It's not clear (or confirmed), though it might be a response to concerns that joining Google could stifle innovation or competition. Either way, neither company is talking about the rumor right now, though one person involved suggested that the deal could be formerly announced soon.

 

Update- now it is official 

It's official: after plenty of rumors about both Google and Amazon buying massively popular video streaming service Twitch, Amazon announced it as official this afternoon. Amazon is buying Twitch for $970 million in cash, though it's yet to go through government approval. 

 

And even more updates 

In the wake of Amazon's purchase of streaming powerhouse Twitch, a new report suggests Google — thought to be an early contender for the buyout — backed out of the deal following concerns over antitrust issues, according to Forbes.

 

This refers to a competition law developed to regulate anti-competitive conduct by companies. Google is already the owner of YouTube, a site that competes with Twitch to broadcast and stream live and on-demand gaming sessions. Sources close to Forbes also state neither Google nor Twitch could come to an agreement on the size of a break-up fee in case the deal did not go through.

 

 

wow such a sudden backpedal when we were expecting the deal to be finalized soon with Google

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i would perfer amazon to tak it over, as long as amazon allows us to start using paypal


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Yes, please. They can at least salvage this before they add Google+.


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It would be interesting to see what would happen if they did take over.


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i see no reason for amazon to take over a streaming site. although im not super thrilled about the google idea, i'd rather have the hopefully seemless youtube integration than anything amazon could bring to the table. not to mention, twitch is already dedicated to muting streams for music, that would continue whether amazon or bought them out regardless.  at least with the google takeover, itll get a little better since itll be using google software to do it, instead of whatever shit twitch is using now.


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 at least with the google takeover, itll get a little better since itll be using google software to do it, instead of whatever shit twitch is using now.

 

Because Google's software was sooo much better.


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Yes, please. They can at least salvage this before they add Google+.

Google + is great. You just don't know how to use it properly.


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Google + is great. You just don't know how to use it properly.

 

I don't want to use it at all. I don't care if it is awesome at what it does, I don't want what it does. That is why I don't use Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Reddit, whatever they invented this week etc.

 

And Facebook maybe shit but at least they never forced it on me. Google forced Google+ on me which I will never ever forgive and forget.


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Because Google's software was sooo much better.

yes actually it is.  twitch currently uses Audible Magic. which is terrble. im not saying googles is good, but its better


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I don't want to use it at all. I don't care if it is awesome at what it does, I don't want what it does. That is why I don't use Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Reddit, whatever they invented this week etc.

 

And Facebook maybe shit but at least they never forced it on me. Google forced Google+ on me which I will never ever forgive and forget.

Well then why are you using youtube...?

If you don't like google+ nobody is forcing you to use it.


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Man, I can't wait to stick this in the face of everyone who was arguing that Google had already taken over. TAKE THAT SUCKERS I TOLD YA SO! :D *Does the "I told you so dance"*


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Well then why are you using youtube...?

If you don't like google+ nobody is forcing you to use it.

 

What kind of logic are you using here? I use Youtube, I have been using it for years. I only want to use Youtube. Then one day Google comes and tells me to go fuck myself because I now have to use Google+ to use Youtube which I've been using for years before hand without the stupid + bullshit.

 

Seriously, what the hell are you talking about?


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lets see what this brings to the table. google is already huge, and it be nice that we have competition from amazon and yahoo bringing in to the spin of things with amazon buying twitch and yahoo screen (even though it has crappy content its a decent platform) 


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woot. also lawl at the grammar slip-up. formerly instead of formally. 


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What kind of logic are you using here? I use Youtube, I have been using it for years. I only want to use Youtube. Then one day Google comes and tells me to go fuck myself because I now have to use Google+ to use Youtube which I've been using for years before hand without the stupid + bullshit.

 

Seriously, what the hell are you talking about?

The fact that youtube needed to be bought by google and reprogrammed because of the massive increase in usage. You think the old youtube would be able to handle the exabytes of data it is now getting?


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The fact that youtube needed to be bought by google and reprogrammed because of the massive increase in usage. You think the old youtube would be able to handle the exabytes of data it is now getting?

 

Are you completely new to Youtube? Do you not know of the time when YouTube did not require Google+ at all? It was not long ago, and it was that way for a looong time. And Google owned it back then too.

 

Google bought Youtube in 2006, I have been using it since 2007.


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Go amazon, take it, you know you want it.


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GO AMAZON! Buy it and ignore the fuck out of it so that they stop muting people for playing music.

 

As if, the whole muting thing was 99% going to happen regardless of any big firm taking over.


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As if, the whole muting thing was 99% going to happen regardless of any big firm taking over.

Dont shatter my dreams with your damned logic!


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I like amazon taking over because im scared of google controlling EVERYTHING i do on the internet.


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Would love to see Amazon take over this deal. Google would integrate Google+ into Twitch which would suck. 

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Not a huge fan of Amazon, but Google is too freaking huge that I'd rather Amazon take it.


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