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The announcement date is unknown, but reports say it's on the way

Google has reportedly purchased game-livestreaming company Twitch for $1 billion USD, according to GameSpot
 
A lot of details about the deal are not yet clear, such as the exact purchase amount and the date which it will be announced (although it's reportedly soon). Reports say, however, that Google’s YouTube division is responsible for the acquisition and that the company made an all-cash offer. 
 
For those unfamiliar with Twitch, it's a San Francisco-based gaming company that allows users to broadcast their own gameplay on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or PC. Online viewers then watch these videos for entertainment, as both the gameplay and commentary from the broadcaster can be quite amusing.
 
Twitch, which started in 2011, could be a huge asset to YouTube. Back in June 2011, Twitch had just 3.2 million monthly active users. Now, it has more than 50 million monthly active users and more than 1.1 million members who broadcast videos on a monthly basis. 


More than 13 billion minutes of video are watched per month on Twitch. 

What's more is that Twitch distributes shows from major partners like GameSpot, Joystiq and Destructoid. 

It's not clear exactly what Google plans to do with Twitch, but some speculate that it would bring Twitch gamer stars to the YouTube platform. Twitch and YouTube are similar in that they both allow anyone -- famous or otherwise -- to create videos and have a chance to become famous all on their own based on video content and popularity. 

Rumors about Google's acquisition of Twitch started circulating back in May of this year, but it looks like the announcement is finally due sometime "soon." 

Source: GameSpot



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Yea! More forced Google+ accounts
By Kefner on 7/25/2014 3:00:10 PM , Rating: 3
How long till we go to sign in to our Twitch account, and we're given two options, both of which convert you to a Google+ account???




RE: Yea! More forced Google+ accounts
By retrospooty on 7/25/2014 3:35:59 PM , Rating: 4
I hear ya... Not that I use twitch, but Google has been integrating far too many formerly good apps into the lesser Google+ version. Irritating as hell. Signs of MS tactics. :(


RE: Yea! More forced Google+ accounts
By Milliamp on 7/26/2014 4:53:11 AM , Rating: 3
And nearly everyone is in agreements they don't want G+ forced on them. They ruined G+ by being too pushy, you have to build the platform and let the people choose it, you can't force the choice on them or they get angry.

Google of all people should know this considering their start as a decluttered search page that people flocked to.

Thankfully they didn't even mention G+ at the last I/O and I think they have identified that this was a mistake.


RE: Yea! More forced Google+ accounts
By Reclaimer77 on 7/26/14, Rating: -1
RE: Yea! More forced Google+ accounts
By retrospooty on 7/26/2014 8:29:00 AM , Rating: 3
I dont know about "forced" but Google has killed off some formerly good apps and brought that function into G+ which sucks. Latitude and Gtalk are 2 that pop to mind ATM.


RE: Yea! More forced Google+ accounts
By Reclaimer77 on 7/26/14, Rating: -1
By Labotomizer on 7/26/2014 10:48:18 AM , Rating: 2
You'll see that with any company that decides to retire features. This isn't a Google thing in particular. I can think of several products Symantec acquired that they absolutely ruined, from both a product standpoint and a support standpoint.

Microsoft removing the media functionality that less than 3% of users actually ever used caused a huge uproar from those 3%. And probably more who "might have decided to use it".

I think if it were another vendor removing some functionality from an app you used you'd be more upset. But that's a subject for another day.


RE: Yea! More forced Google+ accounts
By retrospooty on 7/26/2014 1:34:20 PM , Rating: 3
" I'm not sure what the problem is. I've never personally used those two so I can't speak to that point."

If you used them you would know what people are talking about. Long story made short - The problem is with Talk and Latitude they took great, easy to use and highly functional apps and made it shit. What used to take 2 clicks in Lat now takes like 8 or more in G+. What used to be a great little standalone app in gtalk on PC now is merely a crappy plugin for Chrome with no group chat ability, and missing a bunch of other stuff.

I know, its free and we cant really complain, but it sucks how they are losing functionality with new versions and not gaining it. Same with Maps. The new maps 8 still isnt as functional as 6 was. it looks nicer, but does less and takes more clicks to do it.


By retrospooty on 7/26/2014 1:35:59 PM , Rating: 2
Local is another one... It's a shell of its formerly useful self. Now, I need a 3rd party app because the Google version is just crap.


RE: Yea! More forced Google+ accounts
By KoolAidMan1 on 7/27/2014 9:26:47 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I know, its free and we cant really complain, but it sucks how they are losing functionality with new versions and not gaining it.


Google makes billions in revenue from their users. Holding their products to lower standards than other techs because they're free doesn't make sense to me. They get away with way more than other companies because of the "free" and "beta" excuses.


RE: Yea! More forced Google+ accounts
By Reclaimer77 on 7/28/2014 8:50:29 AM , Rating: 2
Don't ALL large companies make billions from their users??

Koolaid strikes again lol. Brilliant logic.

And what exactly are they 'getting away with'? If you think their software sucks, well just don't use it. It's not like you paid anything for it.


By AntDX316 on 7/29/2014 5:19:33 AM , Rating: 2
wisest strategies that's why they remain dominant and probably always will

It's better to unify than advance separately because .. 2 heads are better than one


By Ophion on 7/26/2014 2:03:24 PM , Rating: 2
G+ is required to comment and PM on YouTube, so yeah, you're forced if you still want access to those very basic features. It's also required if you want to have a channel.


By EricMartello on 7/26/2014 7:28:39 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think he meant G+, as in the the social network that makes friendster look popular, he probably meant those annoying universal google accounts. I prefer having a unique login for each website that requires one.


RE: Yea! More forced Google+ accounts
By KoolAidMan1 on 7/27/2014 9:33:36 PM , Rating: 1
YouTube asked me for G+ login every day for six months. It finally ended around the time the guy who ran G+ resigned.

Google has backed off so fortunately we don't have Plus to worry about. We do have Youtube's ContentID, DMCA takedowns (even for the creator's own content), lower CPM for content creators, and a video monopoly to look forward to though. Can't wait.


By Reclaimer77 on 7/28/2014 11:18:41 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah cause it's totally Google's fault they have to adhere to the DMCA. Dude get a clue, it's THE LAW. It's a crap law, but you cannot criticize them for being forced to adhere to it.

Video monopoly? Just..wtf. Your hate is making you say really stupid crap. YouTube is the most popular, because they're the best. However there is no WAY they have a monopoly on video streaming, be more ridiculous.

Lower CPM? People are literally making a living wage from YouTube video's, thanks to Google. I mean really, boo hoo!


By Cheesew1z69 on 7/26/2014 3:50:03 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
nearly everyone is in agreements
Oh, so you know "nearly everyone"? No?


RE: Yea! More forced Google+ accounts
By TheSlamma on 7/26/2014 8:38:38 AM , Rating: 2
"signs"? please, MS is a dream boat in comparison, at least that login at MSN doesn't share everything you did with the world and track your every click with hopes of giving you an add you might click on. wake up


RE: Yea! More forced Google+ accounts
By Solandri on 7/26/2014 11:51:25 PM , Rating: 2
I own my own domain and all my email has gone through it for over 10 years now. I create a unique email address for every web site, service, and mailing list I sign up for. That way if one of them sells my email address to another company which starts spamming me, I know exactly who did it.

Except from the obvious spammy addresses (e.g. signing up for marketing spam in exchange for coupons or discounts), only one "reputable" company has sold the unique email address I assigned them to spammers:

microsoft@mydomain.com


By retrospooty on 7/27/2014 8:23:58 AM , Rating: 2
I have to agree... My email account only started getting spam when I used it for my MSN/Xbox live account. Either MS sold it, or it was compromised.


By retrospooty on 7/27/2014 9:07:11 AM , Rating: 2
"signs"? please, MS is a dream boat in comparison, at least that login at MSN doesn't share everything you did with the world and track your every click with hopes of giving you an add you might click on. wake up"

I was referring to the software end of it. Making software and features that drive the companies internal agenda, not what customers wanted. The loss of Google local, latitude and talk are examples. That is starting to look MS'ish.


RE: Yea! More forced Google+ accounts
By Reclaimer77 on 7/28/2014 11:26:13 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft sells user data to the FBI, CIA, and NSA. They sold user data to political campaigns, allowing their users to be spammed by people running for office. They also run the same targeted add agency model Google does, selling user data to advertisers.

So no, sorry,, I don't see the "dream boat" by comparison.


RE: Yea! More forced Google+ accounts
By atechfan on 7/28/2014 12:42:34 PM , Rating: 2
You keep saying this, but offer no evidence. MS was, just like Apple, Google, and everyone else, compelled to cooperate with Prism. Google has a far cozier relationship with the Obama administration that Microsoft ever had. Ballmer had little love at all for Obama, even going as far as threatening to move the MS headquarters to Canada if Obama continued his anti-business taxation policies. And if you keep up with the headlines, MS is fighting the US government data grab far harder than the other tech giants.

So yes, "dream boat by comparison" may be an apt description.


By Reclaimer77 on 7/28/2014 2:11:10 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure we've had this conversation before, and I provided links proving ever single point I've made. Microsoft is indeed doing/has done those things, not sure why you insist on deflecting the facts with calls for "evidence" for things that are common knowledge everywhere else.

Secondly, Balmer hasn't even been an MS employee for some time, and his personal opinions have no bearing on the direction of the company as a whole. Not sure what that has to do with this.

quote:
Google has a far cozier relationship with the Obama administration that Microsoft ever had.


This just seems like hyperbole. How do we even quantify this? Microsoft has had a "cozy" relationship with the Government longer than Google has even been in existence anyway. Hello?

I doesn't GET more "cozy" than this!

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130711/1154062...

I can find no such evidence of Google doing anything even remotely this despicable. And you call this "fighting the US Government data grab"? LOL ok!

quote:
So yes, "dream boat by comparison" may be an apt description.


Nope, fanboi speak. As I've said several times, these two companies are more alike than they are dissimilar when it comes to certain things. Calling one a "dream boat" when it comes to user privacy is just horribly biased.


By atechfan on 7/25/2014 12:49:18 PM , Rating: 2
Headline says it all.




By tayb on 7/25/2014 1:00:59 PM , Rating: 4
Your gaming habits are already being sent directly to the NSA. This just adds another listener for further ad bombardment.

I don't mind. Free services come with a cost. That's why I don't do a lot of business with Google, I'm not interesting in being their product to sell.


By amanojaku on 7/25/2014 1:30:44 PM , Rating: 3
We all know what this is really about. The NSA will forward any information it finds to the IRS so that you can be taxed on the gold you farmed. Grinding boars will be even less useful now. On the other hand, at least you'll have a small amount of retirement income for when you complete all quests, discounted access to healers and repairs, and a larger, more advanced server farm to provide more players and new abilities to fight off PvP raids.

For those of you for or against this taxation, just remember that this two-party system of good-vs-evil is just a sham. We're all controlled by the GMs.


By Arsynic on 7/25/2014 3:51:26 PM , Rating: 2
It pisses me off that people get so wound up about a corporation sending their private communications to a government agency rather than getting wound up about a government agency spying on them.

This is a byproduct of liberal ideology brainwashing today's youth to believe they serve the government rather than the other way around. So they attack the symptom rather than attacking the cause.


This is just bad
By imaheadcase on 7/25/2014 2:23:27 PM , Rating: 5
The articles fails to mention how most the users make money, from donations and subscribers. Youtube will cut that out of the equation and rely simply on advertisements. Some popular twitch streamers can make $2000+ a DAY just from subscribers and donors alone. Some its full time job just for them.

Anyone remember when google was a company that was awesome? Now everything they buy turns to shit. Youtube went downhill, its design went downhill and content is harder to find. Freaking stupid google+ integration into everything.

Even the basic stuff like designing Settings pages are now a confused mess.

I think they need to focus on making what they have better, or should I say, easier before they fuck up another company.




RE: This is just bad
By ProfFarnsworth on 7/25/14, Rating: 0
RE: This is just bad
By flyingpants1 on 7/25/14, Rating: 0
RE: This is just bad
By Ophion on 7/26/2014 1:59:25 PM , Rating: 2
Clean interface? Maybe before G+, but not anymore. The number of downgrades to the interface that has happened since then are too many to count, with the most recent being a doubling of the number of clicks needed to upload a caption file.

Also, half of YouTube is now G+ (comments, messaging, settings, private sharing) so either way, YT is now 50% trash.


Could be worse
By KFZ on 7/26/2014 9:46:14 AM , Rating: 4
At least it wasn't Facebook.




By Protect and Access on 7/31/2014 7:29:22 AM , Rating: 2
The proverb goes "strike the iron when it is hot". Google know that this game streaming site is in its full swing. $1 billion is not a big figure for Google. So this is the high time to acquire the company. Google is already a giant in the IT world. If google goes in the same pace Google will be the synonyms of internet. Best of luck Google.




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