Amazon Promises Not to Change Twitch Following Buyout

"Twitch is absolutely doing a great job and we don't want to change that at all," Amazon games boss says.

Amazon's $970 million acquisition of popular game-streaming service Twitch yesterday will not lead to a fundamental change in what the platform is all about. That's according to Michael Frazzini, vice of president of Amazon Games, who spoke alongside Twitch CEO Emmett Shear last night during a "town hall" meeting about what the deal really means.

"Twitch is absolutely doing a great job and we don't want to change that at all," Frazzini said during the broadcast (via The Daily Dot). You can watch a replay right here.

As part of the deal, Twitch will become an Amazon subsidiary. But Shear was quick to point out that, "The exciting thing about the Amazon deal is I get to keep doing what I do." He went on to say that aligning with Amazon was the right move because it means the video site now has better access to resources like engineering talent, backend infrastructure, and partnerships with game creators and advertisers.

"The reason I thought Amazon would be a good home for Twitch is that we had a really shared vision around where gaming industry is going," Shear said, noting that the internal cultures at Twitch and Amazon also match up nicely.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is also optimistic about the deal. "Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon," he said in a statement. "Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community."

Twitch is the largest live-streaming website in the United States by a wide margin, according to a report released this spring, and has expanded into non-gaming ventures, like streaming concerts. Amazon has become aggressive about gaining a foothold in the video game industry, attracting talent like the designers of Portal and Far Cry and purchasing Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games.

Previously, it was reported that Google and Microsoft were bidding to acquire Twitch.

What do you think about Amazon's acquisition of Twitch? Let us know in the comments below!

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Discussion

34 comments
KSSuperhero
KSSuperhero

And if you believe that I have a nice sea side beach home in Kansas I will sell you for 20k

al_is_here
al_is_here

I think its good that they want to make sure they do not negatively affect twitch however i think they should atleast improve the quality and performance of twitch.

ecter1216
ecter1216

I really dont get why you people are complaining. Copyright laws are what they are. It would be stupid to have a company worth lots of money and not take prevent measure to keep from getting sued for songs and other material used without royalties. 


You may not like it, but uts the current law and how it just is.Reason why twitch did but not that other streaming site is the popularity....as soon as the other grows in popularity and more light is shed on it. They will stay free of muting stuff. As soon as it grows popular it will follow its rules so it doesn't get sued either. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

The numerous changes Twitch announced just before the buyout don't count then, I guess.

duylinhs
duylinhs

So

Muting remains the same?

Downgraded connection remains the same? (if you watch The International yearly you'll notice the difference)

Adds every 5-10 minutes at random interval and would not load after adds end, refresh and adds run again?

Your followings doesn't notify you at random remains?

Please....

yellowsanchez
yellowsanchez

if they did change it and it is terrible them they would get so much internet hate


bluebird08
bluebird08

As long as google doesn't have it.

vackillers
vackillers

This could be a good thing, have to wait and see on this one but obviously something fundamentally changed in the decision making when it was google who wanted the buyout. People can speculate it might have had something to do with people jumping ship to use other streaming services or the enormous amount of people that were angered at the thought of google buying them out and with all the changes that have been implemented recently.  Have to see how this plays out but it could be a good or a bad thing, at least its not google so shouldn't be a total catastrophic now right?

Cryoteck
Cryoteck

So I guess you mean that all major changes will be finished before the buyout is finalized.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

This is standard corporate speak to mean , "We are not going to change anything until we examine where we can cut and what we can profit on".

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Too late, they already implemented their garbage ContentID nonsense.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

"Amazon Promises Not to Change Twitch Following Buyout"


so they are going to keep that annoying muting?

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I thought YouTube brought Twitch and started banning videos for having music??

ecurl143
ecurl143

Purchase a company for 1 billion dollars and let it continue on as if nothing happened.....................yeah right.

Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

So, does this mean they're gonna quit with the muting and deleting? I somehow doubt it.

Knight_Rider_3K
Knight_Rider_3K

You know, I'm getting damn tired of all the corporate speak. Emmett Shear, just be honest with us. More importantly, be honest with yourself. You sold out for a shit ton of money. It is not like you are breaking the law or anything. A lot of us would do the same thing.

guitarpete462
guitarpete462

I don't mind at all as long as it doesn't change Twitch's integration with consoles.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

did amazon just stubbed google and then twisted the knife?

gajbutler
gajbutler

Good to hear, if it was Google we'd be forced to use Google+

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

As a web developer who knows what kind of backend Amazon can provide for its services (ala their Amazon Web Services offerings), I can definitely say that it's a good thing for Twitch. Their infrastructure is about as top-notch as you can get, with an emphasis on availability. Like going from a 2-stroke engine to a 450HP V8. I just how long the integration process will be.

skyke101
skyke101

@freedom01 it was Twitch decision though and maybe Amazon doesn't want to deal with such a thing

bdiddytampa
bdiddytampa

@GH05T-666 That is what everyone assumed, it was never stated or announced like that though.  The internet jumping to conclusions.... whoda thought lol ;-)

chuckles471
chuckles471

@Threesixtyci They won't, they are a big company.  That's what happens, the bigger you are the easier it is to sue you.  Even if Twitch stayed independent, they would eventually become victims of their own success and the music industry would take them to court. 

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

@gajbutler Probably true, but I think Google does that under the guise that the (vast) majority of users feel negative towards having multiple different passwords for different products flying under the same banner. I think what Google (could) have done in that case was *support* the use of a Google+ account sign-in (like via YouTube), but not require it, respecting the user accounts that already exist just as they are.