Google's Deal to Buy Twitch Confirmed, According to New Report

New report reiterates that YouTube will acquire the incredibly popular game-streaming service.

The rumored deal that will see Google acquire game-streaming service Twitch has been confirmed, according to a GamesBeat report.

Variety reported back in May that YouTube--a subsidiary of Google--had reached a deal to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. (Microsoft was also rumored to have been interested.) The companies refused to comment on the matter at the time, and in lieu of any official word in the ensuing two months, there has been speculation about whether the deal had fallen apart.

GamesBeat's report states the acquisition will indeed go through. However, the exact price, as well as when an official announcement will be made, remain uncertain. When contacted by GameSpot for confirmation, both Twitch and Google declined to comment.

This news comes just days after the end of this year's International, the Dota 2 tournament (which was streamed through Twitch) that offered a record prize pool of more than $10 million. Twitch is the United States' largest live-streaming website by far, according to a report released in April. The popularity of esports has risen dramatically in recent years; last year alone, more than 2.4 billion hours of esports content were viewed through services like Twitch.

Twitch allows streaming games to be viewed on computers, phones, tablets, and game consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (both of which offer the ability to stream games right from the systems). Streaming functionality is not available on the Wii U at this point because Nintendo doesn't see the value in it.

Streaming games is a prospect not entirely without controversy. There are those in the games industry who feel game makers are entitled to a portion of the revenue earned by those streaming games and publishing videos to sites like YouTube. Nintendo was, at one point, claiming ad revenue earned by YouTubers, but has since announced plans for an affiliate program that will split revenue with video creators.

If YouTube's acquisition does go through, what would you like to see result from the two companies' partnership? Let us know in the comments.

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Discussion

316 comments
lilflipp
lilflipp

These guys... there is something creepy about it. Advertisement company buying out everything. Don't be evil. Yeah please don't be evil.

Decades from now, I don't want my grand grand grand grand children to be fighting Googles robot killing machine modelled off Arnold just to troll. Flying their drones instead of playing Rolling Stones's Gimme Shelter, they'll be playing Trololol song.

kuda001
kuda001

I feel sorry for the streamers. Will they survive and continue as they are? I don't think so. 


Tangsta03
Tangsta03

I'm actually glad this made worldwide news, really goes to show how far gaming and esports has come if a behemoth like Google is showing interest.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Streaming on twitch has such a poor quality hope google will enhance it quality.

kingraven24
kingraven24

Just curious how this isn't monopolizing?  The buyout pretty much gives Google a stranglehold on online video.  Vimeo and other like-minded services don't stand a chance :/

johnnycontardo
johnnycontardo

They are going to buy it for a BILLION dollars, are they?


Just how much money does GOOGLE really have?


It bought the Oculus Rift for another BILLION.


Holy sh..........

keverisch
keverisch

Google created the environment necessary for people to create meaningful content and earn a living doing so. They will achieve the same thing with Twitch.

blackothh
blackothh

I see that pretty much everybody on this thread hates google and thinks they ruined youtube, can somebody come up with a meaningful reason for this stupidity?

Mraou
Mraou

Good, hopefully we'll be able to watch past broadcasts in non flash format, and watch more easily via smart device browsers.

pot_skillgrim
pot_skillgrim

Welp my friends....time to finally make that switch over to Azubu lolololololololol

noah364
noah364

I imagine a future where everything is owned by either Disney or Google. I imagine a farther future where Mickey Mouse is considered the new messiah and any number higher than 10^100 is illegal.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Where the hell is the U.S. Justice Department?  Oh right, in the pockets of the corporations.


There is no way in hell this deal should be allowed.

saturatedbutter
saturatedbutter

Twitch: You want to stream GTA huh? Well, do you have express written consent from the copyright owners? How about that music playing the background on the radio? Stop infringing on copyrights you dirty streamer.

joey2010
joey2010

MONOPOLY IS NOT A GOOD THING!

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Twitch is now ruined.


Ranger1086
Ranger1086

I wonder if it will be one of those slow painful deaths like 6-8 months or just a plunge.

Prometheus
Prometheus

Twitch is my favorite entertainment right now, I probably spend more time watching others play than I am playing myself. I really hope they don't ruin twitch like they ruined Youtube.

One problem is that sites like Twitch and Youtube rely on content creators, so potential competitors have a very hard time even getting noticed if they aren't already big. This is why google will have a monopoly for the forseeable future and can do pretty much all it wants.

Hop103
Hop103

Hopefully they don't pull any Content ID BS there, it would be nice to do a little gameplay for Japan only titles on there.

blackothh
blackothh

Sounds good to me, considering I usually have youtube playing something all the time in parallel to what im doing on another decvice.


And for everyone complaining about ads, then get adblock, I have not seen an ad on youtube in years.


The current twitch on the other hand, I cant stand it. Quality is variable and not consistent. It does not work properly on my tablet, and all the small accounts i follow on twitch never show up as online when they are online. If they fix that then all the better.

hitmanxmk
hitmanxmk

I think google becoming hand of governments controls over the internet ;)

koyettsu
koyettsu

Well that means that in the not so far out future Twitch is going to suck and require you to login with a google+ account.  Deep sadness =(

scottsummerz
scottsummerz

One day they'll buy the human race and enslave it. As if monopolizing everything else isn't already enough.

scottsummerz
scottsummerz

One day soon, they've buy all of humanity, enslave it. As if monopolizing everything inanimate isn't enough.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

This was obvious when the rumour started going around, and now Google will slowly kill this off as well. Incoming a bunch of copyright.

elaisse2
elaisse2

Why does a large corp have to own everything.

255Utah
255Utah

my words.... mehhhhhh!

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

and then suddenly UStream became the go to site for video game streaming


honestly with the way youtube has been going this is just a nail in poor twitch's new coffin

woodyfr
woodyfr

Just watch WALL•E and replace BNL by Google, and you know what will happen.

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

@kingraven24 They also have a monopoly on search engines, nobody did anything about that either. It's simply a case of too big to stop. I think the corporate watchdogs will only step in if Google steps out of line, which they haven't so far (they have an army of lawyers covering their tracks, so no surprises here).

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

@johnnycontardo Google can generate 12-14 billion USD in profits every year, a 1 billion USD acquisition is not going to break the bank and they obviously have done the maths in that Twitch will be able to generate enough revenue to easily make it a worthy investment. Google rarely ever make bad investments.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@blackothh Google+ "integration"


Also ContentID bs.

meatz666
meatz666

Erectile dysfunction is a very serious problem, don't make fun of that.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

@elaisse2 Twitch was on it's way to becoming a large corporation.  They own everything because if you make something that gets popular and profitable you eventually expand and unless you fail and crash, you evolve into a large corporation.

praneet1
praneet1

@Thanatos2k Though I agree that the Google+ integration was not very good. I think it was done in an effort to prevent people from making ill comments on videos, aka, hate comments. Google+ required people to use their real name but they recently announced that they are dropping that requirement. If requiring Google+ turned away nasty comments or reduced it, I think it is a good idea. I like to think it's their way of saying "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it". 

blackothh
blackothh

@Thanatos2k you have an account to post on this fourm, you have to have an account on twitch to stream or chat, you do not need an account to just watch. 


You also dont need an account to watch stuff on youtube, (except for "mature" content)  so i dont see what the difference at all will be. Almost everything on the internet needs a sign-in. And you can have separate google+ accounts for youtube and yourself.


As for copyrighted content, sorry its the law like it or not, I personally dont like the law but until the law gets changed, twitch as it is currently is the one doing the illegal thing. Im surprised they have not been called out on that yet.


On the plus side, Googles hand in youtube has let it grow hugely from a bunch of cute cat videos to meaningful content for pretty much anyone who uses it. It has allowed people to play video games for a living and actually make it work. Which doubles as a way for games to get publicity if they are not big, and you can watch letsplays to see if the game that you want to buy is actually good or just a hyped up average game. The quality of the video stream is high quality and consistant, much better then it has been years ago and if you have a connection that can handle it, HD video can be watched indefinitely. Twitch on the other hand has terrible quality fluctuation, and their app for smart devices is garbage.


If its ads that are bothering you, just get adblock for your browser and learn how to use it. The internet will be a much better experience for you.