Report: Microsoft also wanted to buy video game streaming company Twitch

Sources say Twitch entertained multiple offers before ultimately siding with Google/YouTube.

Xbox maker Microsoft was among the interested parties in acquiring video game streaming service Twitch, according to sources speaking to The Verge. YouTube, which is owned by Google, eventually finalized its billion-dollar deal and is currently working with Twitch to determine how independent the company will remain, the site's sources went on to say.

The Verge's sources said Microsoft, and other unspecified companies, made "serious" bids for Twitch, but the streaming service sided with Google/YouTube because they were deemed the company that would allow Twitch to realize its potential. Another source said Twitch had "plenty" of offers from venture capitalists for more money, but Twitch needed a stronger infrastructure to help it handle its technical processes, something Google was capable of providing.

Neither Twitch nor Google have commented in an official capacity regarding the rumored buyout. We will of course continue to monitor the story as new information becomes available.

Google's rumored buyout of Twitch is not a done deal and it's possible that the United States Justice Department could see the acquisition as anticompetitive in the online video market. That's because YouTube is already the most popular platform for Internet videos.

Twitch may not be a household name, but it has a massive reach. A report from February showed that Twitch ranked fourth in peak Internet traffic in the United States, ahead of major companies like Facebook, Hulu, and Valve.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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pcm_achinima
pcm_achinima

If Microsoft bought Twitch, they would rename it to Twitch One, and then that would turn into a horrible disaster of confusing menus and bad quality streams etc. :P

Vodoo
Vodoo

Google is the perfect company to own Twitch. They already have the backbone infrastructure in place to support it well into the future. The only thing I don't like is how Google made YouTube ban all licensed stuff. They may just move all of YouTubes gaming vids over to Twitch.

metallinatus
metallinatus

So now we know Google saved our arses from having Twitch being destroyed by Microsoft's death touch....

Great news indeed.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Hmm the good thing is Google are neutral in the gaming world compared to Microsoft.

If Microsoft bought it you know they would force Sony to pay them large premiums to keep it on their platform or remove it all together.

Google will keep it on all platforms.

MrMilkmann
MrMilkmann

Stupid big companies, why can't you leave well enough alone?

jako998
jako998

I kind of wanted Microsoft to buy them out... not google

straightcur
straightcur

As much as it sucks for Google to own Twitch, eliminating any chance at competition and ruining the service with their strict policies.    It's better than Microsoft owning it and turning it into a closed system that ties only to Microsoft services and devices.  

TheRealBigRich
TheRealBigRich

All these comments let me truly know that people really don't know what they are talking about. To say that MS or Google is evil is insane. These are corporations out to make, you guessed it Money.

Chatch09
Chatch09

Well, never using Twitch again...damn, it was good while it lasted. Now we're going to have: "Would you like to use your real name to watch this video?"

doggiezilla
doggiezilla

Breaking News: Facebook bought out Twitch 

kujel
kujel

I rather MS buy Twitch then Google just so they could keep sony fans from using it.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Microspot does it again with these amazing articles.

kereke12
kereke12

Hell this is starting to become a joke.

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

I prefer Google to have Twitch than Microsoft as Microsoft would have killed Twitch the same way it has killed others.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

I know that some people went to Twitch to escape Youtube (and Google's) way of doing things.  If this deal goes through, I imagine they are going to be rather annoyed.  I hope it is viewed as anti-competitive, and thrown out.

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

I hope you all have express written consent to stream your games. Youtube is the bitch of copyright holders. If they say jump. Youtube jumps. Google+ will be the least of your worries.

hobotech64
hobotech64

One of these days they're gonna buy each other out and form a black hole out of the implosion of money.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

Twitch is mainly PC focused and M$ isn't really interested in them anyway so I would understand why they didn't go through with it.

foodrules
foodrules

Twitch: Now free with a Microsoft Gold subscription!
or
Twitch: Please sign into Google Plus.

F*ck it all.

Xyekenvort
Xyekenvort

Can Twitch say no to this offer, or are they forced to accept the deal?

nickpeck36
nickpeck36

ugghhhh, they will destroy it.  YouTube became (and still is) a huge mess since google bought them out.

Williams0907
Williams0907

"currently working with Twitch to determine how independent the company will remain" 


Why can't they leave it the same, I seriously hope everyone up and leaves Twitch.

Celsius765
Celsius765

Well there's always livestream.com or uplay


berserker66666
berserker66666

Twitch chose the lesser of the two evils. Well brace yourselves for "Fair" content ID control.

ITLM16
ITLM16

thank goodness they did not go with microsoft.


It would have killed gaming and become a TV, SPORT, NSA KINECT streaming service


assertive_user
assertive_user

Would much rather see Google take over twitch than microsoft

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

If they buy it twitch will stop being so popular like Skype that started going down hill since M$ bought it and now people are just using other app/programs. 

playstationzone
playstationzone

The Takeover  will be M$ since pay more than google if so Twitch be off PS4 and i wont miss it :] because not better than ps4 stream lol.

iBuzz7S
iBuzz7S

@Dannystaples14 Microsoft owns Skype and Sony pay them to use it on their devices. Don't see what the problem is. 

fede018
fede018

@jako998 Microsoft is a terrible company that makes terrible decisions

devone23
devone23

@TheRealBigRich  Now what was it that one big, old, popular book said about money and evil? Hmmmm...something about "money", "root" and "all evil". Lol.

hellfireirl
hellfireirl

@kujel That's dumb.  Although I'd rather anyone, MS included, buy Twitch - expect YouTube's copyright policy to be enforced, goodbye background music.

lostn
lostn

@Xyekenvort Twitched wanted to be bought out. 


However, the DoJ still has the final say on whether it will be approved or not.

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

@Xyekenvort They have to. In America big corporations get the final say in who owns who. If Google wants to own your company, you can haggle on the price, but you can't outright reject it.

Hop103
Hop103

@assertive_user Sounds good on paper but Youtube has that Content ID bullshit that they can implement on Twitch.

shingui5
shingui5

@Hop103 @assertive_user  

Don't think Microsoft wouldn't implement a system like that.

If Twitch got popular enough, they'd be forced to, mainly out of a lack of being arsed to put in a better system. 

assertive_user
assertive_user

@Hop103 @assertive_user      Oh I'm not trying to say that it will be a good thing. More like a lesser of two evils scenario ;)