YouTube to buy Twitch for $1 billion -- report

Is Google trying to buy the biggest video game streaming platform?

Variety reports that according to “sources familiar with pact,” Google’s YouTube has reached a deal to acquire the video game streaming platform Twitch for more than $1 billion.

Twitch’s PR Director said on Twitter that “Twitch doesn’t comment on rumors.” Google hasn’t made an official statement yet either, but the report claims that the deal should be announced soon.

According to Variety, Google is preparing for U.S. regulators to challenge the acquisition. Given that YouTube is already the most popular platform for internet videos, the Justice Department could see the acquisition as anticompetitive in the online video market.

In February, we reported that Twitch ranked fourth in peak internet traffic in the U.S., which put it ahead of Valve, Facebook, Hulu, and other huge internet companies. It accounted for 1.8 percent of peak internet traffic. Google, by comparison, came in second with 22 percent, right behind Netflix with 32 percent.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

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roscollada
roscollada

I really hope it wouldnt happen. If this happens Google+ will force ALL users to use Google+ like on youtube, tons of advertisements. Why would you do this? Why would you destroy twitch? Vote against this.

ritz88888
ritz88888

twitch is one of the only places not corrupt by google and sure it has its problems here and there but if this deal does come i hope they dont take it but on the other hand its 1 billion dollor austin powers refence gooo but ya and with atnt going to pay 50 billion who wouldnt take 50 billion

chev75643
chev75643

Google even f**ked up the comment section on YouTube. No limited characters, and a bull$hit flagging system where people can abuse to take away other's right to post a comment to the public.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! THE END OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!

keithy21
keithy21

don't do it twitch! don't sell your soul to the devil!

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

They are stupid to sell it. 

Twitch is just starting to get really well known and take off

TheMatthew562
TheMatthew562

Great so Google wants to ruin everything right? Just amazing im so sick of Google and their Google+.

9garr
9garr

this could mean 2 things, either the ps4 will get direct uploads to youtube along with twitch,or still no youtube, and no twitch

azizaam
azizaam

bet that you have to have Google+ to chat or even to see a stream and maybe more commercial.

pyro1245
pyro1245

Well I think it could be a good thing. Twitch is run by a bunch of jokers. They're good people but that site needs a serious performance upgrade.

profilia
profilia moderator

I'd rather they not...

lionchris
lionchris

I'd rather Yahoo buy them with the cash they will make from Alibaba

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

also, gamespot what's with the comment pending system? it's horrible

LilRoss2k3
LilRoss2k3

Google is becoming to the internet what EA is to gaming...a cancer that ruins everything it touches.

vackillers
vackillers

This is the worst thing that could possibly happen to twitch. With the mess and complete shit google have made youtube, it will destroy twitch this because of all the blanket copywrite software that google employ with youtube I think it will destroy broadcasts. Their only doing this because twitch has been so dominate over the past year for stream broadcasts and now game developers are on board where many of them (like epic games) are using twitch to communicate to their fanbase that "now" they decide they need to do something about it before it destroys the revenue they used to get from youtube.


Its going to become a fucking mess with google+ shit integration and the interface is going to change, its just a big NO NO from twitch to do this stupid move............ I hope they don't go through with this.... With consoles now with twitch integrated into the new consoles its going to get more n more popular and generate more money, really stupid if they sell it now! at this point in time.

McGregor
McGregor

I thought Twitch came into existence due to YouTube restrictions. Hopefully they don't change anything (no chance of that happening)...

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

well.... i guess i'll make a dailymotion account 


i can already see the neo-nazi copyright bu***** system implanted at twitch 

i can't believe 1 billion is enough for them 


this shows that people would burn their own children for money, nothing matters anymore 

a huge project that got communities togather is now gonna get the G+ treatment 

GG google. 

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Your future brought to you by Google™.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

NO, NO, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 


well we knew this will happen sooner or later... 

oh google why? why you want so much power? 

Deaho
Deaho

Even though I like Google because of all what they provide to us but I don't accept these kind of stuff because it will turn out to be one man show which I hate to see,I like to see competitors and new ideas from other company's not just Google.

alzarthedruid
alzarthedruid

Wonder how long before they force G+ on that too.


I give it a week.

NoahRoalson
NoahRoalson

R.I.P Twitch. Google has become the cancer of the internet.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

I'd honestly personally rather sell to Microsoft than Google.

youmadd
youmadd

@LilRoss2k3  What has Google "ruined"?  Be specific and leave out the childish emotion.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@vackillers  

I don't see why you are so surprised.

The Overlords don't want the rabble to be able to communicate or live freely.

At least not without their approval.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@quickshooterMk2  

The Overlords don't have to make laws anymore.  

They will just buy everything and impose their own rules to it.


Get used to it.


It's going to continue until us, the rabble, do something about it.


Getting a dailymotion account won't help.  Running from service to service won't help.


They will just buy it, and then you are screwed.



TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@quickshooterMk2  

The answer should be obvious.

The question is simple.  How long are people going to tolerate it?


I have seen very little in the way of resistance to it.



TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@Deaho  

It's not what they want to provide you.

It's what they want to take away from you and restrict you from.

But of course, that's all just conspiracy, and Google would never have any nefarious intentions, because that is just scientifically impossible.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

@Deaho Once Google started earning the majority of its profits from Data-mining I lost interest in the company. Only disclosed if you can translate Legalese in the Software EULAs. Not even seasoned attorneys can understand those things and I work for a Law Firm.

McGregor
McGregor

@alzarthedruid  Well, after they own it, it might take a little while due to implementation, but I'm willing to bet that they are already working on it, and it will be in place as soon as it's ready...I'd really give it a day or 2...a week means they are working too slow.

Then again, G+ is actually pretty cool. I find it far superior to the other offerings, it's just that no one uses it (which also might be the reason why I like it).

youmadd
youmadd

@amaneuvering Right like they wouldn't turn it into an xbox shitshow, with PS4 getting the microshaft.

chev75643
chev75643

@youmadd Oh look, a tr0ll with four alternate accounts hit the like button. So what's it like working for google? 

LightRukia
LightRukia

@youmadd Do you seriously believe Google hasn't ruined Youtube at all? It used to be more of a social/video hosting site (you have to remember the layout before Panda). Now YT is just a place for videos with how the current layout looks, it just made the site very boring. Not to mention all of the copyright ID claims most of which are fake.

The bugs and glitches and the stupid ads everywhere (thank god for adblock). Not to mention forcing use to their stupid lame G+. Seriously either your a fanboy for Google or you just don't care.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@pyro1245 @CyrenII 

Of course you don't.  People like you don't have a problem with anything that companies like Google do.  You're so invested in the idea that they are infallible and holy, you literally can't think outside of that paradigm.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@youmadd @NoahRoalson 

Actually, it's mouth-breathing, sub 90 IQ, group think zombies like you that are the cancer of humanity.

Humanity really does need major surgery to rectify that.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@pyro1245 @TheWatcher000@CyrenII 

Look, I know you're angry because I'm right and I have your number, but don't be so full of rage.

Besides, ignorance is bliss, and that means you'll always be happy.

And who am I to take that away from you?

Now, don't cry.  There, There.