Amazon to buy game streaming service Twitch for $970 million

Amazon’s amazon twitchinterest in the video game world is taking a huge step forward with Monday’s $970 million deal to buy game streaming service Twitch Interactive.

The all-cash deal, which came out of the blue after months of unconfirmed reports that Google’s YouTube unit was about to buy the company, will give Amazon an extraordinarily popular streaming video arm—one that could actually rival YouTube. It also continues the company’s ongoing efforts to assume a significant role in the gaming industry.


Report: YouTube to acquire Twitch for $1 billion

Two Twitchonline video titans are about to team-up.

Variety and The Wall Street Journal are both reporting that Google’s YouTube is in negotiations to buy video game streaming service Twitch. Variety says the deal has been reached, with a price of $1 billion. The WSJ, though, contends talks are still in an early stage.

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80,000 people share a game of Pokémon

I twitchplayspokemonchoose you, Pikachu! And so do about 80,000 other gamers.

A user of the online video streaming service Twitch launched an interesting social experiment last week, letting as many people who are interested attempt to control a single Pokémon trainer in the classic Pokémon Red/Blue — at the exact same time.

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Twitch bans streams from PS4′s The Playroom

Perhaps playroomrealizing that a strip show and impromptu call-in program were just the tip of the iceberg, Twitch has decided to no longer allow PlayStation 4 owners to stream videos from the built-in game, The Playroom.

The innocuous free game that comes installed with every PlayStation 4 has been a haven for inappropriate content on the live streaming site in the early days of the console. Twitch decided to cut its losses quickly.

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Flashers, cursers face bans on PS4 and Xbox One

It’s ps4-shareas unavoidable as cat gifs: Put a microphone in front of a large group of people and someone’s going to spew obscenities. Put a camera in front of that group and someone’s gonna strip.

But if you do so on your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, be ready to face the consequences.

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