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Amazon Digital End of Summer Sale: Half off Civ 5, Titanfall

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Amazon buys Twitch for $1 billion

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Amazon, the online store for everything, has purchased Twitch, the world’s largest videogame streaming community for a whopping $ 1 billion (approximately).

The purpose of this purchase (try saying that 5X fast) is to help Amazon creep past YouTube and Netflix when it comes to offering online video content to younger audiences. Google had talked about purchasing the online streaming company for some time but the deal never happened. That’s when Amazon stepped in and sealed the deal, making it one of Amazon’s biggest acquisitions to date.

Amazon’s current online video service, Amazon Instant Video, is similar to Netflix in that it offers movie rentals and streaming video for a monthly fee. It will be interesting to see what they do with Twitch and the plethora of free user-generated content found on the site everyday.

But what changes will happen to Twitch itself? According to Twitch CEO Emmett Shear… nothing. Twitch will remain an independent entity, but will only be made better thanks to the newly gained Amazon resources and support. Let’s hope that stays true.

So look forward to an even better Twitch experience! Coming soon to a computer near you.


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Now Amazon – not Google – is rumored to buy Twitch

The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is in talks with Twitch to acquire the livestreaming platform for more than $ 1 billion, according to a source familiar with the deal. …


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Report: Amazon In Talks To Purchase Twitch

A new report indicates that a new suitor is wooing popular streaming site Twitch. Previous reports paired Google and YouTube with the growing service, but today’s news suggests another heavyweight company’s interest.

According to The Information and, subsequently, the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is in talks to acquire Twitch. According to the Wall Street Journal, which cites a source who has been briefed, the deal would be worth over $ 1 billion and could be announced as early as today. Previous reports suggested a similar price tag with Google as the buyer.

In recent weeks, Twitch has made moves to clean up its copyright problems. The company shut down Justin.tv, the website that pre-dated Twitch as a home for game streaming. Twitch also made changes to the way it handles licensed music played underneath streams and in games like Grand Theft Auto V.

We’ve reached out to Twitch and Amazon for comment on this matter. We’ll update should we receive a response.

[Source: The Information, Wall Street Journal]

 

Our Take
The troubling thing about this news isn’t the change in prospective buyers, it’s that the Google/Twitch deal was reported as “confirmed” by the outlet we sourced. It’s important to note that until paperwork emerges or a press release or statement is issued, no deal should be considered final.

Amazon is an interesting fit with Twitch, as it positions the company well to compete on Google’s turf. Amazon is currently having some financial troubles though, and may see this as an in-road to established advertising dollars and an engaged audience.

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Final Fantasy V Now Available On Amazon Appstore

Final Fantasy V has conquered another platform. You can now play Final Fantasy V on your Kindle Fire.

The game has been available on App Store and Google Play Store (and a few other platforms) for some time, but this is the first time it is available on the Amazon Appstore. You can grab the game here for $ 15.99.

For more on the game's re-release, check out out the press release on page two.

 

Our Take
It's a bit pricey compared to other downloadable titles, but it is a classic after all.


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Amazon: Wii U game pre-orders up following Gamescom

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Mega Man Soundtrack volumes on iTunes, Amazon, more soon

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Flappy Bird brings the whole family as it returns to Amazon

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