Home Gaming Rumour – YouTube to buy Twitch for $1 billion

Rumour – YouTube to buy Twitch for $1 billion

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YouTube may not have much in the way of competition (Vimeo? HA!), but the one online video platform that could easily give the Google giant a run for its money has to be Twitch. Twitch on its own is a behemoth of live-streaming with various channels dedicated to gaming. Now imagine all of that combined with YouTube should a deal go through.

According to Variety, YouTube and Google have a $1 billion deal on the table for a Twitch acquisition. A ridiculous sum of money, but an amount that could pay off thanks to the recent surge in Twitch popularity. With The International attracting plenty of visitors, hundreds of channels retaining a dedicated audience and Twitch itself claiming to have 45 million users every month, the numbers make sense.

There are benefits and downsides to all of this of course. While Twitch could easily stand to benefit from the tech behind YouTube that keeps the show smooth and stable, this could be another nightmare in the copyright claims department and another massive blow to people who make a living off of the streaming service.

Judgment Day Part Deux, according to current internet fears.

There’s one other hurdle though. If YouTube were to acquire Twitch, that could set up a potential monopoly, as Google is already scrambling their lawyers should the US of A Justice Department deem the acquisition to be a bit too one-sided for the two internet giants.

Twitch and YouTube have yet issue a comment about the rumour, and on the other side of the coin, The Wall Street Journal claims that the deal is still in the very, very early stages and that Twitch won’t be sold anytime soon.

Last Updated: May 19, 2014

77 Comments

  1. Umar Returns

    May 19, 2014 at 07:48

    Is it just me or does the world feel like it’s ending

    Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      May 19, 2014 at 07:50

      I’ve had that feeling for a while now.

      Reply

      • Umar Returns

        May 19, 2014 at 08:06

        Oh well, afterlife here we come, or well….rebirth as a cat

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief in Space

          May 19, 2014 at 08:12

          Here pussypussypussypussypussssssyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

          Reply

          • Umar Returns

            May 19, 2014 at 08:15

            Nyah~ prrrrrr prrrrrrr

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            May 19, 2014 at 08:17

            *rubs da belleh*
            *gives it live mice*
            *watches for result*

          • Umar Returns

            May 19, 2014 at 08:18

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            May 19, 2014 at 08:20

            Good boy, have some catnip!

          • Umar Returns

            May 19, 2014 at 08:21

            ROFLOL this is so weird mweo

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            May 19, 2014 at 08:40

            Ofcourse its weird, catnip makes kitteh see things!

          • DrKiller

            May 19, 2014 at 10:09

            Get a room please you two πŸ˜›

          • Kromas

            May 19, 2014 at 08:18

            Hahaha … just had Dimitri from Paris – Neko Mimi Mode pop into my head.

          • Umar Returns

            May 19, 2014 at 08:21

            Hazuki!!!!!

            SOOOOOOOOOOOOO KAWAII!!!!

          • Kromas

            May 19, 2014 at 08:21

            Moon Phase fan yay!

            Edit: Twilight can learn a few things from them.

          • Umar Returns

            May 19, 2014 at 08:23

            I…I’m kinda a Hazuki stalker, too cute lol….

          • Kromas

            May 19, 2014 at 08:25

            Chi chan from Azumanga is my favorite … cuteness over 9000!

          • Umar Returns

            May 19, 2014 at 08:27

            Hehehe yeah, got some old school anime fans up in here πŸ™‚ Well Daioh isn’t that old but still, Chiyo is pretty damn adorable

          • Kromas

            May 19, 2014 at 08:28

            As for Bad Ass chicks … no one beats Lina Inverse πŸ™‚

          • Umar Returns

            May 19, 2014 at 08:32

            DOTA fan ?? lol

          • Kromas

            May 19, 2014 at 08:35

            DotA does not do Slayers justice. Also Laguna Blade is a bad translation as it was actually called Ragna Blade in the manga and anime.

          • Umar Returns

            May 19, 2014 at 08:38

            Yeah was just a homage to Slayer. and Ragna Blade man, that freaking blackness of that spell is so good, compared to DotA’s little blue lightning stream lol

          • Kromas

            May 19, 2014 at 08:39

            Let us not even talk about it being the ulti for her. Her real ulti would be either Dragonslave or Gigaslave but I digress.

          • Umar Returns

            May 19, 2014 at 08:41

            Lol Well if the proper Ragna was her ulti, it would be pretty devastating lol

        • Kensei Seraph

          May 19, 2014 at 08:35

          I’m actually a bit more curious about what happens after death than is healthy.

          Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 19, 2014 at 07:55

      Well it’s almost 8am on a Monday morning. Good time for it to happen.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief in Space

        May 19, 2014 at 07:57

        4 minutes to go, I love you guys, you make my day!

        GOOOOOOOOOOOODBYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          May 19, 2014 at 08:01

          All that will be left after the nuclear war will be cockroaches. Eventually they’ll become self aware like us, unfortunately for them. It start simply, then accelerate rapidly, then next thing they’ll be playing an FPS called BOOT & complaining about humans in their games.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            May 19, 2014 at 08:01

            Haha, you have given some serious thought on this haven’t you?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 19, 2014 at 08:03

            I spent time with Rock, Rince & oVg yesterday :/

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            May 19, 2014 at 08:04

            Right, got it

          • RinceofFuturePast

            May 19, 2014 at 08:36

            0-O

      • Admiral Chief in Space

        May 19, 2014 at 08:03

        08:02…..still here
        πŸ™‚

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          May 19, 2014 at 08:05

          Damn it. #foreverSTILLALIVE

          Reply

      • Umar Returns

        May 19, 2014 at 08:06

        As long as it happens after the first cup of coffee

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief in Space

          May 19, 2014 at 08:12

          Which reminds me……………

          Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          May 19, 2014 at 08:32

          LOL what I said

          Reply

          • Umar Returns

            May 19, 2014 at 08:34

            Lol saw ya, seriously though…..Chocochino would be most welcomed

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 19, 2014 at 08:36

            A Chocochino? I thought you were a man. *run*

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            May 19, 2014 at 08:40

            HAHAHAHA

          • Hammersteyn

            May 19, 2014 at 08:50

            Hehehehe

      • RinceofFuturePast

        May 19, 2014 at 08:36

        No milk in office, no coffee in me πŸ™

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          May 19, 2014 at 08:36

          I thought you liked your coffee the way you liked your soul πŸ˜›

          Reply

          • RinceofFuturePast

            May 19, 2014 at 08:36

            You shut your whore mouth!

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            May 19, 2014 at 08:41

            BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….wait….bitter or devoid?

    • Dutch Matrix

      May 19, 2014 at 08:00

      You are suffering from severe GAD.
      Please say hello to Oscar from all of us here on Lagz?

      Reply

      • Umar Returns

        May 19, 2014 at 08:07

        I don’t have anxiety…don’t say that, why would you say that? Do I seem like I suffer from anxiety?…Maybe I do…Oh Lord…..

        Reply

    • MakeItLegal

      May 19, 2014 at 08:03

      yes…somebody bent the space time continuum , gave us ZUMA and left us with digital taxes

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief in Space

        May 19, 2014 at 08:05

        Terrible reality that

        Reply

      • Umar Returns

        May 19, 2014 at 08:05

        Yup, the world is ending

        Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 19, 2014 at 08:31

      Coffee first

      Reply

    • RinceofFuturePast

      May 19, 2014 at 08:35

      Nah, just Monday.

      Reply

  2. Kromas

    May 19, 2014 at 08:08

    Next up Youtube creates a console that can’t play games.

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 19, 2014 at 08:08

      Like the WiiU?

      Reply

      • Umar Returns

        May 19, 2014 at 08:09

        OUCH!! I resent that statement

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          May 19, 2014 at 08:10

          πŸ˜€

          I’ve had my coffee, it’s after 8am, and the world hasn’t ended. FML.

          Reply

          • Umar Returns

            May 19, 2014 at 08:12

            Dammit now I have to listen to your witty jokes till it ends.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 19, 2014 at 08:27

            I don’t see the problem with that. ;P

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            May 19, 2014 at 08:13

            Well I, for one, am glad you are still around, I need my dose of ForeverSP characters in my life

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 19, 2014 at 08:21

            You’re welcome? lol

      • Kromas

        May 19, 2014 at 08:10

        Was thinking more like the XBone but yeah.

        Reply

        • Umar Returns

          May 19, 2014 at 08:11

          I’ma be honest, the Xbone has a better line up of games right now

          Reply

          • Kromas

            May 19, 2014 at 08:12

            I suppose it does but it does not have Pokemon or Star Citizen or The Last of Us so I don’t care. πŸ˜›

          • Umar Returns

            May 19, 2014 at 08:13

            It has Halo. BOOM……………………………………..

          • Kromas

            May 19, 2014 at 08:14

            Yeah Halo is their legacy and will be their Destiny. BOOM …..

    • MakeItLegal

      May 19, 2014 at 08:08

      o/

      Reply

  3. frikkenator

    May 19, 2014 at 08:15

    I don’t know why people are so negative about this, yes there is the threat of copyright takedowns etc, but let’s be honest, Twitch sucks major balls. The streaming is way behind that of YouTube, the mobile apps for it are utterly useless, the chat is one big spamfest and the ad system doesn’t work.

    Frankly I’m surprised it got as big as it did.

    Reply

    • Umar Returns

      May 19, 2014 at 08:17

      Twitch streaming might not be the best but as opposed to copyright takedowns?….Yeah, it’s a great service especially when it comes to LP’s. There is way too much strictness going on in Youtopia

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        May 19, 2014 at 08:25

        If Twitch doesn’t have copyright takedowns yet, it will. All video services will. Youtube was just no.1 because it’s the biggest.

        Reply

        • Umar Returns

          May 19, 2014 at 08:28

          Very true, but at least let it be better than the way Youtube handles it

          Reply

          • Kromas

            May 19, 2014 at 08:30

            YouTube handles copyright like steam handles indie games. Just put rules in place and turn a blind eye to the utter crap that happens.

      • frikkenator

        May 19, 2014 at 08:30

        The Let’s Play mass takedown has been largely resolved after most publishers said they don’t mind their content being streamed. And frankly if I had to choose between a stricter environment that actually works and the current horrible experience that is Twitch, I’d go for the former.

        Reply

    • Kromas

      May 19, 2014 at 08:18

      Twitch plays Pokemon FTW!

      Reply

  4. Hammersteyn

    May 19, 2014 at 08:24

    Adds, adds everywhere on Twitch

    Reply

    • frikkenator

      May 19, 2014 at 08:33

      I had to watch the same land rover ad 9 times in 7 minutes on twitch last week, so not much will change.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        May 19, 2014 at 08:51

        I forgot I use ABP. That’s why I never see adds.

        Reply

  5. CAE9872

    May 19, 2014 at 08:37

    Business is business – no different to Facebook buying Oculus. If you see a something that will potentially be a game changer for you (no pun intended) you would be pretty silly to not take it up.

    Gamers may be unhappy; corporates not so much.

    Reply

  6. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    May 19, 2014 at 08:38

    Eish this will not end well

    Reply

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